What is thread count?

What is thread count?


When it comes to buying bedding, you may see
thread count as low as 150 or as high as 1000. But what do all those numbers mean? Thread count is simply the number of threads
woven together in a square inch of fabric. To get this number you take the number of
vertical threads, called the warp, and the horizontal threads called the weft, and then
add them together. Thread count isn’t actually as important as
it may seem. Lower thread count can mean the usage of courser
yarns, which can be harsh on your skin, and a higher thread count doesn’t necessarily
indicate a longer lifetime or softer feel. Originally, thread count served as a way for
the consumer to measure the fineness and therefore softness of the threads in fabric. The higher the thread count, the finer the
threads. However, many manufacturers have used this
measure to their advantage. They now place multiple threads into the product
that aren’t woven into the fabric. This increases the thread count, without necessarily
increasing the fineness of the threads. These threads do not add softness, and actually
can decrease product lifetime as they break very easily. Thread count has become a benchmark with which
to measure the feel and quality of bedding, but it’s only one of the major factors. Be sure to also pay attention to other factors,
such as cotton quality, and fabric construction. Now that you know more about thread count,
you make an informed decision the next time you buy bedding.

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