If you have been comparing bedsheets for a while now, you will know that thread count is an important parameter to estimate a bedsheet’s quality. Often you will see sellers highlighting it as a marketing opportunity, quoting a high thread count as a measure for soft, high-quality cotton bedsheets and bed linens. As a buyer, where should you draw the balance between giving weightage to a bedsheet’s thread count and other factors? Read on to discover the truth about thread count and how to distinguish between genuine quality and marketing gimmicks.
Good thread count and durability
Simply put, thread count refers to the number of threads per every square inch of a bedsheet’s fabric. An adequate count ensures your bedsheet is woven well and is durable enough to survive frequent usage and multiple washes. An ideal thread count for standard bedsheets is 180-300 and for luxury bed linens, it may range between 300 to 500. Beyond that, a higher thread count may not really enhance your usage experience and simply serve as a technical feature. Check these bedsheets across a range of thread count categories by SPACES to find options that work best for your needs.
The ‘1000 thread count’ appeal
Despite this, you will find several bedsheets being marketed for their 1000 thread count. Make sure you don’t get overwhelmed by this. While a 1000 thread count bedsheet claim can be true if it comes from a genuine brand, it is unlikely to provide you with a superior sleep experience or durability value as compared to a 300 to 500 thread count bedsheet. Instead of simply focusing on thread count, you need to consider it in context with other factors such as the kind of cotton used and the yarn’s ply. If SPACES offers a range of bedsheets with superior quality cotton and yarn.
Thread count, yarns, and ply
Each thread in your bedsheet if made of yarn. The quality of yarn, and the number of plys used to spin that yarn are equally or more important in defining your bedsheet’s quality. For instance, if the yarn used is spun out of a single quality ply, it will be fine and soft in nature. On the other hand, if the yarn is 3-ply, it will be coarse and cheaper to manufacture.
Unfortunately, since a lot of buyers are only aware about thread count as a benchmark for quality, several sellers use it as an opportunity to arrive at a high thread count by using multi-ply yarn. Hence, you will find brands offering 800 and 1000 thread count bedsheets at unbelievable prices, simply by using two and three-ply cotton. Hence, it’s important that you don’t just go by thread count but understand the quality of thread and yarn used in a bedsheet.
Caring for your high thread count bedsheet
Remember, like all quality bed linens, your bedsheets too require gentle care to ensure they get better with every wash irrespective of their thread count. Using cold water, avoiding harsh detergents and scrubbing, and drying them away from direct sunlight can go a long way in ensuring bedsheets with a thread count between 180 and 500 serve you well.