Understanding the different weaves and fabrics of TENCEL™ beddingPublished on April 22, 2023
When it comes to choosing bed sheets, the type of weave can have a big impact on their texture and durability. The weave of a sheet refers to the way the threads are woven together to create the fabric. There are different types of weaves, such as percale, sateen, and twill. TENCEL™ sheets typically have a sateen weave, which gives them a silky soft feel. In addition, different types of TENCEL™ fabrics have unique physical properties that cater to specific sleeping needs. In this article, we’ll look into some of the most common weave types and TENCEL™ fabrics. With this knowledge in hand, you’ll be able to make an informed choice when selecting your next set of bed sheets.
Type of Weaves
Percale weave is commonly used for bed sheets and other bedding products. It is a plain weave, meaning that the threads are woven together in a simple, grid-like pattern. Each yarn alternately crosses over and under another to produce a strong, even fabric. Percale is typically made from cotton, but can also be made from other fibers such as polyester or a blend of fibers.
Percale is known for its crisp, cool feel and matte finish. The weave is tight, which gives the fabric its durability and resistance to wear and tear. One of the benefits of percale sheets is that they tend to soften with each wash, while still maintaining their durability. The tighter weave also helps to prevent pilling, which can be a common problem with other types of sheets.
TENCEL™ sheets typically have a sateen weave. Sateen is a lightweight, silky weave used to mimic the feel of satin. It is a one yarn under, three or four yarns over weave which creates a lustrous sheen and a soft, silky feel. Sateen often has a higher thread count of around 300-600. In contrast, percale sheets mentioned above typically have a thread count between 200 and 400.
Sateen weave makes the resulting sheets a bit heavier than percale, and the fabric drapes exceptionally well which gives a more cozy and luxurious feel. Sateen sheets are known to be very soft and smooth to the touch. They are also naturally wrinkle-resistant, so they have a smooth look without the hassle of ironing.
In a twill weave, the threads are woven in a diagonal pattern, which creates a distinctive, diagonal ribbing on the fabric's surface. The diagonal pattern of a twill weave makes the fabric more pliable and less likely to crease, and more resistant to wear and tear.
Twill weaves are known for their durability, resistance to wrinkles, and their ability to drape well. They are often used for sheets made from cotton or cotton blends, as well as for heavier fabrics like denim. Sturdy fabrics made from twill are a popular choice for bedding that needs to hold up over time.
Type of TENCEL™ Fabric
As explained in our previous article (Quilt vs Duvet vs Comforter: What are the differences?), TENCEL™ fabrics are known for their moisture-wicking properties, incredible breathability and softness. Different types of TENCEL™ fabrics have unique physical properties that cater to specific sleeping needs.
TENCEL™ Lyocell fabrics are made from wood pulp sourced from eucalyptus trees. They are known for their ability to absorb moisture and regulate body temperature - perfect for hot sleepers. Lyocell fabrics are also strong and durable, making them a good choice for items that need to withstand frequent use and washing.
On the other hand, TENCEL™ Modal fabrics are known for their exquisite softness, even softer than TENCEL™ Lyocell. TENCEL™ Modal sheets provide ample softness straight out of the package, which explains why they are a popular choice for bedding and apparel items.
TENCEL™ blend is a fabric made by blending Tencel fibers with other types of fibers, such as cotton or polyester. The blend ratio can vary depending on the desired characteristics of the fabric. TENCEL™ is often blended with other fibers to enhance certain properties of the resulting fabric. For example, adding polyester to the blend can make the fabric more durable and resistant to wrinkling.
When it comes to selecting the perfect bed sheets, understanding the different weaves and fabrics available is essential. The type of weave, such as percale, sateen, or twill, can significantly impact the texture and durability of the sheets. Knowing the unique properties of each TENCEL™ fabric type can also help you to find the perfect set of bed sheets that can cater to your specific sleeping needs. Happy shopping!