We’re huge fans of Crane & Canopy here at L&W. Not only is the quality of Crane & Canopy sheets unmatched for it’s price but they have a variety of colors and patterns that our designers love! We invited Crane & Canopy’s founders Karin and Chris to answer some burning questions we have about bedding, and we learned a ton about the textiles we spend most of our (sleeping) hours in!
L&W: What does thread count mean? Should we go for the gold with 800 count or is 350 sufficient?
Karin & Chris: Thread count is a good indication of what you are getting in bedding, but does not provide the entire picture. A high-quality sheet that will last you for years to come will be between 300-430 thread count. Be wary of anything above 430, or brands that claim premium products but leave off thread count numbers online or in-store. To achieve thread counts higher than 430, bedding manufacturers often times use creative weaving and counting methods that do not necessarily result in a higher quality fabric.
L&W: Whoa, good to know! What is the difference between Egyptian cotton, flannel, jersey and regular cotton?
Karen & Chris: Jersey and 100% cotton are lovely fabrics for warm summer nights. At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference. Jersey breathes and insulates well, but does have some disadvantages. It wears out quickly, stretches out and retains body odors. Also, be wary of polyester (such as bamboo) or polyester-cotton blend fabrics, as they do not breathe and can stick to the skin when you sweat. 100% cotton is incredibly cool and breathable.
As for the Egyptian Cotton label, Egypt has a long history of growing and exporting high quality cotton. For over 100 years, Egypt was known for its best in class extra-long and long staple cotton blends. However, in the last two decades, Egypt has started growing and exporting all types of cotton. As a result, the term “Egyptian cotton” has become a misleading term: when you purchase sheets made from Egyptian cotton, they could be of all staple length (from short to extra long). When shopping for linens, look for terms like “long” and “extra long” staple cotton, especially when searching for sheets. These days, fine extra-long staple or long-staple cotton can be grown anywhere around the world.
L&W: How often should I replace my bedding? I want to make seasonal choices, but I want to make sure I’m still buying for quality!
Karen & Chris: Great bedding should last you a decade, but that doesn’t mean you should wait that long. Your bedding is the biggest statement you can make in your home. New trends come and go. Keep it fun and stylish and change it out every year!
L&W: My mom always told me to wash my sheets in the hot water because it kills bacteria, but I feel like that’s breaking down the fabric! What do you recommend?
Karen & Chris: You are correct. We spend 1/3 of our lives in bed so it’s important to keep your bedding clean and comfortable. Wash your sheets and shams once a week. Set your washer to cold and use a mild detergent. When possible, it’s always best to air dry your linens because harsh heat can hurt the premium cotton fibers in your bedding. If machine drying is the only option, use low heat settings like delicate or permanent press.
L&W: I’m nervous about buying textiles online. What should I look for to make sure I don’t end up with sandpaper for sheets? Any helpful tips?
Karen & Chris: When it comes to purchasing luxury bedding, stick by this rule: buy the best you can afford. When shopping for new sheets and duvet covers, pay close attention to the material, thread count and fabric construction. For the most luxurious feel, look for bedding made from 100% cotton in a thread count between 300 and 400 with a single-pick single-ply sateen weave.
L&W: What’s the trick to keeping pillows at optimal fluffiness?
Karen & Chris: Throw them in the dryer every other week for a half cycle to take out some of the moisture and dust. You should also replace your pillows about every six months or use a pillow cover protector, which not only keeps your pillows clean and fresh but also extends their life.
L&W: What’s an overlooked way of styling a bed?
Karen & Chris: Almost 40% of Americans no longer sleep with a top sheet. These days, the only function of the top sheet is that it ends up as a tangled mess at the foot of your bed. If you use a high-quality cotton duvet cover, which protects your comforter, ditch the top sheet for a cozy night’s sleep and a no-fuss morning when making your bed. In addition to selling their sheet sets without the top sheet, Crane & Canopy has come up with the perfect bedding solution that is part duvet cover, part top sheet so you can say goodbye to your top sheet and still achieve the look of a perfectly layered bed.