But What Exactly is Thread Count?

Updated on: January 11 2013

What is Thread Count?

Although the term ‘thread count’ pops up on textile products – particularly bed linens – the world over, many of us have no idea what it actually means, with some even regarding the term as a mere marketing tool or ploy to make bog standard or low quality sheets seem like one-of-a-kind products. In actual fact, thread count is a real industry term with a dictionary definition: “a measure of the fineness of fabric as the total number of vertical and horizontal threads in one square inch.” This number is based on the threads woven horizontally (weft) and vertically (warp).

So, what exactly should you look in a thread count when buying linens for you B&B, small hotel or guesthouse? Basically, the higher the thread count is then the softer, more luxurious and hard wearing your bed linen will be, maintaining their lustre for considerably longer than a normal supermarket sheet.

Thread count has become one of the main indicators of quality pillow cases and bed linen products alongside things like fibre class, finishing, yarn size and construction, with counts of 180 or 200 defining real quality, luxurious bed linen. Being clued up on these little facts might see you become pickier about the linens you choose in the future, but will see you experience a much deeper, sounder and cosier sleep once the sheets are on your bed.

Professionals in the bedding industry rely on both the value of thread count and their intelligent marketing strategies to work together to promote their products, but there is cause to be wary, where relevant, of falsified thread counts. You just need to know what to look for.

Although there isn’t any one way to help root out thread count friends from foes, it’s always a good idea to check where your bed linen has been manufactured before buying it. A high quality thread count doesn’t necessarily mean more luxurious sheets when they’ve been manufactured using low quality fabrics, which can be a feature of mass produced linen from places like India or China. Here, production quotas mean that products need to be produced cost-effectively and rapidly, while bed linen from Europe – where there’s a long and rich history of textile manufacturing being passed down through generations – is much more likely to reflect the quality its packaging boasts.

If all else fails, you’ll always be able to identify the quality of a sheet as soon as you get it back to your premises and feel it.

Thankfully at Hilden Linens, we give high significance to both thread count and world-class linen products to ensure that each and every customer’s order isn’t a waste of time or money, instead proving an exceptionally satisfying purchase for you and the guests who’ll be sleeping on them. What’s more, we offer a wide variety of quality bed linen products and woven fabric sheets with price tags that won’t completely tear your pockets.

Take a look at our online shop to pick out which linen best suits you, without having to worry about whether you’ll receive genuine quality in return.

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Michelle Pegg is the Assurance and Compliance Manager at Hilden Linens.