I’ve always believed that, budget allowing, it is better to invest in well-made products. Not only do goods that have been painstakingly crafted from the finest materials bring more “joy,” as Marie Kondo would say, but also they last longer. That said, in every price-to-quality ratio, there is a tipping point where one has to ask, “Am I really getting that much more for my money?” It is a threshold that I decided to test this past summer by replacing my own sheets with a set of Sferra sheets.
Here’s the backstory. When I bought my summer cottage years ago, I was suddenly faced with outfitting five beds on a limited budget. So out I went to the local discount store to gear up on sheets of all sizes. At the same time, I inherited with the cottage one single sheet set that had been purchased by a previous owner sometime in the 1950s. Long story short, I have subsequently been through many sheets of increasingly better quality, only to find that they all are either ill-fitting or scratchy, prone to yellowing or pilling, or that they tear and become threadbare after only a few years. Meanwhile the vintage sheets that I inherited are still going strong.
So last year, in hopes of finding some heirloom sheets like the ones I inherited, I took the plunge into the luxury sheet market. My choice: Sferra’s Giza 45 Percale Collection, in classic white; $205 to $750. Founded in 1891 by Gennaro Sferra, the company has a long-running history of producing luxury linens. But are they worth the price? Only time will tell. But here’s what I’ve learned so far.