Maximum Comfort

Hawkins NY Simple Linen Bedding, $248 per king sheet, fitted and flat sheets sold separately. Made from Belgium linen, and finished in Portugal, these stonewashed sheets just may become your best friends ever. Available in a wide range of colors, from “Sky” blue to “Blush” pink, “Mustard” yellow, “Peacock” and “Pine.”
Sunday Shop, 2025 Magazine St., 342-2087, sundayshop.co

Few things feel better than a crisp, clean set of new sheets. Spring cleaning often inspires a sweeping out of the old and in with the new. What better time than spring to invest in a set of new bed linens?

According to domestic goddess Martha Stewart’s online Bedding Care 101, a good set of sheets should be washed weekly and replaced as soon as you see signs of aging, such as fraying, fading or, heaven forbid, stains. For most people, sheets should be replaced every two years or so, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Martha also stresses that higher thread count is always better, but pay attention to the quality of the cotton used (her preference is 100 percent combed cotton.)

Change is good and switching out your linens also gives you an opportunity to bring in new color, patterns and textures, whether you choose cotton, linen or a chic new bamboo set of sheets. We chose two options that will have you sleeping pretty and feeling comfortable for all price ranges.

+Terms and definitions *from HGTV.com:

Sateen is cotton cloth made with a satin weave, a weave that produces a very soft, lustrous feel but can be somewhat less durable than a tighter weave.
Percale is the crisp, durable plain weave fabric typically used for sheets; it has a thread count of at least 180.  
Combed cotton has been combed to remove the short fibers and leave the long ones, which makes for a strong, soft fabric.

Price Mix: Springing for Linens


Luxury at a Moderate Price

Organic Pebble Dots Sheet Set, $89 King Sheet Set, West Elm. One hundred percent cotton percale, West Elm’s “Pebble Dots” sheets not only feel and look great, they are “Fair Trade Certified,” which helps the artisans that create them earn a fair wage and raises community resources.
West Elm, 2929 Magazine St., 895-2469, westelm.com.