What exactly is quality bedding? According to the experts from Falucca Fine Linen, the quick answer is that high quality bedding is usually 100% natural thread. Does that have anything to do with thread count? Mostly, no.
“Thread count” is a term often bandied about in circles, and while it is an important indicator of the amount of vertical and horizontal threads woven into 10 squared centimetres (how tightly or loosely the cotton threads are woven together), this doesn’t necessarily offer a good indication of overall product quality. In fact, a high thread count, woven using a low quality thread, can result in a heavy, unpliable fabric.
The thread itself should be of a high quality in the first place to ensure a beautiful final product. So, while you might find 1000 thread count fabrics out there, don’t let the high number fool you!
Let’s set this common assumption straight: high thread count doesn’t always equal high quality bedding.
So, why is ‘thread count’ used so much?
Thread count has become a simple metric used by marketing departments to capture interest and impress with high numbers. But beware! To keep prices reasonable companies often sacrifice important elements of quality such as the most fundamental quality indicator: the thread itself.
Focus on thread quality
The initial quality of the raw cotton is always the most important factor for you to consider. No matter how many threads you squeeze into a square inch, bad quality cotton will always remain bad quality.
So, assess all the quality indicators when you’re in the market for new natural bedding. Factors such as the origin and quality, yarn size, weave, finishing and construction are all essential to creating a beautiful finished product.
Here are 5 boxes to tick when you’re next in the market for new quality bedding:
Go natural: The product should be 100% natural cotton, Egyptian cotton or long staple cotton is a good option as these are known to be superior.
No blends: If you are purchasing Egyptian cotton bedding make sure it is 100% Egyptian cotton and not blended with short staple cotton or poly cottons.
Look at the weave: It should be even without any knots and inconsistencies. Feel the fabric, is should be smooth to the touch but not feel synthetic.
The final product: Check the manufacturing quality and how the product has been packed. Quality products are manufactured and packed with care.
Read the washing instructions: Cotton bedding that does not allow for tumble drying is often manufactured from a lower grade cotton.
Contact: Falucca Fine Linen.