In simple terms, if a fabric has a 200-thread count that means there are 200 threads per one square inch of fabric. Thread count in bed sheets range from 60 to 800 with the most popular range from 180 to 350, basically, the higher the thread count, the softer the sheets feel. Manufacturers count the threads both horizontally and vertically with the idea that the more threads, the more luxurious the bed sheet.
When buying cotton bed sheets make sure you select a thread count of at least 200 and also check where the cotton is grown and woven. The ‘best cotton’ is said to be grown in Egypt, which will make the bed sheets better quality with the Italians being known as the "master weavers of the world" due to their long tradition of weaving and use of the best Egyptian cotton.
Having gone through the ‘checklist’ above, go with what feels best for you. For a durable linen bed sheet choose a thread count between 200 and 800. Percale, woven with a 200 thread count or higher, is more durable than a cotton satin of the same thread count and is less likely to pill than cotton satin because it has a denser weave.
So, if you like a ‘crisp’ feel to your sheets choose a 200 thread count Percale; for a ‘silkier’ sheet maybe go for a 300-600 cotton satin and in warmer weather choose a 400 thread count for a soft, lighter feel.
Importantly, don’t let the numbers on cotton bed sheet packaging confuse or sway your choice, try to feel the bed sheets before buying, make sure you like the feel of the fabric against your skin and – sleep tight!
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