Sateen vs. Percale? Choose the Right Sheets for Your Hotel

Sateen vs. Percale? Choose the Right Sheets for Your Hotel

Trends | 1/24/2023

The age-old question of which sheets are better—Percale or Sateen—has challenged many hoteliers over the years. Although both styles are superior products, understanding the intricate differences in the two fabrics will help decision-makers make the best choice for their hotel’s operations and budget. 

You can determine which linen is the best fit for your hotel, by exploring benefits of both types of sheets in this article.

Sateen vs. Percale or Percale vs. Sateen

While thread count can be a misleading gauge of linen quality, there is no question that when it comes to softness and durability the best cotton sheets are either percale or sateen. The differences lie mainly in the type of weave and if your hotel is in a hot or cold climate.

Qualities of Percale

Percale is the crisp, durable plain weave fabric typically used for sheets, with a thread count of at least 180. A traditional one-yarn-over and one-yarn-under weave, percale typically features a matte finish and a crisp, cool feel that improves with every wash. Its superior durability means it will not pill over time. 

Sheets made of percale are lightweight and breathable, which is perfect for warmer climates. Percale produces an exceptionally soft, lustrous feel with easy care.

Qualities of Sateen 

Sateen is the closest thing you can get to satin—without the high cost and fragile nature of the fabric. The one-yarn-under and three-yarn-over weave exposes more thread surface, giving sateen a silky feel and luxurious sheen. 

Naturally wrinkle-resistant, sateen is tightly woven and therefore typically heavier in weight than percale. Sateen’s cotton cloth is made with a satin weave. 

This type of weave exposes more yarn to the surface for a luxurious silky, smooth feel and a slight sheen. 


Either Choice is the Right Choice

1Concier Makes It Easy to Decide

As an industry leader in linens, 1Concier is fitted with the expertise and product inventory to help you make a well-informed decision on percale or sateen bed linens. One of our Account Executives will walk you through the entire process of choosing the right linen quality for your property.

We carry a variety of collections in different thread counts and fiber compositions. Learn more by visiting our website or clicking the links below.


T-250:  60/40 cotton/polyester blend

T-300:  60/40 cotton/polyester blend

T-300:  100% combed cotton


T-300: 80/20 cotton/polyester blend

T-300: 100% combed cotton

T-490: 100% combed cotton

The right one for your hotel or your hotel guests really depends on the needs of your property. If you are prioritizing easy care, then percale sheets are an excellent choice. If your hotel is in a colder climate, then sateen could be the right choice with its silk-like feel and wrinkle-resistant properties. 

Customers Receive White Glove Service

1Concier is always on standby 24 hours a day to help customers fulfill their operational needs. Whether a customer selects percale or sateen bed linens for their hotel guest rooms, the quality of the products will always equal an excellent rating. Contact us today and make your order for the new year. At 1Concier, we have you covered.


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