It's about more than just thread count.
The first question we are usually asked is, ‘What thread count are your sheets?
But our answer is usually followed by ‘But why don’t we make them in 1000+ thread count?’
The short answer is: Because it’s really not about thread count!
High thread counts can certainly make for better sheets, but it's the quality of thread that matters most. In fact, a sheet of a better-quality fibre with a lower thread count will feel softer and stand up to washing better than a sheet of a lower-quality fibre with a higher thread count.
Besides thread count, here's what you pay for when you're buying sheets.
Cotton-polyester blend sheets are wrinkle-resistant, durable (polyester lasts longer than cotton), and relatively inexpensive (up to half the cost of all-cotton). But if you're looking for that cool, soft feel, nothing beats 100 percent cotton. You'll hardly ever wake up clammy on cotton sheets, since the fiber wicks moisture away from your skin. Cotton sheets are less likely to stain than polyester blends; a water-loving fiber, cotton releases dirt easily when wet.
All types of cotton share these wonderful traits, but long-staple (or long-fibre) cotton makes for a noticeably softer sheet, and the surface won't pill and lint like one woven from shorter fibres.
At Sheets on the Line we love the luxuriously soft feel of our organic cotton with it’s long thread that is grown without the harsh chemicals of conventional cotton.
The weave affects the way a sheet feels, the way it looks, its longevity, and its price. Basic plain weaves, which are woven from an equal number of vertical and horizontal yarns, are least expensive and may not rate a mention on the label.
Percale is an upscale plain weave with a thread count of 180 or higher and is known for its longevity and crisp feel.
Sateen weaves have more vertical than horizontal yarns. The higher proportion of vertical threads results in an extremely soft fabric.
Most conventional cotton sheets are treated with chemicals (including chlorine, formaldehyde, and silicon) to keep them from shrinking, losing their shape, and wrinkling. Some are treated with alkalis to produce a sheen. This is not the case with Sheets on the Line's organic cotton bed linen which is certified organic and made to the highest standards.
Sheets on the Line are very well known for the gorgeous feel of our bed linen and always balance our fabrics so they are both lovely to the touch, affordable, ethical and long wearing.