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What is Thread Count in Sheets and Why it Matters?

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Last Updated on June 17, 2020 by Ben Locke

To get the best sleep at night, you need to have high-quality sheets. But for that, you need to have sheets with a high thread count. Although this is true to a certain extent it does not always hold true. Of all the factors that go into creating an amazing sheet, thread count is the most commonly talked about topic. But what is thread count in a bedsheet and does it really matter when purchasing one? Or, does a higher number indicate a better set of sheets? But before we get into the depths of such analysis it is necessary to know what a thread count actually means.

What Does Thread Count Mean?

Thread Count indicates the total number of yarns per square inch of the fabric. A sheet with higher thread count is often associated with high-quality material as it is known to make the sheets more durable and softer. An average quality sheet can contain a maximum of 400 thread counts even though packaging indicates a climb to over 1000. But the thread count is not the only determining factor as other considerations like the fiber quality and weave and more important.

How Is the Thread Count Determined?

To find out the thread count for a sheet, manufacturers consider the number of both horizontal (weft) and vertical (warp) threads woven in a single square inch. So, a sheet is known to have a thread count of 200 if there are 100 vertical and 100 horizontal threads. Potential consumers can compare and contrast the thread count for different brands to determine the value of the sheets and find out which one suits the best for them. Some manufacturers have been seen to twist several yarns together to create a higher number in which case it does not indicate that the sheet is of a better fabric.

Why Does Thread Count Matter?

While thread count is not the only consideration while shopping for sheets it can indicate how your fabric will feel, look, and perform over time. These are some essential considerations when buying your bedsheets. To grab sheets with a high thread count it is necessary to use finer yarn. Fine yarns produce a smoother and denser fabric which indicates higher thread count sheets of better quality. As the fabric is dense air cannot flow through them making the sheets hot in summer. On the other hand, a higher thread count means that the fabric will be more durable. Since the threads are woven more tightly together there will be a lower possibility of getting snagged or pulled out.

When Does Thread Count Matter?

The only time when thread count matters is when the mattress is made from 100% cotton and single-ply weaves. Multiple-ply yarns: Marketers often use a combination of 2 or 3-ply yarns to double or triple the thread count. This means that the yarn is made of smaller threads twisted together which is included in the total thread count. Polyester or blends: Since polyester fibers are man-made these can be produced super thin and are known to have thread counts in thousands. In fact, the sole purpose of manufacturers to come up with polyester yarns is to increase the total thread count. So, make sure you are aware of what you are purchasing and what to consider while shopping for sheets.

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