Because there is nothing quite like sliding in-between a set of soft, sumptuous cotton bed sheets and drifting off to sleep after a long day, we’re looking at the best white bedsheets according to Décor Aid interior designers.
If your dreams are filled with the finest white bed sheets and you crave that smooth feeling against your skin, then you’ll be relieved to know where to get your hands on the best white bedsheets in 2019. Not only that, you’ll want to know how to choose the best bed sheets, and what makes them so perfectly covetable to boot. With that in mind, prepare to be transported to a realm full of hotel-standard white bed sheets, because there are so many perfectly viable white bed sheet ideas available at a range of prices that won’t break the bank or have you thinking twice so you can get a better nights sleep.
So, What Makes A Good White Bed Sheet?
Before we get to the best white bedsheets on the market, let’s look at what goes into defining what makes them so elevated. There are a few things you need to consider when you are choosing the ultimate white bedsheets in 2019: fabric type, thread count, and weave. Which combined, all account for the feel, durability, and comfort level they’ll provide. Plus, they’ll help you navigate your way through the many price points at hand.
And we suggest you take note of these important details so you can pick the right bed sheets according to your budget while taking pride in the feeling that you know exactly what you are looking for, and what justifies the costs. In turn, the more you know about quality bedsheets, the more you’ll save and the longer they’ll last – no matter how many washes they are put through, even on children’s beds.
We’ve all heard that the higher the thread count, the better the white bed sheets. That’s true to an extent, but thread count isn’t the be all and end all when it comes to choosing the best bed sheets. Yes, thread count is important, but what’s more important, is the fabric type. It goes without saying, that the better the quality of the fabric, the better the quality of the bed sheets. Especially now since our own interior designers have reported that thread counts are often misleading and often exaggerated.
Look out for the highest quality cotton you can get your hands on when you are shopping for white bed sheets; Pima, Egyptian, and Supima cotton sheets are the ones to be keeping your eye out for. You will instantly notice the difference between these kinds of cotton and your standard cotton sheets. Pima, Egyptian, and Supima cotton used to weave quality sheets have longer fibers, which makes for an exceptionally soft and comforting bed sheet.
Silk is another option available that’s the most decadent of them all. Silk boasts a sumptuous and smooth touch, feeling soft against your skin. It’s also good for those who suffer from sensitive skin and allergy issues, however, it won’t keep you warm in the same way as cotton does, so it might be a material that is best for when you need summer sheets. Silk sheets are also more precious, making them last less longer and their care can require more as you can’t simply throw silk sheets in a washing machine – they need to be hand-washed or expensively dry cleaned.
Thread Count Is Still Key
Though we just noted that thread count has gotten increasingly misleading as of late, thread count still makes for a good indicator of the best bed sheets, even if it isn’t the only indicator you are looking for. Spending time working in as many threads as possible into a sheet isn’t an easy task, so sheets which are manufactured cheaply simply aren’t going to contain as many threads. And in the end, they’ll fade and feel scratchier the more you wash them.
You can count on the fact that the more expensive bed sheets you come across will have a higher thread count than the cheaper ones. The school of thought is that the more threads of cotton or silk in a square inch, the softer and smoother the material feels, making for comforting and longer lasting quality bed sheets. Before buying sheet sets of any kind, our interior designers suggest opening a corner of the packaging to get a real feel of the fabrication and its thickness. And don’t completely disregard the value of paying attention to thread count, just remember to take into account the fabric and the weave (which we will come to next).
There are two main weave types you will come across when looking at quality white bed sheet ideas, or any for that matter – namely sateen and percale weaves.
With percale bed sheets, the same number of threads run horizontally as they do vertically. The threads are combed and tightly woven, making for a smoother weave which feels both cool and crisp to the touch. Sheets made from percale are robust – they will last a longer time and will withstand repeated washing no matter your temperature setting preference – these are the types of sheets you are likely to come across in a five-star hotel, where repeated washing calls for them to be ultra-durable. White bed sheets with a thread count of 600 and higher will be weightier to the touch, whereas sheets with a thread count of 200 and under will be much lighter in feel and slightly transparent at that.
Sateen sheets are softer, silkier, and have a sheen to them that percale sheets simply do not. They are woven with more threads running vertically than they have running horizontally. Sateen bed sheets are less damage resistant than a percale bed sheet and are more likely to snag and pill after about a dozen washes. They won’t withstand frequent laundering like stronger percale sheets will. So, if you can’t see yourself living without the feel of a silky sheet, then go for sateen white bed sheets, as they are sumptuously soft and comforting. Thread counts of 400 or 600 and higher will give you the best strength and softness combination if you are looking for the best durability for your money.
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Parachute Percale Venice Set – from $239
Parachute’s percale bed sheets are made from 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton, making for a lightweight and breathable material, working to keep you cool at night.
The brand is celebrated for not artificially softening their sheets, leaving their bedding free of harmful chemicals and synthetics, and they dye all of their fabrics naturally. All of their products are delivered in handy a reusable pouch or a laundry bag, further supporting their concern for the environment.
