Should I Buy Expensive Sheets and Bedding?

Carmen NatschkeDecorating Diva U1 Comment

Dear The Decorating Diva,

Are high thread count fine linens worth the expenditure? I’m confused as to whether or not a hefty price tag means quality or not. Can I get quality linens without spending thousands? I’m looking at a budget of $300 to $500 to dress my queen size bed.

Thanks, Caitlin


To answer your first question, yes, high thread count linens and/or bedding collections are definitely worth the expenditure.

However, buying high quality sheets and other bedding doesn’t require draining your bank account. There are dozens of wonderful linen manufacturers that produce affordable bedding collections with respectable thread counts (ranges: 200, 300,and 400).

In regards to your second question: Yes, I think that you can definitely dress your bed for the budget you have listed. You can even score very expensive linens(think 500 thread count and up) for that budget if you shop the seasonal sales. My recommendation is to stick to classic styles and neutral colors (white being the best choice) that will not go out of style as decor trends shift.

Carmen Natschke
Editor, The Decorating Diva LLC

One Comment on ““Should I Buy Expensive Sheets and Bedding?”

  1. Jeannine @ Small & Chic

    There’s a great article from the New York Times in which Julian Tomchin (retired from Bloomingdale’s, Field Crest, and others) debunks the myth of the high thread count sheet. 400 is the highest a sheet can get. After that, companies are using lesser quality fiber and double counting the threads.

    From the article:
    “Once you get beyond 400 threads per square inch, be suspicious.” The standard for counting is to add each warp (vertical) and filling (horizontal) thread per square inch. The most that normally fits, he said, is 400, after which the threads are thinner and weaker. Some companies use two- or three-ply threads and multiply the count. “An 800-thread-count sheet made of two-ply yarn should legitimately be relabeled as 400,” he said. “That’s how you get 1,000 threads per square inch: creative counting.””

    Editor’s Note: Jeannine, Thanks for the additional information.

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