Which type of sheets do you prefer? I like percale.
Percale. I like crisp.
cotton percale - I''d be happy with the cheap, sturdy cotton sheets Sears et al. once carried, but I haven''t seen anything like those in years.
Winter - 100% cotton flannel\
Summer - 100% cotton broadcloth that softens over the years with laundering.\
Air drying OUTSIDE for all bed linens at my house! \
My guests love it that I air dry my bed linens and always remark on this the next morning.
r4 = Vera Donovan\
or maybe the ghost of my grandmother, I''m not sure
"My guests love it that I air dry my bed linens and always remark on this the next morning."\
Only after you announce it as some sort of bizzaro sense of accomplishment.
Definitely percocet. I also sleep better when I sleep on percocet.
I''m going to line dry my sheets today for the first time this year. Love the feeling of organic cotton percale sheets washed with Tide and line dried, ahhh the comforts of home...
Sateen attracts cat and dog hair and looks skeevy after a day or two. Percale looks good for a week.\
Linen is great, but @ $350 a pop, I can only afford two sets. I didn''t buy neutral so it''s not like they go with everything.
Sateen always slips off the mattress and my toenails get snagged
Here''s how I layer my bed... lambswool mattress pad, 1020ct sateen sheets from Italy, 1020ct duvet cover with white Siberian goose down comforter 900 fill power. ...buy sheets that are made in Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, or Germany, only the European looms use the highest grade long staple Egyptian cotton. The high thread count sheets that are made in India or China use inferior grades of Egyptian cotton (there are over 20 grades of Egyptian cotton). Sheets that are made of low grade Egyptian cotton will pill up and wear fast, and feel like you''re sleeping on a cheap tablecloth.
I prefer Sateen.\
Kidman was fantastic in that role.
R12, all of that typing and you still failed to answer sateen or percale.\
There''s a reason your tricks shit your bed, you know.
r14, read it again.
"" Only after you announce it as some sort of bizzaro sense of accomplishment. ""\
Sticking my air dried tongue out at R7!
A sheet thread on a gay board?\
This will be up 600 posts in no time.
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Linen for me - I have one set that is pretty old and incredibly soft, warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I bought one set from Overstock.com and they were cheap.
Sateen Levine! My first drag name.
Definitely percale! Sateen makes me feel cheap and whorish.
Do you have to iron linen sheets?
SIX pins Dolores, Six pins. You know that''s how I like it!
I have weighed sheets with different thread counts and found they all way about the same, size for size. There were a few that seemed at first to actually be heavier, but after washing and removal of sizing, they all weighed about the same. In fact, my heaviest sheet was 200 thread count I found on sale at one of the discount stores like Marshalls or the like. It''s all hog wash, created and used to sell a 20 dollar product for 60 or more dollars. Fabric feel is created by twist and chemicals, thread count is just simplified fictionalized explanation created for the dumb consumer.
retired fabric engineer
I take mine to the cleaners, r21.
"Sateen attracts cat and dog hair and looks skeevy after a day or two."%0D\
Not if you don''t have a cat or dog and can control your bodily fluids.%0D\
Sateen is the best and fuck you all for not appreciating my luxurious cranberry red sateen bedding experience.
R21, no, and they dry faster than cotton. Wash, dry, throw on the bed or fold. Fuck Mrs. Grenville! Fuck her up the ass!
"found they all way about the same"\
Show me the weigh to go home\
I''m tired & I want to go to bed
O Dear, Esq.
Sateen. Feels better against my skin.
Percale for me!\
I do love flannel sheets in the winter, though.
I want to sleep with R12.
I prefer wrestlers with erections.
Actually, R12 sounds insufferable to me.
He may be insufferable, but I bet he serves a fabulous breakfast.
[quote]I do love flannel sheets in the winter, though.%0D\
I never realized until I moved up north just how necessary flannel sheets are.
But how do you feel about Lena Horne, R31?
