Eight Sheeting Lines Make One Phenomenal Collection
For the New Year, Down Etc introduces its Collection of eight new sheeting lines to fit your taste, all in 100% cotton. We have made selecting sheets simple by giving you the option of picking a prepackaged set from any one of our lines or creating your own set by mixing and matching individual items from several lines. In order to select the perfect sheets for the New Year, consider the following factors.
Sheet Size Matters
Practical matters come first. Your sheets need to fit your bed. There is nothing worse than a fitted sheet that rolls up at the corners and comes undone when you lay on your bed or a flat sheet that is too short and pulls out, leaving your feet to freeze.
It is not enough these days to know whether you have a queen, a king, or a Cal king mattress. With pillow top mattresses and other features, the dimensions of your bed could end up being far from standard size. You might need deep-pocket fitted sheets to ensure that the corners do not pop off or you might want to go up a size with your flat sheets to get extra length or width for tucking. Luckily, you can pick the right sheet for the right fit every time when you know the dimensions of your mattress. We have provided product dimensions for all of our sheeting products. Measure the length, width, and depth of your mattress in order to select the perfect size sheets.
The Feel of the Sheet Depends Upon the Material, the Thread Count, and the Weave
You will want your sheets to feel nice against your skin. There are a couple of factors that come into play when considering the feel of your sheets. All of the sheeting lines in Down Etc’s Collection are made from 100% cotton. Cotton is a natural material that breathes so it releases heat.
A higher thread count, up to a certain point, is generally preferable; however, the weave will affect the feel and durability of the fabric, as well. A percale sheet has a crisp feel as a result of its one over and one under weave. A sateen weave floats the horizontal yarns (weft yarns) over more than one vertical yarn (warp yarn) creating a silkier and smoother surface with a greater sheen. The majority of Down Etc’s sheeting lines utilize a sateen weave.
Why You May Prefer White Sheeting
White is synonymous with luxury, which is why many hotels choose white sheets for their rooms. In the late 1980s, a study revealed that guests preferred white sheets because they provided a sense of well-being and hygiene. Until then, many hotel owners had used colorful sheets as it was easier to hide stains.
Even with stains, white sheets are easier to clean. Bleach is a powerful stain remover; however, unless you are using color-safe bleach, it can only be used with white sheets. For best results, add a ½ cup of regular bleach to wash water after the detergent, but before adding the white bedding. Once the wash cycle begins, add the bedding to the wash water with the bleach. If you use a front-loading washing machine, add the bleach to the laundry drawer in the designated area. Make sure to avoid filling above the max line. Whatever the stain, you can be confident that bleach will remove it so your sheets will remain fresh and clean for years. Wash your linens together and separately from towels and other laundry for maximum efficiency.
Once You Have Selected the Perfect Sheets, Let Down Etc Help You to Make the Bed
After years of working with housekeepers in the finest hotels around the world, Down Etc has written the book on making your bed. Check out Down Etc’s, Roll Into a Perfectly Made Bed: All You Need to Know About the Art of Bedmaking, available on the Down Etc website or Amazon.com. Learn all you will need to know about selecting and maintaining your bedding, including the proper way to make a hospital corner and “once around bedmaking,” the technique used by housekeepers to change sheets efficiently. Since sheets should rest between washing and being placed back on the bed, you will likely face the dreaded task of folding a fitted sheet. We were directed to Martha Stewart’s example by housekeepers we trust.
We wish you a great night’s sleep in your new sheets!