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Beyond the Thread Count: Bedding Material

Beyond the Thread Count: Bedding Material

Having a restful sleep is an essential aspect of our daily lives. The foundation of a comfortable sleeping experience is the bed sheets we use. And selecting the perfect bed sheets is more than just knowing the material and style, it’s also about understanding what thread count means for bedding and the different types of material available.

The term "thread count" has become synonymous with luxury and quality in the world of bedding, but what does it mean? If you want to have a peaceful sleeping experience, our guide to different bedding materials for bed sheets and pillowcases will help you elevate the coziness of your bedroom. But first, why does thread count matter?

What is thread count and why does it matter?

Thread count refers to the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric. This includes the vertical (warp) and horizontal (weft) threads. For example, a 200-thread count sheet would have 100 threads woven horizontally and 100 threads woven vertically per square inch.

The feel of sheets is greatly affected by thread count, with higher counts often resulting in a softer and more luxurious touch, but this isn't always the case. Excessively high thread counts can result in sheets that sacrifice breathability, trapping heat and moisture, while also becoming more open to wear and tear over time. 

As for durability, it's a balance. Sheets with a moderate thread count, like 500 thread count sheets, tend to be strong and long-lasting while maintaining softness.

So, what's the best thread count for bedding? The answer isn't one-size-fits-all. The best thread count for you depends on your personal preference for feel and the climate you live in. Generally, a range between 300 to 500 is considered ideal for a balance of comfort, breathability, and durability.

Bedding by Fabric Material

Most people consider thread count as the ultimate determinant of quality. However, an often underestimated factor is the material of your sheets. This choice can significantly impact your sleep experience such as comfort, breathability, and sustainability. 

Here's a deep dive into three exceptional bed sheet fabrics and materials: organic cotton, EUROPEAN FLAX ™-Certified Linen, and natural hemp.

1. Organic Cotton - The Comfort King

Organic cotton bed linens are the ultimate choice for those who value softness. Unlike traditional cotton, this fabric gently caresses your skin, ensuring a cozy night's rest. Moreover, its breathability is another significant perk, eliminating the discomfort of waking up in a sweat. That’s because organic cotton doesn't trap heat, making it the perfect bedding material all year round.

From an eco-friendly perspective, organic cotton bed sheets are a clear winner. It's grown without chemicals or pesticides, contributing to cleaner soil, air, or water. So, when you swaddle yourself in organic cotton, you're not only choosing comfort but also making a responsible choice for the planet.

2. Linen - The Luxe Regulator

Linen is often associated with a luxurious sleeping environment. It has a unique, slightly textured feel, it’s highly breathable and transforms your bed into a sanctuary. EUROPEAN FLAX ™-Certified Linen fabric is a natural temperature regulator, capable of wicking moisture away from your body. It's designed to keep hot sleepers comfortably cool and ensures warmth during colder seasons. Linen is also highly durable and becomes softer with each wash, making it a reliable textile in your bedding collection for years to come. Also an earth-friendly option, our linen is labeled EUROPEAN FLAX®. The guarantee of traceability for premium linen fiber grown in Europe. A natural and sustainable fiber, cultivated without artificial irrigation and GMO-free.

3. Natural Hemp - The Lightweight Choice

Hemp bed sheets have cooling properties that make them ideal for warm weather. Additionally, hemp fiber is naturally resistant to bacteria, ensuring a clean and healthy sleeping environment. If you’re looking for bedding that is both sustainable and functional, hemp should be on your list—cozy and soft, breathable, relaxed, and eco-friendly too. When deciding on the best thread count or fabric for your bedding, it's essential to consider the intrinsic qualities of each material. Whether it's comfort, breathability, or eco-friendliness, each bed sheet material offers unique advantages beyond mere thread count, making your sleep experience comfortable and luxurious. 

So, choose your bedding wisely at Crate and Barrel Philippines and transform your bed into a peaceful haven. We offer a collection of bedding essentials from sheet sets to pillow shams and more, where quality meets comfort tailored just for you. 

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