Percale Sheets Shopping Mistakes

So, you have finally made your decision to invest in some quality bedding. Whether you have done so because you wish to find bed sheets that remind you of your grandmother’s crisp sheets or you are just trying to find a long-lasting set that will not tear apart during the first washings, you have made up your mind that you will commit to buying a good percale sheet set. However, before you make your purchase, here are two mistakes that you should avoid:

Mistake #1: Obsessing About Thread Count

percale sheetsDo not fall for this common marketing ploy. It is correct that the thread count is an important factor but it is not the be all end all that many marketing campaigns make it out to be. When faced with an unbelievably high thread count, ask how the threads were counted and whether the sheets were made using single threads or 2-ply, 3-ply, or even 4-ply yarns. Usually the thread count is inflated by counting a multiple ply yarn as more than one. The truth of the matter is that only a thread count of between 400 to 500 is needed and higher than that would not make much difference. Percale sheets are very simple. Keep it simple and purchase the highest thread count sheet that is not ‘inflated’ in this way.

Mistake #2: Going Cheap

Going to the cheapest discount store and then looking in the bargain bin is not exactly the best way to find luxury bedding, you really get what you pay for in most cases.  As with other products, high quality percale is typically going to cost you a bit more.  For example the well reviewed products sold online by Thomas Lee typically cost about $200 USD per set.  A similar set sold by The Company Store sell online for about $100 USD. Of course, you can also find these cotton percale sheets at several online or brick and mortar locations with a price range anywhere in between.  Just remember, with these products, you generally get what you pay for.  While you obviously shouldn’t just shop for the highest price, it can sometimes be a better indication of quality.

These are two of the most often made mistakes that people make when looking for new sheets, percale or otherwise.  You might also find that flannel sheets are advertised in a similar way. As long as you do not make the same mistakes you should be able to find the percale sheets that will comfort you to sleep each night.

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