Debunking Thread Count

We spend as much as one-third of our life asleep, so it makes sense to invest in a good night’s rest by choosing comfortable sheets.  In search of the formula for a better night sleep, I decided to reach out to Celeste Randolph, owner of Celeste Randolph Designs for a professional opinion.

Nearly 20 years ago, we were led to believe that it was all about thread count and that a higher thread count meant a better product.  So naturally, an 1800 thread count sheet (yes, I actually saw it on Amazon) will give you a top-flight luxury hotel night’s sleep, right? After speaking with Celeste, I came to the conclusion that while thread count is a consideration, even more important is the quality of the cotton, the hand or feel of the fabric, the nature of the finishing, and of course the design and value.

How to Choose the Best Sheets For Your Home:

  1. Buy the best sheets you can afford – starting with the ones close to your body
  2. Look for quality cotton. Supima Cotton is a trademark that indicates the fibers are 100 percent Pima cotton)
  3. Choose a Percale weave unless you have sensitive skin. Sateen feels nice and soft to the touch, but as I can personally attest to, is more susceptible to pilling.
  4. Quality Workmanship. A good set of sheets will have high-grade elastic all around — not just in the four corners.
  5. Stitches matter. The more stitches per inch, the better your sheets will hold up over time.
  6. Did you know that wrinkles are a good thing? According to a Los Angeles Times Article, “to create wrinkle-resistant fabric, the sheets are treated with a resin that releases formaldehyde, a chemical closely associated with embalming fluid.” – you can read more on this topic | HERE
  7. Thread Count. High thread count is a factor, but the type of cotton can be more significant. According to Authenticity 50, “Anything above 400 thread count isn’t really a high thread count sheet. It’s actually just a sheet with multi-ply thread.” You can read more by visiting the article “What is the Best Thread Count for Bed Sheets” | HERE.
  8. Fit Matters. It’s important that sheets fit your mattress as perfectly as possible. Fitted sheets that are too loose will be baggy and bunch up; fitted sheets that are too tight will ride up the side of the mattress and even pop off the corners. But a sheet that fits well provides a smooth surface, greater comfort and a better chance for uninterrupted sleep. It also offers a nice, neat appearance.

How to Choose the Best Sheets for your Home

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