What Is Thread Count in Sheets?

400 thread count bed set

400 thread count bed set

Thread count is simply the sum of the warp (lengthwise) and weft (width wise) woven together in one squire inch of fabric. In general the higher that number, (thread count) the better the fabric. But in our days, I have to say that thread count has almost nothing to do with the fabric quality and became only of a marketing tool.

Around 20 years ago, Textiles Mills around the World would use one type of quality yarns woven in the same exact process, so whomever achieved higher thread count in those days, did in fact achieved better quality fabric.

In our days, things have changed dramatically. As technology advanced, what was not possible for the older generation of textile manufacturers became available for this one. Lower quality fiber which was not used in making T250 sheets for example, now were able to be use even in up to T300. Weaving looms were updated as well to able to weave fabric in many methods and speeds.

To simplify things, a 300 Thread count sheets made with quality yarn from quality fiber, woven in an authentic weave can well be of much better quality than a T500 or even higher. Does thread count in sheets still means quality to you??

What is Cotton Quality or Yarn Quality?

Quality of the fiber used in spinning the yarns can be of the most important in sheets making. Longer fiber such as Egyptian cotton or Pima cotton can produce much better yarns than other cotton which lacks such fiber. Combing is additional process in which Raw cotton is blended and cleaned from short fiber. Fibers of 1.25 to 2 inches in length are of Egyptian cotton while 7/8 of an inch for those of Pima cotton. The longer the fiber, the better, stronger & smoother fabric can be constructed.

What are the weaving processes?

The way in which the fabric is woven has very important effect on the finished fabric. The old traditional weave, plain weave or percale weave is one process in which the fabric is woven in one over one. It produces much stronger fabric but also limits the ultimate thread count which can be archived to 400 thread count.

Sateen weave or satin is the weave in which the fabric is woven in four over one; it means four yarn acts as if they were one. In this weave most of the yarns would be on the top surface of the fabric, resulting in silky smooth touch. In this weave higher thread count can be archived, even up to 1000 thread count per squire inch.

Just as the previous steps were effects by the advanced technology, weaving also received its share. The term insertions started to be used, the more insertions used in weaving a fabric the lesser quality it will get. For example a T400 woven with one pick insertion can be of much better weave of a T1000 woven with 10 pick insertions. It means 10 yarns were being inserted into the fabric from the weft (width wise) as if they were one single yarn, creating a thicker heavier fabric as a result of the yarn build up.

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New Product!

Good Morning,

This blog is to notify my customers that I will be adding a new product and introduce it January 1, 2009.  I will be adding Superior Egyptian cotton Percale Duvet cover sets and sheet sets in solid colors to the web site.  Here is the product description on this new product:

Percale Duvet

Percale Duvet

Percale stands for the weaving process in which the fabric is woven by. In percale the yarns are woven in one over one, unlike Sateen where it’s four over one.  The one over one (percale) weave creates a much even, stronger, denser & softer fabric, which can stand the test of time and gets better and better feel the more you wash it.  It’s just like your favorite old shirt, the more it’s laundered the softer and durable is gets.

Superior single pick insertion of 300 Thread count Percale makes this better than a 600 Thread count with 4 pick insertions as most of the T600 are.  Insertions means when weaving the fabric, you have the vertical yarns being inserted or hemmed by the horizontal yarns.  If the horizontal hemming yarns are being done with 1 yarn at a time, it’s called single pick insertion, if it’s using 4 yarns, it’s called 4 pick insertion.  The higher the number of insertions the faster the weave and the less quality fabric gets.  Have you ever wondered why your old 200 or 300 thread count feels better than your NEW 600 Thread count sheets?  The reason is simply because new high thread count sheets are being woven with a higher and higher insertion to save money.  This is not the same thing as 2-ply sheets.  The 2 or 3 ply sheets refer to the yarn being used in weaving and not how it’s being woven.

Finally, this superior weave, woven in the best authentic way is done using the best cotton in the world. Egyptian cotton, it’s not just cotton grown in Egypt – it is a particular type of long-staple cotton originally grown along the Nile.  Egyptian cotton has the longest fibers.  That is, when you pull the cotton from the cotton plant and remove the seeds and waxes, Egyptian cotton has longer fibers available for spinning into yarn than other cottons.  When intertwining strands of yarn to make a larger product, long-staple cotton has fewer connection points, and therefore a greater percentage of area is the natural softness of the cotton.

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Ruffled or Tailored?

Are you looking to purchase a bed skirt?

OK,  you are planning to purchase a Bed Skirt for your bed,  there are things you need to consider:

STYLE:  There are a variety of styles to choose from when looking for a bed skirt.  The two most popular are ruffled or tailored.

