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Most Popular Cotton Bed Sheet Types And How To Choose

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High-quality bed sheets in Singapore create an ideal sleep environment by providing comfort for a good night’s rest. However, not all sheets are the same. Depending on the bedding material, they can hinder or improve sleep quantity and quality.


Among the best bed sheet materials known for their softness, breathability, and affordability are cotton bed sheets. In this article, we'll dive deeper into the different types of cotton, factors influencing their quality, and what makes them different from non-cotton fabrics.

What Are Cotton Sheets?

This type of bed sheet is made of cotton, a natural fiber from cotton plants that mainly consists of cellulose, an organic compound. It is spun into yarn then woven or knit to produce a soft yet durable fabric.


Although its earliest production dates back to the fifth millennium B.C., cotton fabric is still a widely used material today. In fact, it is considered the most well-known fabric.


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What Makes Cotton Sheets Popular?

Comfortable

Cotton sheets have longer fibers along with finer threads. These result in a smooth and soft feel that set the scene for a blissful night.

Cooling

Cotton fibers are known to be light and breathable, making them ideal for hot sleepers who want to stay cool and dry throughout the night.

Durable

The molecular structure of cotton gets stronger when wet, making cotton sheets less prone to wear and tear. Extra-long staple cotton especially result in stronger sheets that will not pill or thin but get softer with each wash. Choosing this option means getting to enjoy quality bed sheets for years to come. 

Types of Cotton Sheets

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Bedding sets made of cotton come in different types depending on the origin of the cotton fibers, the style of weaving, or methods of treating cotton fabric. Here are some of them:

Egyptian Cotton

Egyptian cotton bed sheets are considered a luxury. Egyptian cotton is grown in areas with humid, dry climate. Unlike regular cotton that is harvested by machine, this type of cotton is handpicked. This lets it maintain its extra-long fibers that produce an incredibly soft fabric. It may be hailed as the best cotton type, but there are actually bedding myths surrounding this claim. 

Pros

Cons

Softer, stronger, and more flexible than regular cotton
Porous
Breathable
Provides superior comfort


Expensive
Some products labelled as Egyptian cotton sheets are actually knock-offs or blends of Egyptian and regular cotton



Upland Cotton 

Bed sheets made of Upland cotton are used for most standard cotton sheets. They are derived from fibers native to the Americas, but they are now the most widely grown cotton globally. This is likely the sheet type you get if the label says “100% cotton.”

Pros

Cons

Widely available
More affordable than other long-fiber sheet types


Made with short fibers, which are rougher, less flexible, and less durable
More prone to pilling and getting coarser over time

MicroCotton

MicroCotton is the trademarked fine cotton produced in India. It was initially for making towels, but it has eventually been used for bedding sheets because of its quick-drying and lint-resistant properties.

Pros

Cons

Made with a long-staple cotton blend
Soft
Durable
250% more absorbent than regular cotton

Made with short fibers, which are rougher, less flexible, and less durable
More prone to pilling and getting coarser over time

Flannel

Flannel is made from brushed cotton, wool, and other materials. Its manufacturing process makes it denser. This creates a heavy yet soft and comfortable fabric that traps body heat, making these sheets a staple for cold winter nights. 

Pros

Cons

Provides warmth and comfort
Ideal for winter
Soft
Affordable

Not ideal for warm climates
Not as breathable as other types of cotton


Pima

Pima cotton bed sheets have long-staple cotton primarily grown in the southwestern part of the United States. Often compared to Egyptian cotton sheets, they are also known for their silky smooth surface and natural sheen.

Pros

Cons

Durable
Resistant to pilling, fading, fraying, tearing, and wrinkling
Comfortable

Less affordable than regular cotton
Some products labelled as Pima cotton sheets are actually knock-offs or blended with cheaper cotton

Supima

Supima, a combination of Superior and Pima cotton, is a trademark name for fabric made of fibers and materials woven from American Pima cotton.


Supima cotton sheets come from cotton grown and harvested in the United States. They are also produced with extra-long fibers that make them soft and durable.

Pros

Cons

Comfortable
Strong
Superior ability to retain color
Light and breathable
Hypoallergenic, making them the perfect bed sheets for sensitive skin
Resistant to mold and dust mites

Less affordable than regular cotton






What Factors Affect the Quality of Cotton Bed Sheets?

