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An Any-Budget Guide to the Best Bedding on the Internet

March  9, 2017

You can’t undersell the benefits of a good night’s sleep; you can, however, undersell yourself on quality bedding. I myself have been a convert to linen sheeting for years now. Linen’s naturally rumply state is a part of the appeal, yes (I hate making my bed), but it’s also incredibly soft, breathable and easy to wash.

On the other hand, anyone who grew up needing to make their bed before leaving the house every morning might gravitate towards sateen or percale sheets; to each her own. While I can’t claim to know what’s right for your best night’s sleep, I can say that I’ve looked into a lot of options and come away with a few top contenders for the best sheets at every price point—pressing optional.

Photo by Bobbi Lin

Hawkins New York Stonewashed Linen Bedding

From $198 for a queen sheet. The dynamic design duo behind Hawkins New York has a way with linens, and their sheets are no exception. Made in Portugal from Belgian linen, each set is available in a range of mix-and-matchable colors that are sure to keep you happily nesting, no matter the season. Pillow cases, sheets, and duvet covers are available in the Food52 Shop, in king and queen sizes.

Snowe Sateen Sheets

From $188 for a full set. Sateen sheeting could seem unnecessarily fancy at times, but Snowe’s long-staple cotton sheeting is decidedly unfussy, delivering downtown attitude with an uptown twist. Available in full, queen, and king sizes.

Sateen Sheet Set, Snowe Home

Linge Particulier Pillowcase & Flat Sheet

$245 for a flat sheet. The fantastic French brand Linge Particulier makes a whole range of home and decor accessories, including aprons and curtains. But it’s their breathable stonewashed linen sheeting in a range of saturated hues that knocks it out of the park.

In Bed 100% Linen Sheets

From $140 for a twin fitted sheet. Another great company with a focus on linens—and yes, as their name suggests, initially bed linens—In Bed’s pre-washed linen flat sheets are basically made for Pin-spiring bed situations. Ever kept your mattress on the floor next to a stack of books? These babies are calling your name.

Flat Sheets, Linge Particulier
Linen Flat Sheet, In Bed

Libeco Santiago Collection Bed Linens

From $185 for a twin fitted sheet. Luxe? Yes. But worth it? So worth it. With a company history spanning 150 years, Libeco's craft has been passed down for generations. Not to mention that sustainable production is core to their mission.

Garnet Hill Washed Sateen Bedding

From $48 for a twin fitted sheet. Available in five on-trend colors, Garnet Hill’s garment-washed sateen bedding is just like a messy updo—low-maintenance in the best way possible.

Santiago Sheets, Liberco Home
Sateen Sheets, Garnet Hill

Frette Single Ajour Sheets

From $475 for a queen set. Made in Italy of extra long-staple Egyptian cotton, this is the kind of sheet set probably best suited to people who don’t make their own beds. But for the avowedly fancy, Frette linens are an absolute must.

Society Nite Bed Sheet

From $350 for a flat sheet. Somewhere in between sateen and percale sheeting, Society’s covetable cotton bedding is low-key glamorous—machine washable and no need to iron. Plus, it’s available in a range of cool colors that both sexes are sure to love.

Ajour Sheet Set, Frette
Nite Sheet, Society Limonata

Parachute Percale Sheet Set

From $50 for for a twin flat sheet. Made in Italy of long-staple Egyptian cotton, Parachute’s affordable, machine-washable sheeting is calling your name when simplicity is key.

Flaneur Sateen Sheets

From $400 for a queen set. Flaneur’s Supima cotton sateen sheets are dyed to order in Los Angeles, creating a family of uniquely rich hues to choose from. That’s not the only detail worth noting—corners are specially mitered for a more polished-looking bed (without the effort), plus they use biodegradable sewing thread and a Swiss-engineered zipper. They're the Apple Watch of bedding.

Percale Sheets, Parachute Home
Sateen Sheets, Flaneur

Do you prefer linen, cotton, sateen sheets—or another kind? Tell us in the comments.

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Heather March 11, 2017
The blanket/throw in the top picture with the geometric patterns... where can I purchase it?
Amanda S. March 11, 2017
Patricia L. March 10, 2017
Wayfair basics sheets. Right now around $25. Perfect
Katherine W. March 10, 2017
I just tried the 400 thread count sheets from Crane and Canopy and love them! I have previously used other big brands with a higher thread count but I really do think these are a great happy medium with thread count and softness. Haven't tried their duvets but I certainly will next!
sexyLAMBCHOPx March 9, 2017
Hawkins New York Stonewashed Linen Bedding - The best shhets I've ever owned!
Amanda S. March 9, 2017
We think they're the loveliest, too :)