Percale vs. Sateen Sheets – What’s the Difference?

Katie Golde: Hey guys, it’s Katie from MattressClarity. Today, we’re talking about the differencebetween percale and sateen sheets. Now, if you’ve been sheet shopping in thelast century, you probably have seen these labels, and you may not know what they mean. They refer to different types of weaves. It’s important to know what they are becausethey affect the overall feel and experience you’re going to have with the sheets. I’m going to talk about the similarities,the differences, and who I think they’re a good fit for. We’re also going to get an up-close look atboth different types of sheets so you can get the best idea on what’s going to be theright one for you. Let’s dive into these sheets. [music] Katie: I do have one quick question for you. I want to know, after you watch this video,if you’re more “Team Percale” or “Team Sateen.” Which one do you think is going to be thebest fit for you? Don’t hesitate to comment below.Let me know. Write “Percale” if you like percale sheets,”Sateen” if you like sateen. I’m checking back, and I want to know whichone you like. Personally, I’m Team Percale, but I thinkthat they’re pretty much great across the board. Of course, if any questions come up, leavethem there, too. I’m always checking back. I want to talk to you about these sheets. First of all, both percale and sateen sheetsare woven with different fabrics from all different manufacturers. You’re going to see them in cotton, bamboo,and linen. What it means is how they’re woven, but theother thing that they have in common is that they’re both used with long-staple fibers. For example, the ones I have in my lap righthere are long-staple cotton. That means is that they’re more durable andthey’re softer compared to short-staple cotton, which is not going to hold up as much. If you see these weaves in any fabric justknow that they’re going to be synonymous with a higher quality sheet.You can’t go wrong with either. Let’s dive into each one, and I can give youan idea of which one’s going to be the best fit for you. Now, it’s time to learn a little bit aboutmore about the percale sheet. They are very popular. You’ll see them all over the place. In fact, I’m sitting on a set of cotton percalesheets, as well as holding them up right now to give you an idea of the fact that theyare everywhere. I want to talk to you about how they’re madefirst and why that results in the kind of fabric that it does. Percale, the weave itself is very simple. It’s a one-under/one-over weave. Think about summer camp potholder loom making,very simple basic construction. That results in a crisp, lightweight feel. These are cotton sheets, so bear that in mind. They can come in different fabrics. There’s something called a “Hand-feel” inthe sheet world. That means how does it feel on your hand? I’m going to show you. It definitely has that, again, crisp is thebest way to describe it.The cotton rustling is happening. It does drape nicely over my hand, it is reallysoft. It does hold its own. It’s got its own structure. For a better example, think of a nice hotelsheet or a nicely crisp laundered menswear shirt or womenswear shirt. Again, I hope you’re getting that vibe thatI’m trying [laughs] to share with you. That’s the feeling of percale. It is lightweight. It’s a great fit if you’re in a warm climate,you’re a hot sleeper, you have the night sweats, or something like that.Go with percale. It’s going to be nicer for you but keep inmind that it does tend to wrinkle a little bit easier than other weaves. What you’re going have to do, if you eitherhave an iron on you or take it right out of the dryer when it’s a little bit warm andput it straight on your bed. What’s the deal with sateen and why is itas popular as percale? A lot of that has to do with the complexityof the weave. A sateen, you’re going to go one-under/two-over,one-under/three-over, even one-under/four-over. Although that might seem very simple in thedifference, it creates a very different weave, different fabric overall. As a result, a very different sheet set. These sheets are a little bit thicker. They have a buttery feel to them. I’m going to hold up and do the hand feelfor you so that you get this idea here. You can see how it’s draping a little bitcloser to my hand.It’s extremely soft, a little bit thicker. Hopefully, you can see here, there’s a littlebit of luminosity, a little bit of a sheen. I’d go so far as to say a “Silkier” feel overall. If you think about it, putting that on yourbed with your beautiful pillows, your comforter, it’s all going to create such a rich, luxuriousfeel. I think that’s so appealing to people. Now, again, I mention that it is a littlebit of a thicker fabric overall, so that’s going to be great for those colder months. Maybe you like to sleep cold and so you wantthat warm sheet set. The sateen is going to be the right fit foryou. It is durable. Make sure you follow the care instructionsto keep it as long as possible. It may not be as durable as percale, but thenice thing here is that it doesn’t wrinkle as easily.By now, you’ve had a chance to learn a lotabout both types of weaves and hopefully have a clearer idea of which is going to be theright fit for you. I want to briefly recap them again. The percale sheets are going to be crisp,lightweight, breathable, and very durable, all great qualities. Remember, they are going to be a little moreprone to wrinkles. The sateen sheets are, without a doubt, goingto look amazing on your bed. They’re buttery soft, they have that nicesheen to them, but because they’re thicker, they’re going to sleep a little bit warm. Keep in mind, they might be better for thewinter. Now, the weave is just one of the many factorsto take into consideration when shopping for sheets.Don’t forget you’ve got fabric, color, threadcount, and, of course, you’ve got price. If you want to learn more, check out our YouTubechannel Mattress Clarity. You’ve got a whole bunch of sheet stuff [laughs]going on there. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you’ve gotany questions. Now, I’m exhausted. I’m going to go take a nap on these sheets,so I’ll see you later..