Everything You Should Know About Satin Sheets

Author: Manchester Collection  Date Posted:30 September 2022 

Interested in satin sheets! We'll tell you everything you need to know, from how to care for them to the benefits of sleeping on satin sheets. Read more.

If you’re looking to add class, style, and substance to your bedroom, there are a lot of different things you can do. However, hardly anything will attract more attention than the bedding you opt for. And for that extra touch of elegance, you can’t go wrong with satin sheets.

Satin sheets are gorgeous, but they bring much more to the bed than just style. Satin is also an amazing fabric to sleep on, and it’s a favourite among people who appreciate both beauty and comfort. 

But there’s a lot more to know about satin sheets, and this guide explains it all.


How did satin come to be?

When talking about smooth and glossy fabrics, a lot of people often think of silk before anything else. But it would be a mistake to dismiss satin so quickly. In fact, it’s not unusual that these two often go hand in hand because, at its early stages, satin was only woven from silk fibres.

The process of making satin dates back all the way to the 12th century and it was first produced in China. The name “satin” comes from Zayton, the port city from which this fabric was originally shipped. During those times, satin was extremely expensive and only available for royal and wealthy people.

Thanks to the industrial revolution and the invention of the power loom, it became much easier to produce satin, and therefore it was more accessible and available to the general public. That is also when manufacturers started using different fabrics in satin production.

Nowadays, you can create satin from silk, but also from cotton, wool, rayon, and polyester as long as the threads are woven using the right methods. And thanks to this rich history, we can all enjoy the beauty and luxury of satin sheets.


Is satin a good material for bed sheets?

White satin sheet and a book

The most common type of bed sheets are cotton sheets, and it’s what people are usually happy sticking to. It’s familiar and safe, but if you venture out from what’s comfortable and try out satin bed sheets, you’ll see how good of a material satin really is.

Here are just some of the reasons why you should add satin bed sheets to your bedroom:

●      You will sleep better. The biggest deciding factor for whether or not you should get a certain type of sheet is how it will affect the quality of your sleep. Since satin sheets are very soft and smooth, you can be sure you’ll sleep like a baby.

●      Your hair will stay beautiful. Compared to traditional cotton, satin is much smoother. This means that while you sleep on satin bedding, your hair will become much less tangled and matted and you won’t have to worry about static.

●      It’s great for your skin. Less expensive fabrics often retain moisture, but that’s not the case for satin. This means that if you use skincare, it will stay on your skin and won’t transfer to your bedding. And if you have skin conditions such as eczema, satin sheets will be a real lifesaver.

●      They’re great for people with allergies. As we already mentioned, satin doesn’t retain moisture. But it also maintains fewer dust mites and particles, so all of this makes the fabric hypoallergenic.


Advantages and disadvantages of satin sheets

Just like with all other fabrics, satin has its pros and cons. If you want to make an informed decision about your bedding, you need to know the good and the bad that come with it.



●      The material is non-absorbent.

●      It’s great for anyone with allergies or sensitive skin.

●      The fabric is smooth, silky, and very elegant and luxurious.

●      Your skin won’t stick to satin sheets as it would on cotton.

●      It’s hypoallergenic, which also means it’s more hygienic.

●      It’s cooling, which makes it perfect for hot summer nights.



●      Satin is a very cool material, which might make your sheets too cold in the winter.

●      It’s harder to clean than cotton and other cheaper materials.

●      Satin sheets are more expensive.

All in all, when you compare the pros and cons of satin sheets, you will notice that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.


Is satin too hot for summer?

There are some fabrics that are seasonal, and if you want to be comfortable year-round, you need to have sheets for both summer and winter.

There are a lot of good sheets for winter to keep you warm, but when looking for something that will keep you cool during those warm summer nights, satin is the way to go.

However, this isn’t the case for all types of satin. Satin sheets that don’t trap heat but instead allow for the passage of cool air are made from natural fibres. If you get sheets that are constructed out of human-made fabric, the breathability of sheets will be negatively affected.

Another thing that will affect whether your satin sheets are too hot is the thread count. Thread count is very important, and if you want a satin sheet that will keep you cool and won’t cause you to sweat through the night, you should be aiming for something with a higher thread count.

