Quick Answer: Affordable white bed sheets that can be reliably purchased when you need replacements.
Why should I use white bed sheets?
Because white sheets look clean and crisp, they photograph well, and they are easier to clean. That's right, white sheets are easier to clean. Colored bedding can become discolored by your guests' various potions and lotions. Once that happens, there is nothing you can do but throw them out or use them as cleaning rags. White bedding, on the other hand, can be restored with whiteners and be used again.
Also, a fresh pair of white sheets makes your bed look inviting when guests arrive. Colored sheets might match your decor but they hide hairs and stains (and guests know this!). Even if your colored sheets are brand new, they will plant a tiny seed of doubt in your guests' minds about cleanliness. There is a reason why hotels almost exclusively use white bedding and you should, too.
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Why should I NOT spend a lot of money on bed sheets?
Because you are going to be buying many sets of bed sheets over time and expensive sheets quickly cut into your profits. The general rule of thumb is to make sure you have three sets of bed sheets on hand for every bed. And, each set of bed sheets will last you six months on average. As you can see, the cost of sheets can quickly add up.
Now, I am not saying you should use two dollar, scratchy, burlap sheets. You can find comfy, soft sheets in microfiber for a reasonable price or spend a little more on cotton sheets.
Why do I want bed sheets that can be reliably replaced?
Because it will save you time and make your hosting life easier. Having all your bed sheets match and come from the same shop means you can wash them together and not have to worry about mixing up various fitted and flat sheets. It also means that when you need replacements, you won't be wasting your time scouring Amazon to find the same sheets you bought last time (spoiler alert, they won't be available). Having a reliable source where you can easily and quickly get the same bed sheets is a huge time saver. And, as we all well know, time is money.
Should I get cotton or microfiber bed sheets?
This is an entirely personal opinion with no right answer. Many hosts will tell you with a steely-eyed, vehement conviction that one is better than the other. But don't mistake opinion for fact. They both have their pros and cons, with every host and guest having their own personal preference.
Over time, you will develop your own preference but here is a quick list to get you started:
- Microfiber is cheaper. Cotton lasts a little longer.
- Microfiber is more wrinkle resistant. Cotton is more stain resistant.
- Microfiber is softer to the touch. Cotton sleeps cooler.
Both options will depend on the quality of the material and construction. Your best bet is to experiment with a few different options until you find what you like. Just make sure they are white, affordable, and can be reliably replaced.