What's The Go With Thread Count?

June 11, 2021 - By Lucy Johnston

What’s the go with thread count?

Over recent years, thread count has become a bit of a buzz phrase when it comes to sheets, with an implication that a higher thread count equals a better sheet.

But is that actually the case, and what does thread count event mean? So, let’s snuggle up for a frank discussion about thread count.

What is thread count?

Thread count is basically the number of threads within a set area or fabric. In other words, it relates to sheet weight and can be measured per inch, or per 10cm²

So, if a sheet has a thread count of 400, the fabric will have 400 threads woven together within an inch area.

Often thread count is used to denote sheet quality, but it’s really just one factor to consider when it comes to selecting the right sheet for you.

The plot thickens

While the basic formula of thread count is simple, the plot quickly thickens, because some sheet manufactures use multi-ply threads which then count towards the thread count.

What do we mean? Well multi-ply means that two or more strands of fibre are contained within each thread.

So a sheet with a 400 thread count quickly becomes 800 if they are using two-ply thread.

Therefore, single ply sheets tend to cap out at 400-500 thread count, while multi-ply might have a thread count of 800-1000.

It’s not only thread count that matters

While thread count is one factor you might consider when selecting sheets, there are also a whole host of other items to factor into the sheet selection equation when it comes to determining quality.

These include:

Fibre

One of the biggest things to look for in sheets is the fibre that the fabric is made of as natural fibres are more conducive to a good night’s rest.

Why is that the case? Well natural fibres help regulate your body temperature and can also assist with allergies and skin irritation.

That means cotton, bamboo and silk are among the best sheet fibre options.

Weave

In addition to the thread count and fibre used, it also pays to consider the weave of the sheet fabric.

When we talk about weave, it relates to the pattern of the fabric as it’s woven together, and believe it or not, there are lots of different options.

The most common are:

  • Twill
  • Jersey Knit
  • Flannel
  • Percale
  • Sateen

Sateen and percale are by far the most popular weaves, with sateen offering a silky finish and percale providing a smooth, durable finish.

The final nod

The upshot of all the above is that selecting the right sheet comes down to far more than thread count.

While thread count is a consideration when it comes to finding sheets of quality, the fibre used and the weave of the fabric also play a role.

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