How do I choose good bed linen? What fabric should you choose? How do you choose a good thread count? Do thread counts even matter? Choosing the right bed linen may not seem like a big deal and can be quite a daunting task to do. But since we spend so much time in our beds, you can never underestimate the need for quality bed linens. Read on for Home Decoriez’s guide on how to pick good sheets.
Let’s start from the beginning, because there’s a lot more to buying bed linen than the number of the thread count (more on this later in the post). Here are a few things to consider before you make your purchase:
All of the things will determine the feel and longevity of your bedding. So it’s important to think about them beforehand.
Let’s start with the foundations, the actual materials of the bed linen.
There are your cottons:
Other material options include:
We’ve mentioned thread count throughout this post and I’m sure you’ve heard the term bandied about before. But what does it actually mean? And what is the best thread count for bed linen and bedsheets?
Thread count refers to the density of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch. Yep, it’s that simple. So next time you’re out looking for bedding and the packaging says 200 thread count, what that really means is that there are 200 threads per one square inch of fabric.
So what is the best thread count for bed linen? Firstly get to know your yarns. The quality of the yarn will be an important factor, a sheet that has a better quality of fibre with a lower thread count will be softer and will hold up better while washing than a sheet with a lower quality of fibre and a higher thread count.
Now, it should be that the higher the count the denser and therefore more durable the overall fabric. However, knowing that people expect a higher thread count to equal a better quality, manufacturers and retailers are cheating the system to produce lower quality and thinner yarns.
So go for anything over a 200 thread count. Anything lower will look and feel cheap and won’t last as long. If you’re wondering what the best thread count is for bed sheets, then I recommend around 600TC as they will get more wear and tear during your sleep than bed linens.
Well, it’s not super high, luxury/5-star hotels use 200-300TC. So you can easily emulate the quality in your own home.
Lastly, the quality of your bed linen and sheets is not down to the thread count alone. The weave (the way the sheets and linen are woven) is just as important. This weave will determine the overall feel, longevity and appearance. Some different weaves include:
And there you have it, your complete guide to choosing bed linens and bedsheets. Remember that you don’t need a super high thread count to achieve luxury, 5 star hotel feel a thread count of 200-300 will be perfectly fine. It takes a bit of shopping around, but if you’re shopping online filter down your options to help.