Sheets Buying Guide
Sheets Buying Guide
Here's everything you need to know about the fibres, construction and quality details that make a
difference in our sheets so you can choose what's best for you:
Certified Organic Cotton
Our 100% cotton sheets are made from certified organic cotton. Grown without the use of pesticides, insecticides or synthetic fertilizers, our cotton sheets are certified to the gold standard for organic cotton, GOTS (the Global Organic Textiles Standard). GOTS-certified textiles meet strict criteria from seed to shelf, from using non-GMO seeds to safe, organic dyes and finishes that won't irritate your skin. Plus, the cotton is farmed in an environmentally responsible way that uses less water and is better for the soil.
All of our cotton sheets are woven from single-ply yarns. Single-ply yarns result in threads that are far finer and stronger than multi-ply, creating softer, longer-lasting sheeting material.
Meaningful Thread Count
When it comes to thread count, higher isn't always better. Thread count is defined as the number of threads woven into a square inch of fabric. When that fabric is woven using single-ply yarns, as our cotton sheets are, a higher thread count means a softer fabric.
Our cotton sheets are available in two thread counts:
- 200 thread count is a lighter-weight weave that provides softness and durability at a good value.
- 400 thread count is a tighter weave made of finer threads, making it extra-soft and long-lasting.
When multi-ply yarns are used, as with cheaper knockoffs, it can result in a higher thread count (think 600, 800) but it's usually a coarser and ultimately lower-quality sheet.
Our cotton sheets come in two classic weaves, each with its own unique texture: percale and sateen.
The one-over, one-under weave of percale produces a strong fabric with a matte, crisp finish. Its lighter-weight weave is more breathable than sateen and less likely to pill. Percale is ideal for warmer months or sleepers who prefer staying on the cooler side.
The alternating one-yarn-under, four-yarns-over weave of sateen produces a smooth, lustrous finish and silky hand. Sateen's tighter weave gives it a warmer, lusher feel than percale. Sateen is ideal for cooler months or sleepers who prefer staying on the cosier side.
We go the extra mile to ensure that our sheets are soft and smooth. For our Organic Washed Cotton Sheets, we use a GOTs-compliant organic wash that creates extra softness and pre-shrinks the material. For our Organic Cotton Percale, we comb the cotton, removing any short fibres to maximize durability and further enhance its anti-pilling characteristics.
Linen is an all-natural fibre woven from the flax plant. The flax for our linen sheets is grown in Belgium, which is known for producing the finest flax due to its temperate climate and soil, and is cultivated in an environmentally sustainable way.
Versatility + Durability
Linen is very breathable, moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating, making it ideal for hot summer nights, but also a good insulator in winter (and a great choice for couples who sleep warm and cold). Linen fibres are more durable than cotton and have natural antibacterial properties.
Why No Thread Count?
Linen yarns are slightly thicker and more textured than cotton, so while linen sheets use the same plain over-under weave as cotton percale, they are not typically measured by thread count.
Soft Colours, Soft Feel
Both our Melange and Fibre-Dyed Linen Sheets are woven from linen threads in slightly varied hues, resulting in natural, softly variegated hues that are especially colour-fast. All of our linen sheets are pre-washed so that they feel soft from the start, unlike most linen sheets, which can take many washes to soften.
No Iron Necessary
The natural wrinkling properties of linen give it a softly rumpled look that exudes effortless style, no ironing necessary. If you don't like the rumpled look, then linen sheets probably aren't for you (unless you like to iron). To help preserve fibres and reduce wrinkling, take linen sheets out of the dryer when not quite dry, then make the bed or smooth and fold.
A Modern "Miracle Fibre"
TENCEL® is made by a process that turns eucalyptus wood chips into fine, single-ply yarns, which we use to make 320 thread count sheets that are silky soft and highly absorbent. TENCEL® wicks away moisture better than cotton or linen and is softer than silk. It's also wrinkle-, shrink- and static-resistant.
Low Environmental Impact
The eucalyptus fibre used to make TENCEL® comes from FSC®-certified, sustainably forested trees grown without artificial irrigation or chemical fertilizers. 99% of the organic, non-toxic solvent used is recovered and reused, with close to zero emissions. Water consumption in the production of TENCEL® is 10-20 times less than with cotton.
How TENCEL® Is Made
1. Eucalyptus trees are sustainably grown and harvested into wood chips.
2. The wood chips are processed into wet wood pulp or cellulose.
3. The dried cellulose is broken up into small wafers, then dissolved in a solvent and extruded into fibres.
Our TENCEL® sheets are made in a Fair Trade certified factory, where we pay premiums that workers have chosen to invest in a health clinic that serves the entire community.
Bold, Lustrous Colour
TENCEL® fabric takes dye exceptionally well, producing a rich colour that lasts wash after wash. It has a subtle sheen that's similar to sateen.