There are so many different types of sheets on the market so here is a guide to what everything means.
Thread count is the number of threads per square inch of fabric, both vertical and horizontal. Assuming you are looking for the softest sheet, most people would say that a higher thread count will be best. Thread count is only one part of the equation though. The fiber type, size of the yarn, and how it is finished all contribute to the overall quality. If you are looking for a durable sheet, a percale weave or blended sheet is the way to go. Linens N Things offer a wide range of thread counts to suit your needs. The higher the tread count, usually means more expensive. Jersey or "T-sheets" do not have a thread count as they are knitted, not woven.
One of the factors that will have the most impact on the way the sheet feels is the weave of its fabric.
|Sateen||The stitch is four-over, one-under, which puts the most threads on the surface.||Not to be confused with satin, a sateen weave is extremely soft. It can be slightly less durable than percale or pinpoint.|
|Pinpoint||Pinpoint weaves are made with a stitch of two-over and one-under.||They're more durable than sateen, but a little less soft. Pinpoint weaves will take a few washes to soften.|
|Percale||Yarns are woven one-over and one-under each other—leaving openings that will make the fabric very breathable.||Percales weave means they're usually quite breathable, and can be finished to feel crisp or soft. These sheets are strong and long-lasting, but they will need some washing to soften.|
|Twill||Twill can be easily identified by diagonal lines on one side of the fabric.||With twill sheets, yarns are typically woven two-over and one-under. These sheets hold their shape well, drape well and tend to be somewhat wrinkle-resistant.|
|Jacquard||This is a patterned weave that is extremely complex to create. These sheets are produced on a special loom to allow repeating patterns—a tapestry or other large design—on the face of the fabric.||Jacquard fabric has a variety of textures, but you will be able to feel the pattern under your hand as it is woven in, rather than printed on the fabric.|
Sheets are purchased by mattress size. Below is your guide to measuring.
Mattress depth is the measure of the mattress's thickness from top to bottom. Sheet manufacturers' use it to determine the "pocket depth" your fitted bottom sheet will require. You will need to include the height of any mattress pads or toppers to your mattress depth—a featherbed can easily move your mattress up a size in pocket depth as well.
|Mattress Depth||Size To Order|
|7 - 12 inches||Standard|
|13 - 17 inches||Deep|
|18 - 25 inches||Extra Deep|
|Mattress Measurement||Matress Size|
|39 inches wide x 76 inches long||Twin|
|39 inches wide x 80 inches long||Twin XL|
|53 inches wide x 75 inches long||Full|
|60 inches wide x 80 inches long||Queen|
|76 inches wide x 80 inches long||King|
|72 inches wide x 84 inches long||California King|
Twin -The smallest of all the mattresses. Usually for one person. 39 x 76 inches.
Twin X-Long -Found most commonly in college dorm rooms, the “Twin XL” as it’s affectionately known, is just that - longer than the standard Twin; the width is the same. 39 x 80 inches.
Full -Also referred to as a Double Bed. Can sleep two and is shorter in length than the Queen size. 54 x 75 inches.
Queen -Sleeps two and is both wider and longer than a Full sized mattress. 60 x 80 inches.
King -The largest, most luxurious sized mattress. May be referred to as the Eastern King. 78 x 80 inches.
California King -The California King mattress is a large luxury size like the Eastern King, however it is narrower and longer. 72 x 84 inches
Pillow Top and Extra Deep mattresses have become very common. Before selecting your sheets and mattress pads, it is important to know the depth of your mattress. Here are some dimensions to use as a guide:
Standard -7 to 9 inches.
Deep -10 to 15 inches.
Extra Deep -15 inches to as high as 22 inches
Almost all sheets are machine washable but be sure to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for the best results.
Here are the dimensions for most comforters. Keep in mind that these are approximate sizes. Some vendors may run slightly smaller or produce "oversized" comforters. Regardless, these dimensions can serve as a basic guide:
Twin -68 x 86 inches
Full -80 x 90 inches
Full/Queen -88 x 88 inches
Queen -86 x 94 inches
King -110 x 96 inches
Most manufactures don’t make California King or Twin XL comforters. You would do best with a King or Twin size. Also, when looking for Full or Queen sizes, some manufacturers make comforters in both Full and Queen sizes, while others will offer a Full/Queen size, which fits both mattresses. Comforters are meant for a more informal look.
Here are the dimensions for most down comforters. Keep in mind that these are approximate sizes. Some vendors may run slightly smaller, but these dimensions can serve as a basic guide:
Twin -68 x 88 inches
Full/Queen -90 x 98 inches
King -108 x 98 inches
Sizing for blankets can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Stick to purchasing whatever size your mattress is and you will be fine. Most should fall close to these sizes:
Twin -66 x 90 inches
Full/Queen -90 x 90 inches
King -108 x 90 inches
Throw -50 x 60 inches
For those of you that like a down comforter a duvet could be the perfect answer. Since you will be placing your comforter inside the duvet, it is important that the appropriate size be selected. Like blankets, duvet sizes can vary and some manufacturers even offer an “oversized” duvet. Regardless, just match your comforter's size to the appropriate duvet. Here are some sizes to keep in mind, and remember, they might vary slightly by vendor:
Twin -68 x 88 inches
Full/Queen -88 x 88 inches
King -104 x 88 inches