When it comes to linen, especially bed sheets, many of us have been led to believe that choosing quality is very simple – all that you have to do is look at the thread count. The higher the thread count, the better the quality, right?
Well, not exactly. Would you believe that the superiority of a high thread count is actually a myth used by marketers to sell their overly-priced products? It’s true. Here’s what you really need to know about thread count and how it should affect your linen purchases.
What IS Thread Count?
In essence, thread count refers to the number of threads that run horizontally (the warp) and vertically (the weft) in one square inch of fabric. The misconception of a higher thread count automatically meaning higher quality comes from the fact that in order to achieve a thread count of higher than 400, extremely fine threads need to be twisted tightly together and then woven in a special way to create the fabric.
Unfortunately, while the extra work and detailing that goes into the creation of this type of linen might make it sound more luxurious, the fact of the matter is that these high thread count fabrics tend to wear a lot more easily than those made out of a single thread.
So What Thread Count is Best?
The good news is that if you have your eye on Egyptian cotton sheets and linen, you can’t really go wrong. Just be sure that the cotton is, in fact, ‘100%’ or ‘pure’ Egyptian cotton before you hand over your credit card.
Aside from Egyptian cotton, it is recommended to buy linen that has a thread count of 400 – 500 and below. Any linen that claims to have a thread count of higher than 500 is likely to be a sateen weave or made with plied yarns (especially if the linen is advertised as having a thread count of 1 000). It actually isn’t worth your money if you’re looking to buy something that actually stands the test of time!
What About Throws?
If you’re looking to purchase a stylish throw for your couch or ottoman, or to find heavier linen for another purpose, a higher thread count, or even fabric that has been specifically made with plied yarns, might not be a bad idea. If the price is right, you won’t be laundering it as often as you would your sheets, and you don’t plan on sleeping on this linen at all, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t consider it.
Sometimes it’s worthwhile to leave it up to the experts to choose and advise you on the best quality linen for your home. Here at Darkie Designs, we offer affordable interior décor and design services to suit your needs, budget constraints and expectations. Contact us today to learn more.