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Buying Guide: Thread Count vs. Weight

We often look to the ever-increasing thread count to determine bedding sheets’ quality and softness. However, despite the appealing high-count numbers, it’s important to point out that the thread quality is more important than the quantity.  What is thread count? Thread count is a measure of how many threads are in one square inch of fabric, where the warp (vertical) and weft (horizontal) threads interlace. The measure of count does matter to a certain degree. It’s the extremely high thread count numbers you need to look out for —a 1,000 thread count sheet is not exceptionally better than a 350 thread count. What happens is that during cotton sheets production, some manufacturers will twist multiple thinner yarns together to inflate...

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