What thread count sheets and linen should I buy for my baby?
Is the highest number the best? If only it was that simple. As a rule of thumb, the higher the thread count the softer the sheets and the longer, your sheets will last. However, it is important that you understand that there’s no international standard.
Sadly “There’s no consistency in the size of the squares throughout the world” explained Scott Little, Co-director of Luna Luxury, a luxury linen provider. “The European standard size is one square inch (6.4cm) and has a 250 thread count and the Australian standard size is 1.5 square inches (10cm) and has a 312 thread count. This is exactly the same quality, just labelled differently. It is important to take into consideration what part of the world the linen comes from.”
The size of the thread is also a contributing factor to quality. For example, a 2500 thread count means that there are 2500 horizontal and vertical threads in a square inch, however, you will find the threads become thinner. A 2500 thread count linen will become almost see-through and will not be as durable as a lower thread count.
How can you spot quality?
When you’re looking for good quality cotton, consider the weave :
- For a poplin weave, it’s best to choose a thread count of between 400 and 700.
- While a cotton sateen weave (a more luxury, softer feel), is loveliest at between a 700 to 1000 thread count.
If you have purchased sheets with an even higher thread count the thread will need to be thinner. These thread counts are more likely to shrink when washed and won’t withstand the demands of being pegged on the clotheslines and whipped around on those windy days.
Luna Luxury is a family operated company which produces the best in Turkish cotton sheets. Rest easy knowing all the bedding under their brand has been designed and engineered to have an optimum thread count and thread size so your bedding sets will endure for years to come.