Up to this point, most of my blogs have been about cotton bed sheets including the pros and cons of high thread counts as well as types of cotton. However, if you are want something more sumptuous and luxurious, you will probably want to seek out satin or silk bed sheets. Silk is a natural fiber spun by silkworms; satin is woven from a natural fiber (silk) or a synthetic (polyester). This type of bed sheets has become more reasonably priced than ever before, however, reasonably priced to some might mean “out of price range” to others.
Sleeping between silk or satin sheets is a sensual experience as the bedding just seems to flow around your body. You
might say that satin or silk bed sheets show an opulence you don’t often feel from any other type of fabric. Often we think of castles and bridal suites when this subject comes to mind. The luxury satin sheets are more affordable than pure silk sheets but will still add style and class to your bedroom decor. There are so many colors to add to the overall ambience of your bedroom. Another plus is that you can often find bedskirts, throws, or pillows in the satin fabric to add wonderful accents to your decorating style.
The shopper no longer has to go to special shops to find these bed sheets as most can be found locally. Online shopping has opened a different way of finding many different styles and colors in the price range the shopper is looking for. Whereas satin or silk sheets were something that only the “rich and famous” could afford, now they are available to everyone because of the cost effective way of producing them.
The silk satin sheets are made of 100% silk which makes it soft and durable. Silk satin is also known as silk charmeuse and has a very lustrous sheen to it. The silk is blended with the satin to give an almost liquid feel to the fabric; just imagine having it flow around you. The fabric is spun from very fine threads so the thread count is nearly impossible to determine. Therefore, the measurement is made in momme with higher units of momme denoting heavier fabrics. A momme measurement of 19 seems to be good for sleeping in warmer weather or to prevent discomfort when sleeping in heated rooms.
For those with allergies, silk is naturally hypoallergenic, inhospitable to dust mites, and resistant to mold and mildew which might make it a good choice for you. However, the fact that it needs to be dry cleaned which might use chemicals might also be a negative factor. Another thing that might be a drawback to the silk satin sheets is the fact that care needs to be taken to avoid snags from anything that comes into contact with the fabric such as buttons, zippers, or such.
One factor that may influence your purchase of satin or silk sheets is the cleaning process. Some need to be dry cleaned, some need to be hand washed and cannot tolerate heat such as from a dryer. These conditions need to be considered as you shop for sheets. Be sure to read the care label and be prepared to follow the directions there. The cost and care need to be weighed against the luxury of silk or satin on your bed.