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Is it better to buy bed sheets with a higher thread count or a lower thread count? Why does it matter?

Moderated by Aunty Ann 55 months ago
Asked by Boyuancy on Feb 7, 2013

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Aunty Ann   L5: Authority (Ambassador: L1)   548 answers   +347 votes
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A higher thread count doesn't always mean a better sheet. It depends on what yarn is used to make the sheet and egyptian cotton is regarded as some of the finest cotton in the world. A thread count of 300 - 400 is considered good and will leave will a smooth, soft, comfortable feeling.

In this day and age though, buying microfibre sheets will also provide you with a warm, soft and silky smooth night's sleep and the price tag will be significantly lower.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013
DeeBan   L2: Contributor   38 answers   +12 votes
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A higher thread count bed sheet has a silky, thick durable feeling. Low thread count is rough and have a loose weave. They say that if you plan on sleeping on the same bed night after night, might as well have the best quality sheets to sleep on. Consider that you spend half your life in bed, so sleep on quality sheets since they get a lot of use. 800 thread count is considered best quality, so is Egyptian cotton. 

Posted on Feb 8, 2013
lauren roe   L1: Member   0 answers   +0 votes
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The thread count of a bed sheet refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric. For example, if a square inch of fabric in a 300-thread count sheet with a standard weave were examined closely, 150 vertical threads and 150 horizontal threads would be counted, for a sum total of 300. The higher the thread count, the softer and smoother the sheets will be. Thread count is an important consideration to take when choosing a new set of sheets, but it should not be used as a sole indicator of quality. Equally important in choosing a bed sheet is the type and quality of the materials used as well as the fabric's weave.

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