Behind The Scenes- Thread Count

My job has me traveling and working with our brands in many stores where I interact with the stores staff as well as customers.  Many times I am helping customers pick out that perfect bedding for their homes.

When I am out working in the stores, I am often asked many questions regarding bedding. So that gave me an idea for 2014 to provide a glossary of bedding terms for you and highlight each month the questions I'm most often asked.

Without a doubt, the question I get most frequently relates to thread count in sheets. People assume and ask, "the higher the count, the better the sheet, right"?  Well, that is not always the case.

The official definition for Thread Counts is: Thread Count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads in one square inch of fabric. So if a fabric is 200tc or 200 thread count that means there are 200 threads per one square inch of fabric.

Thread count in bed sheets can range from 150 to1000. The most often purchased sheets are sheets that range from 180 to 400 thread count. The higher the thread count, the softer the sheets feel. Keep in mind, the higher the thread count, the more expensive the sheets will be. Higher thread counts sheets also need to be replaced sooner than lower thread count sheets, as the fibers break down faster in washing and drying.

My personal preference is a sheet with a 350-400 thread count. My favorite is our Tommy Hilfiger T300 Cotton sheet sets.

I hope this information helps and when you are buying sheets, just remember higher thread counts don't necessarily translate to better.  Go with what feels good to you as you will be sleeping on the sheets every night.

Have a great week,


Kim Pehle