A Guide to 7 Different Types of Bed Sheets

A Guide to 7 Different Types of Bed Sheets

By Hannah Obal

A Guide to 7 Different Types of Bed Sheets

If you want to make your room as cozy as possible, then how you set your bed up matters, especially what you use for a bed sheet.

There are many different bed sheets to choose from, and sometimes, it can get overwhelming to choose one. You might even be tempted to just reach out for the first bed sheet you see to get it over with. Don’t.

In this article, we teach you about the different bed sheets you can get so that you can sleep well and be comfy at night.

What to Look Out for When Choosing Bed Sheets

Just like with any purchase you make, you want to make sure you get the right type of bed sheets. You wouldn’t want to pick up some bed sheets only to return them because they weren’t the ones you were looking for, right?

To avoid this from happening, here are a few things you need to ask yourself before you choose your bed sheets:


1. Do you know how to wash and take care of them?

Different sheets might need a separate wash routine from what you’re used to. Knowing how to wash them properly is essential. For some sheets, if you don’t wash them in a particular way, they’ll get ruined. So make sure you know or understand how to take care of the bed sheets you’ve chosen before you head to the checkout counter.

2. Is the sheet the right size?

Another important point! The last thing you want is getting queen-size bed sheets only to remember that your bed is a king size once you’ve paid for your purchase. Always ensure you get the size right. If you want to get specific, measure the dimensions of your bed and bring that info with you when you go to buy your bed sheets.

3. Do you like the softness of the bed sheets?

Some sheets can be as soft as a feather, while other types of bed sheets can be a bit stiff and itchy on the skin. Knowing the bed sheet's texture is essential to gauge if it’s something you’d like to lay down on.

4. Are they durable enough?

Always think about durability and if the bed sheets you get will serve their purpose. For example, kid-appropriate bed sheets for a child’s bed, nice delicate and soft sheets for someone with a skin allergy, etc. If you’re going to be putting some delicate bed sheets on a child who likes to make a ruckus out of their bed, then you might want to rethink the type of sheets you’re putting on there.

Types of Bed Sheets

Now that you know what to ask yourself before you buy some new bed sheets, here are the types of bed sheets you can get according to what you need:


Cotton is the most common material for shirts, table cloths, and bed sheets. Why is it so popular? Well, it’s breathable, so when you lay down on it, it doesn’t feel hot or scratchy when you lay down on it. Instead, it stays pretty cool, making it perfect for places with hot weather.

The thing is, with cotton bed sheets, there are many different types of cotton bed sheets. So the kind of cotton matters. Here are the other types of cotton bed sheets you can get:


Egyptian cotton is very durable but still has a nice smooth finish. It’s also very resistant to pilling; it’s one of the highest quality cottons you can get. Egyptian cotton is made of the longest cotton fiber, an extra-long staple. When this cotton fiber is used, prices for Egyptian cotton bed sheets can go up. It’s one of the reasons why it’s considered a luxury to own these types of bedsheets.


American Pima cotton, with a trademarked name of Supima®, is the second best thing you can get after Egyptian cotton. It’s made with a long-staple cotton fiber that is durable and high-quality. It might not be Egyptian cotton, but Pima cotton bed sheets are still luxurious. The good news is that they cost considerably less than Egyptian cotton.


Bed sheets that have labels reading “100% cotton” are usually made of Upland cotton. Upland cotton is short-staple cotton and is one of the most common types of cotton you can find being used in bed sheets. It’s durable but not as soft as Pima or Egyptian cotton.


Flannel bed sheets have cotton shredded and shaved to make a much thicker and fuzzier cotton fiber. Flannel bed sheets are perfect if you’re living in places that have a colder than usual temperature and weather.


Jersey is stretchy cotton that is easy to clean, soft, and generally cool to the touch. The only problem with jersey sheets is that they pill with age and easily stretch out with more use and wash.


Bamboo is an environmentally friendly material, which is why it’s used in many household goods, like bed sheets. Bamboo sheets are softer than typical polyester sheets and are pretty wrinkle-resistant. Bamboo bed sheets are a good bet if you suffer from skin allergies since they are hypoallergenic.


Polyester blend sheets are soft and can be real comfy. But opting for pure polyester sheets, you might be surprised that these bed sheets are rougher. However, note that polyester absorbs grease quickly, so it can be a nightmare to remove stains. But if you’re looking for sheets that are easy to wash and sheets that you don’t need to steam or iron, polyester is the way to go.


Linen bed sheets are very airy and provide superior comfort for people who sleep hot. But, linen can also be stiff, though it becomes softer as you wash it more. Besides being naturally cooling, linen is also a hypoallergenic material.


Silkworms produce a natural fiber called silk. Silk is a pricey option for bed sheets since the production of it is a delicate process. This also means that taking care of silk sheets can be laborious. But having silk bed sheets are just a dream as they are cool to the touch, luxurious in feel, and can add a particularly romantic atmosphere to any room.


Microfiber bed sheets are great to use during cold weather. Microfiber bed sheets are an excellent option for kids and big families as it doesn’t stain. It’s also perfect for those who have pets like dogs and cats, animals that tend to shed fur.


Synthetic fibers make up satin sheets and are likened to silk sheets for their soft and alluring feel. It’s perfect for those who want a comfy but sexy bedroom setup but still nice enough to sleep on. Make sure you get woven satin if you’re looking for a smoother feel, as knit satin can be rough on the skin.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know what type of bed sheet you want to have, your sleep will be even better! Plus, the overall look of your room will also be enhanced with the perfect bed sheets. 

Want to see our collection of bed sheets? Check out the Amadora Sheets collection and the Quilts collection from Where The Polka Dots Roams.

If you’re looking for something that better fits nap time, our Nap Pockets are the perfect sleep buddy for your kids!