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What is important when buying Bed Sheets? The 7 Common Bedding Myths.

Bedding companies have used false marketing gimmicks for years. Here's the scoop on thread-count, Egyptian cotton 'quality' and 7 common bedding myths.

Egyptian cotton or Supima cotton

Did you know most "Egyptian Cotton" is not actually grown in Egypt?! According to the Wall Street Journal "The Cotton Egypt Association, which licenses the trademark and certifies suppliers, estimates that 90% of products labeled “Egyptian cotton” are fakes." When you see the label Egyptian Cotton, know that it is probably grown in China or India, not Egypt. Supima® cotton, on the other hand, is only grown in California and Arizona and is monitored for quality by the USDA.  Formaldehyde free bed sheets made in USA

In order to create wrinkle-free sheets companies bake them in a chemical bath consisting of Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen classified by the National Cancer Association. Who wants to lay their head on pillowcases that have been cooked in a carcinogen? We sure don't, we'll take a few wrinkles.

Thread-count importance

We've written on this subject in The Huffington Post HERE and on our website HERE. A 1000 thread-count set of sheets does NOT mean premium quality! In fact, it is actually a 250 thread-count that is made of 4-ply yarn. What is a 4-ply yarn? Think about when you braid strands of hair together, making one strand out of 3 or 4; that is a 4-ply yarn. 4 X 250 = 1000. 4-ply yarns can use cheap, low quality cotton to drive down costs and are susceptible to pilling. 

Heavy fabric quality

The weight of the fabric has nothing to do with quality in regards to bed sheets. Sheets should have a light, breathy quality to them; allowing your mattress to support you and your comforter/duvet to insulate you. Supima® cotton is 45% stronger than regular cotton which allows for a lighter, more breathable fabric that is also more durable and softer than heavy, multi-ply fabric.

Sateen or Percale bed sheets

Sateen sheets can be very nice, are less prone to wrinkles and offer an initial, smooth hand-feel. However, compared to a Percale sheet their tighter weave restricts air circulation which leads to a hot sleep. They are less durable and more susceptible to pilling while also being more expensive.
More expensive, less durable and a hot sleep; not a good trade off. The exception is if you have extremely sensitive skin they may be your best option.

Should I Hot or cold wash bed sheets

This is largely personal preference. Sheets will last longer if washed on a cold setting, as it is easier on the fabric. We recommend trying a cold wash and seeing if you can tell a difference. Check out our Care Guide for more information HERE.

Get the best sheets you can

We spend 2900 hours in bed every year. Your bed is the sanctuary you go to rejuvenate after a long day. Sleep and other fun things happen in bed :). Investing in quality bedding is a quick and easy way to improve quality of life for you AND your partner. 

 

Check out Authenticity 50 Made in USA bedding and upgrade your sleep experience! 



Jimmy MacDonald
Jimmy MacDonald

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16 Responses

Patsy Mund
Patsy Mund

April 29, 2017

I love 100% cotton for clothing and sheets,towels most everything. while it is nice to have wrinkle free fabric,the trade off of comfort vs pretty. I’ll take comfort and wrinkles and made in the USA . I would love to have a true Red sheet set,not maroon that is usually called red,I’m talking Red like the stripes in our flag,the firetruck red,any ideas where I could find these ? Thanks for all the facts about thread count and consumer savvy !

Authenticity 50
Authenticity 50

February 13, 2017

Hi Frances, Thank you for your question. The Cal King fitted size is longer and more narrow as compared to the King size (which is wider and shorter). The Cal King offers 84 inches of length & 72" in width (vs 80" L & 78" W with the King.) Our flat sheet is the same size for both. Hope that helps!

Authenticity 50
Authenticity 50

February 13, 2017

Hi Cassandra! Thank you so much for your comment. We are so happy to hear that you are loving your A50 sheets. We truly appreciate your support of A50 and American-made! Stay tuned for our first color – coming in a few months :)

Frances in CantonTX
Frances in CantonTX

February 12, 2017

Am curious what “Cal King” indicates vs. “King”. Are they longer? Wider? …

Cassandra
Cassandra

February 12, 2017

We love Authenticity 50 sheets, will look forward to light colors, also, Love they are made in the good ole USA, will continue to purchase! CC

Authenticity 50
Authenticity 50

February 06, 2017

Hi Bobbi,
Thanks for your question and interest in our Made in USA bed sheets! We do use nice, thick elastic around the entire fitted sheet which holds it securely in place. This elastic is also milled in America. And we use our sheets on a Tuft & Needle mattress and can confirm that it works perfectly. We hope you’ll try us out.
Warm regards,
A50

bobbi
bobbi

February 03, 2017

We have Tuft and Needle mattress. All of my sheets bunch up during the night. Is the elastic in your sheet all the way around and is it strong enough to hang on and not bunch up?

Mary
Mary

January 27, 2017

I would like an unbleached natural or linen shade. Ivory would be nice, too.

Authenticity 50
Authenticity 50

January 26, 2017

Thanks for your comments Norman, Marie and Laura! We have our first color on the horizon, hoping for a May/June launch. Blankets are a bit further down the road but something we want to do so keep your eyes peeled and sign up for our mailing list so you’re notified when new products launch! :)

Norman Moy
Norman Moy

January 24, 2017

We really want to buy the sheets, but we don’t love white at all. Hoping for an ivory or any color other than white.

Laura Jane McGowan
Laura Jane McGowan

January 14, 2017

PINK! PINK! PINK!

Marie Stewart
Marie Stewart

December 29, 2016

I am thrilled to find a company who still believes in all the basic and best tenets of quality when it comes to sheets. Bravo. Made in the USA – too good to be true. So glad to have found you. All the best for success and I’ll be looking for your blankets when they come out.

Authenticity 50, LLC
Authenticity 50, LLC

October 27, 2016

Hi Ruth,
Thanks again for the feedback and we’re glad you’re interested! Unfortunately, I don’t think it will be until later in 2017. And we’ll likely start with just a single color which is unlikely to be ivory, though we will definitely add that color to our test ideas! Dark colors are difficult and can negatively impact the hand-feel / softness of fabric, Ivory should be comparably easier.
Warm regards,
Authenticity 50

Ruth
Ruth

October 26, 2016

Do you think it will be in early 2017? I might consider waiting to purchase if it is around January. The color ivory I have in mind is very light and soft. Thanks.

Authenticity 50
Authenticity 50

October 25, 2016

Hi Ruth,
Thanks for your question and interest in our Made in America Bedding! :)
We hope to offer our first color(s) in 2017. We are still researching what colors will look best without affecting the hand-feel of our bedding. Thanks for letting us know you like Ivory. This feedback is really valuable.

Warm regards,
Authenticity 50

Ruth
Ruth

October 22, 2016

Would love to know when you will be getting ivory colored sheets. I am looking for something very light in color, almost like an off white with a creamy effect.

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