Anatomy of a Bed Sheet

A bed sheet set consists of a “flat” top sheet, a “fitted” bottom sheet and a set of “pillow cases” (usually 2 but sometimes 4 pillows).  Nowadays, there are dozens of options out there for a buyer to choose from.  In this blog, we try to explain some of the key options a customer should know about.

Material:

We begin with discussing the most basic property – Material.  Bed sheets are typically made with Egyptian Cotton, Cotton, poly-Cotton (a blend of cotton and polyester),
silk, bamboo cotton, microfiber and several combinations of these and other
similar materials.  Not all materials are equal and one has to consider personal preferences and budget to select the right material.

Thread Count:

Thread count is basically the number of yarns or threads “per square inch” of fabric. This count is a sum of perpendicular fibers and parallel fibers weaved together.  It is generally understood that higher thread count means better quality, softer and stronger material.
There are several reasons for this.  Since more threads have to fit in one square inch of the fabric, it is accomplished by using finer yarn and a tighter weave.

People often ask us what is a “good” thread count number they should consider buying.  Overtime we have realized, this is a very tricky question to answer.  “Good” means
different things to different people.  We now answer this question by saying that one should consider buying at the very least a 300 thread count bed sheet, if budget is a top criterion.  But to really feel the benefits of a higher thread count, one should look into making an investment in a 500 or higher thread count bed sheet set.  The difference is significant!

Singly vs. Multi-Ply Sheets:

While the Thread Count standard was established to create a measure of quality in the industry, it has, unfortunately, developed into an easy ploy applied by Marketers to artificially impress with elevated thread count numbers. Sometimes, to get higher thread counts, manufacturers end up using 2-ply or even higher ply threads.  In easy terms, if two low quality yarn fibers are twisted together and used to weave fabric, it is considered two-ply fabric.  So a 400TC 2-ply fabric is similar to a 200TC single ply fabric (this topic requires more attention, so more on this issue in a later blog).  We always recommend our
customers to stick with single ply sheets for durability, quality and feel.

Deep Pocket Sheet Sets

Traditionally, mattresses used to be 12 – 14 inches tall.  Nowadays, more and more people are buying taller mattresses or adding a layer of memory foam on top.  It is not uncommon to see an 18 or 20 inch mattress.  So if you own a tall mattress, you need to make sure you are purchasing sheet sets with a Deep Pocket fitted Sheet.  We recommend that you measure your mattress and if it is 18 inches tall, for example, get yourself a 20 inch
or higher deep pocket sheet set.       

Types of Weave:

Sateen: A lot of people confuse Sateen with Satin.  Satin is a soft, shiny material generally completed from nylon, rayon, or silk.  Sateen is a soft (but not glossy)
cotton material. Sateen sheets have an elegant and luxurious look and feel.
They are made using a sateen weave: The sateen weave structure is a multiple-thread
(usually three or four) over, and one under.  The result is a lustrous, smooth-faced,
slippery surface and a surprisingly durable fabric.  The cotton is then mercerized to give a high level of sheen. Mercerization involves soaking the fiber in a bath of sodium
hydroxide and then in an acid bath. This makes the cotton fiber stronger and
more conducive to dyeing. It also adds a shine to the fibers.

Percale is a plain weave fabric, where threads are woven one-over and one-under. This creates a matte, flat appearance. And precisely because percale threads are tightly woven, these sheets have a fine, soft, powdery texture and finish.

Selection of type of weave is entirely a personal preference. Most people select sateen sheets because they want the sheen.  For those who prefer a matte appearance, percale is a better choice.

Next time you are in the market for any type of bed sheets, please consider shopping at
http://Bargainbeddingusa.com. We specialize in authentic 100% Egyptian cotton Bed
sheets.  Whether you are looking for percale or sateen weave, deep pockets, or anywhere from 300 to 1500 thread count bed sheets, we carry a broad variety of colors, materials, and designs in all sizes (Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King and California King).  For a limited time, we are offering a 10% off discount coupon on your entire purchase.  Just add your products to the shopping cart, and add the Voucher code “BBUSA10” on the shopping cart page.

