A new customer of ours once asked, “How high a thread count do you carry?” I tried not to look down my nose at her and simply replied with a smile, “As high as you like.”
The point is, everyone is running around armed with the thread count question when they are purchasing sheets. It is very confusing to see our sheeting selection which ranges in price from $200.00 to $1,500 and compare it to some national chains who may offer a sheet set for $99.00. All of these touting high thread counts. How does one decide which may be the better value? It just goes to reason that an unbelievable price for a set of sheets probably is an unlikely value.
Thread count is not regulated by the government, so some companies have been inclined to embellish their thread count claims. Thread count is calculated by the amount of threads that are measured within a square inch of cloth. With our modern day technology, there is only a certain amount of single ply threads that fit in a square inch. Higher thread counts are most likely single threads with two ply being counted as two threads. Two ply sheeting is heavier than and many times not as comfortable to sleep in as lighter more absorbent sheets.
Thread count is only one part of the equation in determining what is right for you. How cotton has been processed, woven and finished is what really matters.
The most important factor in finding the perfect set of sheets for yourself is to put your hand on what you like best. Do you like cool crisp sheets? Try a percale weave. Do you like silky sheets? Perhaps a nice sateen weave is best for you. Don’t know which is which? Ask a qualified sales person who knows their products and can guide you properly. We happen to know several at our stores in Bellevue and Seattle.