What Is Linen Thread Count?
When you are shopping for sheets, the linen count is proudly stated front and center on the packaging, as if it is the best whether it is 100-count or 300-thread count. The question is whether the count is good or not, and what it means. It is what we aim to explore here for the purposes of finding the highest quality sheets.
It turns out that there are several characteristics and qualities that are important to finding high-quality sheets. Thread count, it is agreed, across the industry, is not the most important of measurements.
It could just be that thread count is something that is easy to demonstrate on a package
High-quality is demonstrated among the size of the yarn used, the quality of the fibers used, and finishing. The construction is also important as well.
Cotton is soft and durable, and the closer it is to 100% the better. The fibers that are longer are ideal. Egyptian is popular because it is thin and long, which makes it comfortable and strong.
Finishing of sheets is what will give the fabric its cleaned up appearance. It involves burning off the threads or bits that would otherwise cause the dreaded pilling. Mercerizing is another process that increases luster, and its ability to take in the sheet dye. You may have purchased cheaper sheets before that faded rather quickly or pilled. Neither makes for a good, long-lasting sheet.
Now we can talk about the thread count. It is simply the count of how many threads there are per square-inch of the sheet’s fabric. It is also how the threads are woven and its build or construction is going to indicate the type of weave. It will indicate how many horizontal and vertically woven threads, warp, and weft. It can include multiple ply thread as well.
To make it more confusing, while a multiple-ply thread-count is better for the construction of sheets, you will not see this number reflected on the thread count label. The reason is that regulators do not allow it. It is in an attempt to make for a playing field that is fair it is somewhat unfair and plays to the lowest common denominator.
The thinness or thickness is the yarn size. Thicker cotton will have a thicker yarn size while the thinner or finer yarn sizes are going to be lighter. As it pertains to the quality of sheets, the yarn size is anywhere from 40 to 100.
To have a higher thread count incorporates a fine yarn. This is great, but what is even better is when the manufacturer creates braided 2-ply yarn that creates a sheet. It creates a lighter but stronger fabric in this manner.
What Is Linen Thread Count?
The Truth About Linen Thread Counts
It turns out that while having a greater thread count is an indicative of quality sheets, it is not the most important factor.
Thread count is determined by industry standards by the number of threads. Technically it would be more accurate to also count ply. Though, there are more important characteristics to evaluate when buying sheets.