Tuesday, May 27, 2008

When did sheeting become a word?


Seriously. Come on.

Anyhoo... I do need new sheets. But if anyone even mentions "Frette" or "Leontine" or Porthault or brands I know we all don't really buy, I will smack you with a Nerf bat.

Now... the sheets on your bed right now - where did you get them? Do you love them? Hate them? How often do people buy new sheets? I feel like I need Bedding 101.

I am checking out my online options right now. Bed, Bath and Beyond scares me because it means I have to drive outside the city limits. I just know that one of you will have the perfect secret source.

Suggestions, please.


Photo up top... kinda makes you throw up in your mouth a little, doesn't it?

72 comments:

Anna said...

Hi! I just found your blog today and thought I'd share my top secrets for sheets: (1) Marshalls - I scored some great high thread count Laura Ashley sheets on sale for $20.00 earlier this year. They were solid white and after several washes still feel yummy. There wasn't a thing wrong with them! And, (2) Overstock.com. Catch them having a sale, or with a discount code and they can really be a great deal. Hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

century 21 in nyc. period.

Decorno said...

Why have I never heard of this place? What's it like?

traci said...

I have the 400 count no-iron cotton sateen sheets from Lands' End, and I love them!!! The fitted sheet is deep enough for a good pillowtop mattress, and they come out of the dryer wonderfully. I like them sooo much better than a much more expensive set of sheets that I bought from Restoration Hardware.

Anonymous said...

Macy's hotel collection 600TC(always on sale) and LL Bean are worth every penny.

pam said...

I like white cotton sheets because you can use real bleach on them-I've seen one too many Oprah type shows where they show you magnified dust mites. I got my latest set at Home Goods, and I love them.

Anonymous said...

I buy all of my linens at Century 21 in NYC. great towels, sheets, etc. They also have designer clothes and shoes. I've bought high tread count sheets at Marshalls as well

Jules said...

OK, so the Macy's in my area was closing down and they had a great sale on everything, including the Hotel sheets. I think they were around $200 on sale? It's been a couple of years. Anyway, I called my SIL about it and she thought I was crazy to pay that price b/c Bed Bath and Beyond had Hotel sheets for more than half that price not on sale. So I ran and got them and paid a fraction of what I would have paid at Macys.

They suck ass.

They can't possibly be the same thing, since the above poster has great experience with Hotel from Macys.

I am intrigued by Land's End. I don't pay much attention to their catalog, but I'll have to check them out since two people have now recommended them.

Moral: stay away from Bed Bath and Beyond and buy expensive sheets. Nothing crazy expensive, but not "reasonably priced," either.

Jules said...

Oops. I see it's LLBean, not a second recommendation for Land's End. My error.

Anonymous said...

I love smartbargains.com, you have to check back frequently since the inventory always changes. I bought 600TC Egyptian Cotton sheets for $60.

In the Seattle area, check out Tuesday Morning by Northgate Mall. You can find great sheets, pillows and random home things!

Elizabeth said...

I second Tuesday Morning! They have great bedding and most of my sheets came from there.

JJ said...

I have awesome sheets from Garnet Hill. I also used to cruise the Macy's sheets setion for cool Calvin Klein or DKNY sheets. I have heard The Company Store has nice standard sheets too.

SarahHutch said...

My favorite affordable sheets are Martha Steward Living (but I've been overseas, can you still buy her stuff at Kmart?) and my favorite expensive sheets are Garnett Hill.

Anonymous said...

Decorno - there is a bed bath & beyond downtown! close to cinerama.

not that i recommend you go there. i will admit i once bought frette sheets (on sale). they are nice, but i prefer the 800tc ones i got cheap on overstock.com. LOVE them.

Anonymous said...

"Sheeting" sounds like "suiting" material, right?

My suspicion is that above a certain number, "high thread count" is more of a marketing gimmick than a reality that customers actually perceive and appreciate. There's probably a way for manufacturers to use an insanely high thread count AND a lousy of grade cotton that lets them save money and still make their product SOUND ritzy.

Personally, I like to actually feel the sheet (or a sample) before I buy one, and you can't do that on a website, so it's a gamble. (Though if you've already checked out the brand and product line in person somewhere else...)

If you want to get the whole thing over with in a hurry, I'd consider the Carrie Bradshaw approach: going to Bloomingdales and buying Calvin Kleins. His stuff is so dependably good, and the colors are perfect, if you like really rich neutrals.

