Fabrics Commonly Used In Bedding
Buying new sheets or other bedding can be a treat and one of the quickest and easiest ways to freshen up your bedroom, but it can cause some confusion. There are many different types of fabrics, but how do you know which one is the best? Cotton? Tencel? Skin horse? What are those fabrics? A bedding fabric manufacturer will share this article with you.
While it's easy to pick your favorite color, choosing sheets made of the right fabric to suit your tastes can be a bit complicated.
For good reason, cotton is the most popular fabric used in making sheets and other bedding. It is durable, breathable, soft, easy to maintain, and usually reasonably priced. However, you will find several different types of cotton. Some terms refer to the origin of the cotton fiber itself, while others refer to the way it is woven or treated. Here are some of the most common:
Egyptian cotton is the most luxurious variety. If you want super soft, high quality sheets, this is your choice. Egyptian cotton, grown in the warm and dry climate of North Africa, has a super-long fiber that can form the softest, smoothest fabric.
Pima cotton is also known for its softness and natural shine. It has medium to extra-long fibers and is ideal for bed sheets. This kind of cotton is mainly grown in the Southwestern United States and other places.
Upland cotton is native to The Americas, but is now the most common cotton in the world. Its fibres are not as long as pima or Egyptian cotton, and therefore not as soft as those cottons. Unless otherwise stated, most cotton cloth is made from upland cotton, especially if the price is negotiated.
Supima is the trade name of 100% American Pima cotton woven fiber and material.
MicroCotton is a brand name for very fine cotton thread developed in India. This durable cotton is made of long and short cotton fibers, which are very soft and absorbent.
A cotton sweater is a piece of cotton fabric that is knitted rather than woven. Cotton sweatshirts are basically made of the same material as cotton T-shirts, so if you like soft cotton T-shirts, you'll like them.
Percale is a tightly woven cotton fabric with a plain weave. It has a very cool texture with a thread count of 180 or higher.
Combed cotton is a cotton fabric that has been treated during the manufacturing process to remove all short fibers, leaving a very smooth fabric.
Flannel, a staple food on cold winter nights, is a type of cotton fabric that can be combed to fluff the fibers. The result is a very soft fabric with down that absorbs body heat, giving flannel a warm and comfortable quality. Unlike other types of bedding, flannelette quality is measured in ounces (ounces) per square yard, rather than by the number of threads. As winter approaches, you'll find the best choice for flannelette sheets, as well as holiday-style flannelette sheets.
And 100% cotton pocketing fabric will be your best choice.
Tencel is the brand name of a fabric made of eucalyptus wood pulp. It's soft, very durable and naturally antibacterial. Tencel is often considered an environmentally friendly fabric because it requires less water, energy and chemicals to produce than cotton.
Although tensium is cool, it is not as breathable as cotton and may feel a little wet.
Acetate is a fabric made from cellulose in wood fibers. It has a very soft and satin feel, but because the fibres are weak, these sheets must be dry-cleaned or washed by hand. This material is not suitable for most people.
Silk is a luxurious, soft fiber produced by silkworms. For sheer indulgence, it's hard to beat real silk sheets, which are cool, silky and sensual, a must-have for a romantic or sexy bedroom. Silk is also naturally low allergen. The downside of silk, of course, is that it costs a lot. And its care, very delicate. However, if you want the most extravagance, consider using a set of silk sheets.
Polyester is a man-made fibre made from the same polymers used to make plastic drink bottles. Although polyester is cheap, it is quite stiff and scratchy when used alone. Usually, you'll find polyester mixed with another thread (usually cotton) in cheap sheets.
Microfiber - Weaving very fine polyester is sometimes sold as microfiber. Although these sheets are soft, they're still not as breathable as cotton, so if you're inclined to "hot sleep," they're not the best option. But they are durable and stain resistant, making them a good choice for children's bedrooms.
Nylon is a sturdy synthetic fabric that makes soft satin sheets that don't crease. But nylon starts to pile up after only a few washes. Nylon does not hold well in the heat of a dryer or under an iron. Even too much sunlight can cause problems for nylon.
Acrylic acid is another synthetic material. It is not as comfortable to the skin as natural fibers, but has a very good wrinkle resistance, can be used to make brightly colored bedding. It is more commonly used in blankets and quilts than in actual bed sheets. It needs to be cleaned carefully to avoid pilling.
Although bamboo fibers can be made into fabrics, they are usually rigid. Often, you find that what's labeled "bamboo" is actually rayon. This means that the pulp must undergo a chemical process to dissolve, re-solidify, and then spin into a thread. The process involves harmful chemicals and can cause environmental damage, making bamboo chips less environmentally friendly than their manufacturers require. However, it does produce a very soft, durable and silky fabric.
Bamboo is as breathable as cotton and feels good for your skin.
There are many blends to choose from, most of which include some form of cotton. Cotton/polyester is the most common, but you'll also find cotton/bamboo, cotton/rayon and nylon/polyester. Blended fabrics are often inexpensive, durable and wrinkle-resistant, making them an ideal choice for children's bedding.