According to Kaye, “Thread count is largely a marketing gimmick. Manufacturers will twist thin, low-grade cotton threads into a smaller space, and claim double, or even quadruple, the thread count. None of this makes the sheets any better quality—in fact, it ultimately takes away from their durability and softness.” Biller recommends a GSM rating of 170, “which is the optimum weight to be breathable and cool in the summer months, keep you warm in the winter months, as well as be durable enough to last for years to come.”

How do you care for linen sheets?

While linen bedsheets can last for years, the fiber is a bit more fickle when it comes to cleaning. You’ll want to handle with care and opt out of intense detergents and fabric softeners—and hang-dry if at all possible. It’s not the end of the world if you have to send your linen sheets through a dryer cycle, but they’ll last even longer if you have a line you can hang them from outside (the dream). 

“We recommend machine-washing your linen sheets in cold or lukewarm water on a gentle cycle with a mild liquid detergent,” Biller notes. She also recommends avoiding dry-cleaning and fabric softeners, since both can weaken the textile’s fibers. When it’s not on your bed, store your linen in a cool, dry place. Now that you’re an expert on the fabric, it’s time to pick out the right sheets for your room. Ahead, shop the best linen sheets available right now. Happy snoozing! 

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