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Old 12-11-05, 01:49 PM   #1
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time for some new sheets

Why, oh why, does fabric (clothing and sheets) get so unfathomably comfortable right before it gives up the ghost? I've had this set of sheets for about 4 years now after steeling them from my parents. They've been falling apart for a while now and are finally unuseable so I'm gathering suggestions for what I should get next. What kind of threadcount should I get? What material? No satin. Hell no. I also need to keep this affordable. Meaning under $50 for queen sized sheets.

So, tell me what sheets you have and/or like.
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Check out some place like tj maxx or marshalls.. Go all cotton, higher thread count the better. Flannel sheets are great in the winter. Oh, yeah...you should own at least two sets of sheets....So you can wash 'em!!

I'm addicted to garnethill.com...cheap tho they ain't. Nice sale section sometimes.
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I think my mom told me 150 tpi last time I needed some. Just go to JcPennies or Target and get some that don't look too girly.

Why do you two sets of sheets to be able to wash them? Don't people get out of bed to do the laundry in Colorado? Besides, then you'd have to fold one set and clear space in the linen closet for them.
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^^^ Usually the washing time and the changing time don't synch up.
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<---- Whispers> Goodwill or Salvation Army is a great place for cheep sheets, specially flannel ones.
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<---- Whispers> Goodwill or Salvation Army is a great place for cheep sheets, specially flannel ones.
Thanks for the info.

The only time I don't use flannel sheets is in the summer. Also note, just because the thread count may be higher, that doesn't make them more comfortable.
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Maybe I'm just mistaken/paranoid, but buying sheets at the Salvation Army is akin to buying 2nd hand underwear.

I might end up getting 2 sets if I can find 'em cheap enough.
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Also note, just because the thread count may be higher, that doesn't make them more comfortable.
What would? I don't really know **** about sheets other than my old set were very comfortable. I had no idea what they were. I am kinda glad to get rid of lacey sheets, though.
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I actually have not one, not two, but THREE sets of sheets for my waterbed. All three sets look completely different, too. I usually get up on a weekend morning and wash my sheets and just put the same ones back on once they are clean, but it is nice to be able to change up the look of the bed every now and then.
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I have jersey knit sheets from someplace like bed bath & beyond...they are wicked comfortable. It's the kind of soft fabric that T-shirts are made out of.

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Maybe I'm just mistaken/paranoid, but buying sheets at the Salvation Army is akin to buying 2nd hand underwear.

I might end up getting 2 sets if I can find 'em cheap enough.

You're right! And the great thing about is, both are already 'broken in' for you.
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I think my mom told me 150 tpi last time I needed some. Just go to JcPennies or Target and get some that don't look too girly.

Why do you two sets of sheets to be able to wash them? Don't people get out of bed to do the laundry in Colorado? Besides, then you'd have to fold one set and clear space in the linen closet for them.
What is wrong with "grillie" sheets
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Make sure they feels soft in the package. They will get a bit softer after you wash them. Then wash them 3-5 times and use Downy fabric softener (brand does matter for this). Then put them through the dryer with a dryer sheet.

Do not get percale.

The T-shirt sheets seem like a good idea, but in actuality the fact that they stretch makes them awful. It leaves big clumps of extra fabric on your bed until you wash them, and then they pill after a few washes also. Plus they take twice as long to dry (or more).
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Also note, just because the thread count may be higher, that doesn't make them more comfortable.
That hasn't been my experience.....I bought this new bed last year about this time and got my first ever set of "good sheets" (two sets actually). They are very high thread count (forget how high, actually). Anyway......as I was testing the feel of sheets in stores and getting this pair (online), I definitely found that higher thread count meant much more comfortable (not to mention thicker and longer lasting).
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Flannel sheets are awesome in the winter. It's like the bed is on big pair of pyjamas.
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Make sure they feels soft in the package. They will get a bit softer after you wash them. Then wash them 3-5 times and use Downy fabric softener (brand does matter for this). Then put them through the dryer with a dryer sheet.

Do not get percale.

The T-shirt sheets seem like a good idea, but in actuality the fact that they stretch makes them awful. It leaves big clumps of extra fabric on your bed until you wash them, and then they pill after a few washes also. Plus they take twice as long to dry (or more).
Don't know about the Downy thing. I never ever use liquid fabric softner. My wife says any scent really bothers her. I agree about percale. The most uncomfortable sheets ever.

I still think sheets from Goodwill could be a good idea. Have you ever spent a night in a motel? They certainly don't use new sheets after every guest. In fact I'm not convinced they're changed after every guest, at least in some places I've stayed. Not that I would ever stay in those places again.
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The T-shirt sheets seem like a good idea, but in actuality the fact that they stretch makes them awful. It leaves big clumps of extra fabric on your bed until you wash them, and then they pill after a few washes also. Plus they take twice as long to dry (or more).
I can't say I've noticed either of these things. But, there are no clumps of extra fabric on my bed and I'm willing to let them dry a little longer...

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