Silk sheets are a great luxury to have on your bed. Everyone knows how soft and smooth silk feels. As sheets on your bed, they feel even better and definitely help people relax and enjoy their bed. With so many silk sheets out there to choose from, how do you choose the right one for you? Below are some frequently asked questions around buying silk sheets.
Q: Why buy silk sheets?
A: Silk material is very smooth and feels very luxurious
Silk is very comfortable and has a very good absorbent quality
Silk is the strongest natural fabric and does not wrinkle easily.
Your sheets will always look smooth and well maintained.
Silk sheets have many health benefits including helping with allergies, dry skin, and more
Q: What type of silk should I look for?
A: There are many brands and types of silk sheets being sold in stores and online. The best quality silk is made out of mulberry. The best silk sheets are made out of 100% mulberry silk. Make sure you buy sheets that are labeled as 100%. Oftentimes, manufacturers will blend this silk with other silks that are less expensive. 100% mulberry silk will consist of a continuous strand of silk within your sheets. When mixed with other types, the silk is broken up and you will not get the same quality and durability. There are some cases where other silks such as wild silk or what is called Habotai slik is mixed in. These sheets are still very comfortable, since oftentimes, the Habotai silk was used to make fine Japanese kimonos that ladies of high status would wear. However, if you want guaranteed quality, make sure that you go with 100% mulberry silk. When blending, you never know what types of silk the manufacturers will blend in.
Q: What is thread count and what should I look for?
A: Thread count is the number of threads per square inch in both directions in the weave. The higher the thread count of the sheets, the more luxurious the silk feel of the fabric. The problem is that a higher thread count also means that the threads are thinner. Therefore, they are subject to more tear. The benefits of silk sheets is that silk is one of the most durable threads and therefore a higher thread count won’t tear as easily. When shopping for silk sheets, look for a thread count of 400 or higher. If you go too high though, be prepared to buy a back-up in case there are tears.
Q: What is the momme weight?
A: Momme is the measurement used to determine the actual weight of silk. The measurement is produced by weighing a piece of silk that is 45 inches wide and 100 yards in length. So, if the total weight is 18 pounds, then the silk is given a grading of 18 momme. Oftentimes, cheap silk will have a lower momme. This is because less silk is used in making the sheets. A good momme for silk sheets is anything that is 19 momme or higher. If the store where you are buying the sheets doesn’t know the momme weight then be careful, they may be trying to trick you into buying lower quality silk sheets. Always ask for this measurement.
Silk sheets are a fantastic investment for your bed. You sleep on the sheets more than anything else you do during the day. However, when buying silk sheets, make sure you know what you are getting. Understanding the lingo and what makes up quality is very important in making sure that you get the best silk sheets for the money you pay.