Elizabeth said...

Costco. Seriously. Their Kirkland signature 500 thread count sheets - amazing. The best ever. and Super cheap. ($60 for a queen set.) If you don't have a membership find a friend who has one and go buy some.

Land's End sheets are also great. Especially if you have a deep mattress - they make great extra-deep sheets.

Gina said...

My favorites are Ralph Lauren cotton sateen 600 thread count; I got one set as a gift and bought another on sale at Macy's. I've noticed that Overstock.com sometimes has amazing sales on high thread count sheets, but I have yet to purchase a set there. Good luck! High thread counts make a huge difference, and so does the "sateen" part -- they're softer. Also, I've heard that even modest thread counts on organic cotton sheets can be heavenly, but I don't know that for sure. Do report if you test.

perchance said...

White flannel sheets from LL Bean. I sleep sans vetements (it's classier in French) and these sheets are marshmallow soft. I buy a new set every other year and have been since the mid 90s.

bill said...

I'm loving the Martha Stewart sheets @ Macy's! They are amazing - I bought them for our bed & the guest bed and all of our guests comment on how great the sheets are - check them out!

jozette said...

Ok. First, Century 21 is like manna from heaven. I've never bought sheets there but I may or may not have found myself juggling boxes in the GIMUNGUS shoe department. It's in the Lower East Side right across from Millenium Hilton - where the World Trade Centers once were.

Second, my favorite sheets of all time are made by Charisma. They sell them online and at Bloomingdales and such. They aren't cheap but they last forever and get softer and softer with each wash. I swear by them. And, I never actually buy them. I ask my dad for them for Christmas. Done and done.

Kelly said...

my mom worked at mashall fields before it was taken over by macy's and scored most of the display bedding for less than a $1 a piece at what they called a garage sale.

my favorite sheets are calvin klein. they are always crisp no matter how much you wash them, never pill and the color doesn't fade.

i'm not sure how much they are real price, but they are definitely worth it and you can probably find them on sale at macy's once in a while.

Anonymous said...

I also don't care for BBB sheets.

Your choice also depends on if you like 'crisp' or 'soft'. I like a crisp sheet and more than 200 count is a waste of money.

collard green queen said...

If you have a Tuesday Morning Store close by - check em' out! 800 thread count sheets to fit a queen size bed $90 buckeroos!
If you are feeling really domestic starch those babies with a hot iron after you pull them out of the dryer- we will never hear from you again!

PS LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!

Meander said...

the picture that goes along with this post seriously scares me - thanks decorno for waking me the hell up this morning to a vision of ugly!
as for sheets, I'm always a sucker for Marshall's, Tuesday Morning, TJ Maxx and Ross - last month I bought Johnathon Adler sheets there for, get this $14.00 for the pair! No lie, and they actually feel pretty good.
I also had a pair of fabulous flannel sheets from LL Bean a few years ago that were great in the Winter.

Kwana said...

Sheeting just can't be a word! I just love Macy's on sale. I don't care about the brand. It's all about the thread count, the sale price and the feel of the sheets for me. Just buy extra pillow cases.
No set time to buy them. Just when I need them and when the price is right. Good luck!

GiltTrip said...

I agree with Anna. We buy our sheets at Marshall's/TJ Maxx/Homegoods. They are italian cotton and so luscious. I get excited when the rotation gets them on the bed. The BBB sheets just don't live up to the thread count. In fact, I think there was a class action lawsuit against them about lying on thread count. Hit your local Marshalls and go to clearance. 600 count cotton sheets for less than $100.

Anonymous said...

My favorites are a super-silky Ralph Lauren Estate set I found at SteinMart a few years ago. Also found great sets at Marshall's and TJMaxx. Sometimes I take them to a local embroidery shop to have them monogrammed. I live near Leontine Linens. They're so pricey I can't bring myself to go in, but I do ogle the window display.

kelly said...

Oh, Decorno.

Wamsutta 500 thread count at Macys.

So heavenly, and when I take them out of the dryer they look awesome. No ironing (which I tend to do once they are on the bed, don't judge me).

CSS said...

I love my sheets from Ralph Lauren, which I get at TJ Maxx or the RL outlet. They really wash and wear well. I also have a white duvet cover from the Martha Stewart line at Kmart - It looks just like Frette (I swear) and is so soft. I love it. The best part is with young kids and a cat - if it gets trashed, it was only $70.

mamacita said...

