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Percale or sateen?

Which type of sheets do you prefer? I like percale.

by Anonymousreply 8405/07/2013

Percale. I like crisp.

by Anonymousreply 104/09/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 204/09/2011


by Anonymousreply 304/09/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 404/09/2011

r4 = Vera Donovan

or maybe the ghost of my grandmother, I'm not sure

by Anonymousreply 504/09/2011


by Anonymousreply 604/09/2011

"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.

by Anonymousreply 704/09/2011

Definitely percocet. I also sleep better when I sleep on percocet.

by Anonymousreply 804/09/2011

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...

by Anonymousreply 904/09/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 1004/09/2011

Sateen always slips off the mattress and my toenails get snagged

by Anonymousreply 1104/09/2011

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. 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.

by Anonymousreply 1204/09/2011

I prefer Sateen.

Kidman was fantastic in that role.

by Anonymousreply 1304/09/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 1404/09/2011

r14, read it again.

by Anonymousreply 1504/09/2011

"" Only after you announce it as some sort of bizzaro sense of accomplishment. ""

Sticking my air dried tongue out at R7!

by Anonymousreply 1604/09/2011

A sheet thread on a gay board?

This will be up 600 posts in no time.

by Anonymousreply 1704/09/2011

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 and they were cheap.

by Anonymousreply 1804/09/2011

Sateen Levine! My first drag name.

by Anonymousreply 1904/09/2011

Definitely percale! Sateen makes me feel cheap and whorish.

by Anonymousreply 2004/09/2011

Do you have to iron linen sheets?

by Anonymousreply 2104/09/2011

SIX pins Dolores, Six pins. You know that's how I like it!

by Anonymousreply 2204/09/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 2304/09/2011

I take mine to the cleaners, r21.

by Anonymousreply 2404/09/2011

"Sateen attracts cat and dog hair and looks skeevy after a day or two."%0D %0D Not if you don't have a cat or dog and can control your bodily fluids.%0D %0D Sateen is the best and fuck you all for not appreciating my luxurious cranberry red sateen bedding experience.

by Anonymousreply 2504/09/2011

R21, no, and they dry faster than cotton. Wash, dry, throw on the bed or fold. Fuck Mrs. Grenville! Fuck her up the ass!

by Anonymousreply 2604/09/2011

"found they all way about the same" Show me the weigh to go home I'm tired & I want to go to bed

by Anonymousreply 2704/09/2011

Sateen. Feels better against my skin.

by Anonymousreply 2804/09/2011

Percale for me!

I do love flannel sheets in the winter, though.

by Anonymousreply 2904/09/2011

I want to sleep with R12.

by Anonymousreply 3004/09/2011

I prefer wrestlers with erections.

by Anonymousreply 3104/09/2011

Actually, R12 sounds insufferable to me.

by Anonymousreply 3204/09/2011

He may be insufferable, but I bet he serves a fabulous breakfast.

by Anonymousreply 3304/09/2011

[quote]I do love flannel sheets in the winter, though.%0D %0D I never realized until I moved up north just how necessary flannel sheets are.

by Anonymousreply 3404/09/2011

But how do you feel about Lena Horne, R31?

by Anonymousreply 3504/09/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 3604/09/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 3704/09/2011

OK flannel sheets I simply do not get. %0D %0D If I'm gonna sleep on a lumberjack, I wanna sleep on a naked lumberjack.%0D %0D I mean flannel... it'd be like sleeping on denim! Ick.

by Anonymousreply 3804/09/2011

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?

by Anonymousreply 3904/09/2011

I want to get some black satin sheets and be really trashy.

by Anonymousreply 4004/09/2011

"who sleeps naked in the dead of winter?"

I do & flannel sheets are awfully cozy in the winter.

by Anonymousreply 4104/09/2011

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?

by Anonymousreply 4204/09/2011

John Robshaw, r42.

by Anonymousreply 4304/09/2011

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?

by Anonymousreply 4404/09/2011

R42, I am a passionate percale fan. I like bedlinens from Matouk and Sferra.%0D %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 %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.

by Anonymousreply 4504/09/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 4604/10/2011

I prefer saltines.

by Anonymousreply 4704/10/2011

Flannel all year round. Nothing like it.

by Anonymousreply 4804/10/2011

Kurt Cobain was into flannel sheets.

by Anonymousreply 4904/10/2011

Flannel year round. Cool in summer, warm in winter.

by Anonymousreply 5004/10/2011

"I like 500-thread count sheets that have been ironed by my maids. Right ladies?"%0D %0D Oprah addressing her audience and the moment I realized she was an insufferable bitch.%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 5104/10/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 5204/10/2011

Yeah, I sleep on a fuckin' layer of dog hair.

by Anonymousreply 5304/10/2011

I only use sheets in the summer so they have to be presentable.

Yes, I make my bed most days.

by Anonymousreply 5404/10/2011

Only cheap whores and low-class slobs use sateen.

by Anonymousreply 5504/10/2011

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 %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 %0D My pillows are a combination. I prefer my whites crisper and my colors softer.

by Anonymousreply 5604/10/2011

Amazon's your friend R44.

by Anonymousreply 5804/10/2011

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.

by Anonymousreply 5904/10/2011

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?

by Anonymousreply 6005/03/2013

Porthault, Pratesi, Frette and Yves Delorme are ok brands.

by Anonymousreply 6105/03/2013

r59 --

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.

by Anonymousreply 6205/03/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6305/03/2013

The cotton sateen. I buy Ralph Lauren label at Marshall's

by Anonymousreply 6405/03/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6505/03/2013

Yoo-hoo, r63.

The vast majority of bed linens are not made in the USA anymore.

by Anonymousreply 6605/03/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6705/03/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6805/03/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6905/03/2013

unless you're an undertaker R69

by Anonymousreply 7005/03/2013

[R44] 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.

by Anonymousreply 7105/03/2013

What's a good thread count?

by Anonymousreply 7205/03/2013

A good thread count is one that doesn't miss a thread. Now, that wasn't so hard, was it:)

by Anonymousreply 7305/03/2013

I've always wondered: Doesn't outdoor drying = bird shit and other stuff on the just cleaned laundry?

by Anonymousreply 7405/03/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7505/03/2013

r74 --

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.

by Anonymousreply 7605/03/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7705/03/2013

Did you all grow up in a barn in West Virginia?

600 count Egyptian Cotton sheets and nothing less.

by Anonymousreply 7805/03/2013

Cotton is for plebes.

Silk. Nothing else.

by Anonymousreply 7905/03/2013

Loathe sateen!

Love crisp percale!

by Anonymousreply 8005/03/2013

The Mary Award for May 2013: R78

by Anonymousreply 8105/03/2013

Here's a useful website that offers some beautiful photography as well:

by Anonymousreply 8205/04/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 8305/05/2013

Anyone have experience with the Hotel Collection, 600 thread count, 100% Egyption cotton?

by Anonymousreply 8405/07/2013
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