Why Are Bed Sheets So Expensive?
I was helping a friend last week with her new furniture for her new house, and we talked about this blog. She had ordered some new bedroom furniture and asked why the bedding was so expensive. I decided to dive deeply and check why bedding and sheets can be more expensive than you realize.
Sheets and other bedding items are high-priced based on the raw materials used in manufacturing. With higher thread counts, materials like Egyptian cotton and other higher-quality materials cost more to manufacture, with labor costs, so the price is passed to the consumer for higher-quality bedding and sheets.
Of course, big brand names can be priced higher than off-brand, but it does not necessarily mean it is a higher-quality piece of bedding. Two companies delivering the same 400 Thread Count sheets with 100% organic cotton should be around the exact manufacturing costs and close on price considering the raw materials and labor costs. The only real difference is the brand name, and if both sets carry a GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), by all means, save a little money and get the off-brand.
Also, always go for natural materials instead of synthetic materials. I am a big fan of going as all-natural as possible!
The True Cost of Bedding
The cost of your bedding and sheets should be based on the materials used to create it. Materials like cotton, Tencel, polyester, silk, and bamboo have different production costs. Bedding companies have to consider this when making and selling a product. A difference in quality sheets is what we are looking for.
For example, if you have a high thread count linen sheet made from Egyptian cotton versus a low thread count sheet made from conventional cotton, there will be a pretty hefty price difference. Egyptian cotton is considered to be the most luxurious type of linen bedding option you can purchase.
“To help us wade through the many styles and fabrics out there a crisp cotton percale, a silky sateen, or something in between we reached out to design experts and tastemakers for their recommendations on the best bedsheets to buy, from classic, white Egyptian cotton to ecofriendly linen to completely bespoke sets. (And if you want to look at even more sheets, we found the best-reviewed bedsheets on Amazon, too.) Most of the options on this list are sold in sets that come with a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and two pillowcases or pillow shams, but we’ve noted if pieces are sold separately.” (nymag.com)
Does Thread Count Matter?
For most people that ask if thread counts matter when buying sheets, duvet covers, or bedding, the answer is based on personal preference. Low thread count sheets tend to be pretty inexpensive and easy to find. That said, inexpensive sheets can be coarse and brutal to sleep on.
We’ve all seen the 1,800 thread count sheets; it’s just overkill. A 1,000-thread count bedding made from standard cotton is usually multi-ply threads of cotton fibers twisted together to look great on the package, but in reality, it will have a rough and coarse feel compared to its counterparts with Bamboo, Polyester, and Egyptian cotton.
What Thread Count is Best?
You usually wouldn’t want the lowest thread count you can find. Those won’t be very smooth and won’t be very durable. If you are looking at Cotton sheets or bedding, stay around 400 thread count for a decent experience. Of course, you also want it to survive a tumble dry in the dryer. Most bedding sets are machine washable.
Everyone sleeps differently. Some people enjoy silk, while others enjoy cotton. Expensive bedding is a downer on the wallet, but it makes up for it in the future if you get good quality grades of cotton and other luxury linens.
Sheets and bedding with higher-quality fibers will stand the test of comfort and time. I wouldn’t go any lower than 400 thread count on non-organic cotton. This will give you a very good experience and durability in the washing machine. You are washing them every week/month, right? Most luxury linens can survive 7 to 10 years with proper care.
Are Expensive Bed Sheets Worth It?
Absolutely. As long as we are focused on QUALITY with those bedsheets. Pay attention to the materials used and the thread count for the bedding and duvet cover to get a better idea of what you are looking for before you make any big purchase.
A Walmart-brand organic cotton sheet set, maybe 20% cheaper than the name-brand one. If the materials are identical, it’s crazy to spend that extra 20% unless you get warranties, free stuff, or something extra to justify the extra value.
Luxury bedding is all about what feels suitable for YOU. Some materials feel smooth and soft, while others feel cool. This is why bedding is so expensive. Good bedding and bedsheets use a higher quality product for a better experience.
How Much Should You Spend on Bed Sheets?
“An $80 version of 1,500 thread-count sheets that are 100% Egyptian Cotton is just not possible. It would be like buying an Armani suit from a local store for $60. It just doesn’t happen. Here is a closer look at why finer grades of cotton are more expensive than other types”: (verolinens.com)
For a King Size Bed, between $100 to $150 is a good number for quality sheets or a Duvet cover at a reasonable price. Like all things in life, it is usually of lower quality if it’s inexpensive. Or you found a massive scale. In that case, CONGRATS!
A good bedding set can help improve and change your sleep life for the better. You owe it to yourself to make that change. You’ll be glad you did! Your quality of sleep will thank you!
Best Bed Sheets on Amazon
If you want to skip the research, check out these options on Amazon. They are HIGHLY rated and SUPER affordable! Don’t forget Amazon has a money-back guarantee. If you don’t like it, send it back!
Most products below are sold in bedding sets (a flat sheet, fitted sheets, and two pillowcases)
I got my Bamboo Sheets first, and I HIGHLY recommend them! Also, weighted blankets!
Best Bed Sheets at Walmart
These bedsheets and bedding sets can be found at almost any Walmart. Either online or in-store. Whichever you prefer. I am just looking to help improve your quality of sleep!
Why is Bedding So Expensive Conclusion
A good set of sheets on the bed is worth it. If you care about how well you sleep, then take this to the store and treat yourself to a fantastic set of sheets!
Not all sheets are created equal! Some are better at cooling, like bamboo and silk, while others, like cotton, can be stiff and coarse. I like to compare the course cotton sheets to hotel bedsheets. Natural fiber is always a plus, especially if looking for a hypoallergenic solution.
I hope I answered the question of why bedsheets are so expensive! Check out my write-up on the pros and cons of bamboo sheets to learn more about the benefits of bamboo sheets. Get yourself a nice set of sheets as well; your sleep life will thank you!