These days, you can hardly take the subway in New York without running into an ad for a new bedding start-up that promises premium-quality, hotel-style sheets at direct-to-consumer prices. Linen sheets, in particular, are enjoying a bit of a moment, thanks to upstarts like Snowe, Parachute, and Brooklinen — all offering their own versions of the laid-back, rumpled fabric that still gives your bed an intentional look. With so many styles out there — a crisp cotton percale, a silky sateen, or something in between — we reached out to design experts and tastemakers for their recommendations on the best bedsheets to buy, from classic, white Egyptian cotton to ecofriendly linen to completely bespoke. (We also found the best-reviewed bedsheets on Amazon, if you’re interested.)
Best cotton percale sheets
Matouk was by far the most recommended sheets by our experts, with five designers calling it their favorite company for beautiful, high-quality sheets. “My favorite sheets are Matouk, mostly because everything’s customizable, from the color of the threading to the monogram and the ruffles,” says designer Sasha Bikoff, who keeps coming back to one specific style: “It’s this very Hollywood Regency scallop-shell pattern that’s kind of Miami-influenced too.” Designer Lindsey Coral Harper also loves Matouk’s assortment of scalloped edges, saying that Matouk bedding is a good option if you want something classic with a “modern twist.” “Their percale is also one of my favorites to sleep on, and they mix and match very well,” she says. Matouk’s percale sheets are also interior designer Anne Hepfer’s go-to sheets when she’s looking for that “ultimate luxury” quality and feel. “Matouk’s Sierra cotton percale sheets are a beautiful, classic base that can pair with any bedding,” she says. Designer Vicente Wolf prefers their Meridian sheets, his go-to sheets for most of his projects. “There’s something uniquely versatile about them — they’re sophisticated enough for city life, but even in a country home they works perfectly against a more rustic backdrop,” he says. “I never second-guess these sheets.” Matouk’s linens are among Okin’s favorite sheets as well.
According to Wood, percale sheets are great if you run hot when you sleep. “While the thread count is lower, the sheets are crisp, cool, and more breathable.” She recommends trying them in a fun print, like these striped ones from Finnish design house Marimekko.
A more affordable but still high-quality set of cotton-percale sheets comes from Snowe, recommended by Kai Avent-deLeon, owner of Sincerely, Tommy. “I really liked Snowe’s dinnerware, so I started using their sheets, too, and I’ve found that they’re really good-quality and decently priced,” she says. “They’re cotton, which is the only material I buy now, and they’re really soft, kind of plush. They’re breathable and low-maintenance, so I don’t have to constantly clean them even though I buy an off-white color.” These have a higher thread count than the Marimekko and Ralph Lauren sheets, making them particularly well-priced.
If you want to add a little more texture to your percale sheets, consider this set from Williams Sonoma, recommended by interior designer Maggie Griffin. They’re embroidered with the “lines of classic cane wickerwork” that give them just the right touch of graphic detailing. “The bright white with intricate threading is just gorgeous,” she says.
For a set of percale sheets that feel lived-in, consider these vintage washed sheets from Target. They’re a personal favorite of designer Ashley Moore, who says that the wash makes them “super soft.” She loves that they come in a variety of colors and patterns, and that the fitted sheets “will fit around deep mattresses and stay put.” Plus, for a queen set going for under $50, “you cannot beat the price.”
“My projects have intricate layers of color and pattern, but when it comes to sheets, I tend to veer towards easy, boho vibes,” says interior designer Rayman Boozer of Apartment 48. He likes John Robshaw bedding, and his go-to colors are pale blues, pinks, and grays. Writer Kate Betts also vouches for Robshaw’s bedding, which she first discovered at a friend’s house in the South of France. She admits that they’re pricey, “but the soft cotton and unusual colors and the way that each pattern evokes an exotic Rajasthan dreamscape make them worth it.”
Of course, you can’t talk fancy sheets without mentioning Frette, which was recommended by two of our experts. It comes as no surprise that they also happen to be the most-recommended sheets by hotel insiders, too. Says Michael Shome, director of photography at Architectural Digest: “My absolute favorite sheets are the hotel classic from Frette, which are kind of like the fantasy version of Upper East Side hotel-bed linens. They’re Italian-made in this Egyptian cotton that’s just the softest and butteriest fabric to laze around in. I love the chic and simple double-line embroidery, too.” Frette is among Okin’s go-to sheets when she’s looking for something classic.
Best linen sheets
Wood also loves Brooklinen’s Luxe Hardcore set, but for a bit more of an “unexpected” look in the bedroom, she recommends trying their linen set. We agree — Brooklinen is among some of our favorite (affordable) linen sheets. Writer Lauren Levy says that they are “so cozy and so soft” and have “an immediately worn-in feel that only gets softer over time and with each wash.”
These linen sheets from Cultiver, though they’re definitely on the pricey side, also come highly recommended. Interior designer Tali Roth loves an effortless “crushed and casual look” with her linen bedding and turns to Cultiver for their “gorgeous assortment of colors” and range of accessories that help pull the look of an entire bedroom together. Interior designer Tina Rich agrees, saying that “their bedding instantly creates a cozy, relaxed vibe in any space.” She adds that the sheets are supersoft, are of great quality, and come in a range of colors. Her favorites are dusk, smoke gray, and sage. “I always suggest Cultiver to my client and also use them in my own home,” she says. Our editors agree that if you’re looking for unusual colors in a softer wash than other linen sheets, Cultiver is your best bet.