Tuesday Morning. I got some crazy-good Peacock Alley sheets there, not once but twice.

Decorno said...

Holy god, I woke up to about 23 new comments on this topic. You people love your sheets. I have so many good suggestions now. Thanks everyone!

Jessie said...

I'm in on the Tuesday Morning, too.

We got a pair of $200 600 thread count sheets for a wedding gift from BB&B and had to toss them after a few months (became really expensive painting dropcloths) because they had pilled up and were thinning in places. My favorite sheets in our rotation are the organic cotton sheets we got on sale at Tuesday Morning and I also love the bamboo sheets that we got as a gift. These two are as soft as velvet. I would highly recommend checking out the organic selection that any of these stores may carry.

Also... picture? Gag.

birdy said...

Amazon, believe it or not. They occasionally clearance out their sheets, to around $20 (for King). Whenever they do, I buy 2 to 3 sets.

Jennifer said...

My boyfriend TJ (Maxx) never disappoints me. Oh, and don't forget ebay!

Kristen said...

We just have a bunch of plain white all-cottons from Ikea. They get really soft when they get older. For prettier things, I like The Company Store or Garnet Hill.

CSS said...

I forgot to mention that I don't buy sets of sheets. Esp. if you have a king bed, how many king pillow cases does one need? I only use them for decoration and sleep on my standard pillows. I like to mix it up with either a plain fitted or flat sheet (depending on what you find) and then have either a colored or printed sheet...so much more fun!

Anonymous said...

Cotton jersey sheets from Land's End are baby bottom soft. Do NOT get flannel sheets from The Company Store--terrible!

Tara said...

I've had good-to-great luck with Garnet Hill. I've a pair of their signature sateen that's held up very well except for some fading, which is probably more noticible because I like an intensely colored sheet if it's not white-white. Their signature flannel is kick-ass. Last winter was mild, so I couldn't use them because they're so warm and cozy. This year with the snow in April madness, I used them quite a bit and their color has held up very well.

Decorina said...

The scam is using two-ply yarn, doubling the thread count, but not delivering anything to the end user.

I second the Costco comment - absolutely fabulous. They are softer and launder better than any other bed linens. And I'm sort of obsessed by linens, bedding and towels. Just never buy those sorry jersey sheets. Ick.

I love your blog.

Anonymous said...

I look at TJ Maxx/Marshalls/HomeGoods for sheets, pillows, and towels, and overstock.com for mattress pads. Spring for a new mattress pad if you're getting sheets. And new pillows too- the same pillows you'd see in Macy's are $9.99 or $14.99 at the discounters. Also, I almost never buy a sheet set. I am tired of too small flat sheets pulling off my side of the bed when DH rolls over. Buy the appropriate size fitted sheet, and a size bigger flat sheet- it makes a big difference. 100% cotton, high thread count (over 300). One size bigger on the comforter, blanket and duvet also. Good night, sleep tight.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Two beds, city and country. City bed at the moment is dressed in orange-and-cream-striped light-flannel sheets that resemble mattress ticking (pretty sure these are from LL Bean), 2 matching pillow cases (though I try not to match, was far too lazy to attempt it this time), 2 white cotton pillow cases with dull orange embroidery (fake Frette via The Company Store), and an exuberant Ann Gish floral silk coverlet (showroom sample sale). I'll be changing it all tonight with bed linens in various shades of red with Indian embroidery (seriously cheap from a local five and dime that has a major ethnic slant).

An Aesthete's Lament said...

As for when to buy new bedding? I buy whenever there's a sale and can see that some of the patterns and colors offered will mix in with my home stock. I hate beds that look like showroom advertisements, so prefer to err on the side of reckless abandon in combinations of multiple patterns/solids in similar colorways.

Anonymous said...

Ok, this requires sewing skills, but take old linen tableclothes and turn them into duvet cover, pillowcases and sheets. (Or just spend a mortgage payment's worth of dough on actual, new linen sheets (Libeco from Belgium are good).

Linen is much nicer than cotton for bedlinens (see? even the proper name tells you you're supposd to have linen). Linen breathes so you don't get all sweaty and damp at night. It doesn't need ironing - just pull them out of the dryer while they're still a teensy bit damp and spread them out on the bed and they'll finish drying quickly. They are beautifully crisp when freshly cleaned which makes Clean Sheet Night the happiest night of the week.