Not all cotton sheets are created equal. Besides their material, here are some factors that affect their quality:

Bed Sheet Thread Count

Thread count in a bed sheet can affect your decision when choosing bedding sets since it impacts the texture of bed sheets. Generally, those with higher thread counts are softer since they have thinner and more threads in a square inch of fabric. However, a high thread count doesn’t always necessarily mean better quality, as it could result in less breathable sheets. 

Weave Method

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Several weave methods are commonly used to construct cotton fabric for sheets, including sateen and percale. The weave, which involves the number of horizontal and vertical yarns used, affects how the sheets feel against the skin.


Cotton sateen sheet sets are produced using sateen weave. This weave is created by passing vertically facing warp threads over horizontally facing ones, then interlaced. It results in a cotton fabric with a beautiful sheen and buttery softness. On the other hand, the percale weave, also known as the plain weave, is considered a simple weave. During construction, the warp and the weft threads repeatedly cross over and under each other. What makes these sheet sets outstanding is they are durable and breathable.


If you want heavy fabrics that feel silky, sateen is the way to go. But if you prefer bedding with a cool, crisp feel choose percale. 

Staple Length

Staple or fiber length makes a difference in the quality, softness, and strength of the sheets. The longer the staple length, the softer the cotton.

Short-staples fibres
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Short Staple

Short-staple fibers are the most common type. These measure 1 ⅛-inch. Their softness, strength, and easy maintenance make them great for bed sheets.  

Long Staple

Long-staple cotton consists of fibers of 1 ¼-inch. Their longer fiber length results in a smoother surface, so they are a popular choice to make sheets. Additionally, they have fewer exposed fiber ends, which means they’re less prone to pilling or tearing.

Extra-Long Staple

Extra-long staples have 2-inch fibers. They are considered the most luxurious cotton sheets. Compared to the others, they are a more challenging crop. Some of the most famous extra-long-staple cotton plants are Egyptian cotton and Pima cotton.

How Does Cotton Differ From Other Bedding Materials?

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Although cotton is the most popular fabric, it is not the most sustainable. There are other alternatives used to make premium quality bedding sheets

Bamboo

Bamboo fibers are very long, giving bamboo sheets superior softness and durability. They are also non-absorbent, breathable, and hypoallergenic.


On the flip side, chemicals are used in the manufacturing process. Bamboo sheets are also more expensive than standard Upland cotton.

Linen

Linen sheets are made from the fibers of the flax plant. Their fibers are thicker than cotton’s, which is why they are stronger and more absorbent. However, they need multiple washes before becoming soft and comfortable to use.

Silk

Silk sheets come from fiber produced by silkworms. They offer extreme softness, comfort, and, most importantly, luxury. The downside to this option is its cost. It also requires delicate care.

TENCEL™

TENCEL™ is a brand of all-natural fabric derived from eucalyptus wood pulp. Sheets made of this material are soft, breathable, and moisture-wicking which makes them an excellent choice for cooling bed sheets.

WHICH ONE SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

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Sleep is vital for your health, so it simply makes sense to invest in quality bed sheets that allow for a good night’s rest. If you’re wondering if cotton is a good bed sheet material or which cotton is best for bed sheets, the answers depend on your sleeping needs and preferences. 

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Weavve’s Cotton Bed Sheets

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Renowned for their stronger, smoother, and lighter fabrics, our cotton bed sets are perfect for those looking for safe and durable bedding. We use extra-long staple cotton fibers spun into finer 100 yarn count and single ply threads (600 thread count). Our sateen weaving method provides that luxurious sheen and smooth feel you'll love!


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TENCEL™ Lyocell sheets

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Alternatively, if you prefer silky smooth and cool to the touch sheets, TENCEL™ Lyocell bed sheets may be the choice for you. TENCEL™ Lyocell has many similarities to cotton. They are also strong, smooth, and lighter. What makes them stand out is they are eco-friendly. Starting with the best lyocell fibers (100% Lenzing TENCEL™) spun into the finest 80s yarn count threads, all processes involved in making these sheets are certified free from harmful substances. 


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