If you are trying to shop for bedding for the first time, then you will probably get overwhelmed by the number of choice available in the market. There are so much more materials being used today than there were years ago. While having more choices is good for the consumer, the dizzying array could become quite confusing. People must become savvy and do a greater amount of research in order to find the perfect fit for them. Here are just some of the materials that are fashionable right now:
Bamboo: The nice thing about bamboo is that the tree grows very quickly. They can be harvested within a few years and grow back just as fast, making them ideal as a sustainable material. The pulp of their grass has several sought-after properties like resistance to bacteria and being hypo-allergenic. Allergies can be a problem with some types of fabric so this is a good thing for the sensitive individuals.
Cotton: This has been a staple of the bedding industry for decades. Cotton is an excellent material for just about anything thanks to its breathability and moisture wicking properties. It will keep a person warm in the winter and cool in the summertime so it’s great for year round usage. It’s also abundant so there is no problem with the supply.
Cotton Blend: Polyester is another popular fabric and it is often mixed with cotton to form a winning combination. This cotton blend is superior in durability compared to purely synthetic fabric, though pure cotton is still better in this regard. The blend is easier to care for but it tends to feel warmer as it is not as breathable.
Egyptian Cotton: The fabric that is fit for a pharaoh. This type of cotton is exclusively grown long the famous Nile River. The location has the ideal weather for the plant that produces it and the quality is incredible. It is known to be highly absorbent, robust, breathable, and silky to the touch.
Flannel: This is a middle-of-the-road type of fabric. It may have a plain or twill weave and is known to be quite soft though it is rather fuzzy. In reality, flannel is a derivative of cotton with one side having a napped finish. This means that the side is brushed to raise the surface and produce the fuzzy effect. This is a popular fabric in colder regions as they feel warm and nice. They also make great crib sheet for babies.
Italian Linen: This fabric is based on fine Egyptian cotton that is then processed in Italy. In terms of luxurious feel, there is nothing quite like it. Italian linen can only be found on luxury bedding and come with a hefty price tag.
Those are just a few of the available fabrics for bedding materials today. If you need new bed sheets, consider adding some of them on your list. It really all boils down to the climate in your area, the current dcor of your room, and the material that suits you best.