Most people deciding between two sets of sheets would choose the higher thread count.
But it turns out we've all been duped.
There’s a maximum number of threads that can fit into a square inch of fabric, depending on the type of cotton used, that number is generally not more than 400.
So there is an awful lot of interesting maths involved in the sheets you see in a department store that can be up to a 1200 thread count.
In fact, Consumer Reports says that 50 years ago, the most luxurious thread count available was 180, but now 1,000 thread counts are the norm.
So what happened?
Thread count is the total number of threads per square inch in a fabric (counting both horizontal and vertical threads).
In theory, the higher the thread count, the softer and higher-quality the sheets.
But brands nowadays are counting multi-ply threads, which can lead to higher, erroneous numbers.
In reality, to achieve a higher thread count manufacturers are generally using a lower grade of cotton that becomes very thin when spun. They then twist this thread around itself to create a `multi-ply’ thread. When they use 2-ply thread and weave it to a theoretical 300-thread count (150 horizontal, 150 vertical) they call it a 600 thread count sheet and sell it that way.
So imagine that a 4-ply thread is woven as a 200 thread count, but sold as an 800 thread count.
A regular ply 300 thread count would feel better and last longer, but most consumers are convinced to always buy a higher thread count.
So when sheets are 'lustrously woven from 2-ply cotton thread at a major department stores, people should be highly sceptical.
I am very weary when people tell me that they need linen for a super king bed. I have in the past manufactured to these specifications and the fitted sheets, mattress protectors and base covers have been too big.
I do however recommend that you use a super king duvet cover and inner on a king size bed.
Most of the time when people refer to a "Super King" they actually mean King Size - Extra Depth and Extra Length.
The only time that a Super King would actually be a super king is when two 3/4 beds are combined, or if a bed has been specially made.
If two single beds are combined the make a king size bed.
So here are the correct measurements.
King Standard = 182cm wide x 190cm long x depth -This may vary from bed to bed but generally they would be between 25cm to 30cm deep.
King Extra Length = 182cm wide x 200cm long. Same applies to the depth.
Super King Standard = 214cm wide x 190cm long. Same applies to the depth.
Super King Extra Length = 214cm wide x 200cm long. Same applies to the depth.
There seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding the term, Percale.
It is not a type of fabric.
The term, Percale describes the weave of the fabric, not its content, so percale could be a blend of 50% cotton and 50% polyester, which would be a Polycoton Percale, 100% cotton, which would be a 100% cotton percale, or a blend of other fabrics in any ratio.
A percale weave has a thread count of about 200 or higher, and is noticeably tighter than the standard type of weave used for bed-sheets namely polycotton T144, hotel standard.
As the owner of an establishment, your brand is built upon the quality and level of hospitality offered to your guests. This includes the initial impression of the establishment and an individual guest’s room, down to the quality of the sheets and the linens your guests will use. An error on this part to provide an experience above and beyond the level of expectation detracts from your brand’s image. Therefore, choosing quality linens for establishment is of high importance.
Create an environment where your guests hate to leave and they’ll come back as soon as they can! Here are a few tips to help guide you in acquiring your linens.