Luxury Bedding Basics

Written by: BeddingStyle

Summary: Learn the basics involved with shopping for luxury bedding.

Hypothetically speaking, you have no idea what to do with a bed other than cover the mattress and use a blanket to keep warm. That’s fine. It probably just means you have better things to do other than worry about things like thread counts or duvets. Here’s a quick breakdown of luxury bedding sets to make you sound a little more cultured.

Thread Count

You’ve probably heard of this one. When it comes to cotton fabric, the higher the thread count, the better the quality. It’s a simple matter of weaving more material to make the fabric denser, which makes it softer and more durable. You know how most hotel sheets have a stiff, scratchy feel to them? They probably have a thread count of 200 or less. Nicer sets of sheets have a thread count of around 250 or higher, with the really ritzy stuff hitting 300 or so.

Next time you’re in a hotel, or your rival’s home, and you want to impress someone or shame your opponent, give the bedding a gentle scratch with your fingernail. If the sheets have a low thread count, you’ll probably be able to rub some fuzz off of them. Fabric with a high thread count should also be dense enough that light won’t pass through it, so try holding a sheet up and see how easily you can see through it.

Materials

There are different kinds of bed linens for different environments. Cotton is the most common type of material for sheets, and wool is generally used for heavier blankets. Wool even has a hierarchy– merino wool is considered the warmest, best for a quilt, while karakul is on the lower end. Wool doesn’t only come from sheep, by the way– it can also come from camels and even those hilariously fluffy Angora rabbits. Cashmere is actually a kind of wool that comes from goats.

Bio: BeddingStyle offers affordable, luxury bedding. Stephanie Lichtenstein Ramos writes on behalf of Bedding Style.