Percale vs Sateen

Percale vs. Sateen

What is the Difference Between Sateen & Percale Sheets?

At Peacock Alley we are famous for our crisp, white Percale sheeting and our sumptuous Sateen.  What is the difference between Percale and Sateen?

Percale sheets are plain in weave and characterized by a matte finish and crisp hand. Just like your favorite crisp white shirt, percale sheets are a bedroom must-have, especially during the hot summer months. Our high-end cotton percale linens are light and invigorating yet incredibly soft. Percale fabric is lighter in weight and more breathable making it perfect for summertime or 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 a little thicker and more tightly woven. It has a soft, inviting touch, perfect to snuggle into bed with during the cold winter months.

Percale and sateen fabrics have the same function with different qualities. Your choice of sheet set depends on personal preference for a honeyed touch and a luminous shine or a crisp hand on a matte surface.

What are Percale Sheets?

If you love a crisp sheet, you’ll fall for our finely woven percale offerings. Percale sheets have a tight, flat cotton weave with a crisp feel that resembles a dress shirt when ironed. Not that you must iron it. Feel free to leave it au natural for a relaxed, lived-in look. Plus, this option breathes well for those who get warm at night.

 

You may think because percale sheets have a tighter weave that they are also warmer. However, due to the less thick yard used, Percale sheets will give you a cooler sleep experience. Percale sheets are better for those who sleep hot or live in warmer climates and will give you a crisp, cool sleep year round.

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What are Sateen Sheets?

If you like buttery softness, sateen is the way to go. 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.

 

Due to the thicker yarn size, Sateen sheets, despite their looser 3 over 1 weave, give you a warmer slumber year round. Sateen sheets are best for those that sleep cool or live in colder climates. They will give you a warmer, sumptuous sleep year round.

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