Believe it or not, one of the things your guests will remember most about their stay in your vacation rental home is…. the bed sheets! You know we spend 1/3 of our lives in bed, so that means that guests want a comfy place to rest while on vacation too. Buying good quality sheets and linens, and advertising the fact will go a long way to making sure your guests have a relaxing time at your home, and that they come back!
There are a few important decisions that need to be made when shopping for sheets for your vacation rental home. Price may be the most important factor, but there are definitely some other considerations to take into account. Here’s a short list of some of the terms to know about and what they mean, so you’ll have an easier time when buying your new sheets:
- Thread Count: the number of threads in one square inch of woven fabric. As you would expect, the higher the Thread Count, the higher the quality of the fabric. High Thread Counts mean a tighter, more durable fabric that will last longer, and is usually softer than lower quality weaves. You’ll want to stay around the 300 Thread Count mark for your vacation rental.
- Egyptian Cotton: cotton grown in Egypt, with longer, stronger, more lustrous fibers. These types of fibers will give the least amount of pilling and will last for many years. They will wash well and stand up to occasional bleaching. Unfortunately, they tend to be very expensive, and wrinkle very easily.
- Pima Cotton: Pima is basically the American version of Egyptian Cotton. It is grown from the same plants, but grown in the Southwestern US. Because of this, it has different growing conditions, and different properties than true Egyptian Cotton. It is much less expensive than Egyptian cotton and not as durable. Many people prefer these sheets because of the price and the fact that they don’t wrinkle quite as much as Egyptian Cotton sheets. A good choice to keep your costs down, and your guests happy.
- Percale: a cotton or cotton/polyester blend. Resistant to wrinkling and dry very quickly; also thinner, tend to pill, don’t hold up to bleaching and not very durable. These type of sheets can be good on a tight budget, because they’re very cheap to replace if damaged. But beware: you’ll have to replace these sheets often, so in the long run, not a very good choice.
Another good idea for buying sheets for your vacation rental home is to buy white or light colored sheets that can be bleached to remove stains. And though it may seem really nice to buy the highest quality sheets, and advertise the fact, you will probably be just as far ahead if you buy the Pima-type sheets, and use good descriptive words in your advertising. As long as you would feel good sleeping on those sheets for several nights, your guests probably will too. As long as they’re happy!