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Message Board > Miscellaneous > What happened to plain old fashioned sheets? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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What happened to plain old fashioned sheets?
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Date: 12/8/12 10:49 PM


Hi all, maybe someone can give me some advice. Years ago it was easy to buy bed sheets. Percale was the way to go. Muslin sheet aways seemed not quite as good and they also seemed to pill. 200 thread count Percale purchased at a department store did the trick.

Now here is my problem I care for a special needs person and just want to buy good quality percale sheets and not have to spend over $75.00 for a queen set. It would also be nice if I could just buy fitted sheets, as this is what gets the most wear. I have a vast assortment of pillow cases that never get used.

I have read everything there is to read about thread count and know in order to woo the consumer the thread count has continued to increase to around 1500.

I am to the point where I am thinking of going to the Fashion District in Los Angeles and buying an entire roll of very good quality sheeting and making my own.

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Date: 12/8/12 10:57 PM

I just found some today (looking for the same thing, except in double size) at landsend.com and at overstock.com. Used 'cotton percale' as search term at both sites.

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Date: 12/8/12 11:51 PM

I buy sheets at Ross in the mall - it usually takes me a few tries to find what I want, but eventually I do. It helps if you are not too picky about colors. You can get sets or individual sheets. I think a Queen set is usually about $30, so you ought to find single sheets for much less.

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Date: 12/9/12 9:30 AM

Also remember that the higher the thread count, the less ability for the cotton to breath. So if you are one of those 'hot' ladies, you stay cooler with lower thread count.

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Date: 12/9/12 11:48 AM

Percale is really hard to find these days. I found a set at Tuesday Morning for $35.00,
Penneys has a poly/cotton blend percale
that don't wrinkle, but I think they're only in sets. You might be able to make the top sheet into a fitted depending on the mattress thickness.

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Date: 12/9/12 12:02 PM

I found some nice 400 and 600 count cotton sets(queen) at Kohl's last year for less than $50. Nice and smooth and comfortable. I like the 400 TC the best.

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Date: 12/9/12 1:18 PM

I didn't think about the sheets with the higher thread counts being too hot. That's good to know.

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Date: 12/9/12 2:16 PM

I remember once seeing an episode of "The Shopping Bags" (a Canadian TV show where they test products) where people were given the choice between different 100% cotton sheets, ranging from lower thread-count to super-high thread-count -- they didn't show them the labels, just let them lie down on the sheets to see what they thought. Almost everyone picked a medium-high count sheet because it had the right balance of softness and crispness. It wasn't the most expensive one -- it was mid-priced. Most people didn't like the highest-count one nearly as well, because it wasn't as soft.



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Date: 12/9/12 2:56 PM

A few years ago, when I was seeking inexpensive flat sheets, Ikea had just what I needed: neutral colored cotton sheets, sold as individual "components" (flat sheets, fitted sheets, pillowcases in separate packages).

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Date: 12/9/12 6:41 PM

A year or more ago, I bought two sets of new Percale sheets from LL Bean. They've done very nicely.
LLBean Percale Fitted

I did a "Search" of the Message Boards here using the word Percale, and found a few old discussions about sheets. That's how I learned about these. There was another online/catalog vendor, perhaps The Company Store(?), that PR members liked their Percale sheets.

You might want to give the search function here a try.

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