Thread Count, does it matter?
Thread count, weave, fibre. It can be confusing when working out how to best choose bedding that is right for you. Traditionally we have been convinced that the higher the thread count the higher quality the sheets are. This is not always the case. Thread count is not an accurate measurement when it comes to measuring different types of material such as linen, silk and bamboo.
Thread count means the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric. The number is based on threads that are running vertically (warp) and horizontally (weft), however, what is most important is the quality of the yarn and fibre.
As thread count is a familiar concept for us, some manufacturers are using thread count as a part of their sell, enabling them to charge more for poorer quality fabrics. By weaving extra thread into the weft of the fabric using two lower quality fibres and counting both extra threads, companies can state their thread count is well over the 1000 mark. The quality of this bedding is very poor and will easily break or rip.
On the market, bedding can range from thread counts in the low 100’s to above 1000! Experts say to try buy within the ranges of 200-800. Anything over will just be made of mismatched threading as physically only around 800 threads can fit within 1 square inch.
What to look for
The weave is a personal preference. The weave effects how the bedding looks and the tightness. Bigger and longer weaves mean for a looser texture and movement. Others are have more of a silky finish and woven more tightly. The thread count doesn’t effect this in a positive or negative way, it’s just a personal preference.
This is tricky to identify when buying however it is worthwhile knowing that a longer fibre is the best choice as it is less likely to pill or break. Materials which have a longer fibre have a finer yarn and a smoother feel. Some good choices are Egyptian or Organic Cotton or Bamboo Lyocell. One thing to remember about cotton though is the high consumption of water it requires to grow.
Country of Origin:
Where and how the fibres are produced and the processes involved can determine the quality. Often many chemicals are used to produce the fibre which will affect the quality and health of your bedding. Make sure you check the certification qualifications your bedding has. Ettitude Bamboo Lyocell proudly holds a Oeko-Tex Certification.
When it comes down to it, choosing bedding is a personal preference and everybody has different tastes and budget. Remember not to worry too much about the thread count and instead think about the quality, the weave and feel of the fabric.
Sleep tight in your new (it doesn't matter) thread count sheets!