By Tina Jepson
Jersey knit sheets aren’t necessarily expensive, and they surely aren’t trendy, but boy, are they comfortable! When I moved out of my parent’s house and began shopping for my own sheets well over a decade ago, I didn’t have the budget for 1,000 thread count bamboo or Egyptian cotton, so I purchased my first set of jersey sheets, and it was love at first touch!
Since then, I’ve bought numerous jersey knit sheets for all the beds in my house. Will a jersey knit sheet set work for you? There’s only one way to find out. Here’s my take on jersey knit sheets, including a jersey knit sheets review of my current set.
What are jersey knit sheets? This type of sheet fabric is manufactured with jersey, a fabric usually reserved for clothing, made of cotton and, in some cases, synthetic fibers and even wool. The soft jersey sheets you’ve seen at stores are usually either 100% cotton or a cotton/polyester blend.
Compared with other types of sheet materials, jersey tends to average on the economical side. However, there are just as many options available for jersey knit sheets as other sheet fabrics. Whether you’re looking for solid or patterned jersey sheets, regular or organic jersey sheets, twin or California king sets, there’s a good chance you can find what you’re looking for at the store.
Thread counts, which indicate the number of threads running horizontally and vertically in a square inch of the fabric, are an important factor to consider when purchasing sheets. Jersey sheets have average thread counts in the 200-300 range, but you can also find sets with thread counts ranging from 150 to 600.
Are jersey sheets good for winter?
Because jersey fabric naturally promotes airflow, some people prefer to use jersey sheets during the summer months. However, if you tend to “run warm” or find the feel of a soft t-shirt comfortable and cozy, then a quality set of jersey sheets may work for you come wintertime. Just make sure you pair your sheets with a nice quality blanket, such as an affordable down comforter!
How many sets of jersey sheets should I purchase?
It’s a best practice to buy 2-3 sets of sheets for each bed in your home. This allows leeway when it comes time for biweekly washing sessions.
What type of sheets do I need?
The typical jersey knit sheet set includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and 2 pillowcases -- everything you need to make the perfect bed.
Where can I purchase jersey knit sheets?
Jersey sheets are available anywhere you’d normally buy bedding. Popular physical and online stores selling brand name, quality sheet sets include Bed, Bath & Beyond, Amazon, Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s and JCPenney.
This jersey sheets review is about my favorite sheet set, which just so happens to be the most affordable set I’ve purchased to date. They remain the softest sheets I’ve had the pleasure of sleeping on, but I didn’t get them at a fancy retailer. Nope. I actually got them at Walmart! Yup! It’s true!
The Mainstays Knit Jersey set comes in at an affordable $17.99 for a twin sheet set to $39.99 for a king sheet set, which is what first drew me to make the purchase. I settled on a queen set, which set me back $29.99.
For color, I selected “Oatmeal Heather,” a pale yellow with a hint of beige that matches with my comforter, yet adds a subtle touch of much-needed color. There were a lot of colors to choose from, ranging from “Arctic White” to “Rich Black.” Although I was immediately drawn to the “Grey Stripe” pattern, I decided it was too busy for my bedroom.
- Material and Quality
I know what you’re thinking: “A generic store-brand set of sheets are your favorite set! Are you kidding me?” But let me explain. This set is actually made of a 20% polyester and 80% cotton mix. The cotton is what creates that soft, comfortable feeling that makes jersey knit sheets so appealing, while the polyester adds strength and durability. This is a powerful combination.
These sheets are washed at least two times per week using the allergen wash cycle and, after a whole year, aside from normal pilling, they’re still holding strong.
Cons (actually there's just one)
Each store has a different selection of Mainstay Jersey Knit Sheets, and the online selection is sometimes limited. You may have trouble finding these sheets in your preferred color.
Jersey sheets are a good bet for home budget-minded homeowners looking for a comfy and cozy sleeping experience, and this set is definitely one of the best options out there if you’re looking to spend less and get more.
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