If you're anything like me, you want your bedsheets to feel like lying on a fluffy bed of clouds — if they're not soft, it doesn't matter how amazing they are. However, if you want the best soft sheets, you'll need to consider a few different factors:
- Fabric: One of the biggest factors impacting softness is the type of material the sheets are made out of. Generally speaking, cotton and silk tend to be softest, though certain microfibers and polyesters can work, too. If you opt for cotton, choose one that's 100 percent cotton rather than a blend.
- Weave: In addition to the type of fabric you choose, the way that it's woven can make a difference, too. With cotton sheets, there are two main types of weaves — percale and sateen. The latter, which weaves one vertical thread per every four horizontal threads, usually feels silkier and has more of a sheen to it than your standard "one over, one under" percale weave.
- Thread count: Contrary to popular belief, higher thread counts don't always mean better quality sheets. However, if you go with a sateen weave, it does often make a difference. While percale weaves typically don't have enough density for it to matter, if you go with sateen styles. you'll want a higher thread count
Now that you have a better understanding of what qualities make up the best soft sheets, check out some of my favorite options that I've gathered below.