Our guide to buying bed linen.
What does "thread count" mean, and how important is it when buying bedding?
We all like to know the thread count of our bed linen, it's a frequently asked question. A high number is reassuring and makes us feel special...but do we know what it really means? It's not easy to understand even after 15 years in the industry!
It's not black and white, and a high thread count can still be achieved using poor yarns. This means the product may have an appealing high thread count and matching high price tag, but it does not have the feel and performance of a 200 thread count product, made with superior yarns.
Would it surprise you to know that if we were being honest and only using single ply yarns and single picks it is not possible to make a 'true ' fabric over a 600 thread count?
So what is going on then?
Thread count became a trend in the late 90's, with the demand for high thread count forcing manufacturers to look at ways to produce inexpensive, high thread count fabrics.
At Secret Linen Store, we think about all factors that are needed to create a good thread count. It's the balance between the warp and weft yarns that makes a good fabric, not just a high number of threads that don't meet the required quality.
There are five important factors to consider when we make fabric to our quality and design standard.
• Fibres & Yarns
• Thread count