In short, Percale and Sateen are two different types of weaves used when making bed sheets. Each boasts its own benefits and reasons for preference. Understanding the difference between these two weave styles can help you find exactly the kind of bed sheets you’ve been dreaming of.
In a Percale weave for every vertical (or warp) thread there is one horizontal (or weft) thread crossed over. This style of weave creates a crisp matte finish to the sheets. These sheets are characteristically lighter, cooler, and more breathable, making them an ideal choice for hot summer nights.
Percale sheets are extra durable, pilling-resistant, and improve with every wash. However, these sheets are more prone to wrinkles, and don’t have a shine to them.
Where Percale weaves have a one over one under style weave, Sateen uses three threads over for every one under. This style of weaving exposes a greater length of thread to the surface and creates a soft feel and shine. Sateen is a tighter weave, which makes the sheets warmer and thicker.
Sateen weave sheets are smooth, soft, shiny, and have a greater resistance to wrinkling. These sheets are the closest you can come to Satin, without losing the strength and durability of cotton. However, they are not as breathable, durable, or resistant to pilling.
Why did we choose Sateen?
When we decided to use Sateen weaving over Percale, we did so because of the luxurious quality Sateen lends to the sheets. We wanted our sheets to create sheets with a beautiful sheen, inviting soft touch, and a smooth wrinkle-resistant drape. In order to combat fabric pilling we use only long-staple cotton.
In the end, it’s important that you get the most out of your bed sheets. To best do this it’s important to know the different factors that go into any given sheet, and how those factors fit with your preferences. Knowing the difference between a Percale and Sateen weave gives you the power to pick out and purchase exactly what you want, and get a good night’s sleep.