Finding quality antique size sheets and bedding is relatively easy for most bed sizes. Twin, full, queen and king size beds are far and away the most common bed sizes but antique size beds as not as common. Most mattress manufacturers stick to a size standard that is supported by not only bedding manufacturers but by those companies that produce bed frames. The result is happy consumers and producers. Retail stores across the country routinely stock bed sheet sets for all of these common sizes.
Suppose you were lucky enough to find a beautiful brass bed at a second hand store. The bed is in great condition and the price is right. You are not sure the about the age of the bed but it does not matter. So before you know it, you are headed home with your new found treasure. With the bed unloaded and reassembled upstairs, you make a startling discovery. The full size mattress and box spring you have too big for the bed.
Measuring tape in hand, you soon realize that the difference between you antique bed and the full mattress set is a full 6 inches, with the antique bed being the smaller of the two. Armed with the dimensions, you head for cyber space to do some research. It does not take long to discover that your new bed is called an antique size which measures 48 inches by 72 inches. Your next stop is the phonebook to look up the number to the local furniture store. Your call is politely answered but you informed that the mattress you need for the bed will take 3 weeks to receive. Left without much of a choice, you order the right mattress set for a fairly reasonable price.
The guy at the furniture store sure was polite and seemed happy to get the business. But he left out important detail. The new antique size mattress set you just ordered requires special size sheets. A call to the local department store confirms what you thought - antique size sheets are not easy to find. Before long, you are back in cyber space looking for some antique size sheet sets. After a few minutes of web surfing for sheets, in dawns on you that buying antique sheet sets sight unseen can be problem. The wise solution is to get educated about how to buy a quality set of sheets and what to look for.
This situation may sound a little far fetched but it is more common than we like to think. Finding a reliable source for special sizes of bed sheet sets is made easier the more you about how quality are made. Bed sheet sizes like antique, three quarter and extra long sizes are usually not available at just any old department store. Even if you are lucky enough to find the right size, you might not be able to find the level of quality you need.
Assuming that your antique size mattress is a standard height of 7 to 9 inches, you will need to look for deep pocket sheets. Some of the most important factors in buying a quality set of antique bed sheets include the fabric, the thread count and the stitching. A quality set of antique bed sheets should fit snugly, look good and above all feel good.
Sheet Fabric Facts
The fabric helps make the bed sheet. A poor choice of fabric can effect more than your pocketbook. Fabric that is too thin or too scratchy could have a negative impact on the quality of sleep you get. Getting enough of a good night's sleep can keep you healthy, alert and make you more productive. Money spent on a great mattress may be money not well spent if the bedding is not up to standard.
Cotton is still king when it come to bed sheets. Cotton remains one of the most popular choices among consumers. Cotton has been used for thousand of years and there appears to be no end in sight. Cotton is durable, easily dyed and, with a high enough thread count is a very comfortable fabric. Cotton blends are another popular fabric choice. Cotton is commonly blended with polyester usually in a blend of 50 percent cotton and 50 percent polyester. Some cotton blends are 60 - 40, cotton to polyester. Cotton polyester is long wearing and very comfortable.
Many folks buy bed sheets without knowing what the thread count of the fabric. Fabric thread count is a measurement of the number of thread per square inch. In the weaving process, two strands of thread are woven together in a crisscross pattern. The number of weft and the warp threads per square inch is the thread count. The higher the thread count, the heavier the fabric. Higher thread count bed sheets will feel softer to the touch.
Bargain antique size sheets may have thread counts as low as 80. An 80 thread count bed sheet will feel flimsy and even rough. A minimum thread count of 200 will provide you with maximum value for your money. Higher thread counts sheets will be more durable and hold their shape longer even after repeated laundry cycles.
A Stitch in Time
Sometimes overlooked in the thread count and the color is the quality of the sewing used to make your antique size sheets. A quality set of antique size sheets will have a fitted bottom sheet, a top sheet, and two or more pillow cases, and the fitted bottom sheet will get most of the wear. The fitted pocket corners should be well sewn and have elastic banding sewn into the edge seam of the corner. There should also be elastic banding sewn into the edge seam around the entire bottom sheet. This will ensure that the bottom sheet is held snugly in place.
Antique bed sizes, though not common, are still in wide use. There are reliable, online sources for high quality antique sheet sets but it helps to know what to look for before you buy. So enjoy that antique and always buy quality antique size sheets.