For Christmas I bought Dan and I new sheets from Parachute Home. Not the sexiest gift, but practical, on sale, and very much needed. We’d been using sheets that were passed down to Dan from forever ago. In fact it’s possible that they existed before he was even born. Ok, maybe that’s a stretch but they were very old and worn. And in retrospect wow we should have thrown those suckers out years ago, but somehow we never cared enough to buy new sheets, until they literally started to come apart at the seams. Thankfully all this time I’d been quietly stalking Parachute bedding, and let’s just say I’m a big fan, especially now that I own some of their product.
FYI, this post isn’t sponsored. I’d love to work with Parachute bedding in some way but this is just a review I thought was worth sharing with you.
Shopping for bedding has always sounded so unglamorous. Why not spend our money on something fun!? Like, art? And even beyond that, until recently, I knew diddly about bedding because I’d never bought any before. What material should we get? Does thread count make a difference? What color do we want? Should we buy organic?
I wasn’t interested in figuring these questions out until I came across Parachute’s blog and basically fell in love with the brand, even before I ever tried any of their products. So what’s to love about Parachute Home? One, the information on their site is excellent. They even cleared up all my confusion about thread count, which apparently is a gimmick. Only so many pieces of thread can fit into one square inch, so any thread count beyond 400 becomes exaggerated or results in lower quality sheets that don’t breathe as well. You can read about it on their blog post The Truth About Thread Count (It’s Not Important), but yeah that’s the type of info I really needed to even truly considering purchasing some bedding.
“The reality is that it’s not thread count but the quality and type of material that matter.” – Parachute blog The Truth About Thread Count (It’s Not Important)
Second, I really liked that they cared about quality and avoiding harmful substances. Along with thread count, they cleared up my confusion about “organic” sheets in their post, Our Products Are Oeko-Tex Certified: What That Means. Because I have such sensitive skin it was important to me to buy bedding that didn’t have toxic chemicals lurking in the threads, so I wanted to know all the details I could about a brand before buying anything.
“A global network of laboratories operates Oeko-Tex, a certification system for textile producers. They test for harmful substances which are prohibited or regulated by law and chemicals which are known to be harmful to health.” – Parachute blog Our Products Are Oeko-Tex Certified: What That Means
Then our sheets tore and it was time to take the plunge. I finally felt like I knew what the heck I was doing, and yeah Parachute’s holiday sale was too good to pass up. I went for one percale sheet set in white which comes with one bottom sheet and two pillowcases and added one additional percale top sheet, which they sell separately.
I was sooooo nervous to use the new sheets when they came and this might be a good time to note that Parachute has a 30 night trail where you can return the bedding for a full refund if you’re not satisfied. Sleep is crazy important to me. I have no idea how I’ll have children because a bad night of sleep is enough to ruin my day so using new sheets scared me, irrationally so. But when we put on them on I was so excited by the fact that they fit the bed (and then some). We had sheets that fit! No more bottom sheet coming up in the middle of the night, no more tugging at the sheets when someone steals them. Their sheets fit mattresses up to 16 inches deep. Ugh, such luxury!
There was some getting used to the difference in temperature and texture of the sheets. Our old, worn sheets were very soft but often very warm. Initially the new sheets felt so rough, partially because they put them through a stonewash process and don’t use synthetic finishes to speed up the softening process. But after a couple washes they’ve softened significantly and I’ve ended up preferring the feel of these to the old sheets. I chose percale so we’d have sheets that will be airy and cool enough for summer but I have to admit it took some experimenting to figure out which combo of blankets and quilts was comfortable for winter snoozing. Goldilocks problems, right? For more info on Parachute’s fabrics here’s their post The Difference Between Percale and Sateen.
“(About Percale) Its tightly woven weave – accomplished in a classic one-thread-over-one-under fashion – gives the fabric a simple, matte finish while providing ultra breathability. Cool to the touch, Percale is perfect for all seasons and is especially forgiving during the balmy summer months.” – Parachute blog The Difference Between Percale and Sateen
So I’m a happy customer, but there is still so much more bedding to replace! We’ve already discussed buying more pillowcases (our old ones are starting to tear as well!) and I’ve made a mental note to discuss duvets and quilts with Dan. Those will be more about style than practicality, but I believe Parachute can consider us loyal patron. We’re really happy with the sheets and I have learned so much about bedding from their blog that it’s enough to keep me coming back.
Plus, Parachute is expanding their product. They just released their towel line this week and what’s funny is that Dan and I have been discussing buying new towels for a while now too. It’s time to do more research and see what Parachute has to say about their towels. Have I mentioned how much I enjoy nerding out with their blog posts?
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