Discovering classification between different types of bed linen qualities is something I wish I had not stumbled across. Rewind back to a few years ago I was accompanying someone who was shopping for fitted sheets. He went up and down isles, trolling through different colours and shelves looking at the ‘thread count’. After a while trying to figure out what he was on about – because all I saw looked pretty much the same. Eventually he found a store assistant to help him to find what he was looking for. I was 21 years old when I discovered stumbled upon this phenomenon.
After that, I became increasingly aware of thread count. Now I unashamedly am an advocate of Egyptian Cotton – everything over 400 thread count darling. Dying to know what it all means?
Here is a little breakdown:
Thread count is the measure of the coarseness or fineness of fabric. It is measured by counting the number of threads contained in one square centimetre of fabric, including the width (warp) and width(weft) threads. Basically this means a sheet with a 500 thread count has 250 threads across its width and 250 threads across its length.
Image: Holy Lamb Organics
It is often the measure of quality. The higher the thread count, the finer the product will feel.
Anything over a 200 thread count is rated high quality. Dependent on individual comfort. I personally prefer 400 thread count.
When it comes to bed sheets, the type of fabric and weave used is often more important than the actual thread count. Cotton-polyester blends, which are common and affordably priced, tend to be durable but can pill over time – irritating the skin. Cotton, particularly, Egyptian, Pima and Supima are renowned for their softness, luxury and durability.
Hopefully this helps you understand the difference. We will look at the different types of fabrication soon. Because once you go good bedding, you will never ever go back.
“Luxury is in each detail”