Think higher thread counts mean better quality? Think again! We’re breaking down what you need to know when it comes to the numbers game. Spoiler alert: higher isn’t always better.
- Thread count refers to the number of threads woven in a square inch of fabric.
- Vertical threads (called the “warp”) and horizontal threads (the “weft”) are woven together to create fabric.
On average, a square inch of fabric allows for the weaving of 400 threads.
- Extremely high thread counts of 700 and above are possible to achieve but only if done correctly using long-staple, single-ply cotton yarns. These extremely high thread counts also result in very dense, heavy and warm sheets which aren’t ideal for sleeping.
- Long-staple cotton is one of the finest in the world and it is the basis of quality single-ply yarns.
- Single-ply yarns can only be spun from long-staple cotton. The result is extremely fine and strong threads.
- Here’s where the numbers get tricky: cheap manufacturers will take thinner multi-ply yarns (not quality single-ply ones) twist them together and count the multiple yarns to bump up thread counts.
Read: sheets marketed as 1200-thread count can actually be 400-thread count sheets made with cheap three-ply yarns: 400 x 3 = 1200!
- Finally, the quality of the cotton and how it is woven is just as significant as the thread count. A 220 thread-count sheet made of quality cotton (with long-staple, single-ply yarns) and woven using traditional Portuguese methods will feel much softer than a 500-thread count sheet made from an inferior grade of cotton with twisted multi-ply yarns.
The Takeaway: We’ve got your number. envello sheets have accurate and honest thread counts (200 to 400), and are crafted with long single-ply yarns for strong, smooth and durable weaves.