What Does Thread Count Mean?

Thread count refers to the number of threads woven within 1 square inch (or 10 square centimetre) of fabric. This number is based on both the horizontal threads woven (weft) and vertical threads woven (warp). For instance, 100 horizontal threads and 100 vertical threads produce 200 thread count. The thread count of basic or standard cotton is around 150. Fabric with a thread count of 200 or higher is referred as percale.

Generally speaking, the higher thread count makes the softer and finer sheets, and more likely it is durable. However, thread count is not the only standard to choose a high-quality sheet. Sometimes the number of thread is tricky as it may use multiple yarns twisted together to increase such number.