If you’re shopping for bed linen, make sure you check the label (or the product description if you’re shopping online) to find out what fabric it is made from and that it has a high thread count.
Thread count is the standard measure used when assessing the quality of bed linen. The thread count represents the number of threads (horizontal and vertical) contained in one square inch of the fabric. Thread counts for bed linen can range from as low as 80 for a basic fabric to as high as 400 for Egyptian cotton. Choose a fabric with a thread count of at least 100 and, if you’re aiming for a high quality feel, aim for one with a thread count of 200 or more.
When reading the product descriptions of different bed linen sets, you are likely to come across the term “percale”. Percale is a type of fabric with a high thread count and a specific type of weave, and can be made from a number of different materials. For example, you can buy 100% cotton percale or a percale fabric that consists of a blend of cotton and polyester. Percale usually has a thread count of more than 180, and is the perfect choice for bedding as it is smooth, lightweight and, if cared for properly, long-lasting.
Other terms that you might come across in the product descriptions for luxury bedding sets relate to the type and style of fabric, rather than the quality. Jacquard, for example, refers to a method of weaving in which a pattern is woven into the fabric rather than being printed on to it.
There are some wonderful luxury bedding sets available on the market, and it’s worth paying that little bit more for bedding that will look stunning, feel great and last a long time. Luxury bedding sets are available in a range of styles so you should be able to get something that matches your décor. If you shop online, you can also benefit from some great deals.