After colour and material, this is the criterion we consider to know if our sheets will live up to our dreams. So we've sorted out the truth about thread count and answered all your questions.
What is thread count?
Thread count is one of the most widely used indicators of the quality of a fabric, especially bedding. It refers to the number of threads woven into a square centimetre of fabric.
How are the threads counted?
We unravel the weave of each pillowcase, duvet cover or fitted sheet, count each thread and reweave. No, more seriously, you look at a square centimetre of fabric with a magnifying glass, and count how many weft* and warp* threads cross there.
The higher the number, the better the cloth?
It would be so simple. We often imagine that the more threads per square centimetre, the tighter they are woven. But no, a high thread count is not enough of a guarantee of quality to choose durable, touchable bed linen.
But 200 is bigger than 100!
So 200 is better than 100?
That's just an opinion.
So why is a high thread count not a sufficient indicator?
It all depends on the type of wire chosen and the calculation method used. Sometimes some manufacturers use double, triple, quadruple threads rather than single threads. These multiple threads are spun from short cotton or linen fibres and form strands of thread, too fragile to be used alone. They must then be twisted together to form a stronger thread. Two strands form a double thread, three strands form a triple thread.
Manufacturers who use this type of yarn sometimes count each strand as a single yarn. So 400 threads per square centimetre can mean 200 single weft threads and 200 single warp threads, but also 100 double weft threads and 100 double warp threads.
And when you sleep in it, do you feel a difference?
Yes, there is nothing like the touch to recognize a very soft sheet that will go through the nights, the washes and the time without getting damaged.
Multiple threads made of short fibres are thicker than single threads made of long fibres. It takes more short fibers than long fibers to make a strong yarn. This results in a heavier, rougher fabric to the touch because the more fibres there are, the rougher the ends. When they escape from the yarn, they make the fabric less smooth.
In summary, a single yarn made up of long fibres, finer and smoother, makes for a really tight and regular weave. This is the condition for making soft, durable bed linen that becomes more beautiful over time.
Once you have forgotten these explanations, how do you choose a quality sheet?
It is up to us, but we think that a good sheet can be recognized :
- The type of thread used. If it is simple and spun from long fibres, it starts well.
- The number of threads per square centimetre. A sheet with between 80 and 200 threads means that the count is good. A 57 thread count cotton will not be of high quality.
- To the visual aspect. The percale offers a matte finish, the satin reflects the light slightly and the washed linen creases naturally.
- And above all, to the touch! We test the softness and suppleness of the material, sleeping in it. That's why we accept returns (free of charge) up to 90 days after the date of purchase, even if you have slept in it.
Horizontally woven threads are called weft threads. Vertically woven threads are called warp threads. Threads that are carried by the flow of water are called water threads.