What Does Thread Count Mean?

Sometimes it feels like thread count was just invented to baffle people into buying textiles. Over the years, we have been bombarded with a minefield of information, and everyone seems to have a differing opinion on the truth about thread counts. In fact, the most important factor for bed linen is the quality of the yarns, not the thread count itself. The finer the yarn, and the longer the fibres, the better the quality. We use long staple yarns (of which Egyptian cotton is most recognised), but actually any long staple cotton yarns will feel amazing.

So What Is A Thread Count?

Before we can explain this, we need to understand how the fabric is woven. There are two types of yarn needed to weave fabric, the warp and the weft. The warp is the vertical yarn, threaded onto the loom. It takes a whole day to do this at the factory, and if you could see it, you’d understand why. A lot of it is done by hand, and it is a work of art. The weft is the yarn woven through the warp horizontally "from right to left". So now we know about warps and wefts, the thread count is simply the number of threads (warp and weft) in a square inch of fabric.

What Is The Best Thread Count For Bed Linen?

This is where it becomes trickier. See it would be simple if all yarns were created equal and therefore, the higher the count, the denser and more durable the fabric, and therefore the higher the quality. This is true in some sense, however, over the years, department stores have cottoned on to the fact that people expect higher thread counts to be the best, and have started to cheat by using lower quality, thinner yarns and twisting them together to state a higher thread count. A true thread count cannot be achieved over 600 threads per square inch, unless extremely fine thread counts are used. So you can choose between 200 and 1500. With long staple (the longer the yarn, the better the quality), 100% cotton yarns, you can achieve a fabulous quality and feel at this level.

What Thread Count is Best For Sheets?

When it comes to sheets, we would say that the higher you can afford to go, up to a 1500 thread count is the best option. Your sheets will have more wear and tear than your duvet cover, and the stronger the fabric, the longer it will last.

Is there an Ideal Thread Count? 

Here at the Linen Cupboard, we say not really. It all comes down to personal preference, whether a customer likes a heavy thick bed linen or a more lighter thin bed linen. Some Customer prefer to have a summer and winter set but some may choose to have a certain bed linen that they can use all year round. The ultimate Linen Cupboard favourite used by the workers here is the 450 thread count Pima Cotton. For the Following reasons, Pima cotton is considered to be the finest type of cotton in the world. This natural fibre is characterised by its long durability, for its extremely soft feel and for having a silky shine. The fibres of the cotton plant used for Pima cotton are very long and silky, making it fine, smooth and very durable - it is said that Pima cotton lasts up to four times longer than normal cotton! The 450 Thread Count is a perfect high Luxury Thread Count that can be used all year round, this bedding isn't too heavy meaning you don't feel trapped in bed but it's thick long luxurious yarns will keep you warm and cosy while helping your body breath and keep your body temperature regulated.