The higher the thread count the thinner the fabric. I prefer an 600-800TC sateen sheet. The 1000+TC sheets are a bit thin for me and the 400TC feel like sleeping on burlap.
100% cotton flannel in winter - made in Portugal.\
Sateen for the in-between season - early spring and late fall. \
100% cotton percale or linen for summer.\
I love the feel of flannel and sateen but the crispness of the percale and linen are hard to beat in warm weather.\
Anyone still have sleeping porches in the summer? I remember ours when I was a kid - that''s how we lived without air conditioning. And I still can smell the fresh crisp percale sheets Mom used for the beds. Good memories.
OK flannel sheets I simply do not get. %0D\
If I''m gonna sleep on a lumberjack, I wanna sleep on a naked lumberjack.%0D\
I mean flannel... it''d be like sleeping on denim! Ick.
It''s not like sleeping on denim. It''s just a lot warmer than regular sheets. And your skin isn''t next to the flannel anyway; who sleeps naked in the dead of winter?
I want to get some black satin sheets and be really trashy.
"who sleeps naked in the dead of winter?"\
I do & flannel sheets are awfully cozy in the winter.
Can anyone recommend a source for good cotton percale? I was in macy''s today and it was all crap. Even expensive sheets are crap. \
I have a few cotton pillowcases that were my grandmother''s. I took them as castoffs when i went to college (30 yrs ago). They are slightly worn but still holding up. Very soft and crisp.\
OTOH i recently got some Ralph Lauren sheets, $250 on sale, and they were scratchy and awful, made in pakistan. I agree thread counts are a lie.\
Where can i get good sheets? I don''t care about stores or brands. If Sears or JC Penney has them, fine. Suggestions?
John Robshaw, r42.
I got a new bed with a honking thick mattress. My sheets, which are supposed to have very deep pockets for thick mattresses, hold at the corners but are constantly riding up on the sides. \
Any good suggestions for sheets with EXCEPTIONALLY deep pockets?
R42, I am a passionate percale fan. I like bedlinens from Matouk and Sferra.%0D\
Matouk''s ''Scallop'' sheets (see link below) are very similar to the old school Wamsutta percale that I remember from my childhood. You will need to iron them for the perfect crisp finish.%0D\
If you don''t do ironing, Matouk also offer a nice cotton blend set of hemstitch sheets called ''Key Largo''. Don''t worry about the blend-- it doesn''t feel slick or synthetic at all. I have these sheets on my bed right now and they''re extremely cool and comfortable. They aren''t as crisp and crunchy feeling as 100 percent cotton, of course, but ironing sheets on a regular ironing board is somewhat awkward and labor intensive. I would love Miele''s rotary iron to press my linens.
Many thanks r43 and r45. I will check them out. Looks like Matouk has a factory not far away (i''m in boston); a major plus.
I prefer saltines.
Flannel all year round. Nothing like it.
Kurt Cobain was into flannel sheets.
Flannel year round. Cool in summer, warm in winter.
"I like 500-thread count sheets that have been ironed by my maids. Right ladies?"%0D\
Oprah addressing her audience and the moment I realized she was an insufferable bitch.%0D\
For the purpose of clarification,percale is just a generic term for any sheet which has a minimum thread count of 180 per square inch.\
A sateen is just a special weave using cotton so as to make it feel smoother and silkier. \
A sateen sheet is always percale due to the nature of the weave.
Former Ralph Lauren bedding "specialist"
Yeah, I sleep on a fuckin'' layer of dog hair.
I only use sheets in the summer so they have to be presentable.\
Yes, I make my bed most days.
Only cheap whores and low-class slobs use sateen.
I like a nice crisp Pima cotton in a percale weave for the bottom sheet - I need traction if you know what I mean. The crispness is more comforting somehow. %0D\
But on top I like a nice soft Egyptian cotton in a sateen weave. Not too high count but enough to be soft against my skin. I like my comforter in sateen as well. %0D\
My pillows are a combination. I prefer my whites crisper and my colors softer.
honeybadger dont give a shit about sateen, MHB got her phd!
