the benefits of percale include:
- - Easy care — machine wash and dry
- - A range of affordable prices
- - Cool feeling against the skin
- - Resistant to pilling
- - Soften over time
The cool, crisp feel of fresh percale sheets is a refreshing pleasure on a warm summer evening. Today we know percale as one of the most common and affordable types of bed sheets, but percale is a type of broadcloth with an interesting history. The term "percale" actually refers to the method of weaving, not the fabric itself. The word is of Persian origin and means "a rag." However, that's not a very apt description for the smooth, comforting feel of good quality percale cotton sheets.
The weave pattern of percale differs from other types of sheets such as sateen or standard in that both the horizontal and vertical threads are woven one at a time. This results in a dense, tight weave that feels the same on both sides and creates the crisp feel percale is known for. In the U.S., a sheet must have minimum of 180 vertical or horizontal threads per square inch to qualify as percale. Typically, thread count is the total number of threads found in one square inch. Some percale sheets are labeled as having a 180 count to indicate the required number of one-way threads are present when technically the count would be 360 if both warp and weft were counted as they are in other styles.
Because the density might cause the sheets to wrinkle easily, percale sheets are rarely made of 100% cotton if their thread count is over 400. Instead, they are often made with a cotton/polyester blend. This blend helps keep the sheets silky and wrinkle resistant while maintaining the smooth texture consumers expect. An exception to this rule is the Private Essential 412 Thread Count collection from LinenSource. These sheets are made from 100% luxurious Egyptian cotton and are wrinkle tested up to 70 washes.
Expect to see percale sheets in the standard sizes of King, Queen, Double/Full and Twin. Some collections at LinenSource may also include California King and Twin XL sizes.
The choice of material affects the price and quality of a percale sheet. Sheets made from Egyptian or Supima® cotton may cost more than cotton blends even if they have a lower thread count because these fibers are the highest quality cottons available on the market.
Choose percale sheets if you live in a warm climate or enjoy a crisp, neat bed to crawl into at the end of the day. Their easy care makes them practical for children's rooms, guest rooms, the master bedroom or bedding for the RV or that extra air mattress.