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Old 11-03-2012, 09:31 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I am trying to figure out the right number - I hate to shop. I used to love my sheets, but now they suck. I think I need to buy new ones. How long do they typically last? I have 3 sets of sheets. 1 is so horrble I haven't used it in 2+ years because they just don't feel good.. The other two I have been alternating for as long, and really much longer because they feel and have been amazing. I think their days are over though.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:25 AM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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I buy a new set as soon as the dust mites know me on a first name basis.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Gosh, I have so many sets of sheets I don't know what the "right number" is! LOL

Three sounds adequate, although I know some people who have only one set -- they take them from the dryer and put them right back on the bed again.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:20 AM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Many of my sheets are 20+ years old. Have plenty changes. I do wash them with premium laundry detergent and do not use dryer. I am not planning to buy any in the nearest future.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:22 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Three sounds adequate, although I know some people who have only one set -- they take them from the dryer and put them right back on the bed again.
That's what I do!
I do have two sets for each bed though... cotton for the hot weather and flannel for the cold.

It really cuts down on the amount of storage needed for all the linens for a king bed, three queens and a double/full.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:22 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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We buy new sheets when we can see thru them.
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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We buy new sheets when we can see thru them.
When I first started dating my spouse, the sheets on his bed had a long rip that was duct-taped shut.

On my next visit, I brought a set of sheets with no holes.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:35 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I think maybe i buy sheets 2-3 times a yr when the sales are going on . I remember at one time when I was single i did not have to buy sheets for 2 yrs . I was driving to work and this lady was putting boxes out by her mail box and I stopped and looked and sure enough she was moving and putting boxes and boxes of stuff to the curb .well she asked me if I would like some sheets and pillowcases and I said sure . Her husband was in the miliatary and they were moving overseas and she brought out 6 boxes of queen size sheets and pillow cases . I was so thrilled and I told her thanks so much and she said no thank you ... you saved me from toting them back in I ended up taking tons of her potted plants home with me too . those were good days .
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:37 PM
 
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I buy new when mine start to feel thin, like I might rip them easily. Obviously this is a;ways the fitted bottom sheet.
If you wanted to be frugal you could buy just flat sheets and rotate them, then a "set" would last much longer.
Mine usually last 3-4 yrs and i only have one set. I don't buy hundred dollar sheets but not dollar store either. This current set is Lands End. I really do want to try Sferra though.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Depends on what the sheets are made from....I've had some sheets for 26 years (used weekly for about 10 of those years!)...and they are fine! Some sheets I bought 4-5 years ago, started to rip...(the fitted sheet)...so I had to replace them.

Thread count really doesn't mean the sheets will feel better or last longer....they just cost more! So, if you can, open the package and feel the sheets!

I have 3 sets for our bed.....that way, when I change the bed, it's not sitting there unmade until the sheets have been washed, dried, and ironed...yes....I iron my sheets! I like them crisp!
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