What are percale sheets?
We often hear the terms percale and sateen when discussing sheets, but what do these terms mean? Their main difference is the weave type.
Percale is a fabric with one yarn under and one yarn over. It gives sheets a crisp and smooth finish. Percale sheets are very breathable and help you sleep cool. They tend to become softer as you wash them.
Satin fabric is made with one yarn under and three or four yarns over. The weave of these sheets gives them a silkier, more shiny finish. As a result of this weave, it tends to retain heat, making you feel hot while sleeping.
What is a good thread count for sheets?
The thread count indicates the number of threads per square inch of fabric. It is determined by counting the horizontal and vertical threads. There is a misconception that sheets with a higher thread count are of better quality. A thread count of 200 to 800 is considered very good, and 300 to 400 is ideal. These sheets are softer and more durable.
What is the best material for sheets to keep you cool?
Cotton: Cotton is the most common material for sheets since it is easy to maintain and is breathable. Cotton, though readily available, is not always sustainable. This is why you should look for certified cotton sheets. Drumi’s organic cotton sheets are Fair Trade and GOTS certified. The sheets are free of pesticides and harsh chemicals, and are safe for you and the environment.
Linen: Sheets made of linen are more breathable due to their longer fibers, hence they keep you cool while you sleep. In comparison to cotton sheets, they have a much lower thread count and are not as soft to begin with. These sheets may require a longer period of adjustment.
Bamboo: Bamboo thread makes sheets soft, silky, and strong. It wicks away heat and keeps you cool while you sleep. Bamboo sheets require a great deal of chemical processing, which makes them more expensive compared to cotton sheets.
Microfiber: These sheets are made from tightly woven synthetic fibers (usually polyester). Even though they are strong and durable, they may not be as breathable as cotton sheets.
It is therefore recommended that you select organic cotton percale sheets since they are more breathable and sustainable and help you sleep cooler.