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Do some homework before sheet shopping

What to consider when shopping for quality linens:

Thread count. The higher the number of threads in the fabric, the softer and more durable it will be. But the number isn’t everything. A higher thread count in an inferior fabric will not be as soft as lower thread count sheets made of Egyptian or Pima cotton.

Size. “Today’s mattresses are deeper, especially if it has a pillowtop or you add a featherbed to it,” Moltke says. “Be sure to figure that in and look for a sheet that is made to fit larger mattresses.”

Weight. If you are a flannel sheet lover, the heavier the better. Don’t skimp on the fabric weight. Heavy duty 8-ounce organic cotton flannel sheets are available at Greenhome.com. Five-ounce flannel sheets are available from LandsEnd at www.landsend.com.

Glossary

Egyptian cotton. The best. Soft and durable, this cotton makes for the silkiest sheets.

Pima cotton. Soft and strong long-fiber cotton grown only in the United States.

Percale. Flat weave cotton that is usually blended with polyester for no-iron care.

Sources

Liddell Linens can be purchased through The Davenport Hotel Company Store, 10 South Post, Spokane, WA 99201 455-8888 www.davenporthotel.com

Miaz Boutique, River Park Square, 456-3788. For more information on April Cornell linens go to www.aprilcornell.com.

For more information about the E.J. Roberts mansion, located at West 1923 First Ave., contact Mary Moltke at 456-8839 or go to www.ejrobertsmansion.com

If you love the well-washed softness of vintage cotton, shop thrift stores and estate sales for bed linens. 1950s cotton sheets, in soft florals and solid colors, can be found for less than $5. Don’t be afraid to mix and match with bold sheets.

For a vintage look, without the wear, the Rachel Ashwell’s, 100 percent cotton, 200 thread count “Simply Shabby Chic” line of linens is sold at Target stores. For more information, go to www.target.com.

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