Love your blog, Decorno.

Mitsouko

Anonymous said...

To add to my earlier comment about Macy's and LL Bean...I have been a bit like Goldilocks when it comes to my sheets...Tried Restoration Hardware's standard line (crispy, but, boy oh boy, do these wrinkle) and found myself buying a new set almost annually due to thinning. Tried to be eco-friendly with west elm's bamboo sheets, but they pilled the first time in the wash and made me cheap and dirty. Finally, I tried Macy's Hotel 600TC and I swear I never want to get out of bed. They are so soft. My husband is very picky about his sheets as well and he LOVES them.
Second, my mistake, but it was Lands End (not LL Bean). The Lands End sheets are my mom's fav. She used to buy Charisma, but switched to Lands End. Last time we visited my parents, my husband wanted to stay an extra week since the bed was so damn comfy--and that's saying a lot with in-laws!

Mary T. said...

I think "sheeting" is up there with the way the Victoria's Secret catalog insists on "pant" and "pyjama."

Anonymous said...

Take an Ambien and you'll sleep on burlap.

Anonymous said...

"Colorways." How did that become a word? These kids today...

IzzyLu said...

My favorite designs are from Dwell, but I have found that not all Dwell bedding is created equal. I have a set from Anthropologie that is really soft and has nice detail at the edges. I have the same pattern in a different color from BlueFly but it is stiff and has cheap edges.
For plain white sheets I stalk the higher end Ralph Lauren sets at Marshalls. Super soft, but with a little bit of structure for that just made the bed feeling.

Lisa said...

"Thread count" is a scam term used by the home deco industry to inflate prices. You can buy 1000 thread count sheets that have been woven with garbage yarns, and they'll feel like crap, and will fall apart in short order.

Most sheets now seem to be fabricated with a sateen weave. It makes them appear luxurious, and hides lots of flaws in the cheap yarns that are used. I don't like the feel of them, anyway. Too limp and prone to pilling. My favorite bed linens are plain white cotton from Target and Ikea. They're woven simply and honestly, and they're nice and crisp and dry. And cheap, so I can buy loads at a time!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Lisa. This confirmed what I'd always thought.

What is the deal with "sateen"? I felt some samples once in a store and thought they felt greasy. And what's the difference between "sateen" and "satin"?

Rebecca said...

Tuesday Morning has the best quality sheets at tremendous prices. I just received a mailer from them and they're promoting a big sheet sale that starts June 3rd. I'll be picking up a spare set, too.

Christine in DC said...

I admit I'm not a sheet person (or is that "sheeting" person?). I don't like to encourage myself to stay in bed any more than I normally do. But, I like relatively comfy sheets. I have a set from Ikea--supposedly some high thread count, but it's clear that they used cheaper quality fibers because they wrinkle worse than most. $60 for a queen set. I have a duvet cover (which I use as a top sheet) from Martha Stewart's Macys line and it's pretty soft...

Anonymous said...

Tuesday Morning! Hope there is one near you.

Lisa said...

All of your readers seem to be missing the best thing about fine linens -- they sleep better and last longer. As a purveyor of fine linens, I will be the first to tell you that a brand name doesn't mean it is a better sheet. There are wonderful bed linens available from lesser known makers, but none of the names mentioned here would make my list of fine linen makers. Try DEA, NC Souther or custom embroidered linens by Matouk. They say we spend a third of our life in bed, aren't you worth it?

jozette said...

ok. i already responded once to this post but feel the need to respond again based on lisa's post. she's right - 1000 thread count sheets are a "sham". However. thread count does mean something. up until you get to about 300 to 350 thread count. anything after that is like...questionable. however, the diff btw 200 and 300 is noticeable. so don't completly disregard
threadcount.

Anonymous said...

Hey, where did you get a picture of my bedroom? I love green, don't you?

jax

eeps. said...

i didn't realize how popular ralph lauren bedding was. my sheets/duvet is ralph lauren's aragorn sheets, circa 2000? i think they're 300 count and get softer and better with washing. i had to replace my fitted sheet because i like to luxuriate in my bed by rolling around in the sheets (please don't envision this) and i tore a hole in them. they were pretty threadbare though, since they've lasted 8 years. i got my replacement by googling them and found that dillard's had backstock.

Anonymous said...

lisa 6:04 p.m.:

I LOVE "purveyor of fine linens"!

