Bed Sheet Comparison Guide - Find the Best Bed Sheets

At Cuddledown, we strive to offer you as many bedding
options as possible so that you can create a bedroom that
is as comfy as it is attractive.

Bed Sheet Comparison Guide

With all of these cozy options, shopping for bedding can be daunting. Here is a guide to help you find the Cuddledown bedding that perfectly coordinates with your bedroom and lifestyle.

Shop by Fiber
Shop by Thread Count & Construction
Shop by Pattern
Shop by Color
Shop by Bed Covering
Shop by Country

Shop by Fiber

There are a lot of fiber options in bedding, but three of the most popular fibers are cotton, linen, and cashmere. Why so popular? Here are a few things you may not have known about these three natural classics.

Cotton

There is evidence that cotton was used in textile wrappings as far back as the third millennium B.C. in India. However, imported cotton first appeared in Europe and Egypt during the Classical Period of ancient Greece. Currently, cotton is grown in the warm weather regions of the world, particularly in Egypt, China, USA, India, Pakistan, Brazil, and Turkey. It is now one of the most important natural fabrics, particularly in bedding, because of its versatility, supple texture, and supreme softness.

Linen

Linen has been woven for over 4,000 years in Egypt, making it one of the oldest known fabrics. It even appears in the Bible! In the Middle Ages, linen was the principal textile of Europe. Since the 18th Century, cotton has replaced many fabrics that used to be made of linen, including chintz, toile, and table damask. Linen is one of the most durable natural fabrics, becoming softer with every wash and naturally wicks away moisture for comfortable sleep. We hear that Queen Elizabeth II is still sleeping on Queen Victoria’s linen sheets.

Cashmere

Cashmere comes from Kashmir goats that live in the Kashmir region of India and Pakistan and other parts of northern Asia. The goats are raised as a domestic animal and live on mountains that are between 10,000 and 15,000 feet above sea level. Most cashmere is combed from the goats during the molting season and it takes the wool of about 20 goats to make a cashmere throw. Cashmere is celebrated for its extremely soft texture and luxurious warmth.

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Shop by Thread Count & Construction

Thread count isn’t everything, but it is important. Here’s a thread count breakdown and an explanation of how all those threads are woven into fine bed linens:

Thread count is a measurement that is often used to describe the quality of fabric, but it is only one factor of many that determine quality. Thread count is the number of yarns (“threads”) per square inch when vertical and horizontal yarns are woven together. To achieve a high thread count, sometimes multi-ply yarns are used (a multi-ply yarn is one where more than one yarn is twisted together) and each of the plys are counted in the thread count. Whether a fabric is woven from single-ply or multi-ply yarns is not as important as the quality of the cotton used to spin the yarns. Although a high thread count often denotes high quality, we suggest you take other attributes of bedding under consideration as well. These include the staple length of the cotton, whether or not the fabric is mercerized or Sanforized®, and the finishing techniques used.

There are three basic constructions of bedding: plain weave, twill weave, sateen weave, and pattern weaves.

  • Plain weave, the simplest of the three basic weaves, is used for the majority of bedding. In a plain weave each yarn alternately crosses over and under another, to produce a strong, even fabric.
  • Twill weave, identified by a diagonal rib or twill line, is used to produce strong bedding fabric that can have a softer “drape” than a plain weave.
  • Sateen weave is used to produce smooth, lustrous, higher thread count bedding with a thick close texture. The number of yarns exposed on the surface of the fabric gives sateen its characteristic sheen.
  • Patterned weaves, such as jacquards and damask are the most difficult and most expensive to produce due to their complexity, and are some of the most durable fabrics used in bed linens.
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Shop by Pattern and Texture

Cuddledown offers a variety of patterned bedding; most are contemporary, yet developed from these famous patterns and textures that have been around for generations.

Damask

A Damask fabric was originally made of rich silk fabric woven in floral designs in China. It was named Damask when it was introduced to Europe through Damascus, capital city of Syria. It now refers to a large group of jacquard-woven fabrics with elaborate floral or geometric patterns.
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Matelassé

A double or compound fabric in which the quilted character and raised patterns are made on a jacquard or dobby loom.
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Paisley

Paisley is an oriental pattern that originated in India, where a rounded teardrop shape called a Boteh was typically filled with ornate designs. During the 19th Century, cashmere shawls with this pattern were imported to Europe and imitation shawls were made popular in Paisley, Scotland.
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Jacquard

Jacquard is fabric that was originally woven by a loom that used a punch-card mechanism to systematically control the movement of the yarns to produce a pattern. The mechanism was invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard and introduced in 1804-1805 in Lyon, France, where soon after there was rioting by bitter silk weavers. However, it didn’t take long for the general public to appreciate the stunning, visual appeal of the Jacquard designs. Today a computer is used to control the loom, but the process is the same. Jacquard woven fabric is an indicator of superior quality because the individual yarns are dyed and then woven into a pattern, where other fabrics simply have a pattern printed on top of them.
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Shop by Color

When choosing color for your bedroom and your bed linens, it all comes down to your personal preference. The bedroom is your most personal space and should be the one in which your personality really shines through. There are two types of colors, cool and warm. Cool colors are blue-based colors such as green, blue, purples, and blue based reds. Warm colors are yellow-based colors such as red, yellow, orange, and yellow green. Traditionally cool colors were recommended as the most relaxing for the bedroom, but warm based colors can create an intimate cozy environment.