Elle Silk Classic Silk Sheet Set – from $458
These silk bed sheets are made from the finest Mulberry silk, affording you the height of luxury, albeit at a higher price point. They are naturally hypo-allergenic (making them resistant to dust mites) and as they are pure silk, they adjust to the temperature of your body, making for a more comfortable night’s sleep).
Because of the high protein content of the silk used, these sheets are kind on your hair and skin, helping to keep your hair and skin soft. Just be sure to take into account that while they are hardy, they are much more delicate and expensive to maintain at that.
Pratesi Orbite Egyptian Cotton Bed Sheet Set – from $400
With over 100 years of celebrated knowhow when it comes to producing the highest quality bed linens, the Pratesi family continues to be a trusted, go-to bedding company for the most luxurious homes throughout the world. Striking a balance between traditional heritage weaving techniques and modern minimalism, their bedding is proudly handcrafted in Florence, ensuring a lifetime of use.
And though there is a sublime simplicity to be appreciated when sinking into their sumptuous bedding, a quick feel of the fabrication will justify the company’s claim of only using the best-selected cotton ever considered for weaving.
Anne De Soléne Retro White Sheet Set – from $400
Known for luxurious bed linens meant to last a lifetime, Anne De Soléne of Paris has been manufacturing quality heirloom bedding since 1967 in France. Boasting a cotton percale fabrication with a very fine weaving for added softness, the company only works with the finest fabrics and can also create bedding and bed sheet sets in one-off, custom sizing.
Drouault Paris Snow-White Percale Sheet Set – from $225
If their bed sheets are good enough for the storied Hotel de Crillon in Paris, you know that Drouault bed linens are sure to add the ultimate in luxurious comfort in your own home. Long-staple combed cotton is what makes their bedding stand on its own thanks to the supple, silky, and sturdy feel it adds to the touch – making anything from the label worth the investment.
Frette Hotel Classic Sheet Set – from $370
Another trusted heritage bed sheet and linen maker, the name Frette instantly conjures a sophisticated, deeply luxurious feel, and for good reason. Since 1860, Frette has been using the finest fibers and craftsmanship rooted in and defined by its Italian heritage.
Their Hotel Classic white bed sheet features a crisp cotton percale with a simple and timeless feel and can be found in many of the world’s finest hotels – just like all of their products.
Ralph Lauren Allison Bed Sheet Set – from $225
Affordable, reliable, and carefully designed bed sheets are what keep our interior designers going back to Ralph Lauren for bedding time and time again. Crafted from luxuriously soft Egyptian cotton percale, the classic Allison range of classic bedding collection by Ralph Lauren features a simple, straightforward look.
And best of all, you can easily bring in the quality of Ralph Lauren bedding into your home without having to spend a fortune as its a brand that is always on sale somewhere, at any given time.
Brooklinen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle – from $187.50
Starting off at a median price range of $187.50, these sheets are solidly in the mid-range options for white bed sheets, but they certainly aren’t lacking in quality as a result. They use 100% long-staple cotton, they are certified chemical-free, with a 270-thread-count, coming highly regarded for white bed sheets online. If not the ultimate resource for the best white bedsheets online.
They also offer a lifetime warranty on their sheets, offering free exchanges and replacements if you aren’t happy – meaning they are 100% sure that you will be endlessly satisfied by their product.
The White Company Savoy Linen Collection – from $169
The White Company are a British retailer which has recently started to make a name for itself in the US market thanks to their affordable quality bed sheets. They won New York Magazine’s ‘best bed sheets’ award in 2018, making our often discerning clients continuing to request their 400-thread-count Savoy Bed Linen Collection.
The brand proudly uses refined Egyptian cotton, and unsurprisingly all their sheets are exclusively bright, crisp white. Sturdy, silky, and soft to the touch, they a great example of classic hotel sheets meant to last for years to come.
Target Threshold Performance Sheet Set – from $29.99
Considering the unbelievably low price, these sheets boast a ridiculously fair amount of quality and are cheap if you are on a budget or need to buy several bed sheet sets at once.
There is simply no other option as they are great even if you aren’t on a budget. They are 100% cotton and the fitted sheets are deep and cleverly designed so they don’t slip, plus they are chemical free. They are crisp to the touch, but not quite as soft as other options on this list, but for such a low price, who is going to complain? Plus, they’ll be perfect for less used bedrooms in your home, like a guest bedroom, or a child’s room where you don’t want to keep investing too much money into.
Boll & Branch Signature Soft Solid Hemmed Sheet Sets – from $200
These white bed sheets are 300-thread-count and wonderfully luxurious, but what really makes them stand out from the crowd, is the fact that their cotton is completely organic.
Organic cotton is hard to come by at lower price points, so kudos to Bool & Branch for sourcing it and producing bedsheets at a fair price. Not only that, their entire manufacturing process is organic to boot, and even better, they are Fair Trade certified.
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