When Buying Sheets, Does Thread Count Matter?

When Buying Sheets, Does Thread Count Matter?

Cayla Zelanis

Does thread count matter when buying sheets? 600, 800, 1000.... there are so many options and for so long we've been sold the myth that the higher the count the better the quality. The truth is, NO, a higher thread count doesn’t always mean higher quality bedding. Keep reading to learn why and what you should actually look for when shopping for new sheets.

What does thread count mean?

Thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads present in one square inch of woven fabric.

Despite popular belief, there is no intrinsic value to a higher thread count number. Instead, the feel of the fabric depends on the integrity of the yarn used, the weave selected, and the quality of the finished product. Thread count is but one element in determining how a finished piece of fabric will feel.

What to look for while buying new sheets

We recommend you pay attention to the following three points. This will help you to build a better bed, and be kinder to the Earth in the process.

1. Fiber content

What are your sheets made of? Are they cotton? Linen? Polyester? A blend of natural and synthetic fibers?

Natural fibers, like 100% cotton and 100% linen, are the most breathable, keeping you comfortable and promoting the best sleep. There are many options on the market that are made from bamboo or eucalyptus, but these are not always as great for the environment as they'd like to make you think. All of Coyuchi's sheets are 100% organic, made of cotton or linen, and designed for all types of sleepers. Visit our sheet guide to find your perfect sheets.

2. Fiber Processing

Conventional (non-organic) processing involves the addition of toxic finishes, bleaches, and dyes, piling on to the harmful mix of pesticides and chemicals already applied in the fiber growing process. Coyuchi only uses GOTS-certified methods to turn our organic fiber into organic sheets. This means that all dyes and finishes are naturally free from any chemicals that might harm human health or ecosystems, keeping factory workers and consumers safe. From waste reduction to water conservation, our organic farming and conscious processing reduce our impact on the soil, air, and waterways our global community relies on.

Organic Cotton is naturally softer and stronger than conventional cotton — plus it’s free from pesticides and harsh chemicals, requires less water and energy to produce, lowers greenhouse gas emissions, and contributes to healthier soil. 

Organic Linen makes up less than 1% of the world's linen supply. Exceptionally durable and temperature regulating, linen is a naturally hardy and drought-friendly fiber — and organic linen supports farmers who grow organic food, too.

3. Certifications

When you're looking to make an impact with your purchase, it's important to seek out products with the proper certifications. Marketing terms can make things seem more sustainable than they are, which is why we only create linens that adhere to the highest standards and certifications in the industry.

Coyuchi sheets are 100% GOTS-certified organic. We choose GOTS Certification because it is the highest standard in the world. From seed to store — it scrutinizes every input at every stage, concerned not only with the health of the end product, but taking into account the environmental impact of every facility, and the health, safety, and well-being of its handlers throughout the supply chain. GOTS eliminates blind spots for consumers, providing full traceability and accountability every step of the way.

What's the Difference Between Percale and Sateen?

Percale and sateen sheets are defined by their weaves. Percale is made with a balanced weave where threads alternate over and under, creating a matte finish and crisp hand. It's cool and comfortable for warm sleepers.

In our sateen weave multiple yarns in one direction float over a single yarn in the other. This exposes more thread surface and makes smooth fabric which will drape around your body while you sleep. This insulating quality is perfect for medium to cool sleepers.

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