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The Complete Guide to Thread Count

1000 Thread Count SheetsThere's nothing quite like sleeping on a great set of sheets. We've all experienced the bliss associated with sleeping on expensive, high-end, hotel quality sheets; but trying to purchase a sheet set with those same luxurious qualities can be a daunting task. If you've shopped for sheets before (and even if you haven't) chances are you've been exposed to thread count. In this guide, we break down thread count to explain what it is and what you need to know about it while shopping for luxurious sheets of your own.

What is Thread Count?

Thread count literally refers to the number of strands of thread used, horizontally and vertically, per square inch of any given piece of fabric. In other words, 500 horizontal threads woven with 500 vertical threads in a single square inch of fabric would create a thread count of 1000. In general, sheet sets will range anywhere from 300 thread count to as high as 1500 thread count. In textile and linen manufacturing, the vertical strands are called the "warp" and the horizontal strands are called the "weft".
 

Why Does Thread Count Matter?

Thread count can be used as a way to gauge the quality, softness, and durability of a set of linens or bed sheets. Lower thread count sheets are typically constructed of lower quality fibers and will be unable to withstand repeated washing without balling or tearing. Higher thread count sheet sets are typically crafted out of finer fibers like Egyptian cotton and because more strands are used per square inch, the resulting fabric is much more durable and capable of withstanding years of use and washing.

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Is Higher Thread Count Better?

Multiple consumer reports have found that higher thread count sheets are in fact softer and more durable than lower thread count sheets. Keep in mind that most sheets become softer the more they are used and washed. While at initial touch a high thread count sheet set might feel stiff and a low thread count sheet set might feel very soft, over time both sets of sheets will get softer with use and washing. It's because of that very reason that we typically recommend customers opt for as high of a thread count sheet set as they can afford knowing that high thread count sheets will soften and stand the test of time.

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