The Truth About Thread Count - Tips for SHOPPING for SHEETS.

Thread count (TC) is defined as the number of threads per inch in a fabric.
It is an indicator to determine if the sheet is coarse or soft to the touch.
Is THREADCOUNT all you need to know when buying sheets? 
Not necessarily.  It’s just one of several factors that contribute to the overall quality.
Lower thread count means that the sheet is coarser.  Higher thread count usually means the sheet is softer (and lighter) - but not always, I can tell you from experience testing sheets.
The fabric will have its own unique feel which is referred to as "the hand" of the fabric.
For example, if a vendor claims they are selling you a 600 TC sheet, you should be able to count 600 threads in every square inch of fabric.
The truth is that thread count calculations can be misleading.
There are a few other things to consider.
THE RAW MATERIALS: The starting quality of the cotton actually has greatest impact on the final fabric. The best cottons have long fibers (or staple) which are needed in the creation of soft, durable yarns. Better quality sheeting is made of Egyptian cotton or Lyocell because of these properties.
Long-staple Egyptian COTTON fiber is the best starting material because it can be spun into a thinner, stronger thread.
As thread count increases, the individual threads must get skinnier in order to fit into an inch, and therefore need to be stronger.)
HOW IT IS PROCESSED: The raw materials must be cleaned and processed in the making of the yarn which also contributes to the hand.
Thread count calculations increase if the yarn is double twisted or a multi-ply construction is used. The type of weave (percale, sateen, jacquard, twill, etc.) will also influence the texture and the feel of the sheeting.
Better cottons wear longer and feel more comfortable.
A high thread count sheet woven from an inferior cotton lacks physical integrity and can literally fall apart and desinigrate.
Finally, the SEWING AND FINISHING should be examined and will a factot in determine price.
As with quality apparel, the sewing should be top notch with tight stitching.
Features such as trim and flanges sewn with a mitred edge is an indication of attention to detail.
Durability and care issues should be a factor in your selection.
Poly-ester blends do not breath and are not considered in this discussion, only all natural fibers such as cotton, linen and Lyocell a sustainable fiber made from Beechwood.
Silks thread is very strong and can woven to a high threadcount but, silk tends not to breathe.
Bamboo is inferior to Lyocell and in a high threadcound might not perform.
Percales usually have a lower threadcount in the 180 to 
The above image shows a variety high quality sheeting. Aside form color and design, what YOU like is more of a personal choice. Different sheets and manufacturers have there unique qualities. 
So don’t look at thread count alone when you purchase sheeting. The vendor's reputation and history in the marketplace is worth knowing before you buy. Go to a store with expertise in fine linens, purchase the best quality you can afford and work with experienced salespeople who will guide your selection. They will be able to give you the additional insight you need.
Lisa Rosenberg Call or text me at this number 312-320-5661