What, how & why of thread count in bedding
Defining thread count & breaking through the marketing lingo & tricks
At BeddingCo we ask you please take into consideration more than just thread count when choosing your bedding. We have compiled this information to help you make informed decisions about your bedding to gain the maximum benefit and achieve a better night’s sleep.
Thread count in Australia, is the amount of threads per 10cm2 (3.16cm x 3.16cm). The measurement counts both warp and weft combined (300 warp + 300 weft = 600 thread count). Seems simple enough doesn't it?
Tricks to watch out for:
Please note: We are not saying you need to spend a fortune on quality bedding, just don’t fall into the marketing thread count trap.
We define our Egyptian cotton products as being pure 100% Egyptian cotton that is not mixed nor blended cotton.
High thread counts holds little meaning when the fibres used are of poor quality or short staple length resulting in poor quality products.
Egyptian cotton standards maintain a fibre length being within the range of 31.5mm - 48mm. These larger staple fibres mean there are less ends exposed and are less likely to pill.
As a comparison cotton/polyester blends may not wrinkle as much, but they will not be as porous (or breathable), which will make you feel warmer with less temperature regulation while you sleep.
Tricks to watch out for:
We want to start by being open and stating there are no Australian regulations for labelling a product Egyptian cotton.
There are so many types of cotton available, which one is the best you ask? Here are the four types of cotton grown for commercial cotton use.
It is commonly referred to as extra-long staple cotton. Grown natively in tropical South America (which is around 8% of the world’s production). It is grown on trees that are bushy and need full sun with a high amount of humidity and plenty of rain. This species is used for the following;
This species was cultivated to serve the American market. It is native to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (with over 90% of the world’s production from these regions). These plants are used in the following:
This is a tree cotton that is native to India and Pakistan (less than 2% of the world’s production). As we mentioned earlier this is one of the cotton products used to enhance claims of Egyptian cotton and is generally used in inferior products.
Also known as Levant cotton, this quite low quality cotton is native to the southern parts of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula (producing less than 2% of the world’s production). Needless to say this is also used in inferior products and is not a popular cotton.
So what does all this information mean to you?
We have more information in our sheet buying guide on which sheets will suit you to improve your night’s sleep.