Best Sheets for Memory Foam Mattresses in 2021

Best Sheets for Memory Foam Mattresses in 2021

"Are you an unhappy memory foam mattress owner complaining about the ‘sleeping hot’ scenario every night? Tens if not hundreds of not so glorious, sleepless nights, with you waking up every hour to adjust the AC or to open the windows... This might have made you frustrated. And you might have finally decided to give up on your best memory foam mattress. But wait because we are here to disapprove of your decision! Because the solution for your problems lies in buying a new sheet rather than chucking your new memory foam mattress. That’s right! Bedsheets and their types can have a huge impact on your sleep cycle.  So, if you are struggling with problems like ‘sleeping hot’ or if your sheets don’t stay in place through the night, then consider reading this article where we compile the best sheets for a memory foam mattress in 2021. Ready to make your sleep more comfortable? Then, let’s get in!

What Are the Best Sheets for Memory Foam Mattresses?

Before getting into the nitty-gritty details of which sheets could be right for your memory foam mattress, let us understand two things:
          1. what makes a memory foam mattress different.
          2. Reasons you need to consider when changing your sheets.
Memory foams have the superior cushioning ability that responds to body heat and pressure. It also contours to your body shape. This helps relieve pressure points on your shoulder and hips. Although memory foam mattresses tend to be the healthiest choice for many people, their tendency to keep body heat makes for the sweatiest nights and causes problems for people who love to sleep in cooler temperatures. The second thing to consider is that memory foam mattresses help relieve pressure points. This causes a lot of compression and expansion on the mattress, which means that you need to ditch your sheets that don’t move along with the mattress and are too tight for it. Considering these facts about memory foam mattresses, we can now proceed to select the best sheets for your memory foam mattress.

Bamboo Sheets For Memory Foam

Bamboo sheets are created from the soft pulp of the bamboo plant which is soft, breathable, durable, and also hypoallergenic. Bamboo sheets are the best pick because they have a silky feel and don't cling to your skin when the temperature is hot. Memory foam mattresses make the sleeper hotter by retaining some of the body heat. And bamboo sheets render coolness and help balance the temperature around the sleeper. What more? If you are suffering from skin problems like eczema which can flare up at the slightest irritation, then you need to consider bamboo sheets.  Your sheets play a huge role in keeping your skin healthy, for which you have to wash your sheets and pillows constantly. Bamboo sheets are the go-to for any person with eczema or sensitive skin because they are hypoallergenic. If you struggle with skin issues, especially due to the fabrics around you, then bamboo sheets might be your next best buying decision.

Cotton Sheets

Cotton sheets are the best option as they give a better sleeping experience when considered sleeping on synthetic fibres. Cotton is a natural fibre, which is extremely breathable and also doesn't trap heat which is so unlike memory foam mattresses. Cotton sheets provide a smooth and soft feeling and also wicks away any sweat and moisture present in the atmosphere. But you need to remember that not all cotton sets are made similar. Some cotton sheets might contain chemicals and some sheets might be softer than others. It is important to consider two factors when buying the right cotton sheets for your memory foam mattress:

Thread count

The number of horizontal and vertical cotton threads per square inch is referred to as thread count. The higher the number of threads, the softer the sheets. Thread counts also affect the density of the sheets.  For example, a sheet with 400 threads per square inch will feel lighter than a sheet with an 800 thread count. We recommend you choose a cotton sheet with a thread count anywhere between 300 to 500. Because the higher the thread count, the lesser the breathability, which is not a good option for a memory foam mattress.


 There are two types of weaves.
          1. Sateen - Provides a shinier, smooth, and slick feel to the material.
          2. Percale - For a crisp, cool, and matte finish.
Our recommendation: Percale weaves are more durable and last longer than sateen weaves, so it’s a good choice to opt for percale weaves.

Linen Sheets For Memory Foam

Linen is made with natural fibres of the flax plant which arrives from Europe. Linen sheets are one of the best choices for memory foam mattresses.  Cathy Marriott, the director of bed linen manufacturer Dormitory, puts it in simple words, linen is a fabric that absorbs perspiration and releases moisture back to the air. It's a self-cooling mattress. And this is the main reason why linen sheets make a good buying option for memory foam mattress owners or someone living in a generally hotter place. Also, an added benefit about linen sheets is that these sheets are lint-free and hypoallergenic like bamboo sheets. So, if you are someone with sensitive skin, we recommend going for linen sheets for your mattress. The only disadvantage about linen sheets is that they fall under the ‘luxury items’ list. It is still worth the investment if you want to escape from the heat caused by the memory foam mattress. You can also experience a completely different feel from fine cotton percale weave or sateen weave.

Fabric Sheets

We have already explained some of the most common fabric sheets like cotton, linen, and bamboo. We will furthermore explain a few more fabrics for your buying convenience.
          1. Tencel - A fabric made of eucalyptus tree wood pulp. The benefit of Tencel fabric is that it’s soft, durable, and antimicrobial (a godsent material for sure). Tencel is an eco-friendly fabric that is fairly cool but it is not as breathable as cotton. 
          2. Acetate - A fabric made from cellulose in wood fibres. Since acetate fibre is very soft, it needs to be dry-cleaned or hand-washed. That is something to consider when buying this fibre.
          3. Polyester - Polyester fibres are man-made, produced from the polymers which are used to make plastic drink bottles. Polyester is stiff and scratchy but inexpensive. 
While we don’t recommend polyester due to its reported uncomfortable experience, you can still go for it or a mixed fibres set if you are on a limited budget.

Silk For Memory Foam

Silk - the word exuberates luxury, but is it comfortable? Silk is a fibre produced by silkworms. Silk is the look of a luxury, romantic bedroom. The benefits of silk sheets are that it is hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and temperature regulating  (which means it is breathable and comfortable). The downsides of using a silk sheet are that it is extremely costly, too delicate to handle, and hard to take care of. So, if you are looking for a more luxurious, cosy, and comfortable feeling, silk sheets will fit your taste.

Viscose Sheets

Viscose is a semi-synthetic material used in bedsheets and other cloth industries. It is a fibre made out of natural materials. There are three types of rayons and viscose is one among them. Viscose rayon is derived from cellulose. The main constituent of plant cell walls. The cellulose is derived from the plant cell walls, which is then treated with chemicals to make the fibre mirror the qualities of natural fibres, such as cotton and silk. The most fascinating characteristic of viscose is that it looks like silk and feels like cotton. Meaning luxurious and comfortable without any compromisation. Viscose rayon is extremely breathable, cool for the summer months, and doesn’t trap heat and sweat. It is also very light, not extremely dense, and an affordable alternative to silk. The only major con of viscose is that it is very delicate and may need hand-wash and also it is susceptible to mildew.


We hope that this article threw some light on the type of bed sheets you could consider for your memory foam mattress. Finding the sheets of your dreams, especially as a newbie, can be extremely tricky. It needs a bit of knowledge or experimentation to ultimately find and fall in love with the right one. The right bedsheet can take your sleeping experience to different levels. After reading this article, we are sure that you are one step closer to your glorious and extremely comfortable sleeping schedule. Always remember that bed sheets are all about individual preferences. No matter if you prefer a cool night sleep or a cosy, comfy feeling, the marketplace has the right bedsheet for you and your mattress. Try to be personal and experiment with the best ones. (Also, refer to this guide when in confusion).


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