Monday, May 13, 2013

How important is the Thread Count?

I have to say, while working at the linen shop, one of the most common things we would discuss with customers was the thread count.

People want the best of the best. The cream of the crop.

When P & I bought our sheets, that was something our friends asked too--so, how high is the thread count.

But, the thread count is not the only thing that matters!

There is a lot that matters in your sheeting.

  • The fiber content.
  • The finish.
  • The weight.
  • And where they are made.
The fiber content is important, because that is what you feel. A cotton really is best for your sheets. It breathes, which is important, and it is a natural fiber. You can then specify that further...and Egyptian Cotton is going to give you a smoother fabric because it is a longer fiber, so you won't have as many connection points. You can also look for an organic cotton if you care about all things organic and good for the earth.

The finish of the sheeting is typically going to be either a sateen or a percale. The sateen will have a sheen to it, and more of a slick surface feeling, while the percale is a bit more structured and crisp. This is completely a personal preference--there is no right or wrong here. Some people cringe at sateen, and some people cringe at percale.

The weight, again, is a matter of personal preference. In the summer months, you might change to a lighter-weight sheet with your lighter-weight duvet, or you might choose a heavier sheet and just sleep with that on a hot summer's night.

Where it's made is important, because you want to make sure it is manufactured with quality and care. This is something that you can do by choosing a reputable brand. A lot of the companies that we work with at Fig, weave their sheets in Italy, and have the fabric cut and assembled here in the states. 

What do you look for in your sheets? Are you a sheeting snob? Do you believe thread count matters, or will you now start looking with these other important factors in mind?

Happy Dreaming!

1 comment:

  1. Serious sheet snob, thanks to the Knight. Must have a high thread count, lightweight, sateen finish, and his highness prefers Egyptian Cotton.