So, when looking for satin bedding that will keep you cool during the summer, you need to look for two things. The first is whether it’s made from natural or human-made fabric and the second is the thread count. While this will make your sheets slightly more expensive, it’s worth it.


How to wash satin sheets

Is there anything worse than spending money on luxury and high-quality sheets and then having them immediately ruined in the washing machine? Luckily, this can be avoided if you know how to wash your satin sheets properly.

Start with reading the label

Not all sheets are made the same, and nobody knows how to take care of a piece of fabric better than the manufacturer who produced it. Your sheets will come with recommendations for how to take care of them, and before you proceed with the following steps, make sure to check the label.

On the label, you will find information on what temperature to use when washing sheets, what wash cycle you should use, or if you should hand wash them.

Don’t forget to check for stains

Dealing with stains on delicate fabrics can be a challenge, but not an impossible task. Check your sheets carefully for any stains before you put them in the washing machine. If you identify stains, make sure to pretreat them with an enzyme-based stain remover.

Work the stain remover into the sheets gently with your finger and let it sit for approximately ten minutes before you move on to putting your sheets into the washing machine.

Choose the right setting

As we already mentioned, your sheets will come with manufacturer instructions that will tell you what setting to use when washing your sheets. The general rule is that satin should be washed with cold water on a delicate cycle and at a lower final spin speed.

Also, it’s very important that you don’t put in any other laundry with your sheets. Since satin is such a delicate material, it can easily snag. But if you have other bedding made out of satin you need to wash, it’s safe to wash them all together.

Wash by hand if necessary

If your satin sheets require hand washing or you simply don’t have a washing machine that supports this type of delicate fabric, this is what you need to do:

●      Choose a big enough container. You should be able to wash your sheets spaciously. For most people, their bathtub is usually the place where they hand-wash their clothes. If you opt for your bathtub, just make sure it doesn’t have any chemical residues that could harm your sheets.

●      Fill up the container with water. Just because you’re washing by hand, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow the instructions on your label regarding the right temperature of the water. Make sure you use the right temperature and fill up your container with clean water.

●      Place the sheets in and start washing. Submerge your sheets in water, add gentle detergent, and start moving them around gently. Don’t rub, twist, scrub, or wring your sheets since wet satin is much easier to tear. Be extra careful and make sure to wash for only a few minutes.

●      Rinse your sheets. When your sheets are clean, remove them from your container, drain out the dirty water, and refill it again with cold water. Submerge your sheets again and rinse them until you’re sure all the detergent is washed out.

A very important thing to remember is that you should never wring out your satin sheets unless you want to risk them tearing. Instead, press your sheets gently between two towels placed on a flat surface and wait for them to release the excess water.


Can you put satin sheets in the dryer?

Learning how to wash bed sheets is just one part of the work you need to do. Knowing the proper way to dry them is just as important because there are many things that can go wrong during the drying process, especially when dealing with delicate fabrics.

Some satin sheets can be put in the dryer, but once again, check the label before you do that. Even if you can dry them like this, you’ll only be able to do so on the lowest heat possible and the shortest spin cycle.

Also, try to remove your sheets from the dryer when they’re about 80% dry to minimize the chance of damaging your sheets. Additionally, you need to know that satin can shrink up to 20% if you dry it on high heat, so be extra careful when putting your sheets in the dryer.

If you can avoid using the dryer, that would be perfect. Ideally, you should air dry your satin sheets while keeping them away from direct sunlight.


3 factors to consider when buying sheets

Mocha satin sheet - Manchester Collection

So, you decided to take the plunge and treat yourself to some beautiful satin sheets. But before you do so, make sure you don’t rush into the purchase. To buy exactly what you want and need, consider the following factors.


Thread count

There is always a lot of talk about thread count when it comes to sheets, but what does it all mean? Thread count is a term that refers to the number of threads that are woven together in a single square inch of fabric. Most of the time (but not always), a higher thread count also means higher quality.

Your personal style

Regardless of how comfortable your sheets are, you won’t be satisfied unless you find bedding that matches your personal aesthetic. Look at different colours and patterns to make sure you’re buying a sheet you’ll be proud to put on your bed.

Satin sheets are usually seen in luxurious homes that have a more stylish and formal décor. But even if your aesthetic is rustic, satin sheets might be that touch of elegance you have been looking for.


