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1000 Thread Count Sheets or Less Is More?

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Interior designers love to talk about the furniture layout of living rooms, kitchens, newly created basement spaces, and bedrooms. That’s fine but let’s dig a little deeper into design goods, and specifically, bedding or sheets that you should purchase for your newly designed bedroom.  Should you buy 1000 thread count sheets?

What is a thread count?

Thread count is generally held as the holy grail in sheets – fitted sheets, duvet covers, pillow covers, and all things bedding.  Thread count describes the number of threads per square inch. The implication and today the generally held consumer assumption is that the finer the thread count, the finer, or more upscale and luxurious the bedding material.  But is this true? Will 1000 thread count sheets feel luxurious?  Will 1000 thread count sheets last? Should you pay for the generally more expensive 1000 thread count sheets?

Insider Guide to 1000 Thread Count Sheet

Kelly Wilkniss discusses thread count on a recent episode of My Soulful Home on SHG Living.

Kelly Wilkniss of My Soulful Home featured on SHG Living 1000 thread count sheets are not necessarily the best purchase.  While Kelly describes the 1000 thread count sheets as fine and luxurious, she also makes the point that the fine threads may not last as long. Each thread is just so fine at this high thread count. It turns out less is more.

Luxurious Feeling Sheets

The right bedding can be this little slice of luxury that you give yourself after a long day.

My Soulful Home understands that.  This is why Kelly Wilkness goes on to also point out that the weave of the fabric has a lot to do with how the bed sheets feel.  The weave falls into two types, sateen and percale sheets. So the thread count alone should not be the determining factor in your purchase. It’s best to feel both weaves and decide which one is the best feel for you.

Healthy bed sheets

Most bedding is made from cotton, linen, or poly-blends.  What is/are the healthy choices in bedding? Polyester blends should be avoided.  The poly fiber tends to make your body feel hot. It feels like an artificial fiber. Cotton and linen are two good natural material choices.

Kelly Wilkniss mentions that Egyptian cotton is considered to be the very best material.  Cotton is a naturally grown material.  But much like food and organic food, today chemicals are used in the growing and processing of cotton. Most dyes are chemically set. Organic cotton and organic cotton production are generally labeled since the organic cotton sheets are a more expensive, premium product.

People with chemical sensitivities will not be able to tolerate most sheets today, since sadly sheets are for the most part either grown and/or manufactured with chemicals.  Breathing in the chemicals or having these chemicals against your skin can cause a variety of reactions from headaches to rashes, and more. This is one avoidable chemical body overload.

Instead of spending your money for 1000 thread count sheets, spend it on an organic, healthy product!

There is one company, Coyuchi which has been selling 100% organic cotton bedding, pillows, and towels since 1991. This company is committed to being a steward of the environment.

“[They] began with organic farming, and over the decades Coyuchi has blazed the trail for beautiful and sustainable textile creation, adopting the strictest certifications for environmental and social protection.”

The Holidays are upon us and we once again begin to think about gifts.  COVID 19 has given us a heightened awareness of our health, and the many healthy living choices we have. So why not think about gifts that are produced from healthy, organic, and chemical-free materials with chemical-free production processes? Wouldn’t that be the right gift to give your loved ones?!

If you are not on your smart, healthy, green living path already, this might be the perfect way to start.