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Thread Count in Cotton Bed Linen

What is thread count? Why does it matter?

Thread count in bed linens of today is usually a very good indicator of the level of quality of the fabric. But, before we talk about counts, let's get our definition of linens straight.

Strictly speaking, despite the name, bed linen is not usually made from linen, a textile created from flax fibres of the plant called Linum usitatissimum. There are some examples of linen bedding here, but they are quite rare these days. Today, textiles such as cotton or other fibres that are woven the same way as the original linen textiles are also called linen - this category includes pillowcases, towels and sheets.

What is meant by the term "Thread Count"?

However, one of the measures of quality of a bed linen is still thread count. The lower the number, the coarser the material; the higher the number, the more fine the material. Thread count is a number that can easily be determined and checked - it is the count of the number of threads in either one square centimetre or one square inch. The count is a total that includes both the threads along the length or warp and the threads along the width or weft. The process is simple: measure out a square, count the threads along one side of a measured piece of textile, count the threads along the adjacent side and add the two figures together.

What thread count is the best?

A cotton thread count considered standard would be around 150, which is normal for muslin sheets. A sheet with a thread count of 180 would be considered to be of good quality, while a count of 200 or more is the standard for textiles of the highest quality, such as percale sheets. Pima sheets, made from Egyptian cotton, have thread counts of at least 300 and often go as high as 600 or more!

Some thread counts may be misleading because the plies of a twisted thread might be counted rather than the actual thread itself. Some thread may be two-ply or even three-ply and the ply might be used as a multiplier on the thread count. A fabric with 250 twisted two-ply threads along both the warp and the weft might be marketed as a fabric with a thread count of 1000. Caution must be taken when examining fabrics with such beyond-the-norm thread counts. The true thread count would be to count each two-ply or three-ply thread as one thread.

Egyptian cotton creates a type of fibre that contains threads that are both smaller, stronger and longer than those that come from other types of cotton. The reason for this characteristic is that the natural form of Egyptian cotton fibre is several long continuous strings of fibre. What this means is that, with two pieces of fabric with identical thread counts, one made from Egyptian cotton and one made from non-Egyptian cotton, the one made from Egyptian cotton will still be superior. But, it is not likely you'd ever find two such pieces of fabric because Egyptian cotton thread is smaller in diameter - the fabric made from such cotton will naturally have a higher thread count.

Another side-effect of the small thread size of Egyptian cotton is the lightness of the textile produced. The thread simply weighs less. The final result of using Egyptian cotton for bed linens is that the sheets and pillowcases are lighter, stronger and softer, making the textile truly a luxury item.

Our top choice - White Bedding

White duvet covers and bed linen has been around for a long time, and it's popularity never seems to fade. White bedding is timeless - it never goes out of fashion - and as long as you buy something in good quality cotton, with a high thread count, then your duvet cover should last well. See our choice below, and look out for the quality bedding with a high thread count of 200 or more.

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