Searching for the perfect bed sheets? Don’t let the numbers get you down! Read on to learn what thread count is, how it’s measured, and how important of a role it plays in the quality and comfort of your bed sheets.
What is thread count?
Thread count refers to the number of threads woven together in 1 square inch of fabric. Keep in mind that thread count doesn’t always represent quality – it’s a way to measure how coarse or fine the fabric is. The higher the thread count number, the finer the fabric.
How is thread count measured?
Thread count is determined by the number of vertical and horizontal – or warp and weft – threads in 1 square inch of fabric. As an example, 200 thread count sheets have 100 warp threads and 100 weft threads.
THREAD COUNT =
WARP THREADS + WEFT THREADS
Does thread count matter?
Yes, thread count matters, but it’s not the be-all-end-all way to choose the best sheets for you – also take into account things like material, weave, and ply to find your perfect linens. Generally, ply is a better indication of softness and quality than thread count. For the softest and longest-lasting sheets, look at those using single-ply threads.
What is the best thread count for sheets?
200 thread count is a great starting point; however, 300 and 400 thread count sheets tend to be very soft, while 600 thread count sheets can feel even more luxurious. We recommend looking at sheets in the 200-800 thread count range to get the most for your money.
Do all bed sheet materials have a thread count?
No, not all sheets have a thread count – jersey is a knit fabric and therefore doesn’t have a thread count, while silk and flannel sheets are generally measured by weight.
Is higher thread count better?
Sometimes, but not always. With the advent of technology that allows yarns to be twisted around each other or additional threads to be woven in, sets that tout 1000 thread count or more may be a case of inflated numbers. These linens can start to feel stiff or heavy and lose their quality and durability.
Are low thread count sheets low quality?
Not necessarily. You can find comfortable sheets that are only 200 thread count, especially when they’re made of long-staple or combed cotton, which make for soft but strong linens that last. Lower thread count sheets are often more affordable as well, so keeping a few sets on hand is easy.