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Marshall's, TJ Maxx and Target. 45o thread count maximum, long staple Egyptian cotton which wears well and gets better with age. The Ralph Lauren has held up for six + years. The damask stripe from Target is cheap enough on sale to replace every four if you need to. If only they had a duvet cover! Mine's shot.

And a tip, to save myself hours of ironing, I hang the sheets over the balustrade upstairs and let them drip dry.... nice and crisp, if not perfect. The pillow cases get a once over from the Rowenta.

Anonymous said...

I love pottery barn sheets for one reason only no pilling. I HATE HATE HATE little pills of material that collect by my toes and PB sheets do not pill unlike some other very expensive brands with high thread counts.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

"Colorway" really is the proper word! ... I swear ... it's more precise than color, because color typically means only one color, whereas colorway indicates that the fabric is composed of multiple colors available in various, um, colorways, ie combinations and alternate shadings ...

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Goodnight, Gracie.

Anonymous said...

It's a bullshit word, but thanks for playing.

kee said...

ok, you may have stopped reading comments by this point, but i'll just add my faves anyway : )
LOVE abc carpet & home sales for the best sheets and colorways!
when we leave nyc tj maxx is the best, got super high quality sheets there in candlelight that i love!

btw, someone may have corrected this already but century 21 is in the financial district... if you are in ny, it is a great spot, too!

jax said...

There is also a Century21 in Paramus, NJ at the Bergen Mall. All the stores that have been mentioned; Tuesday Morning, TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Ross, Steinmart, have great selections for decent prices. Also if there is an Off 5th or a Filene's Basement near you, try those out.

I recently bought an organic cotton duvet from West Elm and that's working out pretty well. So far, so good, but I've only had it for 3 weeks now. It's crisp fabric as opposed to silkier, but I am enjoying the stripiness of it.

Hope you find some delightful linens.

Anonymous said...

I hate all that Dwell crap that's been getting so much lip service from Domino this past year. The quality is mediocre at best. Smart marketing, unremarkable product.

I love white linen sheets with hemstitching. When I was in france I pick up some vintage ones, for not much money at all, with pretty white monograms. The sizes don't fit my queen bed exactly, but since I bought large sizes, they do the trick beautifully.

Garnet Hill also puts their linen sheets on sale once in a while, and they're comfy, especially after they've been washed a few times.

I never buy sets: much more interesting to have unmatched bed, even if it's just different white sheets. It's lovely to have different textures to look at and to feel rather than being all twee and matchy-matchy.

Anonymous said...

Oh. WS Home carries some luscious italian sheets that occasionally go on sale.

skywaykate said...

My two cents: Ralph Lauren Polo from eBay. I've used them to make curtains and to back a duvet cover (other side was silk chantung--crap, I can't remember if I'm spelling that correctly). Love, love, love the feel, that great cross between cool and crisp and never want to get out of bed comfortable.

Laura said...

I have bought sheets individually at Marshall's or Ross-
but I have had a lot of luck at Target with their luxury brands.
I have beautiful fancy red sheets that were and even some gorgeous printed ones. They are wonderfully silky.
http://www.target.com/Fieldcrest-Classic-Sheet-Set-Red/dp/B000F7TK5O/601-3596138-3716125?ie=UTF8&node=15755861&frombrowse=1&rh=&page=1


and

http://www.target.com/Waverly-Metro-Simplicity-Sheet-Set/dp/B000BBS898/qid=1212692270/ref=br_1_10/601-3596138-3716125?ie=UTF8&node=10775221&frombrowse=1&rh=&page=1

Both these sets have lasted over a year so far. I recommend washing on cold, though. xo

Louryne said...

Home Goods, TJ Maxx and Target! LOVE THEM!

Kate said...

The only bedding I own is from Dwell Studio because when I worked there sheets and duvets would magically fall into my purse as I was leaving occasionally! It was so strange...yet rewarding. Ok, I used my employee discount here and there too for good measure.
But, if you want cheap, I'd recommend Target sheets, they aint bad.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone had Frette queen size fitted sheets? I just bought some and they are way too long for my new queen-size bed which is 60 x 80 inches. The sheets measure 63 x 83 although the package says 61 x 81. Even after washing they are still too long, so the corners do not fit. Frette says my bed is "too small" and that I am the only person who has complained. Would like to hear from you. Thanks