Thread Count: How high is good but too high isn’t

April 11, 2019

Thread Count: How high is good but too high isn’t

Buying your next bedsheet should be simple and seamless. However, it can turn into a nightmare as it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the different types of bedsheets available (see our previous blog “Sateen vs Percale: A Season’s Dilemma?”).
 
This blog will unpack what a thread count is, why it is important but also how deceptive companies use it to lie on their actual product quality.
 
 
 
 
 
 
‘Thread count’ refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch. Basically, it tells how dense a fabric will be.
 
So, the higher thread count, the more strand of cotton, and the more cotton, the better?
Well, not so fast.
 
The best quality bed sheets actually have a thread count between 250 and 400. Indeed, higher thread count is only achieved at the cost of breathability and lightness.
 
You may come across bedsheets that claim to have a 800-1000 thread count (Hello Amazon..) but as Consumer Reports states, “Our latest tests again confirmed that higher thread count doesn’t guarantee better sheets.” Some of these practices are actually a detriment to quality, resulting in heavy sheets that don’t breathe well and feel stiff and uncomfortable!
 
While thread count is important, the quality of the original cotton and the manufacturing craftmanship remain the most important criteria of a great sheet.
 
5-star Hotels often use bedsheets in the 300-500 thread count range, this strikes a nice middle ground between comfort, texture and weight. This thread count is also safe for washing and tumble drying. 
 
Conclusion
Are thread counts important? Put simply, yes but it shouldn’t be too high.
 
Our verdict:
Find a sheet with a thread count between 250 and 400 for the perfect balance between durability and breathability (which is why we decided on a 300TC for our Percale sheets and a 350TC for our Sateen line). We hope that you’ve found this blog useful and we’re available at help@bedscape.com if you want to continue this conversation with us!
 

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