The best quality sheets that are worth the investment

What to look for in a quality sheet set - plus our top picks to shop.

When choosing new bed sheets – whether that’s for a new season refresh or whether it’s simply because your old bed sheets are due for an upgrade – there is a lot to consider. And, especially when we spend almost half of our day, every day, sleeping and resting in our beds, it makes sense to invest in some quality bed sheets. 

So, if you’re in the market for some quality bed sheets to adorn your bed with, here are a few things to consider.

(Credit: Photographer: Louise Roche | Stylist: Kylie Jackes)

Fabric composition

When looking at sheets, you’ll want to decide on which material works for you. There’s no material for bed sheets that is objectively ‘better’ than the other – this is because it’s all up to your personal preference. Below are some common materials you can find bed sheets in.


Synonymous with ‘lightweight’ and ‘breathable’ is the popular textile for bedding – linen. Linen that is woven in Europe – Belgian or French Flax, for example – are great indicators of superb linen quality. Moreover, it’s a great option for summer or hot sleepers due to its natural moisture-wicking properties.


Cotton is another very popular textile for bed sheets. It’s incredibly soft while still having the same moisture-wicking properties seen in linen sheets. The quality of cotton sheets can be determined by how long the staples are within the fabric/fibre. The longer the cotton staple, the better quality the sheets are. Egyptian cotton is known to be the premium offering of cotton sheets as its staples are extra long in comparison.


Also known as bamboo rayon, is also a great fabric to opt for when choosing your next sheet set. Bamboo sheets are breathable with temperature-regulating properties so a restful night’s sleep is most definitely on the cards.


As luxurious as bed sheets get are silk sheets. Not only are they soft on the skin, but it’s also a great choice for those who have sensitive skin. However, silk is an expensive material that also needs special attention when it comes to maintenance and care.

(Credit: Photography: Brigid Arnott | Stylist: Lisa Hilton)

Thread count

If you’ve been looking at thread count as your main deciding factor when it comes to buying new bed sheets, we’re here to add some insight. Although thread count is a key element to consider, it really isn’t the be-all and end-all of finding a good quality sheet set. 

Thread count refers to the number of threads woven together per 10cm² of fabric. The general consensus is that sheets that sit around the 500TC mark are the best (for cotton sheets). It’s also important to note that thread count is not generally a good indicator for linen sheets and are often rarely listed. However, as a rule of thumb, a high thread count for linen sheets is discouraged.

The best quality sheets to shop in Australia 2023

Whether you’ve decided to opt for a lightweight linen sheet set or a luxurious Egyptian cotton, we’ve rounded up the best quality sheets money can buy in Australia below.


Pure silk sheet set in Shell Pink, Adairs

from $959.99 (usually $1199.99)

Made from 100 per cent Mulberry silk, this sheet set is as silky-smooth as it gets. It’s hypoallergenic and breathable while also being gentle on your hair and skin, we’re adding this to cart, immediately.


100% linen sheet set in Paprika Gingham, Carlotta + Gee

from $400

Crafted from organically grown European flax and pre-washed with volcanic stones for extra softness, this 100 per cent linen sheet set is a must-have come summertime. Plus, this gorgeous paprika hue is the pop of colour you need for the warmer seasons.


600TC Cotton Egyptian blend sheet set in Snow (queen), David Jones

$215 (usually $429.99)

In a classic crisp white hue, this sheet set by Sheridan will give you the feeling of living in luxury. With a high thread count of 600 and a soft sateen finish, this sheet set will look (and feel) right at home in any bedroom.


French flax linen sheet set in Beige Gingham (queen), I Love Linen

from $251.25 (usually $335)

In a gorgeous gingham pattern, this sheet set is made for coastal-styled abodes. Made from 100 per cent pure French flax linen, it’s breathable, luxurious, and deserves a spot within your bedding rotation. 


Morgan & Finch Carlson Royale 600TC Egyptian cotton sheet set in sage, Bed Bath N’ Table

from $126.45 (usually $229.95)

Crafted from certified Egyptian cotton, this sheet set is woven with 600 thread-count cotton sateen. Think silk-like softness for a sound night’s sleep. Also available in pale blue, smoke blue, steel, and white colourways to suit your taste and bedroom design.


Linen sheet set with pillowcases in Cedar Stripe, Cultiver

from $490

Made from 100 per cent European flax, this sheet set is as sustainable as it is stylish. Cedar Stripe features a spaced, textured stripe woven in rich Cedar that runs across a soft off-white linen, giving it a relaxed yet elevated look.


Vintage soft wash cotton sheet sets in Denim Melange, Canningvale

from $79.99 (usually $159.99)

In a calming blue hue, this cotton sheet set from Canningvale is crafted from 100 per cent cotton percale with a relaxed vintage appearance.

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