Your sheets are where you spend most of your life’s time cocooned on that bed of yours. One judging criteria is thread count. Most cotton sheets are in the 200 range meaning there are 200 threads in the cloth. The higher the thread count, the softer and more durable.
But thread count is not all that counts especially on a budget. You need to look at the fiber of the sheets. A cotton-polyester blend are wrinkle resistent, last longer than cotton and can be half the cost.
Another fiber tip is the “long-fiber” brand of cotton as it makes a noticeably softer sheet. Every time you hear some fancy-pants talking about “Egyptian”, “Pima” and “Supima”, those are the long fiber versions of cotton and have a much softer touch but are also much more expensive.
When trying to find out the thread count, hold up the sheet in the light and see how easy you can see through. The higher count, the less light.
You need to know about the weave of the cotton. Weave affects the feel of the sheet, its look, longevity and price. Basic weaves are equal horizontal and vertical crossings. Since most sheets are basic, they are not labeled.
Only those weaves that go beyond a basic will state so on the label such as the percale or sateen weaves. Percale is an upscale basic weave with a higher thread count and known for its long-lasting and crisp feel.
Sateen weaves have more vertical than horizontal lines. More vertical than horizontal lines means a softer feel but easily torn. No pillow fights on those sheets.
Most sheets have a chemical finish to keep them from shrinking, to create a sheen and wrinkling. Most consumers don’t really know or care about the finish but if you’re allergic or prefer organic, they are available. Lastly, sheets have a dye to create their color. The softest and most expensive were those yarn dyed fabrics versus the sheet dyed.
This is probably way too much information about sheets than you ever knew or cared. The main point is picking your sheets that you sleep in is a very important decision because you spend thousands of hours of your life sleeping in them. Therefore, it would behoove you to know about thread counts and the weave and the best combination between the two to make the best decision especially on a budget.