Don’t Lose the Thread: Your Guide to Bedding Thread Counts

The higher the thread count mean better quality bedding, right? Well no, not exactly.

This is one of the most common misconceptions in the textile industry, and it’s a myth that we’re here to dispel. Read on to find out everything you need to know about thread counts, what they mean and how to recognise good quality bed linen.

Thread Counts

What does thread count Mean?

Thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch. Erroneous belief about thread count that higher the thread count means better & soft quality bedding however thread count is not the only factor that determines the quality of bed linen but it has nothing to do with softness of bedding. Softness of fabric depends on fibre composition & finish of the fabric.

What about Fibre?

Natural fiber “COTTON” is a soft, absorbent, breathable, and non-allergenic, natural fibre to keep the body cool in summer and warm in winter, make it perfect choice for bed linen. 

Synthetic fibers, which don’t come from nature rather they are man-made. Many synthetic fabrics have attractive appearances and mimic natural substances like silk. Synthetics are often smooth, lightweight and wrinkle-resistant.

What about Lower thread counts?

Good quality bed linen never depend on higher thread count. UK hospitality industry prefer 130 threads cotton rich (70% cotton & 30% polyester) bed linen for longer lasting durability, the natural comfort of cotton and practicality of polyester for ease of washing and ironing. The most important point is combination of thread count & yarn count. Normally lower thread count fabric is made from coarse count yarn.   

What to Avoid

If you know what to look out for it’s very difficult to go too far wrong when buying new bedding. The biggest trap we would advise you look out for and avoid is bedding that is labelled as having a very high thread count with a very low price tag.

A 200 thread count, Egyptian Cotton Duvet Cover Set – generally costs a minimum of £34.99 but anything significantly cheaper than this is likely to be too good to be true, so steer clear. Remember, thread count isn’t everything, so pay close attention to the fabric type and weave if you want a better indication of quality.

Choosing the Right Bedding For You

Not sure which bedding thread count and fabric type is best for your needs? We’ve got you covered.

Our basic rule of thumb is based on preference and lifestyle. If you’re looking for top luxury without the gigantic price tag, we would suggest 100% Egyptian cotton sheets with a 200 thread count, which will provide durability and fabulous comfort without breaking the bank. If you’re looking for something still more indulgent, it’s worth perhaps exploring cotton satin bedding of 400 thread count and upwards, but be prepared for a larger price tag.

If you’ve got a busy family home and want something of good quality that’s extra easy to care for, then we would recommend something in the region of 180 thread count Polyester Cotton. Polyester Cotton Percale is more durable, easy to wash and iron and less likely to pill than cotton satin fabrics because it has a much denser weave. This makes it ideal for coping with everything that family life throws at it without compromising on comfort, and the lower cost is ideal for family-sized budgets.

Now that you’re clued up on thread counts you’re ready to choose your brand new bedding. Here at Sleep & Beyond you’ll find an extensive range of quality bed linen in 180 thread count percale and 200 thread count Egyptian cotton fabrics. Take a look and find the perfect bedding for your needs.

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