There are, however, a few drawbacks I hadn't thought of, especially when you have a youngun' who crawls all over the bed:
- Crumbs. With smooth, crisp percale, you feel every little crumb that finds its way onto your sheets. Luckily, because there's very little tooth when the cotton isn't combed (I only like combed cotton sometimes, for its warmth in the winter) the crumbs just slide right off with a little flick of your hand.
- Noisy. Some sheets are so crisp that every wrinkle can be heard from ten feet away. If you sleep with someone who's a restless sleeper, those may not be for you.
- Absorption. If you're a write-and-draw-in-bed type of person, like I am, then you'll find out quickly that percale cotton sheets absorb permanent pen and marker like nobody's business. Stray marks begin to populate the sheet like cats on heat. But I tell myself that makes them look like they've been in the family for years.
- Storage. We were so falling-down-glad to find these that we got many different sheets and pillowcases in several colors and now have to find storage for them all. I'm no expert at folding sheets, so they have a pretty large footprint. A new shelving system soon took care of that...!
Despite the cons, these sheets make sleeping so much nicer. I actually find that I disturb my sleeping spouse less when I get up ten thousand times in the middle of the night because the sleep is more restful.