Whether you live near the ocean or are about to move into a new home near the sea, it’s essential to consider what bed sheet material is best for your area. Many factors go into choosing your bed sheets, including softness and durability. And if you live in a coastal region, extra considerations must also be taken into account. So, let’s take a look at some of the most popular choices for coastal areas.
Cotton Is the Ideal Material
Cotton is an ideal bed sheet material for coastal areas. It is a natural, breathable and soft fabric, making it more breathable than other types of fabrics. A cotton bed sheet is easy to wash and dry, making it ideal for people who live in humid climates where mould might grow on other materials. Besides, these sheets are durable and last a long time, so they can be used all year round without having to replace regularly like some synthetic materials.
Cotton sheets are also popular choices among many people who live near the coast because they’re resistant to mould, mildew and wrinkles—all common problems those who live near bodies of water like oceans or lakes (and even rivers) face.
Microfiber Is Another Popular Material
Microfiber is a synthetic material often used to make bed sheets and other home furnishings, including pillows and comforters. Though microfiber can be made of synthetic fibres like polyester or rayon, it’s also possible to find 100% cotton versions of this product. So, this might be the right choice for you if you’re looking for a natural fibre option. And because microfiber is often made of man-made materials like polyester and rayon (both are synthetics), it’s easy to see why it would be resistant to mould and mildew—but that doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed not to get damaged by these substances over time.
Linen Is an Alternative
Linen is a natural material that’s long been used for bedding. It gets softer with every wash and can last for years, and you can machine-wash linen sheets, but it’s best to hang them up to dry so they don’t shrink or become misshapen from tumbling in the dryer. Meanwhile, the downside of linen is that it doesn’t keep you as warm as cotton or synthetic fabrics. However, some people prefer this coolness at night because it helps them fall asleep more easily.
Linen may be the best choice if you have allergies or sensitive skin because it is hypoallergenic, so it won’t irritate your skin as synthetic fibres can sometimes (like polyester). Linen also breathes better than most fabrics, allowing air circulation throughout your bed while sleeping. This keeps you cool on hot nights and prevents heat build-up during colder ones. This makes linen ideal for coastal climates where humidity levels are high year-round due to proximity to the water body.
Percale Offers Better Durability
Percale is a tightly woven cotton fabric with a crisp, fresh feel. It’s often used to make bed sheets because it has a crisp appearance and may last longer than other cotton fabrics.
Percale is more durable than other cotton fabrics because it has less stretch and weaker fibres. It also resists wrinkles more effectively than plain-weave cotton or percale made with synthetic fibres (such as satin). However, percale sheets can be stiffer than satins and have less room for movement between the threads of cotton yarns during washing, which causes them to shrink slightly over time.
Percale’s lack of softness makes it less comfortable against your skin; however, this stiffness tends to keep wrinkles from forming in the first place so that you don’t need to iron them out so often after laundering them by hand or machine.
Sateen Has a Soft and Velvety Feel
Sateen is a cotton fabric with a smooth, soft, and velvety feel. It’s often used in high-end sheets because this weave allows the material to breathe well and therefore stay cool on warm nights. The weave of sateen sheets can also prevent them from feeling stiff or scratchy even after multiple washes (which can happen over time with any type of sheet).
The term “sateen” refers to a weave pattern, which accounts for its smoothness compared to other types of cotton fabric. It is a nice choice for people who prefer softer materials like silk or satin sheets but want something more affordable than those options.