Ask Jigs | Thread Count

Hi, Jigs.

I’m in the process of buying new sheets for my bedroom, and I keep seeing the word “thread count” dropped by salespeople. What’s the deal? Is it true what they say that higher thread count makes sheets softer? How high of a thread count should I look for?

– Desmond Arribay, Las Piñas

Hi, Desmond. There’s nothing more satisfying than jumping in between plush cotton sheets. It’s the very definition of luxuriating. A third of your life is spent sleeping, so why not make the best of it by learning as much so you can about thread count and what it can do to improve your sleep?



Quantity is quality

Thread count refers to the number of threads woven in one square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the better the quality. Higher counts make for more softer and more durable sheets. It gets pricier the higher you go, of course. However, the jumps in quality is more than worth it. But if you’re looking for an entry level number, 200-300 is a great start.

Warp and weft

Thread count is determined by the number of threads in the horizontal (‘weft’) and vertical (‘warp’) weaves of the fabric. Extra long warp and weft increase the durability of your linens.
When looking for sheets, also consider the fabric used. Egyptian cotton is, objectively, the best choice. Make certain you’re getting quality material by looking for ‘100% Egyptian cotton’ on the label.


Woven, not stirred

Lastly, find out, if you could, where the sheets were milled. If Egypt grows the best cotton, the absolute masters of weaving made their homes in Italy. History has proven that Italian weavers and seamstresses have few equals in the weaving craft. Sigvard Selections’ line of sheets and fabrics were all woven and dyed in Italy. Utmost care and attention was ensured to maintain the highest level of quality in all of Sigvard linens.

Keep these in mind and at the end of the day, you will look forward to slipping into bed and having the best nights on your soft sheets. Sweet dreams.