First, let me tell you that I am not a fan of satin sheets. They seem like a relic of the ’80s. Not cool. However, some girls are very impressed by satin bed sheets. So, if you are single guy, I think it behooves you to have a satin sheet set in your bedding arsenal. They are sleek, soft and definitely different than high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets.
Satin bed sheets are popular because they are smooth and shiny. The smoothness comes from the fact that satin sheets are made of very thin, high thread count fabric. Often, this means they are made of synthetic fibers like nylon, polyester and (ugh) acetate. These tiny fibers are perfect for high thread count fabrics, but are in an entirely different realm than high thread-count cotton. The shininess also comes from the synthetic fibers. To put this in perspective, “Sateen” sheets are made of high thread-count cotton fabric, but they lack the “shininess” of satin sheets.
So, if you’ve decided to buy a set of satin sheets – what do you need to look out for? Do the standard high thread-count rules apply? I’ve put together a few tips for you.
Price. High quality satin sheets are going to set you back $120 to $300 for a king size bedding set. This is probably more than what you’re used to spending for sheets. When it comes to satin sheets, you really do get what you pay for. More expensive sets will not only be made with better fabric, but they will also have higher quality stitching when it comes to seams. If you see a set of satin sheets priced for less than $120, you are probably not looking at a knit material. And that brings us to…
Weave. Do not buy “knit” materials. Most of the satin sheet sets you see in department stores are made of knit acetate. This is not cool because the surface is going to be rougher than you are looking for. Look for “woven” fabric. This is the only way you are going to get high thread count, smooth, silky action from your satin sheets. It’s going to cost significantly more than “knit” satin sheets, but if you’re going for it, go all the way.
Fabric. Satin sheets are made from quite a few different fabrics and nobody can give you a definitive answer as to what is best. Nylon is a very strong fabric and is machine washable. This is usually the thickest of the fabrics used to make these sheets. It’s petroleum based, which in my opinion is pretty disgusting and not something you should be sleeping on. Polyester is also petroleum based and feels better than nylon based sheets. It’s very easy to care for, but if you wash your sheets by hand, they will last a long longer. Silk is a natural fiber that has been used to make sheets forever. Silk sheets are more natural-looking than the synthetic fibers and will have a duller finish. This is definitely the high thread count option and really deserves its own category. Silk is the most expensive option and will require more care than the other fabrics. It can also tear more easily.
Bridal Quality. You will see this term a lot when you are shopping for satin sheets. From what I can tell, it’s nothing more than a buzzword. If you want to steer me away from buying a set of sheets, just stamp “Bridal Quality” on it and I will quickly move onto the next option. Sometimes, this really does mean that the satin sheets are high quality, but they could still be made of acetate. Don’t let it turn you off, but make sure you check the weave.