Different Sheet Types

As you shop, you'll notice that bedding comes in a variety of weaves. Flannel, percale and sateen are some of the most popular weaves you'll see. All of them can be found in a variety of thread counts. The weave you choose has as much to do with your decor, as it does season and personal preference.

Here are descriptions of these common weaves:


This weave construction results in more yarn surface on the face of the cloth than other weaves, giving it a softer and more lustrous appearance that resembles satin. Sateen sheets are high-quality and woven in the same way as traditional satin. However, sateen is made of cotton, while satin can be made from different materials, such as silk, nylon, polyester. Sateen sheets are soft to the touch and give the sensation of sliding luxuriously into bed. Laura Ashley Jayden Aqua is a beautiful sateen.


This closely woven plain-weave fabric has a fine texture and finish and a matte or flat appearance. Because percale threads are tightly woven, bedding has a fine, soft feel. Percale describes the weave of the fabric, not its content, so percale could be a blend of cotton and polyester, 100% cotton or a blend of other fabrics. A percale weave typically has a thread count of 200, or higher, depending on the fabric blend. These sheets are perfect year-round and provide a clean, crisp feel. The Nautica Prospect Harbor Sheet Set is a 300 thread count percale.


A medium-weight weave fabric, flannel is popular choice for winter bedding. Originally made from carded wool or worsted yarn, today's flannel can be wool, cotton or synthetic fibers. Flannel is often brushed to create extra softness. Brushing is a mechanical process where a fine metal brush rubs the fabric to create fine fibers from the loosely spun yarns. Typically, flannel has either a single- or double-sided nap. Double-napped flannel is brushed on both sides. The brushing is what gives flannel its fluffy feel. Flannel can be made in a variety of colors and patterns. The Eddie Bauer Bordeaux Flannel Sheet Set is an example of a solid color flannel.

I hope you found this information on popular weaves helpful! Next week I'll talk about the different types of cotton that are popular in today's bedding styles.


Kim Pehle