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Kick off that comforter and put those flannels away until next winter. It’s time for spring cleaning, and that means so much more than just sweeping up and wiping down. EVERYTHING gets revamped. And that includes new sheets for spring.
Your bed is your haven. It’s your cocoon. It’s where you go to rest, recharge, and recover. You spend about a third of your life between the sheets, so get some that you’ll be happy to slide into for years to come.
Before you plunk down your hard-earned cash on fancy, thousand-count sheets, though, there are some things to consider, such as thread count.
High Thread Count Is Not As Important As It Sounds
Thread count refers to the amount of woven threads that make up one square inch of fabric, combining horizontal threads (or “weft”) and vertical ones (“warp”). This number ranges from about 150 (often found in inexpensive children’s bedding) up to 1,000 or more in fabrics like satin and silk. But when it comes to cotton, don’t be fooled.
Realistically, only so many threads can fit on a loom. Experts consider 400 to 600 threads per inch to be ideal. But extra threads are often twisted into the weft, adding to the thread count without actually doing anything to make the fabric softer or stronger. Fact is, as thread count rises, cotton sheets can become more fragile and prone to rips, pills, and snags.
Instead, focus on the fabric. Look for sheets made of Combed or extra-long staple Egyptian or Pima (or American-made Supima) cotton. These extra-long cotton fibers are 50 percent longer than those of standard cotton, resulting in a sheet that is softer, stronger, and longer-lasting than standard cotton sheets.
Here are some of the best spring sheets anyone would be thrilled to slide between.