If you have a standard-sized bed, you’ll most likely find satin sheets that fit perfectly without any issues. However, you need to take other factors into account, such as the depth of your mattress and whether or not you use a pillow topper.

Before you purchase your new sheets, make sure to measure your bed and the area your sheets will have to cover. Maybe you need a bigger or smaller size than you think, and it’s always best to double-check before you make that purchase.


Satin vs. sateen

If you’re on the hunt for satin sheets and you come across a fabric that’s called sateen, you may be confused for a moment. Sateen isn’t just a fancy way to spell satin, it’s a different fabric. Sateen sheets are actually made out of cotton but have a glossy finish that replicates the feeling of satin.

At first glance, sateen sheets look and feel almost exactly like satin. However, they aren’t. At the end of the day, they’re still made out of cotton, which means they don’t possess all of the qualities satin sheets do.

Sateen is a hot fabric, and if you purchase sateen sheets for the summer months, you won’t get the experience you’re hoping for. However, if you’re a cold sleeper or you want the feel of satin during the cold months but want to stay warm and comfortable, sateen might be the right choice for you.

Keep in mind that sateen isn’t non-absorbent or hypoallergenic, so if you’re after satin sheets because you want to keep cool or protect your skin, stay away from sateen.


Best satin sheets from Manchester Collection

It’s very important to note that not all manufacturers are the same. If you want high-quality satin sheets, you need to buy them from a trustworthy manufacturer. Our satin bedding is high-quality with a high thread count, so you can be sure your investment will pay off.

The satin we use for our sheets is 100% polyester satin and it has all of the features satin is supposed to have. The sheets will keep you cool during the summer months, they’re extremely breathable, hypoallergenic, and will fit into any bedroom décor flawlessly.

Additionally, they all come in sets. That means that you can get a regular flat sheet, but also a fitted sheet as well as two standard pillowcases and wrap your bed in satin from top to bottom. Our sheets are also wrinkle- and crease-free, so they will always stay beautiful.

If you take good care of your sheets, wash them according to the proper instructions, and give them the attention, love, and care they deserve, you will have them for years to come.

Here are your options for satin sheets from the Manchester Collection.


Queen-sized bed sheets

Charcoal satin sheet

If you have a queen-sized bed and are looking for sheets that are worthy of royalty, the satin sheets from this collection will meet all of your expectations.

In the set, you will receive:

●      One fitted sheet with dimensions of 152 x 203 x 45cm.

●      One flat sheet with dimensions of 240 x 264cm.

●      Two standard pillowcases with dimensions of 48 x 73cm.

As we already mentioned, make sure to measure your bed before you purchase your sheets to be sure your bedding will fit. Even though you have the option of replacing your sheets, it’s not worth the hassle, so don’t forget to take that measuring tape out before you click the “Add to cart” button.


King-sized bed sheets

Blue satin sheet set with a book on it - Manchester Collection

A big bed requires big sheets, and king-sized sheets are the largest in our collection. King beds are typically the largest beds you can find on the market, and the satin sheets sets we offer for kind sized-beds include the following:

●      One fitted sheet with dimensions of 183 x 203 x 45cm.

●      One flat sheet with dimensions of 260 x 275cm.

●      Two standard pillowcases with dimensions of 48 x 73cm.


Double bed sheets

Satin sheet in charcoal

Finally, the last size we offer in our collection of satin sheets is for double beds. Double beds are slightly smaller than queen beds, and even if you have a double bed, you might need queen-sized sheets if your mattress is deep.

This is what comes in our sheet sets for double beds:

●      One fitted sheet with dimensions of 137 x 193 x 45cm.

●      One flat sheet with dimensions of 230 x 254cm.

●      Two standard pillowcases with dimensions of 48 x 73cm.

When you choose the right size, the perfect sheets for your bedroom, soon enough you will feel like sleeping on a cloud.


Have a good night’s sleep in satin sheets

You should never underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep. As the old saying goes, if you can only invest in two things, it should be in your shoes and your bed, because you go from one to the other. So don’t settle for low-quality sheets if you can get the best sheets money can buy.

Even though the price tag is slightly higher on satin sheets than it is on those made out of less high-quality materials, remember that good sheets are a valuable investment. And once you spend your first night sleeping on satin sheets, you will wonder how you ever lived without them.

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