The term satin refers not to a specific material, but to a specific type of weave. A satin weave is glossy and smooth. It is soft and usually brings to mind images of luxury and elegance. Satin can be made from a number of different fibers, although purists may tell you that silk is the only acceptable material for satin sheets. Satin sheets can also be woven with cotton, nylon or polyester.
Adding satin sheets to your bedding sheets can create a look that is classy with a feel that is much more sensuous than regular cotton bed sheets. It can transform the look of the bedroom, especially when incorporated with other design elements. An entirely new look and feel can be introduced to any bedroom with satin sheets and they are great for sleeping in the warmer summer months. They feel cooler to the touch and they do not absorb moisture like other fabrics so they won’t stick to the skin. Satin sheets do not get tangled as easily either. This can be a factor in case you do have a night of tossing and turning. Even quality cotton sheets that feature a high thread count do not quite deliver the same look and feel as satin sheets.
Whether you choose a satin sheet set made with real silk or a higher quality polyester or cotton blend, you will find that the feel of the fabric is superior to any bedsheets you have had in the past. As delicate and smooth as these sheets feel against the skin, they are still surprisingly durable and will last quite a long time.
Satin sheets are sold in knit and woven fabrics. The knit material provides for a rougher surface. They may be less expensive than woven fabric but they will not be as smooth as they will contain a lower thread count. The best fabric really depends on the individual. Silk may be the obvious candidate, but these sheets are more expensive and require more care. Nylon sheets are much more durable and can be washed in a washing machine. Polyester is durable as well and does not require washing by hand, although washing by hand will help your satin sheets last longer.
There are some myths about satin sheets that may discourage many people from trying them. One misconception is that satin sheets are slippery. While they can certainly give that impression by looks alone, you need not worry about slipping out of a bed made up with satin sheets. Another deterrent for people is the myth that satin sheets must be dry-cleaned or else they will tear and be ruined in your washing machine. Also, untrue: nylon, cotton and polyester can be machine washed.
While the choice of silk, cotton, nylon, polyester or a blend will depend on individual tastes and budgets, many people find that satin is a superior weave for bedsheets. Of course, it is absolutely recommended to keep in mind your bed skirts when choosing satin sheets- styles and colors can be mixed and matched until you find the perfect combination. And if you’re wondering how to keep those satin sheets on the bed, and many more articles about bedding, check out our bedding blog, which is updated weekly.