Counting sheep, instead of thread

Counting sheep, instead of thread

A good night’s sleep requires a quality set of sheets. And, the higher the thread count, the better the sheets, right? In reality, it’s time to put that common misconception to bed. What is the best thread count for sheets and what characteristics should you look for when searching for the perfect set for your bedroom retreat. 

What does thread count refer to?

Thread count is the total number of yarns per square inch of fabric. A high thread count often indicates finer yarns, as you can fit more fine threads into a space than coarse threads. A higher thread count is associated with higher quality because the finer fibers are associated with softness and increased durability. But, the truth is, there are other factors like fiber quality and weave that play an important role in the quality of your sheets. 

So, what is the best thread count for sheets?

The highest rated sheets tend to fall between the 300-500 range for thread count. This tends to be the sweet spot when it comes to thread count. Anything over 500 doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better quality. Conversely, there are some sheets with a sub 300 thread count that are still good quality. Again, the fiber composition and construction make a huge difference. The only time that thread count does in fact matter is when you’re dealing with 100% cotton sheets with single ply weaves. This is an indication that finer threads were used instead of thicker, coarser threads. But this is really the only time thread count matters and can be applicable. 

What qualities make for a great set of sheets?

It comes down to fiber content and construction. In terms of fiber content, 100% Cotton is the most popular - especially long-staple cottons like Egyptian and Pima, which are extra soft and durable. Cotton/polyester blends are also popular for their cost effectiveness, durability and wrinkle resistance. Full polyester works for super soft microfiber sheets and sweat-wicking performance sheets. Linen is popular for summer for its breathability and relaxed look. 

The way a sheet is made often plays a big part in its comfort. There are two basic options: percale and sateen. Percale is a basic, grid weave that creates a light, crisp feeling. Sateen floats several yarns in one direction over a single yarn, creating a smooth, soft, satin feeling. Of course, there are then the flannel and jersey sheet options, which are in a league of their own. 

Experience our own Saybrook Home private label luxury sheets!

At Saybrook Home, our private label luxury bedding collections feature sheeting in 340-400 thread count long-staple cotton percale and sateen from Italy. We invite you to experience our bedding collections in our Glastonbury showroom. Learn more here.

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