Let’s go shopping for some new sheets.
Bamboo, cotton, silk or modal. Linen, percale, sateen or hemp.
Now thread count is important everyone says, so do we go for 200 or 300, 400 or 600, 800 or 1000?
Are your eyes glazing over and your mind shutting down because everyone has given you their spiel on what is best in the sheeting arena?
Well you are not alone and over the past ten years the words “thread count” have a lot to answer for!
Let’s go back to basics and see if we can make this easy for you.
Thread count is simply the number of threads per square inch of fabric. These consist of vertical threads (warp) and horizontal threads (weft) woven together.
When looking for higher thread counts, sometimes 2 ply yarns are used and multiple yarns are inserted into the weft. The best fabric would be made with single ply yarns and have a single weft and warp; but the highest thread count you can get with this type of construction is about 400. Above that, 2 ply yarns and/or multi-picks must be used.
The talk about "single ply" over the past few years, was a reaction to customers feeling cheated by the concept of 2 ply. This is where a 300 thread count sheet made with 2 ply yarns could be called a 600 thread count.
In a quality product, the comfort value of thread counts over 300 is very little. A 300 thread count can feel far superior to a 1000 thread count depending on the fabric.
Thread count has become a simple metric used by marketing people to capture interest and impress with high numbers. A soft, silky feel sheet will be a single ply where a heavier more dense sheet which takes longer to dry and needs ironing is a double ply.
My view is touch, feel and think about the type of sleeper you are and the materials you like.
Do you like to snuggle under flannel sheets in winter which will feel soft and warm? If so a 300 or 400 thread count is perfect for both durability and softness.
In summer do you like to wake feeling dry and sleep on cool crisp sheets? Then pure cotton will suit you well as it is easy to wash, dries quickly and can be purchased in a thread count of 300 to 600.
My favourites are of course a bamboo/cotton mix as they need no ironing, are perfect in summer or winter, a 400 thread count is soft and durable, and drying time is minimal.
My last point is if it seems too good to be true when grabbing a special it usually is!
Hopefully I have made your next sheet purchase easier and with a little less stress.
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I am Jane - a mum of 4, lover of dogs and cats, with a passion for stylish items for your home and the environment that don't
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I blog about interior design, natural living, decorating, family, and the environment. I am very proud of our eco-friendly Coshee bed linen and love to hear back from you so please contribute with your experiences and ideas.