Choosing Your Sheets
Going to bed at night knowing you’ll get a perfect night’s sleep involves more than a luxury mattress. Your bedlinens are extremely important to creating the ideal sleep environment and it’s thus essential to first know more about the types of linens that are best for you.
Not all sheets are created equal. When you are purchasing bedlinens, you need to consider material types, thread counts and cooling properties to determine what’s going to work best for you.
When Buying Sheets, Does Thread Count Matter?
Does thread count matter when buying sheets? 600, 800, 1000.... there are so many options and for so long we've been sold the myth that the higher the count the better the quality. The truth is, NO, a higher thread count doesn’t always mean higher quality bedding.
What does thread count mean?
Thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads present in one square inch of woven fabric.
Despite popular belief, there is no intrinsic value to a higher thread count number. Instead, the feel of the fabric depends on the integrity of the yarn used, the weave selected, and the quality of the finished product. Thread count is but one element in determining how a finished piece of fabric will feel.
Keep reading to learn why and what you should actually look for when shopping for new sheets - It is a comprehensive guide and benefits of the key materials that KOMME has meticulously sourced, blended, tested and perfected for our collection. We hope it will help you make an informed purchase that will make your bed the most blissful haven in your home.
Cotton sheets have been a staple in the beds of people for centuries now. It is a pure, natural material, and this means that when woven into a bedding set it makes the fabric breathable. Every night your body temperature changes as you fall asleep. This often results in waking up hot, sticky, and desperate for some cool air. Brilliantly, cotton will absorb the heat from your body throughout the night, allowing you to stay cool and dry.
Cotton is naturally hypoallergenic, so has limited association with any allergies, and won’t cause any irritation or itchiness. Long staple cotton fiber is strong, tough and not afraid to get dirty. You can rely on it to last a long time as it gets softer with each wash. A thread count of 200 or higher is sufficient to assure the weave is tight enough for a long-lasting pleasure.
TENCEL™ (LYOCELL) SHEETS
TENCEL™ is the certified version of lyocell, a natural cellulose extracted from the wood pulp of the eucalyptus tree which is naturally anti-microbial and considered to be an environmentally friendly material. The greatest appeal of TENCEL™ is its high level of silky softness, vivid sheen, drapability and gentleness on skin. Its breathability is ideal for thermal regulation.
TENCEL™ COTTON BLEND
The blending of cotton and TENCEL™ combines the best features of both these fibers and produces sheets with a highly luxurious and soft feel. When cotton is added, it ends up increasing the longevity and durability of the TENCEL™ sheets. It also brings with it such desirable qualities as minimal pilling. This perfect blend redefines the drape and softness of the sheets, increases the sheen and breathability of the fabric.
Ideal for the sleeper with sensitive skin, bamboo sheets are incredibly soft, naturally antimicrobial, moisture wicking, and breathable. A well-known sustainable textile, bamboo linen provides thermal regulating, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter.
BAMBOO TENCEL™ BLEND
Couple together luxurious style, ultimate comfort and sustainable materials, and you’ve found the perfect blend in Bamboo and TENCEL™. Designed to provide the most comfortable sleep, this 50/50 combination results in a super lightweight, silky to the touch, vivid sheen and refined handfeel.
100% MULBERRY SILK
100% Mulberry Silk has been recognised for centuries as one of the finest possible materials to sleep on, thanks to its inherent softness and hypoallergenic properties.
Mulberry silk is the highest quality silk available for purchase. The unique thing about Mulberry silk is how it is produced. Mulberry Silk has its history in China, where local farmers grow Mulberry trees and harvest the leaves for silkworms to feed on. The resulting cocoons are spun into raw silk fibers. Because the silkworms of the Bombyx mori moth are fed only Mulberry leaves, the resulting silk is some of the finest available in the world. Pure white in color and made up of individual long fibers, Mulberry silk is more refined than other types of silk. KOMME HAUTE™ Silk Beauty collection is made from 100% long strand Grade A Mulberry Silk. The secret of dermatologists, beauty experts, celebrity hairstylists, this premium quality silk provides you incredible benefits for your hair, skin, quality of sleep, and allergy symptoms. Our Machine washable 19 momme Grade A quality provides a cooling, lightweight feel that is perfect for the tropics & year-long bedroom indulgence.
For a long time, people have advocated that thread count is the most important consideration when you decide to buy new sheets. As it stands, with so many other important details to consider that can completely override the need for a high thread count, this is probably the least vital aspect of bed sheets to consider when you go shopping and should only be a final consideration when comparing sheets that meet all your other needs.
Take into consideration how you sleep. If you tend to get too warm too quickly, you’ll want a material and weave that allow greater breathability, so your excess body heat doesn’t become trapped and leave you in a world of discomfort. However, if you tend to grow chilled quickly after going to bed, you might want to consider a heavier weave or something that helps contain body heat, like 100% Cotton Jersey knit.
Remember, your bed should be your paradise, and if it’s not the most comfortable spot in your house, it may be time to reconsider your bed sheets.