Thread Count Myths
(<a href="http://www.familyfeatures.com">Family Features</a>) How many times have you been shopping and seen a great deal on a sheet set with a high thread count? Many companies use thread count to make their sheets more appealing and luxurious, but a bigger number doesn't always mean a good buy. Before you reach into your wallet, there are some truths about thread counts to consider.
A thread count is a scientific term with strict federal standards on how the threads are counted. Simply put, it measures the number of threads woven together per square inch, counted lengthwise and widthwise. So, a 400 thread count sheet will have 200 threads lengthwise and 200 widthwise.
When a sheet has a count of 150, it is considered a muslin fabric, which isn't very soft to the touch. Any count of 180 or above is considered high quality, but anything beyond 400 is likely to only signify a higher price tag.
However, a sheet with a thread count of 200 can be softer to the touch than one at 400. This is because the quality of a sheet depends not only on the thread count, but on the quality of fibers within those threads. Many stores and manufacturers tout Egyptian cotton as the best. This is because of its long, strong fibers, which are more durable than most other cottons. Another high quality cotton type is Pima, also known for its extra-long fibers.
So, when shopping for new sheets, make sure you are looking at both the thread count and the quality. Look for a count between 200 and 400, and make sure the fabric quality is high. This will ensure you get the best bang for your buck, as well as some comfortable zzz's.