We’ve all had the once-popular jersey bed sheets at some point in adolescence. These “jersey” t-shirt sheets are sheets knitted with 100% cotton and occasionally blended with polyester, wool or something similar. They get their name from the cozy t-shirt fabric they’re made out of because they feel stretchy and comfortable around your body, like a favorite t-shirt that has been worn a few times and fits you just right. The knit pattern also contributes to the comfort and smoothness. It makes the sheet more durable and cozier. What’s not to love?
Once you’ve grown up and are ready for a more durable and adult bed sheet, there are several options to step it up. Here’s how we recommend upgrading without sacrificing comfort or softness:
Upgrade the material
Most people argue that the fabric of your sheets should be breathable and cool. Not many people enjoy sleeping extremely warm, so you want sheets that allow your skin to breathe even during the warmest summer nights. Egyptian sheets are a popular option and can be easily found in jersey knit. However, we recommend stretchy bamboo sheets. Bamboo material is eco-friendly, extremely soft, and runs cooler than other materials to give you a cozy and cool night’s sleep.
Think higher thread count
Another easy fix — go for the higher thread count. Yes, it can be a little more pricey — and the higher the thread count, the higher the price — but it’s usually a great return on investment. The thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch. The higher the thread count, the softer the sheets are. Higher thread count sheets also often last longer, degrading less over time and even getting softer. You’ll find high-thread count sheets in luxury hotels, so if you want a luxury feel, increase that thread count.
Change the color
As you get older, you’ll want your bed to be as much of a decor piece as anything else in your room. Jersey knit sheets don’t exactly scream “chic” or “grown-up.” As the center of your bedroom, the style of your bed is highly tied into the overall decor of the room. A popular trick to update your bedroom is to switch out the sheets and/or duvet cover seasonally, going for warm earth tones for the fall and bright pastels for the spring. But you don’t have to wait for the season to change to revamp your bedroom decor. Try out a different color or tone. Most high quality, comfortable sheets will come in a variety of colors for you to choose from.
Read the care instructions
The best way to care for your sheets is to wash them properly. This is the easiest, most cost-efficient trick to make your current sheets feel like an upgrade. The right washing conditions can greatly increase their comfort and feel. The first tip to try — use less detergent. According to laundry experts, you should use about half the suggested dose suggested by the detergent manufacturer. An excess of detergent does not get completely rinsed out of your load of laundry, and results in a residue that coats the fabric and ultimately stiffens your sheets. Also, do not overpack your washing machine. Wash your sheets alone in hot water with a half a cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle. This will help remove the buildup of skin cells and residue, giving your sheets a longer lifetime and a cozier feel.