After many years of working in the bedlinen industry there is still misconceptions about bedding. Each day I hear, “I want good quality sheets, 1000 threads.” Well….I’m here to tell you that thread count for sheets is no different from how many scotch fingers there are to a packet of biscuits. It’s purely a physical count of threads in a 10cm square. For instance, denim has a very high thread count but it doesn’t mean that we would sleep in it.
What you should base the quality on is the quality of the cotton and craftsmanship…. not the thread count, steer away from the large number on the product title and feel the sheet to see if you like it. You should base it on what you like to wear on your body. If you’re someone that likes to wear soft cotton clothes, you’d probably prefer a soft sheet. If you love hotel style thick sheets you may prefer a heavier luxury style sheet and then there’s that crunchy/crackly style sheet if you love your crisp clean style.
“I got my 1000 thread count sheets for $50!” Thats ok. $50 is an investment that many people make BUT the scammy part about this is that it usually is an indication that the quality is poor. Mills twist two shorter (usually lower quality) threads together to create one long thread. Then coil them again with another bound thread and weave 250 Thread to ultimately equate to 1000 (bound) threads. Over time these sheets will spilt and pill quickly. Enjoy!
“Its JUST a name Brand” or “your paying for the label” is something I hear when a customer is faced with considering more expensive sheets. Those company’s have a ‘name’ to uphold and that ‘Brand’ wouldn’t be where it is without actually being THE best. They are more expensive because they strive to bring you THE best quality when it comes to the most important elements: Cotton quality and craftsmanship.
Sheets are 100% your personal preference. These are the key factors which will help you to choose the right sheet for you:
Think about what you like to wear in everyday life and align that with your sheets. Polyester-cotton blends tend to be less wrinkly but also hotter to sleep under, just the same as a polyester- cotton shirt.
My own personal preference: I tend to choose a light, bright or white colours. White is super easy to launder but the reason I steer away from brown, navy or black sheets is because there is so much dye injected into these sheets that the potential for wear and colourfastness is compromised. Also every spec of dust and dead skin shows up on those darker colours.
Feel the sheets to decide weather you prefer soft, sateen, crisp or heavy.
“But it’s made in China!” I applaud a company that can manufacture anything in Australia and execute it in a way that the quality is superior, but while some company’s go to the extreme lengths to create linen in Australia it doesn’t always ensure the best quality. China is the manufacturer to the world. Its what they do 24 hours a day 7 days a week, it’s in their blood! If you want the best pizza in the world, we think of Italy. If you want the best manufacturing T’shirts and bedlinen in the world. We go to Asia.
I hope this has enlightened you and given you a little ‘buyer beware’ knowledge. After all we spend most of our lives asleep. May aswell make the most of it!
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