Should you splurge or save on bedding?
Great question. Lack of sleep is something that plagues millions of New Yorkers. From 12-hour workdays to jam-packed night lives, there’s a reason why NYC is known as “the city that never sleeps.” That said, it’s funny how a simple change in your bedding can make a significant difference in getting a restful night’s sleep. In fact, you may not even notice that your bedding is sub-par until you sleep on a high-quality set of sheets.
Although you don’t need to change your bedding with the seasons, it’s best to figure out what type of material works best for you. Hot sleepers will find comfort in the cool feel of cotton percale, while cold sleepers may prefer a smooth cotton sateen or flannel.
Contrary to popular belief, a higher thread count (the number of vertical and horizontal threads woven per square inch) does not necessarily mean higher quality. Instead, look for bedding with a longer fiber, which means a stronger weave that is more resistant to pilling. Egyptian cotton is generally a safe choice, along with pima cotton. Also, a sateen or percale weave will offer a smoother, cooler feel against the skin.
If you can’t possibly memorize all these bedding rules, that’s alright. We’ve made it easy for you by selecting three options. No matter if you prefer to splurge or save on bedding, these three fabulous sheet sets hit three major price points. Sweet dreams!
Frette Tattoo Diamond Border King Size Sheet Set $1,275
You might want to rethink that whole “eating in bed” concept if you’re slipping into a set of these luxurious sheets from Frette. This bedding splurge is crafted from a fine Egyptian cotton sateen and features a bold jacquard border, which will make you feel as if you’re sleeping in Buckingham Palace.
Pottery Barn 700 Thread Count Sheet Set, Full $219
Made from woven cotton sateen, this sheet set is the ultimate in comfort. A muted gray color offers an air of relaxation, and it’s easy to complement with any duvet cover and set of pillow shams. For an extra luxe bedding look, go ahead and splurge on one of Pottery Barn’s faux fur throws.
Target Tribeca Living Cotton Percale Deep Pocket Solid Sheet Set 350 Thread Count $74.99
When it comes to bedding, you generally do get what you pay for – so if you can find a sheet set for under a hundred bucks, you can consider that a pretty decent bargain. These cotton percale sheets feature a deep pocket for those of you with pillow top mattresses, and they’re available in five different colors.
And you may need a cozy duvet cover to go with your new sheets.