You will feel very comfortable if you use sheets and duvet covers with high thread count. However, do you know what actually determines the comfort level of your sheets and duvet covers?
1. The Right Weave
The weave that is used in your sheets is a big factor in how comfortable it is.
If you prefer a crisper feel, you can choose percale sheets. Percale sheets have a crisp finish that becomes softer with each wash because they use a weave that is often compared to white, button-down shirts.
If you like soft sheets, you can choose sateen sheets since they use a weaving pattern called “four over, one under” that produces a naturally softer product. Sateen sheets are often compared to the drape and feel of satin.
2. Egyptian Cotton
The quality of the cotton used in your sheets has a great deal with how they feel. To choose the best comfortable sheets, you should consider the quality of the cotton used in your sheets. Try using Egyptian cotton because it produces a long strand for threads. Egyptian cotton sheets require fewer splices since the fibers are longer. Egyptian cotton sheets are strong, soft and durable.
3. Thread Count
A superior sheet with 180 thread count came out until the 1960s. Standard sheets had a count around 120 (60 running vertically and 60 horizontally). Nowadays, we find some high-quality sheets are labeled with 1000 or more thread count. Actually, this isn’t possible. Thread count means the number of threads woven together in a square inch. 1000 or more threads simply can’t be crammed onto a loom into that little space.
Manufacturers mislead shoppers by adding extra threads, called picks, into the sheet horizontally to comp up with this number. If they use two-ply thread, markers routinely double the count. If they use four-ply thread, markers quadruple the count. Actually, multi-ply means the cotton is a lower grade.
If you want the best thread count for comfort, you can try sheets with 400 threads per square inch. Sheets with 280 thread count are comfortable and durable.
4. Check the Label
Read the label carefully on the sheets you are considering to buy to check the ply and thread count.
- Very high thread counts. Avoid choosing sheets with high thread counts like 800, 1000 or more, for these are most likely made with multi-ply threads or the addition of picks. It is recommended to choose 100% Egyptian cotton sheets with 200-400 thread count.
- Ply. Ply means the sheet is probably made from multi-ply fabric strands that are blended together to produce threads that are long enough for weaving. Never choose sheets with two- or four-ply threads on the label. Egyptian sheets made from single-ply strands are a wise choice for you.