The Difference Between Sateen and Percale Sheets

At YaYa & Co., we are famous for our sleek, sateen cotton bedding. We choose to specify our focus on sateen finish cotton bedding, so what is the difference between percale and sateen?⁣

Percale sheets are plain in weave and characterized by a matte finish and crisp hand. Percale fabric is lighter in weight and thread count, making it most suitable for warmer climates.⁣ 

Sateen sheets are woven to create a silky smooth surface with a luminous sheen and is known for its luster and drape. Sateen is usually thicker and more tightly woven. It has a soft, inviting touch, perfect to snuggle into bed with during the cold winter months.⁣ With a sateen weave, the weft threads pass over more warp threads instead of evenly distributing them like percale’s one weave up/one weave down style. This creates a material that feels smoother, and looks shinier like satin. Sateen woven sheets are generally easy to care for, though it’s important to note that the luminous sheen of sateen bedding will diminish with every wash cycle.⁣

Percale and sateen fabrics have the same function with different qualities. Your choice of sheet set depends on personal preference.

If you like buttery softness, sateen is the perfect choice. Sateen sheets have a heavier, smoother finish that boasts a silky feel and a slight sheen. This type of sheet lies heavier on the body, which is great if you’re prone to get chilly. This finish is the most luxurious and the most hassle-free — no ironing required.⁣ We choose to offer our customers mostly sateen-finish bedding because thread count is important to us. With percale, for instance, thread counts can only be so high, thus resulting in a cheesecloth-like texture. 
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Due to the thicker yarn size, sateen sheets, despite their looser three over one weave, give you a warmer slumber year round. Sateen sheets are also more durable due to their higher thread count. Get yours today to last a long time.

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