What Is Thread Count?

What Is Thread Count?

When you're navigating the world of bedding one term you'll encounter often is 'thread count'. But what exactly thread count, and how does it affect your sleeping experience?

When it comes to bedding, thread count is an important decision. We spend over a third of our lives lying in bed, so having fabulous fitted sheets, dreamy duvet covers, downy duvets and perfect pillows can really add up to great night’s sleep. Whether you're a first-time bedding shopper or looking to upgrade your current set, understanding thread count is essential to make an informed purchase.


So What Is Thread Count?

Many assume that a thread count is a marketing ploy used by bedding manufacturers to make cotton sheets sound more luxurious. While ‘thread count’ has indeed become a buzz word in the world of luxury bedding, in actual fact thread count is a scientific term and there are certain standards on how threads can be counted.

In simple terms, a thread count is a measure of how many threads are in one square inch. Both the warp (vertical threads) and the weft (horizontal threads) are added up to determine the thread count of the sheet, duvet cover or pillowcase. 

Thread count warp and weft

If a piece of fabric has 100 threads woven horizontally and 100 threads vertically in a square inch, its thread count would be 200. You may see thread count abbreviated to TC on your duvet cover packaging.

Why Does Thread Count Matter?

1. Feel of the Fabric

Thread count is often associated with the feel and durability of the fabric. Generally, a higher thread count can result in a softer and more durable sheet. The finer threads that can be woven together, the softer the fabric will be. Cotton qualities offer a smoother, softer thread so it a great choice for a more comfortable sleep. 

2. Breathability

The breathability of your sheets is also influenced by thread count. Tightly woven, high-thread-count sheets can be less breathable than those with a lower count, making them warmer. For those who sleep hot, finding a balance between softness and air circulation is key.

Bed sheets

What Thread Count Sheets Should I Buy?

When selecting the right thread count for your sheets, consider the following:

  • 180-300 Thread Count: These sheets are often lighter and very breathable, making them ideal for hot sleepers or warmer climates. They can be very comfortable if made from high-quality cotton.
  • 300-400 Thread Count: This range is often considered the sweet spot for softness, durability, and breathability. Sheets in this thread count range offer a luxurious feel without the high price tag of higher thread count sheets.
  • 400-600 Thread Count: Sheets in this range start to offer a denser, more luxurious feel. They can be warmer and are a great option for those prioritizing softness and warmth over breathability.
  • Above 600 Thread Count: These sheets are incredibly soft and heavy, offering a premium sleeping experience. However, they can be less breathable and significantly more expensive. They are a luxury choice for those willing to invest in their bedding.

Here at Julian Charles, we offer different ranges of bedding to suit a selection of household requirements and budgets. Our cotton bedding range offers everything from 180 thread count to luxurious 1000 thread count cotton sheets and pillowcases and duvet sets.

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