Bed skirt and iron bed

Ruffled Bed Skirt

The ruffled bed skirt has the fabric gathered at the top, making the skirt appear fuller, most bed skirts come with split corners to fit around your bed frame, but you can’t assume this.   Please make sure to double check if your bed skirt “needs” to have split corners.

Sample of Tailored Bed Skirt with Kick Pleat

Sample of Tailored Bed Skirt with Kick Pleat

A tailored bed skirt has a straight, clean edge, with pleats in the corners to allow curving around the mattress, and again please make sure your bed skirts comes with split corners if needed to fit around the bed frame.

Your bed is a work of art,  make your bed skirt it’s pedestal upon which it sits.
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All About COLOR – part #4

Burgundy Bed Skirt

Tailored bed skirt with kick pleat

In my week of, All About Color, the above picture shows how to pull out one color in your comforter or bedspread and match that color with a solid cotton bed skirt, pillow shams, and matching throw pillows.  (the above picture shows a solid cotton tailored burgundy bed skirt)

The biggest thing I can say about color is have fun with it, mix and match and create your own look.

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All About Color – Part #3

All About Color

All About Color

I said this week it was all about COLOR and I said be BOLD and have FUN!  This is a very fun room for a young boy.  By adding a Navy Blue Bed Skirt, Red and Blue 2-Tone reversible comforter and gold sheets to the bed and accenting these colors with our matching window treatment and walls (chair railing);  what a nice, young,  eye appealing look this brings to the room.

Red - White - Blue

Red - White - Blue

You can also do this look in Red, White and Blue and do a very nice patriot theme to a guest room.

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All About Color – Part #2

White and Blue Bed

Luxurious Satin Comforter and Shams

COLOR:

I’m back on Color because by adding some color to your bedroom is one of the most cost effective things you can do to your home in these economical times.  By pulling out a color in your comforter and painting one wall that color and / or make your bed skirt and throw pillows be that color you can completely change the look of your room.  First thing I would like to say, don’t be afraid to try it!  This week I will focus on color and try to give as many visual aids that I can find.   All I would like to say is, “ have fun, you can be bold, and go for it”!

Sample:  You LOVE a all white bed, 1000 count Egyptian Cotton Sheets and a thick white down comforter,  white pillow shams, but now your room looks boring.  Pant your walls BLUE, and I don’t mean light blue, Cobalt blue,  Navy blue, a deep blue NOT necessary a bright blue.  Put up some white shelves,  add a white framed picture or mirror on the wall above your bed, white shutters on the windows or even just some white sheer drapes.  Add some blue throw pillow on your bed or add another set of dark blue pillow shams to your bed, a there you go! (You can’t have too many pillow on a bed!)

All White Bed

All White Bed

This sample is good for a large bedroom,  not necessary a small room.  If you like this idea but you have a smaller room or you’re not ready to be that bold yet, only paint one wall the darker color, not all four walls.  Paint the wall behind the bed to make your statement and then add accents in that color around the room to pull it all together.

Hope I inspired you to have fun and be bold!  Send pictures!!

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All About COLOR

Using Color
Using Color

When you are planning to purchase a Bed Skirt for your bed, there are things to consider.

COLOR: A solid color bed skirt is a versatile choice for a bed skirt. The picture above is a good sample of using color to brighten up a room.   If you select a light color such as white, pink, yellow, or pastel, be sure that the mattress is also white or you may need to have the bed skirt lined or made of a heavy fabric so that light does not show through from under the bed.

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What is the “DROP” of a Bed Skirt?

Too-Long

Too-Long

DROP:  When speaking of the drop of a bed skirt, we are referring to the measurement from the top of the foundation to the floor.  The standard measurement drop for a bed skirts is 14” or 15″, but they can also be found in 18”, and 21” drop for your convenience.  Please be careful when ordering your bed skirt, you do not want your bed skirt to be too high off the floor and you don’t want it to drag on the floor either. The picture on this page reflects a bed skirt that is a little too long.   I know some may like this look, but if steeped on the bed skirt could be ripped, is it worth it?

If your bed is a work of art, then the Bed Skirt is its pedestal upon which it sits.

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Buying a Bed Skirt

A Trendy Bed

A Trendy Bed

When you are planning to purchase a Bed Skirt for your bed, there are  things to consider.

SIZE:  Don’t just guess that your queen size bed is 60” wide and 80” long.  Mattresses, box springs and foundations can vary slightly in size.  It’s important to get the right size of bed skirt so that it will hang properly on your bed.  Here is a link to my Bed Sizes and Information page,  www.thetrendybed.com/page/120070202

If your bed is a work of art, then the Bed Skirt is its pedestal upon which it sits.

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