The thing that changed my life was really good sheets. I have this Sferra set that is kind of magical and these incredible white goose-down pillows. . . . Every time I go to a hotel I miss my bed. – J. Crew Creative Director Jenna Lyons to Harpers Bazaar
Weight. Fiber. Finish. Feel. These are the four qualities you should consider when shopping for bed linens. What about thread count, you ask? Isn’t that the most important thing to consider? According to luxury linen maker Sferra, the answer is no. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of sheeting, but a high thread count won’t necessarily provide the comfort you seek. Here is a quick primer to help you get a good night’s sleep . . .
“Weight” is the heaviness or lightness of a fabric. Some people prefer lighter sheeting during the summer and a heavier weight during cooler seasons. Others require light weights all year round. Consider your preferences when selecting your bedding.
“The finer the fiber, the finer the sheet,” Sferra explains. The company uses Egyptian cotton because it has the longest staple fiber in the world. Longer staples create smoother, stronger fabrics. Luxury linen maker Matouk agrees. “Egyptian cotton is the world’s finest cotton,” says textile designer Annie Graham, Matouk’s product development and design manager. “They’ve been growing cotton in Egypt for a long time. Geographically the conditions are ideal, and agriculturally they’ve perfected the process. Look for Egyptian cotton sheeting woven in Europe.”
The finish, which determines a fabric’s color, luster, and feel, refers to the way a fabric is treated after it is woven. Sferra’s exact finishing process is a secret, but its sheets become softer and more luxurious with use.
The final consideration one should make when selecting sheeting is simple, yet subjective. How does the sheet feel to you?
Proper care and storage will make your luxury linens more luxurious over time.
Here are some laundry tips from Sferra: Machine wash your linens. There is no need to dry clean them. Wash your linens before the first use. Separate them from other items and use warm water on a gentle cycle. Cold water rinse. Use a mild detergent. No chlorine bleach. Use a low heat setting for the dryer and remove them promptly. Fine sheets usually dry in 15 minutes.
Sferra recommends Linen Wash detergent, which is available at Janet Brown Interiors.
Environmentally-safe Linen Wash removes tough stains such as lipstick, red wine, ink, pet stains, blood and coffee from fine linens and cottons. This cleanser contains no bleach, caustics, enzymes, phosphates or sulphates, and it is not tested on animals.
Sferra says there is no need to iron your linens, but if you do, use a steam iron on a warm/hot setting while the linens are still slightly damp.
Store your bedding in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Avoid plastic bags or boxes or cedar chests. Natural fibers need to breathe.
Janet Brown Interiors will host its Annual Linen Sale February 4th through March 4th. The storewide sale will include bedding, blankets, duvet fillers, bed pillows, throws, shower curtains, towels, table linens and placemats from manufacturers including Sferra, Matouk, Lulu DK for Matouk, John Robshaw, Eastern Accents, Abyss and Habidecor and Garnier-Thiebaut. Special orders will be 20% off. In-stock items will be 25 – 60% off. Let the friendly staff of Janet Brown Interiors help you make your bed (and set your table)!
For more information about Garnier-Thiebaut’s table linens and their “Green Sweet” stain-resistant technology, please visit our blog post “Garnier-Thiebaut: Offering Peace of Mind When You Set the Table.”
Post by Kathleen Sams Flippen for Janet Brown Interiors