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BUYING BED OR BATH LINEN is not an easy
task—choices are many and information can be
hazy. Believe me, one misguided purchase can
single-handedly transform your happy home into
a domicile of complaining grumps.
Weary of floundering around in linen land, I met
with those I trust: Valerie Van Valkenburg, Costco’s
home textile buyer, and Amber Dodge, who does the
same job for costco.com. Here’s what I found.
Many retailers mislead consumers into believing
thread count is the end-all when determining sheet
quality. It is not. Fiber, finish and yarn size are also
Cotton, with its luxurious feel, exceptional
yarn strength and durability, is best. Premium
sheet cottons include Egyptian, Pima (the
American version of Egyptian) and Supima (a
trademark for some Pimas).
The finishing treatment should include fuzz
singeing to eliminate pilling and mercerizing to
strengthen and improve fabric luster. As for the
yarn, the finer, the better.
Thread count should register at least 250 with
one-ply (strand) yarn. Some manufacturers switch to
less expensive and thicker two-ply yarns and then
double the thread-count numbers. Don’t be fooled—
such a count is inaccurate and misleading. Val says she
Costco warehouses are now stocked with single-ply, singed and mercerized, 100 percent Pima cotton
Kirkland Signature™ 500-thread-count sets (in various sizes, with flat and fitted sheets and two pillowcases). Royal Sateen’s 450-thread-count Egyptian
cotton sets arrive at Costco in late October.
The Kirkland Signature sheets, which our family enjoys immensely, are available in many new
luscious pastels as well as dreamy chocolate. These
silky smooth sheets are manufactured with an easy-care finish to minimize wrinkles and are oversized
to fit deeper mattresses. Look for queen, king and a
limited distribution of Cal king sizes.
Costco.com is stocked with a variety of sheets
and bedding accessories. Consider the Kirkland
Signature lineup: matching duvets, Italian-made
linens, adorable crib and juvenile patterned bedding
or bed skirts and Euro shams.
Protectors and enhancers
Beds need clean underwear, too—pillow covers,
mattress covers and mattress pads.
Mattress protectors are available in the spring
and summer in warehouses. Assorted pillow choices
are on hand year-round.
Allergy concerns? Look to costco.com’s physi-cian-endorsed Allergen Barrier Collection. Purchase
the set and save money.