Fiber quality impacts how you experience your sheets: temperature, softness, feel, and durability. Long-staple cotton and French linen, for example, are known for lightweight and breathable bedding with excellent durability. Tencel® and rayon from bamboo are soft and silky—and wick away moisture. Flannel and microfiber feel soft and cozy.
A well-designed and well-made set of sheets feels amazing—and looks gorgeous on your bed. Look for deep pockets in the fitted sheet, oversized dimensions for the flat sheet and pillowcases, and high-quality elastic that will hug your mattress.
When you see pristine edges, quality piping, and strong elastic you know you’ve found a good set of sheets. It’s also important to know if the fabric has been treated with a synthetic chemical wash to present a cool, smooth feel in the store—that vanishes once it’s been washed.
Ultimately, no set of sheets will make you happy unless you love the way they feel. That preference is entirely personal. It’s essential to touch and feel sheets as you discover what you like most: silky, smooth, soft, cool, warm, etc. You may even find that you prefer a different feel depending on the season.
The highest quality fabrics have long-staple fibers. The term staple simply means the fiber of wool, cotton, flax, rayon, etc., considered with reference to length and fineness.
Longer fiber creates stronger and finer yarns, this leads to a smooth and supple weave. In contrast, shorter fibers can often break causing pilling and generally weakening the fabric.
Your sheets are the fabric that directly touches your skin each night. Their job is to keep you cozy and comfortable. Cotton is an excellent option. It is soft, breathable, and absorbs 25 percent of its weight in water.
Cotton sheets ultimately begin in a field. The cotton plant produces fluffy fiber clusters called bolls. During harvest, they are collected and then processed into the cotton fabric we know and love. Long-staple Egyptian and Supima® are the standard of excellence for both feel and durability.
Rayon from bamboo is an elegant fabric with an incredibly soft hand (or feel). It also wicks away moisture, drapes beautifully, and is highly colorfast. So the rich color of your sheets won’t fade after multiple washings.
Bamboo leaves and the soft inner pith are extracted from the hard stalk to create the rayon we use in our premium sheets. The bamboo pulp is then steamed, crushed, and dissolved to separate the strands. Eventually the resulting fiber is spun into yarn, dyed, and woven.
Cotton-polyester blended sheets are a popular choice and bring some great qualities to bedding: durability, wrinkle resistance, and a more affordable price than pure cotton.
At Malouf, we offer a unique two-sided weave design that creates a soft cotton side and a wrinkle-resistant poly side—bringing you low-maintenance sheets that still feel incredibly cozy.
Microfiber is an ultra-fine synthetic fiber—smaller than one-fifth the diameter of a human hair—that is tightly woven and very durable.
Designed for its softness, strength, comfort, and moisture wicking abilities, it was first developed in the 1950s as a sports apparel fabric. Over the years, it has become a household favorite and a great option for bedding.
At Malouf, we only use the highest quality polyester microfiber in our sheet selection. That means our sheets resist pilling and hold color incredibly well. Our microfiber is also brushed on both sides of the fabric piece to ensure a soft and cozy feel.
Woven™ flannel sheets are sourced and made in Portugal by expert craftsmen. It all begins when the finest 100 percent cotton is spun and woven into fabric.
Next, the fabric is meticulously brushed to raise the fiber ends creating a long-lasting material with a smooth and cozy feel.
Portuguese flannel is velvety soft, durable, warm, and breathable. Weighing in at 200 grams per square yard, our sheets resist pilling, won’t fray, drape well, produce low lint, and don’t itch like some wool products can. They are the ultimate seasonal staple for every bedroom.
Flax is one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history—and it’s the plant that grows the cellulose fibers that ultimately become linen fabric.
Malouf sources its 100 percent pure linen sheets from Flanders, France where artisans cultivate, grow, harvest, spin, and weave this highly-revered fabric.
Known as the world’s strongest natural fiber, linen is also lustrous, absorbent, anti-bacterial, and cool to the touch. You won’t experience static buildup or pilling with linen. And its breathability makes it an excellent choice for summer bedding; while its natural insulating qualities make it a great choice in the winter when layered.
