What is thread count and why is it important?


At furn. we understand the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. And the recipe for a good night’s sleep starts with your choice of bedding. A technical term that is used a lot when shopping for bedding is ‘Thread Count’ but you might be thinking, what does it actually mean? And how do I know what a good thread count is? We’ve created this handy guide to take you through the facts and help you understand the benefits so you can choose the bedding with the thread count that is right for you.

It’s thought that the average person spends about 26 years sleeping in their lifetime, that’s a long time. So if we spend what could be over a quarter of a century in bed, surely we should choose the most comfortable bed linen to make our sleep as enjoyable and as comfortable as possible, right?

Duvet cover set pictured: Artemis

What is 'thread count'?
Thread count is a measurement of the number of threads that run vertically and horizontally per square inch that make up your bed sheets. The higher the thread count, the more threads make up the fabric.

Does a high thread count mean better quality?
The topic of thread count is likely to divide opinion. Some people think that the denser the fabric (a higher thread count) the better the bed sheets are, well unfortunately that’s not essentially true. Thread count is only important for bedding that is 100% cotton. Bedding that is 100% cotton has its own benefits, if you want to know more about this we recommend reading our 7 Benefits of 100% cotton bedding blog for more info.

One of the main benefits of 100% cotton bed sheets is that they are breathable and they help to regulate your body temperature all year round. If your bedsheets are incredibly dense, they will no doubt keep you warm in winter but we can’t guarantee that they will be super breathable in summer.

Another factor to consider when shopping for high thread count sheets is if they have been densely woven, they might not have the softest handle; the softness of cotton bedlinen is what makes it so comfortable. Getting the thread count just right for you and your sleeping requirements is essential.

Duvet cover set pictured: Cordelia

Benefits of high thread count bedding
High thread count cotton bedding has many benefits. A higher thread count will ensure comfortable bedding whilst also being strong and more durable, which therefore will stand the test of time. It will also give you a thicker and more luxurious bed sheet. Think hotel quality bedding.. Ooh la la!

So what thread count would you recommend?
When it comes to choosing bedding it is entirely down to personal preference but generally we would suggest that thread count between 200-400 is best. This is because this should be the perfect balance of the sheets being soft to the touch and therefore comfortable for you to sleep in. In this thread count range the cotton sheets will be durable and strong so should last you and stay looking great for years to come. Sheets will also be breathable, as previously mentioned, any denser and they may limit the air flow required to regulate your body temperature while you sleep. Still being fairly easy to care for, a far higher thread count sheet will crease more easily.

Duvet cover set pictured: Kyoto

If you need a little inspiration for some high thread count bedding, let us entice you with our truly stunning Botanical Riches duvet cover set range. A celebration of the intricate beauty of the natural world. Each design offers a snapshot of an exciting botanical scene from around the world. A premium bedding collection of high cotton thread count duvet cover sets that have been digitally printed for exquisite detail. Feast your eyes and discover your best sleep yet!