The Bedding Snob

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Your Short Guide to Sheeting Fabrics


Have you ever wondered what the difference is between sateen sheets and percale sheets?

Or why some people claim they only sleep on voile in the summer and flannel in the winter?

With so many different options to choose from, it can be hard to narrow down what type of sheets are best suited for your sleeping preference and weather changes.

Luckily, we’re here to help! From percale to sateen, batiste and voile, we’ll help you pick the perfect sheets, no matter what your preference or season.



As winter comes to a close, let’s start out with this cold-weather classic.

Known for its insulating warmth and typical accompanying plaid pattern, flannel has been a staple fabric in American apparel and bedding for more than a century.

Uniquely combed on both sides for extra softness and warmth, there’s nothing quite like it when it comes to staying cozy in the fall and winter months. If you’re looking for something to keep you warm at night, flannel sheets are a no-brainer.

For an even more in depth look at the history of flannel, check out our history lesson!


On the other end of the spectrum, let’s take a look at a fabric that is designed for warmer temperatures. Cool, crisp and lightweight, percale is the perfect sheet for almost any occasion.

In fact, depending on where you live, percale just might be the ideal sheet for you and your family year-round.

Made from a simple basket-weave, this fabric is known for its versatility, and is often found in hotels and other similar establishments.


Silky, soft, and sumptuous are the best words to describe our next fabric.

Known for its luxuriously smooth feel and texture, sateen is woven more times than percale for an elegant, lustrous look that is also ideal for year round use.

Not to mention most sateen is wrinkle-resistant by design, making cleaning and folding a breeze!


voileVoile & Batiste

Lighter than any other fabric typically used for bedding, voile makes the perfect summertime sheeting for your room.

Typically made from 100% cotton, this lightweight ultra-sheer fabric is known for its superior breath-ability, allowing those in warmer climates to sleep throughout the night without overheating. And while it may be lightweight, it’s also durable as well!

Also known for its lightweight, breathable characteristics, batiste is another fantastic choice for those living in a warmer climate or tend to have a higher body heat while sleeping.

Whatever your choice, you can’t go wrong with either of these options when you’re sleeping in a warmer climate!

For additional information on how to choose the right fabric for any time of year, be sure to check out our Cuddledown Resource Center!


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