How to choose bedding

Bed linen is an important accessory, the degree of sleep comfort depends on the correct choice of which. Many make the mistake of acquiring such an outcome product only from its cost, manufacturer and design. There are a number of more important characteristics and parameters that you need to focus on first.

What bed linen is better

Cost in most cases always determines the quality, especially in the case of bedding. Another indicator of quality is the type of material from which such products are made. They can be synthetic or from natural fabrics, and the second option is always preferable: firstly, sleeping on such a product is much more pleasant, and secondly, synthetics often cause allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin.

But finding inexpensive one-hundred-percent natural linen is also not easy, so combined models can be a compromise, in which synthetic threads are added in small quantities in order to increase the strength characteristics.

The quality is greatly influenced by the threads with which the linen is sewn: they should be quite thick and strong, not shaggy and not stick out, but should be fully matched to the linen color. Even small differences in shades are usually characteristic of little-known brands and clandestine manufacturers who care little about the aesthetic component during the manufacture of their products.

How to choose the best bedding

First of all, you need to pay attention to the material: it should be as dense as possible with a minimum thickness of the product, but some types of natural fabrics with high density can be quite thick, so in this case one should proceed solely from one's taste preferences and sensations. For example, silk linen has always belonged to the class of elite products, but in practice, few can sleep on silk sheets, slipping off them and experiencing uncomfortable sensations.

When choosing one of the main factors is also the degree of popularity of the manufacturer. As a rule, the more famous the brand, the less likely it is that the product will be of poor quality. Of course, no one is immune from the purchase of convincingly executed fakes, but you can only determine if the product is real or counterfeit by examining the product in detail before buying.

What to look for

When choosing a product, you need to touch the fabric with your own hands and examine the product: this will allow you to get information about the quality and decide whether the quality of the product corresponds to its value.

Canvas and fabric density

Cloth - the basis of linen, which should be dense and not shine in the light. If you can clearly see it when looking through the fabric at the light source - this indicates a sparse fabric structure that will not withstand a large number of washings and will become unusable in the coming weeks after purchase.

The density of linen is a direct indicator that the product is good. You can feel it yourself or look at the label: this characteristic is measured in the number of threads per square centimeter and the larger the number, the denser the product.

A more detailed article on the density of the fabric for bedding and which density will be better.

Seam quality

After an external examination, you need to pay attention to its wrong side, where you can see the linen seams. They should be uniform and just linen, and not ordinary, and the edges should be processed and stitched. The ends of the threads must be hidden and not stick out at the edges.

What should be the smell

By smell, you can quickly determine the quality: it should not have any admixtures of chemistry, dyes or mold, and the smell of new linen should be clean textiles. The strong smell of paint indicates that the fabric was already dyed ready-made (that is, threads of a certain color were not used, and dye was applied on top of the laundry). Such products quickly shed and lose their brightness, but this is not a major problem.

Such chemical additives can cause quite serious allergic reactions, while few people are aware in such cases to draw a parallel between the allergy and the linen on which he sleeps, so the reason may remain undetected, and the allergy can become chronic.

You can check the laundry for the presence of such dyes by rubbing it on the front side with your palm: a natural good product will not leave traces of paint on your hand.


Design is everyone’s own business: some prefer dull monophonic products, others prefer linen with drawings, and still others love expensive exclusive models with lace decorative elements. In this case, you can only give recommendations on the choice of colors, as the predominance of certain colors causes certain psychological reactions in a person:

  • blue is the color of spiritual harmony that will make the bedroom cozy.
  • red is the color of sexual energy and activity, so young couples may like this product.
  • pink tunes in a romantic melancholic mood and instills a sense of peace in the soul.
  • blue has a calming effect on the nervous system and promotes deep sleep and good rest.
  • yellow color is preferred by bright creative natures, which, even in bed and alone, cannot stop the flow of internal energy that promotes creativity.
  • purple is the best option for philosophers in life for whom sleep time is a time to rethink what is happening in their life.

Packaging and label

Packaging is an important indicator of quality: bad linen will never be well packed, and low-quality packaging materials are usually used for this, and integrity is often violated during the transportation of products. All labels on the packaging must be glued tightly, and they must necessarily have full information about the manufacturer and specifications.

And also here the manufacturer places information on the acceptable washing conditions. If only the manufacturer and the country of manufacture are indicated on the label (and at best, also the size) - this is not an indicator of good bedding, and it is better to refuse to buy it.

Useful Tips

When choosing bedding, you must adhere to the following tips:

  • Do not be shy to smell the product: the presence of unpleasant odors indicates poor quality;

    the fabric should be sufficiently dense (this indicator should be at least 60 units) and pleasant to the touch precisely to the buyer;

  • if the products have embroidery and decorative elements - they must be well fixed and made of soft materials that will not scratch the body;
  • the packaging must be intact and durable, it must contain labels indicating the country of manufacture, address and name of the manufacturer, size, composition and model (optional), as well as brief instructions for washing and care.

Important! Be sure to pay attention to the price: even if you want to save money, you should not rush at suspiciously cheap products that are sometimes sold under the guise of a sale. The higher the price, the higher the quality, if we are not talking about luxury brands or exclusive products, when unreasonable overpayment occurs.

Main characteristics

The main indicator of the quality and durability of linen is its density, which can have the following gradations:

  • very high (130–280);
  • high (85–120);
  • medium (50–65);
  • below average (35–40);
  • low (20-30).

Different materials have their own density indicators, and the most common materials include:

100% natural cotton

  • chintz (printed cotton with relatively low wear resistance);
  • satin (a light variety of cotton fabric, characterized by a characteristic luster);
  • calico;
  • Damask (satin-woven fabric, characterized by durability);
  • percale (dense cotton "breathable" fabric);
  • flannel;
  • 100% linen;
  • cambric (a type of linen, characterized by a lower thickness).

There are other fabrics from which they sew bed, more about them can be read here.

The size

It is very important not to make a mistake with the dimensions, since even if it meets all the quality requirements, it may not fit your bed or sofa. There are several standards in terms of size:

  • double;
  • one and a half;
  • Euro;
  • family;
  • children’s.

But each of these types of underwear is divided into many models, which may vary in size, and this depends on the standards adopted at certain enterprises producing such products. More information about sizes and how to choose according to this criterion can be found here.

A more detailed article on the size of bedding.

Bedding for newborns

The main parameter by which to choose clothes for the newborn is the naturalness of the fabric. It is unacceptable to buy a synthetic product for the baby, since the skin of the newborn is very sensitive and allergic reactions from contact with artificial materials can quickly appear on it.

It is worth considering that it is necessary to wash baby clothes more often, so it is better to choose products with the highest density indices. There are a number of other factors that affect the choice of bedding for newborns - more about this can be found here.

In most cases, the choice of product depends on the tastes and financial capabilities depends on the consumer: someone will be satisfied with low-quality underwear, someone can sleep only on natural fabrics, and for someone color and design are most important.

In any case, it is better to be guided by the advice given in the article and not to neglect the opportunity to carefully examine, smell and feel the products, so that later it would not be insulting for wasted money.

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