Does thread count really matter?

We get a lot of questions about thread count, and for good reason - it's often touted that higher thread count = better product. Since we have been in the bedding business since 1990 we would like to share what we have learned on the subject as well as our point of view.

Thread count is a measure of how many threads are woven into one square inch of fabric. More important is the quality of the cotton, the feel of the fabric and the nature of the finishing.

The quality of the cotton depends on the lengths of the individual fibers, or staples. The longer the staple, the better the cotton. Longer staples allow the cotton to be spun into a stronger, softer, more lustrous fabric, which is also less likely to pill. With finer yarns, more can be woven into each square inch.

The best quality cotton results in a stronger fabric with a soft hand, which is why a 200 thread count sheet can feel nicer than a 400 thread count sheet that uses an inferior grade of cotton. Good quality sheets start at 180 thread count, 200 and higher is considered premium.

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            Thread Counts
            Thread count (TC) refers to the number of threads per square inch. The type and size of thread are just as important as the count. At AREA we carefully consider how each sheet should not only look but also feel. Read more about thread count.