Thread Count, Fabric, Cost: Know Your Stuff Before Buying Luxury Sheets
At Homesessive, we looooove helping our readers, and sometimes, we learn a thing or two along the way. This week, a lovely reader wrote in asking about luxury sheets and, more specifically, how she can find a set for wayyy less. Always up for a challenge, I went shopping (in the name of research, of course)!
Here's everything you needed to know about when to splurge on sheets -- and when you're getting ripped off.
Which thread count is best?
First of all, let's talk thread count. A sheet's thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads in each square inch of fabric. The average shopper believes the higher the thread count, the softer the sheet. However, after researching linen buyer's guides and talking to a few textile manufacturers, it turns out that any sheet with a thread count larger than 380 is a bit of a falsity. Much like sunscreen, higher doesn't always mean better. Many manufacturers often twist two threads together to create a larger thread count, which, as a result, gives you less of the natural fiber you're purchasing.
Which fabric blend is worth the money?
Alternatively, rather than choosing your sheets based on thread count alone, take into account the type of fibers the sheets are crafted from. A few popular options are Pima, Supima, and Egyptian Cotton, which generally have thread counts between 200 and 300 and are known for a soft, silky but durable quality. Steer clear of any muslin blend, as these sheets are often hard and scratchy.
For more bedding ideas, check out Choosing Your Perfect Bed and Decorating a Master Bedroom that Reflects Both of You.
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