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RandomMrdan's avatar

I need some help with purchasing a bed and sheets.

Asked by RandomMrdan (7436points) May 29th, 2009

I’ve pretty much decided what bed I want, it’s one of those Sleep Science Temper Pedic Mattresses.

I was told to get some good sheets for this type of bed because it holds in a lot of heat. What thread count is good for the sheets and comforter?

I’m buying from a Costco, so the level of customer service isn’t always the best. Any help would be much appreciated


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MrGV's avatar

The higher the thread count the better.

RandomMrdan's avatar

is there a number I should aim for? I don’t want to spend a fortune on my sheets, but I want to be comfortable.

Kayak8's avatar

I would go for a thread count of 400 or more. Less than that and they start getting rough. Another idea is sateen (not satin) sheets that may have a lower thread count, but just keep getting softer everytime you wash them (Kohl’s has them for sure). If you can afford sheets in the 600 count range, you will be in heaven, particularly if they are egyptian cotton.

whatthefluther's avatar

@RandomMrdan…You are right about customer service at Costco, but they have a great return policy. As for sheets, I’m no expert, but I know what I like: flannel during cold months, definitely not flannel during warmer months and satin always feels great but can be hazardous to your health (think slip and slide without the water)

whatthefluther's avatar

…wait, maybe the satin sheets weren’t to blame…it may have been the head to toe liberal application of baby oil and several beers (no, I did not liberally apply beer to my body…what a waste that would be…and @johnpowell would never approve…wait, I’m not saying jp was there…come on now, I’m just saying….oh, never mind)

YARNLADY's avatar

Be aware that the thread count can refer to the number of 3-ply threads and also to the number of threads x3 per ply. A 900 count sheet may just be a 300 3 ply thread. You can’t always go by that. The best way is to buy a good brand name.

jonsblond's avatar

@whatthefluther wtf? (I’ve been waiting to use that on you since I met you!)

I second @Kayak8‘s response. Go with at least a 400 count. Mine are from Kohl’s and they are very comfy. What @YARNLADY said. :)

whatthefluther's avatar

@jonsblond…was that the wtf or the baby oil?

jonsblond's avatar

@whatthefluther I’ve been known to have a mouth of a sailor. ;)

Darwin's avatar

@jonsblondDo you keep it in a jar with alcohol or in the freezer?

jonsblond's avatar

@Darwin It’s a “frizzer” in these neck of the woods.

RandomMrdan's avatar

I found this set

What do you think?

jonsblond's avatar

Looks nicer than mine. Good choice.
Let’s see what Yarnlady has to say. :)

RandomMrdan's avatar

oh, and YarnLady, I can’t quite afford those nice sheets you linked me to…but it’d be nice if I could.

Supacase's avatar

How about bamboo sheets? They are soft, breathable and great for heat.

augustlan's avatar

@RandomMrdan The ones you linked look good!

Jeruba's avatar

I don’t like soft, mushy sheets. I want them crisp like hotel sheets. I have bought a lot of sheets trying to figure out how to get them and not succeeded. Don’t want to hijack RandomMrdan’s question, but maye he likes crisp sheets.

Supacase's avatar

@Jeruba I like crisp sheets, too. Especially when the bed is freshly made. I don’t like them when they are rough, though. I like crisp, soft sheets. (Not like jersey knit soft – hate that.)

My stepdad came into the marriage with Mom in 1979 with the ugliest set of green patterned sheets I have ever seen. As soon as I got a full-size bed, I took them. I kept them until they fell apart, probably around 2000 The elastic on the fitted sheet was ripping away from the fabric but tossing them was so hard to do. They were the perfect sheets. I will never find sheets with that perfect balance again. stroll down memory lane over… thanks for indulging me

I suggested bamboo sheets specifically because he mentioned the heat issue.

marcosthecuban's avatar

dont’ buy satin.

YARNLADY's avatar

@RandomMrdan the Costco sheets look and sound pretty good. My relatives swear by Costco. I haven’t tried their sheets.

Buy one set, and if you don’t like it, take it back and tell them why you don’t like it. If you do like it, buy more.

hearkat's avatar

@Supacase: Any suggestions or links you can recommend for the bamboo sheets? (I have bamboo socks, and they are great, so I’m sure I’d like the sheets, too!)

I bought a Simmons ComforPedic mattress a year ago and love it, but it is pretty warm. Of course I could use a summer-weight comforter, too.

Satin sheets are slippery and wear through pretty quickly. I like a cool crisp sheet and tend to go with ‘sateen’ as previously recommended.

gooch's avatar

Egyptian cotton with a high thread count.

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