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What does thread count mean?

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What does thread count mean?

Choose the best thread count for your sheets and pillowcases with our handy bedding guide


What is thread count?

We spend a lot of our time in bed, so it’s worth investing in bed linen that gives you maximum comfort and the best night’s sleep. You’ve probably heard of thread count, but what exactly does it mean? Thread count is simply a way of measuring the number of vertical and horizontal threads per square inch of your bed linen. The higher the thread count, the more threads there are within the fabric.

But how do you know which is the best thread count for you? From 200 to 800 thread count sheets, read on to find out everything you need to know to make the right choice.

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The best thread count for sheets

When it comes to choosing bedding, the thread count you opt for is ultimately down to your personal preference. High thread count bedding such as 800 thread count sheets tends to feel denser, which can give more of a five-star hotel-style feel. However, 200 thread count sheets can still be of excellent quality and sumptuously soft. A lower thread count may feel lighter and airier to the touch.

Whichever thread count you choose, the most important indicator of quality is the fabric. Look for bed linen that’s rich in cotton, such as percale with a high percentage of cotton, pure Egyptian cotton with long fibres for supreme softness, or ultra-smooth Supima. Whichever thread count you choose, we wish you a great – and supremely comfortable – night’s sleep.

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Words: Sarah Lafarge