Thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch. Generally, the higher the thread count, the softer the sheet, and the more likely it will wear well-or even soften-over time. Good sheets range anywhere from 200 to 800, although you’ll occasionally see numbers over 1,000. Astronomical thread counts don’t necessarily mean the sheet is better-there are even tricks to inflating the thread count (such as using multiple yarns twisted together) that don’t actually improve the hand of the fabric and may even detract from its quality.
- 200 Thread Count – Yarn 40s*40s : Commonly use in hotels, especially homestay, boutique hotel, basic hotel, or even up to 3 stars hotel is using 200TC. *Don’t assume a low thread count means low-quality sheets. There are 200-count cotton sheets are finished very nicely and actually feel like they have a higher thread count. Fewer chemicals and more mechanical finishings are used these days, giving a nice hand and performance.
- 230-260 Thread Count – Yarn 40s*40s : Commonly use in 3 – 5 stars hotel, and boutique hotel.
- 300 – 400 Thread Count – Yarn 60s*40s / 60s*60s / 80s*60s / 80s*80s : Commonly use in 4 – 5 stars hotel, and luxury boutique hotel.