What’s better for my bedroom:

SATEEN SHEETS OR PERCALE SHEETS

The sheets we choose to put on our beds have an impact on the quality of our sleep. People have busy lives today & hardly any time to go pick out the perfect sheets. But before you go throwing any kind of sheets on your bed, consider the durability of the sheets, how safe they are for the skin, and if you like sleeping a bit cooler or warmer.

The two most popular weaves that are common among sheets are Percale and Sateen. Simply put, percale sheets are crisp and cool and have a matte finish. Sheets made in the percale weave are more comfortable to sleep on in hot weather because they are breathable, and have a lighter, airy feel. On the other hand, sateen sheets have a smooth, satiny feel, and a glossy finish. Sateen sheets are luxurious, a bit heavier in weight & keep you cool in the summer & warm in the winter.


WHAT ARE PERCALE SHEETS? 


 

Brooklinen Logo Cotton Percale: $99-$139

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Sheets with a percale weave are known for their typical tight weave. They are elegant, smooth, and great for those who sleep hot since percale sheets are cool and breathable.

Percale sheets are woven on looms. In the beginning, percale sheets were only made in India and exported to other countries. Later, when this type of weave caught traction, they realized the immense potential of percale sheets and started to use their own fibers to make percale fabrics. Today, percale sheets are readily available all over the world.

Percale sheets are primarily made from cotton, and as a result they are more prone to wrinkles because of the dense threads. In order to reduce wrinkles and improve the quality of the sheets, the weavers may add a little wrinkle-resistant fiber like polyester or silk to the cotton. Percale sheets are extremely durable and become softer with every wash. Even after years they do not lose their smoothness.


WHAT ARE SATEEN SHEETS? 


During the weaving process, the sateen fabric is soaked in a lye solution and then dipped in an acid wash to strip off the outer layer of the fabric, leaving it with a gloss and texture similar to satin. This process is called mercerization, and allows the fabric to better absorb dye. This is the reason why sateen sheets have a richer color.

Sheets made in sateen weaves, are shiny because the threads aren’t woven into one another. Rather than weaving them uniformly in a criss-cross pattern, sateen sheets are woven with long sections of thread lying on top of the perpendicular woven threads. Unlike percale weaves, the fabric is stitched only on the back side for the sateen sheets, making the front smoother than the back.

Because of the chemical treatment, sateen sheets resist mildew. Sateen sheets also get softer with each wash & are less likely to wrinkle than percale sheets.

 

SOL Organics Logo Cotton Sateen: $99-$179

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Coyuchi Logo Cotton Percale: $48-$298 

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The bottom line

Both sateen and percale sheets are very popular among buyers, especially at different times of the year. The luxurious sateen sheets are preferred in late fall and winter, when the weather becomes chilly. When the cold bids adieu and makes way for spring and summer, the fresh and clean percale sheets come to keep us cool.

While there are a lot of factors that go into making the ideal sheets, ultimately personal preference is the deciding factor. Those who like a crisp feel will prefer percale sheets, while those with a taste for luxury will go for sateen sheets. You only know your sheets best when you sleep on them for a while. When buying new kinds of sheets for your bed, it is always better to buy a single sheet and use it for a while just to see how it performs. You can always buy more if you end up liking them. Remember that bed sheets can influence the quality of your sleep, and must be bought with a lot of care and consideration.


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