We stand behind all of our products. We are available to answer any questions you may
have and help you pick the right product.  You can always reach us anytime at info@bargainbeddingusa.com.   If you liked what you read here, please leave us a note.  If you feel we managed to clarify any questions you may have had regarding Egyptian Cotton, please show your support and join (“Like”) us at http://facebook.com/Bargainbeddingusa.  We could always use some new friends!

 

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Why is Egyptian Cotton Superior to Regular Cotton?

Lately, a lot of people have asked us why Egyptian cotton is considered better than regular cotton.  People want to understand the key differences and in this article we will try to highlight some of them.

The first thing to understand is that Egyptian cotton and Regular Cotton come from different plants. Therefore their properties can never be exactly the same.

Egyptian cotton is formed from the rich soil beside the “Nile River”. The moist atmosphere of the “Nile River Valley” makes the ideal conditions to raise long cotton fibers called “staples”.  Fibers from Egyptian Cotton are substantially longer than regular cotton.  So what does this mean?

The longer staple translates into more uninterrupted fiber to use when composing yarn and threads.  This means there are fewer splices and therefore the threads and eventually the fabrics are stronger.  This also gives us the ability to turn these extra-long fibers into very fine yarn making it softer and more lustrous than regular cotton.

Because we can generate finer yarn from Egyptian cotton, we are able to pack more
thread counts into each square inch.  This results in an extremely taut weave of the fabric.  This also helps us to create stronger fabric and therefore Egyptian cotton sheets last significantly longer than regular cotton.

Another important difference between the two cottons is that Egyptian cotton is a lot more porous.  This helps it soak up moisture a lot more than regular cotton and therefore helps people sleep better than regular cotton.

So now that we have explained some of the key differences, we would like to answer another common question:  What do I look for when ordering Egyptian Cotton Sheets?  In order to experience the true qualities of Egyptian cotton, we need to make sure that we are buying 100% Egyptian cotton and not a cotton blend.

Another thing to evaluate is the thread count.  It is generally known that higher thread
count means softer and stronger (more durable) sheets.  You also want single ply sheets!

Beware of the fakes!  When you see bed sheets being sold for $39.99 at a mall kiosk and they claim to be 1500 TC Egyptian cotton sheet sets, they are not!  While it may be entirely true that cotton in these sheets was grown in Egypt, it does not mean it is THE Extra Long Staple (ELS) Egyptian Cotton!! Only 4% of the cotton produced is the world renowned Egyptian cotton.  And authentic 1500TC 100% Egyptian cotton sheet sets do not cost $39.99.  Its similar to someone advertising to sell gold at $499/ounce in today’s day and age!  It is simply not possible!

Next time you are in the market for any type of bedding linen, please consider shopping at http://Bargainbeddingusa.com.  We specialize in authentic 100% Egyptian cotton products.  Whether you are looking for a Bed in a Bag, Comforter Sets, Bed Sheets, Pillow Covers, or Down Comforters, we carry a huge selection at all times.  There is a broad variety of colors, materials, designs, and thread counts are obtainable in all sizes (Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King and California King).

We stand behind all of our products.  We are available to answer any questions you may have and help you pick the right product.

We can be reached at info@bargainbeddingusa.com.  If you liked what you read here, please leave us a note.  If you feel we managed to clarify any questions you may have had regarding Egyptian Cotton, please show your support and join (“Like”) us at http://facebook.com/Bargainbeddingusa.  We could always use some new friends!

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Bed in a Bag – A Simple Way of Enhancing Your Bedroom Décor

Some people think the term Bed in a Bag means a portable fold-up bed that’s utilized when needed and stored away from the sight otherwise.  Actually, Bed in a Bag is a term used to
describe a complete set of bedding linens for a bedroom.

Beds in a bag are convenient, usually more economical that buying bedding items individually, typically all items are made with similar materials, and is the fastest way to transform a bedroom dramatically with just one purchase.  Most people don’t have the
time to go from one store to another trying to find all of the bedding they require, and making certain that it all matches and blends together.  Bed in a bag solves this dilemma.  So let’s discuss each of these benefits individually.

