When talking about cotton, one often hears the words “Thread Count”. Do these words baffle you? If they do, here’s all that you need to know about Thread Count.
A bedsheet can be made from many different types of fabrics. They come in different fabrics such as Bamboo, Cotton, Polyester, Silk, and Tencel. However, cotton remains to be the most popular fabric for bedsheets and then there is thread count.
Before understanding what a Thread Count is, let us explain how a cloth is made. Cotton goes through two processes before it turns into a cloth. The first process is Spinning and the second process is Weaving. Spinning is the process of turning raw cotton into cotton threads. Weaving as the name implies is the process of weaving the thread into a cloth or a fabric. While spinning is a simpler process, weaving is a more elaborate process. It involves a warp yarn (the length) and a weft yarn (the breadth). These two are interlaced in a machine or manually to create the fabric.
That brings us to what Thread Count actually is. Thread Count or TC is also known as Threads per square inch. As the name suggests, Thread Count is the number of threads per square inch in a cloth. It is counted by including the warp (length) and weft (breadth) threads.. So suppose a cloth has 50 threads in the warp and 50 threads in the weft, it has a thread count of 100.
Thread count is used to measure the fineness of the fabric. Higher the thread count, the tighter the weave is, and finer the fabric is. Irrespective of the thread count, the durability of the bedsheet depends on many factors including the quality of thread used to make it, the technique used for weaving, usage, and maintenance & care.To ensure that your bedsheets have an optimum life, follow these simple steps-
- Always wash your bedsheets in cold or lukewarm water. Washing cotton sheets in a very high temperature can cause agitation to the fabric and increase shrinkage.
- Do not bleach or use chlorine for cleaning pure cotton bedsheets.
- Always make sure to dry the bedsheets in shade. Drying the bedsheets in direct sunlight can cause the colours to fade.
It is important to keep in mind that the right maintenance and care not only keeps your bedsheets like new for a long time but also ensures that your sleep space is hygienic.
Understanding the Thread Count Range
- Low Thread Count (200 or Below): Sheets with a lower thread count can still be of good quality, especially if they're made from high-quality materials like Egyptian cotton. They tend to be more breathable and are often preferred in warmer climates.
- Medium Thread Count (200-400): This range offers a balance between comfort and durability. Sheets with a thread count in this range are suitable for most people and can provide a comfortable night's sleep.
- High Thread Count (400+): These sheets are often marketed as luxurious, and they can feel incredibly smooth and soft. However, extremely high thread counts may not always translate to superior quality, as other factors like fabric type, finishing processes, and weave also play a significant role.
About Duroflex Bed Linen
Our bed linen collection aims to establish a beautiful balance between health and good sleep with our selection of designer bed sheets. All of our bed sheets are designed keeping in mind your need for superior quality in prints and patterns that truly delight.
Made using fine fabric, our 100% cotton bed sheets are meant to elevate your sleep experience with their soft and comfortable feel. If you shop for bedsheets online, we have made it even easier for you to pick sizes and styles. You can browse through our collection of single bed sheet set, double bedsheets, queen size bed sheet and king size bed sheets online - available in a range of Thread Counts.
Lastly, all our cotton bedsheets come with a special antibacterial finish, making these antibacterial bedsheets the best choice to keep your bed space fresh, hygienic and germ-free.