You misread what I wrote, R58. The sheets hold just fine at the corners, so I don''t need sheet garters. My sheets ride up the sides of the bed, and the pockets simply aren''t deep enough. Hence my question about sheets that have exceptionally deep pockets.
I'm interested in spending about $250-$300 for new sheets. I was thinking about getting something with a 1000 thread count, but from what I've gathered that may not be a wise criterion for making a selection. What should I look for in my price range? Any preferred brands?
Porthault, Pratesi, Frette and Yves Delorme are ok brands.
That business about your sheets riding up on the side of your bed –- that just means you are as big as a whale. Slim down, honey.
Why are sheets so scratchy now? They were soft here years ago when I was a kid, and I recently worked in China awhile and the sheets and t-shirts were as soft as a cloud. Here? Everything irritates my skin. US fabric sucks.
The cotton sateen. I buy Ralph Lauren label at Marshall's
I want to try some silk stuff, if only pillows. I suppose cotton is better with a high thread count. And I'd love a 4.5 + 9 tog goose down duvet.
The vast majority of bed linens are not made in the USA anymore.
Even hostelry grade bed linens seem more luxurious when dried outdoors.
Some of this country's finest spas and resorts know this and dry their bed linens outside for this reason.
I have spun my raw cotton into the finest polished threads and woven my own sheets for what seems an eternity. Rather than venture into tawdry places for refreshment and the possibility of arousal of my bits, I have remained pure staying at home spinning and weaving and constructing sheets and pillow cases in hopes, one day I would feel a tug on my long tresses which hang nearly to the ground from my tower abode. So far, I have different sheets for every day over a 6 year period. I had one inquisitive chap scamper up my locks but he was looking for someone named Repulsivo and left post haste.
Crisp white 100% cotton - flannel in winter, percale finish in summer. Line dried so they smell good. Duvet covers are cotton too, but I'm not worried about threadcount as some manufacturers count one twisted thread as two threads thereby doubling the count. As long as the fabric feels right I don't care what he packaging says.
I agree you should go for European made, they are better quality and last forever, minimum fading and snagging. If you're spending a lot on sheets it makes sense to get white, which never goes out of fashion.
unless you're an undertaker R69
I only buy solid colors and don't care if the sheets match each other or the pillow cases, as long as they are complimentary.
I buy a flat sheet a size larger than the bed size to use as a bottom sheet. Full for a twin bed, queen for a full.
Make the bed with square corners all around. There is enough sheet to tuck in you can tighten and square things up easily and they sheet holds night after night. Even stands up to fucking a group of performing midegets.
What's a good thread count?
A good thread count is one that doesn't miss a thread. Now, that wasn't so hard, was it:)
I've always wondered: Doesn't outdoor drying = bird shit and other stuff on the just cleaned laundry?
I have some sateen sheets but I'm really not liking them
For the record I get pedicures on a regular basis and use lotion for my feet but my damn feet still snag on the fucking sheets.
I need to get some percale sheets. Cool, crisp cotton for the summer. Need to go to Macy's or JCP.
I've been line drying for nearly 5 years now, and I've never had an incident with bird poop.
Can it happen? – of course.
Very often? - apparently not.
R74 only if the bird has a grudge against you and a very good aim.
It's never happened to me but of course it could - it wouldn't be such a big deal to just put the laundry back in the machine. For the smell and feel of line dried laundry it's worth it.
Did you all grow up in a barn in West Virginia?
600 count Egyptian Cotton sheets and nothing less.
Cotton is for plebes.
Silk. Nothing else.
Love crisp percale!
The Mary Award for May 2013: R78
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Ever wonder if you can dry laundry outside in winter?
Well, you can, and very easily.
I line dry year around.
When I hang damp bed linens on below-freezing mornings before work, they freeze stiff in minutes. Then they dry just as easily as they would on a milder day.
The water changes from a frozen state to a vapor (and out of the laundry) by a physical process called sublimation. Look it up.