One of the biggest benefits of Beds in a Bag is considerable savings for the consumer compared to buying same exact items individually.  Right off the bat, we know it costs more to individually pack items and put inventory information on them.  It also costs more to display and put these individual items on the shelves at the retail stores.  Manufacturers of Beds in a Bag typically add pillows for no profit into the mix in order to sell the comforter and bed sheets (Think Big Picture)!  These savings are considerable enough to influence savvy buyers into buying Beds in a Bag over individual items.  Of course if
you are only looking for one specific item for your bedroom, it does not make any sense to buy the entire package.

Convenience is another major advantage.  We all live busy lives today and very few of
us have time to go from one shop (or aisle) to another, trying to find individual items to complete the bedding sets.  The convenience of Bed in a Bag saves tremendous time and the results of bedroom transformation are immediate.

When you buy a Bed in a Bag, you know that all items are made of similar mold and design so you don’t need to worry about mismatched material properties.  For example, the thread count, pattern, weave and quality of the pillow covers will be the same as the
fitted sheets.

Nowadays, items inside the Bed in a Bag come in various quantities – anywhere from 5 pieces to 12 pieces).  All other things being equal, typically higher count will mean higher cost (Read:  better Value and investment)!  As with everything else in life, not all Beds
in a Bag are created equal.  Once must carefully review the materials used in their manufacturing.  Higher thread count of the fabric, single ply sheets, material (as always, we recommend 100% Egyptian Cotton), stitching, weave, and pattern need to be carefully reviewed.

At (http://bargainbeddingusa.com), Beds in a Bag are available in bounty of designs and molds.  Most of them are made with high quality 100% Egyptian Cotton.  There is a broad
variety of colors, materials, designs, and thread counts are obtainable in all sizes (Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King and California King).

We stand behind all of our products.  We are available to answer any questions you
may have and help you pick the right product.

We can be reached at info@bargainbeddingusa.com.  If you liked what you read here, please leave us a note.  If you feel we managed to clarify any questions you may have had regarding Beds in a Bag, please show your support and join (“Like”) us at http://facebook.com/Bargainbeddingusa.  We could always use some new friends!

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Quality Bedding can help you sleep better

Bedding linens are the most prominent items in one’s bedroom. Not only do Quality Bedding sheets and comforters enhance the grace of a room, they also help us achieve one of the biggest human necessities – deep and peaceful sleep!
We spend a third part of our life sleeping. Buying quality bedding linen is as important as purchasing a good mattress for ones sleep. Adults and kids – all of us need sound sleep. Sleep is the foundation of growth and development in children and the period when all of the major metabolic and cellular processes that determine the formation of the skeleton of a child are implemented. In the adult human sleep provides the recovery of brain cells efficiency and protects them from excessive voltage. Reducing the duration of sleep leads to violations of the nervous processes, affects the balance, agility, mental and physical health. So a question is often asked, how does good quality 100% Cotton bedding really help us sleep better?
We all know the properties of 100% cotton – unadulterated cotton bed sheets are strain free to utilize because when pressed against the skin they are not a source of irritation, and has the capability to soak up moisture – far more than any other fabric. Cotton is extremely comfortable in all temperatures, very environmentally friendly, gets softer with every wash. Egyptian cotton is considered the highest quality cotton in the world. It has several distinct advantages over regular cotton – which only makes the sleep that much better. (More on Egyptian Cotton in another blog).
Sure – 100% Egyptian Cotton bedding can cost more than regular “cotton blends” and polyesters. But as with everything in life, you get what you pay for. We use bedding daily – spend a 8 – 9 hours daily, sleep and relax on it – daily. It needs to be comfortable.
Purchasing proper bed linen can be difficult, if you don’t know what to look for. Not all cotton bed sheets are created equal – one must consider fabric’s thread count, its weave, single or double or triple ply. In the upcoming blog, we will try to explain the key differences.

Once again – always select cotton and not synthetic fabrics and not even “cotton blends”. High quality bedding linens are an appreciation for the body. Remember – it’s not bedding – it’s your sleep.
At BargainBeddingUSA.com, we carry a large variety of Bedding sets, Duvets, Sheets and Pillow Cases in 100% Egyptian Cotton. Whether your taste is traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between, we are confident you will find what you are looking for right here at BargainBeddingUSA.com.

We are committed to building lasting relationships by providing high quality products and an exceptional level of service. This commitment is the foundation of everything we offer. Shop today for all of your home furnishing needs. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. Thank you for visiting.

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