Thread Count: a Quality Indicator in Bedding?

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Are you considering renewing your bedding and have stumbled upon the concept of “thread count”? If you are unfamiliar, let’s demystify it and figure out its importance when buying your bed linen.

White TENCEL™ Lyocell Thread.

If you’ve ever bought bedding or are looking for a new one, we’re sure you’ve heard of the concept of “thread count”. But should it be the deciding factor when buying?

The truth is that if you are going to buy sheets online, the thread count can make it easier for you to choose since you can’t experience the touch of the product. Yet, if you are undecided between different fabrics at THON, you can enjoy our 30-night trial.

Still, it’s important to demystify this concept, not least because the perfect thread count depends on aspects such as the fiber quality, yarn density and weaving method.

What does thread count mean?

White Egyptian Cotton™ Percale pillowcase detail.

Simple, it’s the number of yarns woven into one square inch of fabric. This is counted by the sum of the vertical threads in the warp and horizontal threads in the weft. For example, a bed sheet with 100 warp threads and 10 weft threads in one square inch has a TC of 200.

Thread count is an indicator of the softness and quality of the fabric. So, the higher TC, the softer and more premium your bed linen is, up to a point. But beware, while TC is important, it should be considered side by side with other factors to measure the quality of your bed linen. Below, we’ll go point by point through other aspects to take into account.

The best TC for luxury bedding

Woman lying reading a book on a bed with white Egyptian Cotton™ Percale bedding from THON.

When buying your bedding, you should consider the thread count and the quality of fiber and weave. Generally speaking, fabrics with 200 to 400 threads are very comfortable and soft to the touch. Although not a rule, bedding with a thread count below 180 can be dense, rough, and uncomfortable. Even though constructed to be durable and super soft, sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers above 400 thread count may not be necessary or likely, since they are not much softer than fabrics with 200 to 400 threads.

But as we saw before, the number of threads per square inch shouldn’t be considered by itself. So let’s take a look at what is regarded as quality bed linen, taking into account the fiber as weaving techniques.

TENCEL™ Lyocell
With botanical origin, this eco-friendly fiber is great for its lightness, softness and for being highly breathable and absorbent. Also, it helps regulate your body temperature. At THON, we recommend 300TCTENCEL™ Lyocell bedding, able to elevate your dreams and the shine of your skin and hair.

Egyptian Cotton™
This globally recognized natural fiber stands out for its durability and luxurious touch. To enjoy the stunning sensations of Egyptian Cotton™ bedding, opt for linens with 300 to 400 threads per square inch. However, this point is not so straightforward either, since if we are talking about Egyptian Cotton™ Sateen or Percale, the most proper TC differs.

In Egyptian Cotton™, it’s important to always search for Egyptian Cotton Association-certified bedding. Pieces produced from this fiber are highly durable, making them an excellent investment.

Egyptian Cotton™ Percale
Derived from Egyptian Cotton™, Percale is an extremely lightweight and breathable fabric. Given its cool touch and to enjoy the softness of Egyptian Cotton™, as THON, we suggest 200 to 400TCPercale bedding. However, any bed linen above 180 threads is regarded as high-quality. However, any piece above 180TC is already considered premium.

Whether it derives from Egyptian Cotton™ or TENCEL™ Lyocell, THON’s Sateen is crafted from extra-fine threads, leading to its “buttery” touch and luxuriously dense, durable fabric. At THON, we recommend 300 to 400TCSateen bedding so that you can wrap yourself in a sanctuary of comfort worth a 5-star hotel bedding for a fair value.

The importance of certified fibers

Of course, the thread count is essential, especially if you buy your bed linen online and can’t touch the product. But, considering only the thread count can be misleading.

Labels with THON’s certifications on a blue TENCEL™ Lyocell sheet.

As we have already seen, you should be mindful of the weave, the fabric, and the fiber. But to be sure, you are buying genuinely superior home textiles for product and/or retailer certifications.

At THON, all our qualities are certified by global authorities. In the case of our TENCEL™ Lyocell is certified by Lenzing and the wood that is the source of the cellulosic fiber is certified and managed by FSC (Forest Stewardship) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). These certifications guarantee that our products come from responsibly and sustainably managed forests.

Our Egyptian Cotton™ bedding, meanwhile, is certified by the Cotton Egypt Association (CEA). The goal seal ensures you get a product 100% crafted from Egyptian Cotton™ and superior quality. This seal also makes it possible to track the fiber, guaranteeing its quality and exclusivity.

Besides these certifications, all our products are also certified by Oeko-Tex®. This means that every component of our bed and bath linen is tested against harmful substances for you, the environment, and our artisans.

Finally, choose bedding sets according to your room decor, design, color, and maintenance. At THON, we make bed linen tailored to your sleeping and everyday needs.

Woman in white pajamas lying on a bed with white and blue TENCEL™ Lyocell bedding.

In the textile industry, there are many aspects to consider when it comes to the quality of your bed linen, which makes it tricky to choose the best one. The key is to select bedding that gives you the same sensations of well-being and night’s sleep as wellness hotels.

If you’re still in doubt about the best options for your skin, explore our guide about “How to Choose the Best Bedding for Your Sleep Routine”. We’re sure that from now on it will be easier to pick the bed linen for your invigorating nights.

Do you have any other tips for choosing quality bedding? We’re curious! Tell us about it in the comments below.


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