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Types of Bed Sheet and Bedding Fabrics


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When shopping and buying bedding, sheets, or linens it’s always a good idea to know the types of fabric and weaves used, which will help you find the perfect match for your bed and comfort. Here is a list of the different types of fabrics used in bed sheets and linens that will help you find the silky, soft, or crisp sheets you prefer.


Cotton is the most used and favored fabric for bed sheets and linens since it’s the most durable, breathable, and softest. There are many different types of cotton used for bed sheets along with many blends. Here are some of the most common types of cotton used in bedding and sheets.

  1. Egyptian cotton is the most luxurious and often used in high-quality and expensive bed sheets. It’s grown in warm, dry climates of North Africa and has an extra-long staple that provides the much desired softness and luster.
  2. Pima cotton is also known for its softness and natural sheen. It has medium to extra-long staple fibers ideal for bed sheets. This cotton is grown in the southwest of the United States and a few other locations.
  3. Upland cotton is an array of cotton with medium-length staples produced in the United States.
  4. Supima® is a trademarked name for fibers and materials woven from 100% American Pima cotton.
  5. MicroCotton® is a trademarked brand for a cotton yarn developed in India. Its durable cotton, made from long staple cotton fibers, is considered amongst the finest in the world.


Tencel is a man-made, new-age fiber used in bedding and linens. It has an outstanding ability to resist moisture and hinder bacteria growth.


Silk is luxurious, soft fiber produced from silk worms. Silk sheets and bedding create a silky, cool alternative for warm summer days and romantic nights. Silk is also naturally hyper-allergenic, which is another alternative for people who suffer from allergies.


Polyester is a man-made and natural fiber produced from polymers which contain the ester functional group in their main chain. Polyester sheets are often found in motels and hotels, where durability and cleanliness is preferred. Normally polyester sheets and bedding is scratchy, stiff and inexpensive. Polyester is more likely used as a filler in blends of cotton sheets.


It’s very important to know about fabric blends because it’s very common in bedding, bed sheets and linens. Blends are often found in high-end and inexpensive bed sheets and linens to create durability. Blends can be a combination of types of cottons, silk, or other fibers. Most blends found in bedding fabrics are made of cotton and viscose fiber from bamboo, silk or polyester.

Now that you know the different types of fabrics for sheets and linens, find out what types of weaves, bedding, and pillows you should check out for your bedroom.

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