Fine Linens | Personal Choices In Luxury Bedding
Luxury homeowners spend considerable time making design choices for their luxury homes. From intricate architectural details to high-end custom furniture, the investments made are not just financial…they are also very personal.
Nothing is more personal in a luxury home than the fine linens of a bedroom. If you think about the amount of time we spend in bed—approximately one-third of our lives—you will want to make sure that you’re investing in sheets and bedding that satisfy your desire for comfort and elegance.
Here are some expert tips for choosing the ultimate in luxury bedding for your home:
Understanding Thread Count
Most people are taught to believe that the higher the thread count, the higher the quality. But there is more to know about the numeric value of thread count than just a high number. As you would imagine, thread count numbers refer to the number of threads in both length and width that are used to create a fabric. However, the higher thread count is not necessarily the only measurement of quality. When searching for the perfect bed linens, you will want to consider sever other factors.
Other Indicators Of Quality
If thread count is not the only criteria for choosing luxury bedding, what else should you be looking for?
- Fibers: Aside from silk and satin, most luxury bed sheets are made from 100% cotton. They are fresh, clean, and comfortable to sleep on. But not all cotton is created equally. The quality of the fabric is based on how the fiber is spun. The longer the fiber, the more durable it will be and the softer it will feel. When looking for the best quality cotton sheets, you will want to look for those made with Egyptian, Pima, or Supima.
- Weave: How fibers are woven directly affects the durability of sheets and how they feel over time. Percale is a basic box weave that keeps cool and offers extended longevity. The weave on Sateen sheets contains more vertical than horizontal threads, giving them a softer texture. They are, however, more prone to pilling and tears. More intricate weaves can be found in the more expensive Jacquard and Damask sheets, but they are definitely worth the investment. Some of the finest bed linens are European-made, including those from Frette and Yves Delorme. If you want to buy American, however, check out the Dallas-based offerings from Peacock Alley.
- Dye: An interesting fact about sheets is that many are dyed after they have been woven. This creates an initial stiffness. But if the sheets are woven with yarn that has been pre-dyed, stiffness can be avoided and the fabric color comes out richer.
- Finish: Many manufacturers add a chemical treatment to sheets to help them keep their shape, reduce wrinkling, and create a desired finish. If you have sensitive skin or simply want to avoid chemically-treated sheets, you can find alternative options such as those offered by Garnet Hill.
Whatever your choices in luxury bed linens, we know they will look beautiful in your tastefully appointed luxury home. If you are in the market for a new home in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Paradise Valley, we invite you to contact us at Walt Danley Realty. Our agents will help you find the right home that will complement your personal affinity for the finest in luxury.