No More Lies! Unraveling the Mystery of Bedsheet Thread Count
Let’s get this out of the way: everything you think you know about bedsheets and thread counts is a lie!
Unfortunately, that is true. You'll notice one of the most popular characteristics of cotton bedsheets, the thread count, as soon as you enter any store or browse any website that sells them. 300 thread count! 500-thread Egyptian cotton! The norm for promoting the high quality and opulence of sheets in the bedding business is now thread count.
And while it would be natural to assume that there is a direct correlation between thread count and sheet quality—that is, that the higher the thread count, the better the sheets—this is regrettably not the case. Like in any other sector, a small number of dishonest marketers have damaged it for everyone and made it very challenging for consumers like you to discern the truth.
As suppliers of bedsheets and duvet covers made of 400-thread-count 100% organic cotton, we at Swabhav take the topic of thread count seriously and want to make sure that everyone knows exactly what they are looking at when they see the thread count number printed boldly on the package.
So, before you go out and buy your next luxury bedding set, let's get to the bottom of thread counts and solve the mystery of this enigma.
What is thread count, anyway?
Simply put, thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric woven to create the sheet you sleep on. Contrary to popular belief, a higher thread count does not necessarily imply a higher level of quality. The density and quality of the yarn, as well as the length of the cotton staple used to make the yarn, make a significant difference in comfort and longevity. A number can be printed on the packaging quickly, but accurate printing requires time, attention to detail, and quality control (a practice that is at the core of every Swabhav product).
These days, sheets are available with thread counts ranging from 200 to more than 1,000 per square inch. It makes sense that most customers can become somewhat perplexed when buying for bedsheets given the variety available. Thus was established the misconception that "greater thread count Equaled better quality sheets."
Is higher thread count always better?
As previously stated, a higher thread count does not necessarily imply higher quality. This is because the thread quality is not taken into account when calculating thread count. Cotton comes in a variety of varieties. In addition to organic versus non-organic, there are a number of other categories that categorise raw cotton according to quality. The size of the staple is another crucial factor.
The length of unprocessed cotton strands needed to create a piece of cloth is known as a "staple." Long staple cotton, which is what is used to weave high-end bedsheets, is a term used in the industry to describe the raw material fed into the weaving machine. This type of cotton is considerably softer, more luxurious, and more durable than cotton that has been woven with a shorter staple.
You know, the kind of linens that make you want to stay in bed all day long..
Sadly, staple size is not taken into account while determining thread count. Some producers that want to increase their profit margins have discovered that they can make high thread count sheets for less money by using substandard cotton thread that they can get on the cheap.
Due to the use of long cotton staples, 400-thread count sheet sets are more softer and more breathable than 600 or 800-thread count sheet sets manufactured with shorter staples.
A greater thread count can also be faked in a number of methods, according to modern production. Making sheets using two-ply thread, where two independent strands are combined into one, and counting them as separate stands inside the sheet's thread count number, is one technique to do this. By using this technique, a product with a thread count of 300 could be misrepresented as having a thread count of 600 without the customer realising it.
What other things should I look for in bedsheets?
At Swabhav, we also think it's critical to select organic cotton for your bed linens. Although we've covered this topic extensively before, it bears repeating that organic cotton is not only better for you and your family but also for the environment as a whole. Because of this, we only utilize the highest grade 100% organic cotton to make all of our premium bed sheets, pillows, and duvet covers.
Another crucial factor is size. Many manufacturers intentionally undersize their sheets to reduce expenses. The end result is the terrible experience of trying to cover your mattress with a fitted sheet that is too small, which invariably results in frayed edges and tears. Verify that the companies you're thinking about sell completely sized sheets that will suit your bed.
Researching the brand you're buying is extremely essential. Do they employ moral and honest production procedures? Do they show concern for both their customers' and their products' needs? If you're going to spend a third of your life sleeping on these sheets, just as you would with a contractor coming in to rebuild your kitchen, you want to do your research and make sure they're coming from a reliable source.
Final thoughts on thread count
As you can see, thread count is not as simple as it first appears. But perhaps you are able to recognize lies and understand what lies lie behind the thread count claims made on the packaging.
Our sheets at Swabhav, are made from a specially designed, 400-thread-count fabric that has been scientifically tested to assure great comfort and long-lasting durability. With each wash, our linens become cozier and feel heavier but still soft. You, your partner, your children, and even your dog are likely to notice the difference!
So keep in mind that thread count might occasionally be misleading. Make sure you select the ideal combination of materials and features to provide you and your family the best possible night's sleep by looking behind the number!