Why he loves it: “I would like to go on record that the word ‘sateen’ makes my skin crawl, but I do like the way it feels after many washes. I remember my friend Gil Schafer saying he had an aversion to sateen, because he felt like he was slipping and sliding all over the place, but when they are washed multiple times, they develop a silken warmth that I find very comfortable. I sleep with just a duvet and it keeps me very warm in winter. I can’t abide flannel sheets, and might as well sleep inside a dog’s mouth—I find them so suffocatingly, itchy hot. But, when you first touch them they feel pleasing. Somehow, washed sateen [sheets] have that same softness, but they breathe and stay cool and are never cloying.”
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Bedding Type: Percale Sheets
Notable Traits: Lightweight, crisp, cool; great for those who tend to get warm while sleeping.
Proponent: Ariel Ashe, interior designer
Why she loves it: “I’ve tried everything, but have been loyal to percale sheets as long as I can remember. I tend to sleep very warm and percale is cooling with its crisp weave. It always looks beautiful on a bed—structured and matte. I have worn out every pair I’ve owned because the older they get, the softer they feel—threadbare is a real thing.“
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Bedding Type: Mixed Materials—Egyptian Cotton and Indian Cotton Sheets
Notable Traits: Thanks to its long-staple fibers, Egyptian cotton is known for being one of the softest, most luxe bedding types (with a price tag to match). Indian cotton sheets, in contrast, have a slightly coarser, linen-like feel with a looser weave. Both get softer as you wash them.
Proponent: Robin Standefer, co-founder of Roman and Williams