Top Chef judge Gail Simmons turns to Parachute for linen sheets “that won’t cost you a crazy amount.” Our editors agree, calling Parachute the best all-around company offering linen sheets for its “middle-of-the-road price, the substantial feel of the linen, and the color options.”
Maria Augusta Louro also recommends sheets by Bella Notte, but she prefers their linen bedding, saying that while sleeping on 500-thread-count Egyptian cotton is nice, there’s nothing like sleeping on pure linen, which to her feels so “fresh.” She especially loves the lace detailing on the pillowcase and says that the collection is “elegant, delicate, made under humane conditions, colored using low-impact dyes, and contains or emits the lowest possible levels of toxins.”
“My go-to and most beloved collection of bed linens are produced by a company named Linge Particulier,” says Jenny Dina Kirschner, principal of JDK Interiors. The sheets are made of 100 percent soft, ecofriendly, biodegradable washed linen, and come in an array of rich, earthy tones and “the most beautiful vivid colors.” Kirschner loves that they’re breathable and help regulate body temperature, noting that the texture on the skin is especially nice. Though they are expensive, she loves how “low maintenance” they are: “They can be washed and tossed in the dryer and do not ever require ironing, unlike a more traditional crisp, cotton duvet and sheeting that wrinkles after one night of use.”
Best sateen sheets
These 100 percent modal sheets from Pure Beech are made in a sateen weave that feels silky and “super comfy,” according to designer Ariel Okin. These well-priced sheets were also recommended by interior designer Sheila Bridges, who says that they’re “my softest sheets by far.” She describes them as feeling “almost feel like flannel, but very lightweight, so they’re not as warm — just really soft and comfortable to the touch.” Even though she has 20 other sets of sheets folded in her laundry closet, “I’ll take these off the bed, wash them, and put them back on.” And since a queen-size sheet set is just $100, you can definitely stock up.
Brooklinen’s sheets also came recommended by two of our experts, designers Molly Schoneveld and Modsy’s Alessandra Wood, both of whom say that they’re an excellent value. “It is really hard to beat the quality of these sheets for the price,” says Schoneveld. “They feel like butter, and still look and feel great after many times in the wash.” She loves them so much that she uses them in her master and guest bedrooms.
These 300-thread-count sheets from the Company Store are wrinkle-free and come recommended by designer Crystal Sinclair, who says she always goes for classic white. “They’re always crisp and never fade,” she says, unlike dyed sheets. If you want to go a step up, there’s a more expensive 450-thread-count option, but you have to buy the pieces separately.
Designer Hilary Matt’s favorite sheets are the Saville sheets from Hill House Home. “I love the crisp and clean hotel look they have when your bed is made up,” she says. “They feel good and are supersoft and luxurious.” She also appreciate the fact that you can customize them with your initials. Hill House Home is among Okin’s favorite luxury sheets, too.
Here’s another set of premium cotton-sateen sheets, this time by way of interior designer Maggie Griffin, who recommends Serena and Lily bedding to many of her clients “for their crisp whites, pretty embroideries, and beautiful colors.” She particularly likes this embroidered set, which she’s owned for a few years and says are “still so pretty.”
Best alternative-fiber sheets
“I recently used bamboo linens for a large project and I will definitely be using them more going forward,” says Anishka Clarke, co-owner of Ishka Designs. “Bamboo is one of the strongest and hardest natural materials, and yet when you feel the fibers on these sheets, it’s just incredibly soft. Softer than you’d imagine. Supersoft. Like, baby-soft on your skin.” But since they are made of this strong bamboo, she adds, the sheets are “extremely durable — it generally lasts about two times longer than cotton sheets. It’s usually more expensive, but overall quality and durability makes this the hands-down winner.”
Moore loves the Mellanni sheets from Amazon — which has over 60,000 reviews — for a number of reasons, number one being the price tag. “You cannot beat these for the price,” she says. According to Moore, they’re made from a brushed microfiber that’s “supersoft.” “If you read all the reviews, you’ll hear almost everyone say the same thing. That’s why we have these in every guest bedroom in our home.”
“For years, I’ve been using Comphy as my go-to for bright-white, wrinkle-free, supersoft sheets,” says Caitlin Murray, founder and interior designer at Black Lacquer Design. They’re made from microfiber twill that, according to the website, is comparable to 600-thread-count sheets. Comphy started as a hotel-spa line, so the sheets are “extra-durable and stain-resistant,” says Murray. Bonus: They’re also recyclable.
“Bella Notte is my favorite luxury bedding brand,” says Murray. She especially recommends their silky Madera sheets, calling them “seriously divine.” They’re made from Tencel, a sustainable fiber that is soft and breathable like cotton. Murray typically goes with white for her sheets, but she notes that Bella Notte “has a curated selection of beautiful colors that are small-batch garment dyed.”
Best silk sheets
If you want to get your hands on silk bedding but find it too expensive to spring for an entire set, consider a silk pillowcase. “You don’t end up with as many pillow creases, it’s gentler on your skin, and your hair isn’t as frizzy when you wake up,” notes Zoe Mac, founder of Zoe Mac Design. And though she finds most of the silk pillowcases on the market “really tacky,” Mac recommends the ones from Kumi Kookoon. “They have this range of incredible colors. I use a really deep indigo-navy and it’s a dream to sleep on. They’re so soft and I really notice the difference when I wake up. My hair is not as crazy-bedhead in the morning and my skin feels better.” Kumi Kokoon also makes flat silk sheets for less than $500, so you can sleep fully encased in silk if you want.
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