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What is thread count?


Thread count is the number of horizontal and vertical threads in one square inch of fabric. Thread count in sheets can range from 80 to 700, although most stores sell sheets that range from 180 to 320. In general, the higher the thread count, the softer the fabric feels, but that doesn´t necessarily mean the sheets will last longer (and sheets with a higher thread count are usually more expensive). One Linens Department Manager says thread counts above 380 are essentially meaningless. Manufacturers twist two threads in a way that lets them double the sheet´s thread count.

Recently, many linens manufacturers have touted thread count as the best way to choose a sheet. But others point out that the quality of the fibers and finish are more important for comfort and durability. In fact, sheets made of linen, flannel, or jerseys (those trendy “T-shirt” sheets) have low thread counts due to the type of fabric. A high thread count would eliminate part of the appeal of these sheets. According to Consumer Reports, cotton and cotton-blend sheets with a thread count of 180 to 200 stand up to wear and tear and provide satisfactory comfort.


Other commonly asked questions about Fabrics and their Features

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  2. What is two-fold or two-ply cloth?
  3. What is Dormieul?
  4. What are Super 100s, 110s, 120s, 130s, 150s, and 180s?
  5. What is the Designer Brand Collections?
  6. What is Seersucker?
  7. What is ply?
  8. What is yarn size?
  9. What is a Burn Test? How do I test a fabric?
  10. What is manufactured – man made fabrics and manufactured fiber types?
  11. What is hemp fiber and jute?
  12. What are weaves and how are they different from fabrics?
  13. What is cotton? What are its uses?
  14. What is wool? What are the different kinds of wool and their advantages?
  15. What kind of cloth is linen and what material is it composed of?
  16. What is Glen Plaid?
  17. What is Vicuna Wool?
  18. What are natural fibers made from? What is a natural fiber?
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