Hi everyone! I need more education on linens. When I started out doing Airbnb, I really knew nothing about them. I bought whatever was inexpensive and attractive at TJ Maxx. Some of those sheets were microfiber. All of them were colored sheets, designed to coordinate with the color scheme in that particular bedroom. Since starting with Airbnb I’ve gotten some education on linens but I need more now.
First, I learned why it would be optimal to use only white sheets. Then I learned how horribly uncomfortable many guests found microfiber sheets to be. So I changed and pretty quickly. Now I buy only 100% cotton sheets in white. I’ve gotten rid of the microfiber sheets for the king and queen size beds. Well, not gotten rid of entirely—I kept some for dire emergency back up. I still have some twin size microfiber sheets that I use when there are children staying in the twin beds though I only use them when I run out of the cotton ones.
The sheets I’ve bought to replace the colored and microfiber sheets are a 100% white damask stripe from Sam’s Club. They seem to be heavy, and have a good feel. They also, being a damask stripe, make it super simple to make the bed since the stripe runs up and down the bed. But these sheets – I believe the brand is Member’s Mark - also have tags that label the sides and top and bottom so it’s easy to figure out how to get them on the bed. At Sam’s Club, the queen sets are $70 a set and the king sheets are $80 a set. Each set has a fitted sheet, a top sheet, and four pillowcases. I really like them and they seem to be holding up well. But I am curious if there are better options out there. I keep hearing and reading about percale sheets, and I wonder how they differ from the damask striped sheets that I’ve got. The link below is what I currently have.
I am especially eager to find out other options because recent reviews of these sheets have been unsatisfactory. It seems the sheets have changed and are nothing like they used to be, in terms of quality, comfort, and wear.
Can anyone tell me how percale sheets differ from the damask stripe? If they do differ what are the pros and cons of each? Does anyone know of a good place where you can buy decent priced, open stock, quality sheets? We seem to run through pillowcases quicker than sheets, thanks to the number of persistent stains they attract. I do iron pillowcases so they look crisp, and pristine, but I need sheets that look decent without ironing. Between our 3 entire house AirBnB listings, I can dress up to 2 king beds, 6 queen beds, 2 twin XL, and 13 regular twin beds (and I have two sets of sheets for each bed, at least) at once. There’s no way I could ever iron all those sheets!
Thanks for any advice.