Choosing the right sheets for your bed and breakfast can make a big difference in the sleep experience you’re providing to your guests. A good night’s sleep can make one feel refreshed, reinvigorated and ready to take on the day. But with so many options available when it comes to sheets, how do you choose the right bedding? Here are some tips we’ve heard from innkeepers over the years:
Mind your material. Is your bed and breakfast open year-round or seasonally? Are you located in a ski resort or a beach town? If you’re looking for warm cozy sheets you’ll want to look into flannel or microfiber fleece sheets. If you need something lighter or cooler try cotton, cotton sateen or satin sheets. If you prefer cotton but want something more sophisticated, consider a higher thread count sheet or eco-friendly cotton.
Count your threads. Thread count refers to the total number of threads that run both vertically and horizontally in a square inch of fabric. A higher thread count means a tighter weave and a softer sheet. You’ll want a thread count of at least 200 for comfort and durability at your inn. If you want softer sheets, look into a 400 to 900 thread count. A thread count of 1,000 is even softer and feels more luxurious but keep in mind that the finer threads used in these super high thread counts means you’ll have to replace your bedding more frequently.
Size matters. Make sure you choose sheets that fit snugly on your inn’s beds. If your inn features pillow-top mattresses, look for sheets with deep pockets that are designed with more room in the corners to fit over thick mattresses.
Know your weave. The weave creates the texture of the fabric and affects how a sheet looks and feels. Sheets are usually made from sateen weave fabrics of percale weave fabrics. Percale sheets are closely woven smooth-textured sheets and they don’t have a gloss to them. Sateen sheets are woven using more fibers on the surface of the fabric, which gives them their soft glow.
Choose color wisely. White is a great color for a busy innkeeper because it goes with everything, requires little maintenance, and can be replaced years later with more white sheets. Colored sheets are lovely but require more attention to ensure colors stay rich, unfaded and without any discoloration. If you’re buying colored sheets, consider buying more than you need as colors tend to vary and you might end up with a slightly different shade years later when trying to match it. It’s also a good idea once you choose your color to stick with that color for all bed sheets at your inn to prevent you from having to do multiple loads of laundry.
If you have questions or you'd like assistance in choosing the right bed sheets for your B&B, inn or spa, contact Berkshire Amenities Group Inc. for friendly and knowledgeable assistance.