Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bed Linen Quick Facts + Super Duper Deal

As I pulled the sheets out of the dryer a couple weeks ago, I noticed huge rips in the top hem of the flat sheet.  Basically they were just wearing out and tearing along the seam.  Since we only have *one* set of king-size sheets (and since visions of $$$ were dancing in my head), I pulled out the sewing machine and mended the rips with some zig-zagging.  Patting myself on the back for making-do,  I made the bed and haven't given it another thought.  Until this...
Yeah, that's the mattress pad showing through.  The funny thing is that there's only one explanation for the *one* thin spot in the fitted sheet- all my tossing and turning.  I never thought about rotating the fitted sheet with each washing, but I will do so from now on.  Like rotating the mattress, it will wear more evenly, thus lasting longer.
So with a bit of research, I've learned:
  • There are three factors that determine the quality and feel of a sheet: fiber, weave and thread-count.
  • If the label reads only "100% cotton", it is made from the most common cotton and can be anything from short to long fiber.
  • Pima, Supima, and  Egyptian are long-fiber cottons that are typically stronger and less likely to pill.
  • Supima is the same thing as Pima.  Supima simply refers to the trademark of the Supima Association, which promotes Pima cotton.
  • Egyptian cotton is the finest and has the longest fibers.
  • Words like oxford, percale and sateen refer to the weave of the fabric.
  • Oxford is heavy and (probably) holds up the best, percale is (probably) the most typical weave, and sateen has the softest texture.
  • High thread-count doesn't guarantee quality.
  • 200 thread-count is a good standard, but 300 will be noticeably softer.
  • If you choose quality cotton (Pima or Egyptian), a 300 thread-count will (probably) be just as good as 400 or 600.
Information pulled from here and here.
This morning when I opened my email, like a message from above, there was a picture of bed linens advertising a special deal from LivingSocial.
For a total of $29.95, I purchased a king-size sheet set that is exactly the right color (light grey), Pima Cotton, 300 thread-count, percale weave.  I'm pretty sure TJMaxx can't beat this deal; and if nothing else, it saved me a shopping trip... in which I most definitely would have bought something else I don't really need.
So if you are in the market for sheets, here's the deal:
Go here. Purchase the LivingSocial deal for $25.  Then head over to and find a sheet set that works for you.  For reference, this is the sheet set I purchased.  If you choose a set that qualifies for their January sale, you'll get an additional 30% off.  Use the 30% off code as a coupon code and your LivingSocial redemption code as a gift certificate.  The instructions on your LivingSocial voucher will give you more specific details.  And if you're really ambitious, it looks like you can sign up for emails and get an additional 10% off!
Happy Hump Day!


  1. We had this same problem...only larger. :( Tried the repair job too-but much to my dismay it didn't last. Luckily I had an old set in the closet to switch out. My plans were to use some of my Christmas money to replace them, but buying sheets is right down there next to buying towels and underclothes--not a very exciting thing to shop for, so we may use the old set until it decides to wear out.

    1. lol. I totally agree. It's never very much fun to spend money on the necessities. :)

  2. thanks for this, I needed a new set and they had the color I wanted!!

    1. You're so welcome! I'm glad this worked for you too!

  3. We have had a time with sheets lately. Usually we have two sets of white 100% cotton. One to use while the other is being washed. They both decided to wear out at the same time. I found a really nice set at Marshall's. Can't remember which thread count or cotton type they are, but love them. Yes, I do believe the powers that be sent you that Living Social offering. I hope you like them!

  4. One suggestion is to not use a dryer! Our sheets last for years and years as I hang them up to dry. Really, it doesn't take long and they are SO much fresher! Another suggestion is to use the iron on backing (at JoAnn, I think) on the reverse side of small tears and holes. It really does stand up to many washings... and saves a sheet for a long time!

  5. Once I splurged and bought super high thread count sheets. I was SHOCKED to find a huge rip in the fitted sheet less than a year later :(


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