Made from the pulp of wood, Tencel® is an exciting eco-friendly option for the bedding enthusiast. The smooth fiber structure brings a silky, gentle feel to the fabric.
Its nanofibril structure channels away moisture—making it 50 percent more absorbent than cotton.
This unique cellulosic fiber has temperature regulating qualities that keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Bacteria growth is drastically reduced without chemical additives thanks to the excellent moisture management properties of Tencel® as well. Tencel is also a regenerated cellulose fiber, but processed with a non-toxic spinning solvent in a closed-loop system.
Yarn ply is the amount of individual yarns used in a thread. A frequent practice of low-quality bedding manufacturers is to use multi-ply yarn: the process of twisting multiple yarns together to increase their thread count.
For example, a sheet set advertised as 1,000 thread count may actually be made of multiple-ply threads. So when you break it down, it is actually only 250 threads of 4-ply yarns per square inch. It’s a sneaky way to boost the thread count, but it doesn’t create the airy, more supple fabric that single-ply yarns do.
This is because the yarns used to produce multi-ply yarn are often shorter fibers, sometimes referred to as discard-grade fibers.
Thread count is simply a way of measuring the number of threads per square inch of fabric. Historically, a single-ply fabric with a high thread count of 600 was—and is—premium, due to the use of fine yarns.
Today, many manufacturers frequently use deceptively high thread counts—sometimes into the thousands. Instead of counting one thread woven in a square inch, they count the number of fibers twisted in the thread to come up with an impressive, albeit embellished, measure.
At Malouf, our sheet sets feature a fully-elasticized fitted sheet for a great looking fit that encompasses the corners as well as the sides. This allows for a smooth and secure fit no matter the depth of your mattress. In fact, we offer our Universal Fit guarantee—that means if our sheets don’t fit perfectly, we’ll replace them.
Good design makes for beautiful beds. That’s why we design every sheet set with deep pockets and oversized dimensions. So no matter your mattress depth, our sheets will drape, tuck, and fit like a dream. Oversized dimensions extend to our pillowcases as well, allowing for a lovely drape every time you make your bed.
Our microfiber, cotton blend, and Portuguese flannel sheets all fit mattress depths of 6 inches to 18 inches. And for those who love taller mattresses, our rayon from bamboo, Tencel®, Egyptian cotton, French linen, and Italian artisan sheets fit mattress depths of 6 inches to 22 inches.
Each Malouf sheet set is designed for optimal feel, drape, and longevity. That means we finish each sheet with the hem stitch that best complements the fabric. Our lightweight fabrics pair well with a lightweight hem.
And our heavier fabrics handle a more ample hem. This guarantees our sheets lay beautifully on your bed—and won’t bunch after laundering.
Look for elegant hem stitches like double piping on our Egyptian cotton sheets, and the hand-drawn hem stitch on our classic Italian Artisan Collection for added luxury and appeal. All our sheets are hand-finished and hand-inspected.
Many manufacturers treat fabrics with chemicals and enzymes during the finishing process. Malouf sheets are never treated with these gimmicky fabric enhancers or synthetic softeners.
Our high quality products maintain their soft and smooth feel over time due to high-quality materials—not chemicals. Our feel doesn’t simply wash away after laundering like many other fabrics that feel soft in the store,
but stiffen after a couple washings.
Note: It’s always a good idea to wash your sheets at least once before using. It’s important to pay attention to care instructions so your sheets stay comfortable and looking great for as long as possible.
There are several weave options available in bedding that affect the feel in a big way. We recommend percale for strength, twill for a beautiful drape, and sateen for that lustrous look and feel. The weave of fabric is often more important to the overall quality than the thread count. Bedding is made using three basic weave patterns: percale, twill, and sateen.
Twill weave is often a one-thread-over, three-threads-under pattern and produces a diagonal rib line on the face of the fabric. Twill fabrics are strong, durable, and used to create bedding with a soft, beautiful drape.
Example: Rayon from Bamboo
Sateen weave is often a four-threads-over, one-thread-under pattern and creates a silky-smooth, lustrous look and feel to bedding. The construction of the fabric gives sateen weave a grain, so it drapes beautifully over the bed as well.