In Search of New Sheets

by Nancy on June 4, 2010

A few weeks ago I took advantage of the fact my husband, Alan, was out of town and bought a new mattress for our bed. I will not tell you how old the old one was (it was VERY old.) The problem with getting a new mattress, just like starting any project in your house, is that things escalate. So, along with buying a new mattress I realized I needed a new mattress pad and sheets.

But dang! Good sheets are expensive and I wanted good sheets. I poked around online, tried to see what others were saying and ended up at Target where I purchased a king-sized set of their house brand 600 thread count cotton sateen sheets. First I was delighted by the price, regularly $75 but 30% off at my local store. Far less than the $200-$300 sets I’d been looking at. Second, they are wonderfully soft and feel luxurious. Third, the fitted sheet actually fits my new mattress.

A Couple Things You Should Know About Sheets

When you get all cotton sheets and they are labeled sateen, that refers to the weave. Sateens are soft. If you love crisp, grandma-hung-on-the-line sheets sheets go for percale sheets. (Actually, I love crisp, line-dried sheets and in my younger, more ambitious days I did hang my sheets. Now I’m older and just want something nice I don’t have to fuss with.)

Almost all cotton sheets wrinkle, some a little, some a lot. I ran my new sheets through the rinse cycle and dryer before putting them on my bed. I over-dried them and they came out wrinkled.  Next week when I wash them I’m going to try a trick I read about from Ree Drumond over at The Pioneer Woman. She has a guest house (and frequent guests) so she created a system where she washes a set of sheets, takes them out of the machine and puts them on the bed damp. She reports that if you smooth them out and leave them that way to dry they come out beautifully. I think I can get away with this since I lived in Colorado. (I’ll be sure and report back.)

One last thing: until June 12th, if you order these sheets on Target’s web-site they are not only on sale, but you can buy a second set for 50% off, PLUS if you order over $50 you get free shipping. Now that’s what I’d call just the right thing!

An Interesting Way to Dry Your Sheets

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Lori June 7, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Interesting. I’ll have to check out her “system”, hard to believe that could work!
.-= Lori´s last blog ..Party Girl =-.

Nancy Nancy June 11, 2010 at 9:13 am

I tried it! It worked! And I couldn’t believe how quickly the sheets dried.

Mom August 20, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Nancy surprised us the last time we came home with her new “wet the bed” treatment! You are the good daughter!

Nancy Nancy August 21, 2010 at 9:08 am

Why Mom, you techno goddess, you figured out how to comment!

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