If you are unsure about which color to choose for your bedroom, keep your walls neutral and incorporate color in your bed linens. Neutral wall colors allow you to effortlessly change the color scheme with just a change of your bed linens and accessories. If you have a small bedroom, choose pale colors to create space. If you have a large bedroom, use strong warm colors to create an intimate space with dimension.

Have fun and use different layers of colors in your bedding. If you like to decorate with multiple patterns, use the same basic color palette for a soothing feel. Want to release the inner bohemian in you, use a mixture of patterns in bright or dark colors.

Here are suggestions to create the environment you want:

  • Modern bedroom – use white, beige, gray, or a mixture of neutrals for a clean sophisticated look
  • Elegant bedroom – use your favorite combination of dark, saturated colors
  • Chic – use elements of bright vibrant color
  • Rustic – mix and match your favorite colors
  • Cottage – use a mixture of light colorations found in nature

Ultimately the color choice is yours alone and what makes you feel at home. Here are a few more suggestions to help you find the color that’s just right for you:

  • Invest in a high quality set of basic sheets in a color you won’t grow tired of. (Ivory and White will never go out of style!) This way you can reinvent your bed seasonally or as trends shift with a change of shams and a comforter cover or coverlet.
  • If you have colorful walls, go for muted colors on the bed. Or if you have pale walls, dress up your bed with a splash of color.
  • Use deep, warm colors sparingly in the bedroom. Subtler shades tend to be more relaxing, whereas vibrant colors tend to make you alert.
  • If you want something sophisticated and calming, pick a color you like and work with it tonally in the same color family.
  • You can never go wrong with neutrals!
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Shop by Bed Covering

By now you know that when it comes to covering your bed, Cuddledown has you covered. Since some bed covers offer a different look or different coverage than others, here is a guide to help you choose:

Duvet

Duvet actually means feather in French, but in English it’s synonymous with down comforter. Duvet cover is sometime incorrectly shortened to just the word “duvet.”

Comforter

A comforter covers the top and sides of the mattress but not the pillows or box springs. Made with two pieces of fabric, stitched along all four sides, and filled with an insulating material such as down, wool, cotton, or polyester fill.

Bedspread

A bedcover that hangs to the floor on three sides and has enough fabric at the head of the bed to turn back over the pillows.

Blanket

A bed cover named for Thomas Blanquette, a French weaver who lived in England during the 14th century. Blankets can be woven or knit in a wide range of natural and synthetic fibers or a combination of both.

Coverlet

A bed cover that hangs over the top of the bed to the bottom of the box springs on three sides of the bed.

Quilt

A bed cover that is made with two or more layers of fabric, filled with batting, and then stitched into a design. Quilts are most commonly filled with cotton, wool, down, or manmade fiber. A quilt is thinner than a comforter.

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Shop by Country

Our product development team searches the world for the finest in bedding. This allows Cuddledown to offer you world-class fabrics steeped in centuries of tradition and quality. Here is a taste of the history behind the countries we most frequently import from.

Italy

From shoes, to fashion, to home textiles, the Italians have always been world renowned for their creativity, artistic design and technical skills. As early as AD 827, elegant fabrics were woven in the workshops at Palermo palace in Sicily. Throughout the next three centuries, weavers would flock from Greece, France, and Turkey, to refine their skills in Italy. The weavers spread throughout the country, migrating north to the central Tuscany region. Originally, the focus was on silk and wool, but by the 16th century, velvets and brocades were established in Genoa and Venice. Elaborate patterns of intricate floral forms were often a focal point of these rich Italian fabrics.

Germany

Germany has always been well known for thick, knit fabrics dating back to the Middle Ages when knitting guilds were spread by the nomads of the Arabian Desert to Spain, France, Italy, and eventually Germany and Austria. Many important developments in the textile industry occurred in Germany including the invention of three progressive sewing-knitting machines in 1958. Germany is known in the world of textiles for its technical advancements and excellent, consistent quality. For many years we have used mills that were passed from generation to generation within the same family for a hundred and eighty years.

Turkey

Weaving cotton fabrics in Turkey dates back as far as the Middle Ages when Turkish tribes were commissioned to manufacture carpets, felted cloths, towels, and rugs. Even today, cotton textile yarns and fabrics are among the leading Turkish exports. All of our towels come from a distinguished mill in Izmir, Turkey, one of the oldest Mediterranean cities, known for its fertile valleys and delta plains - ideal for growing cotton.

Portugal

Portugal’s history is more deeply immersed in decorative art like wooden tile and stone sculpture. Yet, within the past century, Portugal has redirected their artistic expertise toward textiles, particularly in fine matelassés and bedspreads. As Europe’s westernmost country, Portugal has had great success exporting luxury fabrics to the U.S. and beyond. Over the years, Portugal has developed an exceptional reputation as a leader in the world of textile exports and a reliable source of high quality, luxury fabrics, in contemporary and traditional design.

China

Patterned textiles date back as far as the 16 th Century BC in China. And with the invention of the original damask and many types of brocades, it’s no wonder China has always been on the forefront of textile development. Originally, known purely for the silk industry, as initiated circa 3630 BC, China has evolved over the years to keep up with the European cotton industry as well. China has adapted to the European style weaving and finishing equipment to make fabric that rivals even Italy. We understand that not all Chinese mills have the same expertise and quality control. This is why Cuddledown’s product development team visits each mill we utilize and uses third party certifications to ensure the highest quality and working conditions.


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