THREAD COUNT EXPLAINED: THE QUICK GUIDE TO GREAT SHEETS
Over the years, thread count has become the most advertised feature of bedding. But, standing alone, it isn't a very accurate indicator of quality. Because of this, we want to help you understand what does contribute to a superior set of sheets. Here's what you really need to look for when buying your next set of sheets.
Fiber quality impacts how you experience your sheets: temperature, softness, feel, and durability. Long-staple cotton and French linen, for example, are known for lightweight and breathable bedding with excellent durability. Tencel™ and rayon from bamboo are soft and silky and wick away moisture. Flannel and microfiber feel soft and cozy.
A well-designed and well-made set of sheets feels amazing and looks gorgeous on the bed. You should look for deep pockets in the fitted sheet, oversized dimensions for the flat sheet and pillowcases, and high-quality elastic that hug your mattress.
When you see pristine edges, quality piping, and durable elastic, you have found a good set of sheets. It's also important to know if the fabric has been treated with a synthetic chemical wash to present a smooth feel in the store that vanishes once it's been washed.
Ultimately, no set of sheets will make you happy unless you love the feel. That preference is entirely personal. It's essential to touch and feel sheets as you discover what you like most: silky, smooth, soft, cool, warm, etc. You may even find that you prefer a different feel depending on the season.
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