Luxurious Silk Sheets
Proponents of silk sheets claim that once you have spent a night sleeping on silk, you will never feel comfortable in cotton again. Silk bed sheets are the ultimate in luxury bedding. They are softer than cotton and conform better to the body, giving users a more comfortable night’s sleep. Silk will not pill, as cotton will, so the sheets will look and feel new even after multiple washings. Climbing into a bed outfitted with silk sheets is the ideal reward after a long day, and will leave you feeling better rested and relaxed in the morning. Just like cotton, sheets can be purchased in a number of thread counts and price points, and are within reach on almost any budget.
A silk sheet will be more expensive than a cotton sheet of the same size. However, this initial expense will be offset by the fact that they last longer and will remain soft for the life of the set with proper care. A common misconception is that silk cannot be machine washed, but this is not true. The first few times that silk sheets are used, experts recommend that they be hand washed to make sure that the color is retained, but after that, they may simply be thrown in the machine. It is important to wash them with a mild detergent on a delicate wash cycle. This will ensure that the original color is retained. Silk sheet sets should not be washed in hot water, nor should they be placed in the dryer. Heat may shrink silk, in the same way that it can cotton. To further extend the life of these sheets, do not wash them with any bleach containing products.
Everyone should know a few things before choosing a set of silk sheets. The first is that there are two basic types of silk: wild and cultivated. With cultivated silk, the silk producing worms are fed a diet of only mulberry leaves, which results in longer, more durable threads of a more uniform color. The silk these worms yields is more expensive than wild silk, but keep in mind that they will last longer and their color will be more brilliant. Wild silk is produced by worms without a regulated diet, and is more widely available at a lower cost. By following the tips for caring for silk above, even wild silk can last for years.
Depending on the size of the bed, silk sheet sets can cost hundreds of dollars, which represents a larger initial investment than low cost cotton sheets. It is important to keep in mind when doing cost comparisons that the durability of silk sheets means that they will need to be replaced less often. They are also resistant to pilling, which can render cotton sheets uncomfortable after just a few washings. Silk will remain cool in the summer and conform closely to the body in winter, making them the perfect choice for any season.
Red silk sheets are a classic choice. They scream luxury and romance and will transform your bed into your favorite place in the house. Matching silk shams will finish the look and create a movie set ready glamour. For those who looking for a more modern, updated look, black silk sheets are dramatic in any bed. They are easy to work into a bedroom’s existing décor, and silk sheets will retain a deep color much better than a cotton sheet would. Black is a great choice for couples who are seeking an understated look, or those who want something a bit more masculine.
An investment in silk sheets is one that will pay off in the end. Silk will provide increased durability and maximum comfort.