There’s been some talk about the topic thread count, which is the amount of threads before one square inch of fabric. Many people assume the higher the thread count is, the softer the material is going to be.
However, it’s important to note this isn’t always what happens. For instance, a lower-thread-count sheet that’s comprised of soft fibers will actually be softer than a high-thread-count sheet that’s comprised of a cheap cotton blend.
However, this site is geared toward natural, organic bedsheets made of high-quality materials. And, high thread counts can make a huge difference in whether or not you’re comfortable. The minimum thread count for bedsheets, if you want comfort, is 250 sheets. However, the 400 to 500 range makes a big difference. Yes, you can find thread counts that reach 1,000 but you’ll be paying dearly for those.
Misleading Thread Count Numbers…
Most people assume a higher thread count means better quality. Not so! Many manufacturers will use this misnomer to trick buyers. Here’s something you should understand: cotton fibers that have a high thread count are tightly woven together whereas a lower thread count isn’t, and it generally means a fairly heavy fabric.
On top of that, manufacturers will use ply, the amount of threads tied together in one thread, to exaggeratedly increase the thread count. A majority of sheets are single-ply but some manufacturers will use two-ply yarns to increase the thread counts, boosting numbers toward 1,000. Therefore, a 500-thread count bedsheet that uses two-ply yarns may be marked as 1,000.