Why Does Thread Count Matter?

by Brigitte Farrell

So, you’re looking for sheets, and every article is telling you that bigger is better, right? We have to let you in on little secret… they’ve got it all wrong.

Objectively speaking, thread count measures the number of horizontal and vertical threads woven into one square inch of fabric. Common reasoning leads us to believe that higher thread counts equals higher quality materials. However, there are quite a few ways for companies to inflate their “thread count” numbers.

For example, a single ply yarn is made up of one thread, and multi-ply yarn is made of two or more threads twisted together. This allows companies to list their sheets as 500 thread count, when in actuality, they have a 250 thread count sheet with multi-ply yarn. 

Another prevalent tactic is simply using low quality threads. A “high” thread count made up of low-quality fibers will not be nearly as soft as sheets made with high quality fibers, even with a lower thread count.

Ideal thread counts depend on the fabric in question, here are some basic ranges for sheets in various materials:

Bamboo: 250-300

Sateen Weave: 300-500

Egyptian Cotton: 300-400

Cotton: 200-400

So, if you’re seeing thread counts over 600, we recommend looking into the details a little deeper.

Faceplant Dreams™ uses organically grown bamboo, made into bamboo rayon using the Lyocell process. The fabric suspends moisture in its cellulose structure – when you are too warm, your body heat causes the suspended moisture to evaporate. On the contrary, in the absence of body warmth, the moisture is simply held suspended away from your skin. Say goodbye night sweats! Our sheets keep you cool when its warm, and warm when it’s cool.

If you’re researching thread count to determine quality, softness or luxuriousness, your work is done.

Faceplant signature fabric is breathable, hypoallergenic, and most importantly, buttery-soft.

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