A bed linen’s quality is largely depended by the quality of the fabric.

Many people like to feel the quality with their hands when buying bed linens at a retail store. Sometimes they think “a thin fabric is not good and will be worn out very soon.”

What’s the truth?

Actually, thickness of a fabric is decided by many factors as below:
1. Yarn Count
Yarn count means the length of one piece of 1 gram yarn. If the 1 gram yarn is 30 meters long, the yarn cout is 30s. The smaller this number, the thicker the yarn is. While a bigger yarn count means the fabric is thinner and feels softer and more comfortable. For example, a 21s yarn fabric is generally used for winter bedding products, such as the thickened brushed cotton sheets. A 40s fabric is usually used for spring and autumn bedding, while a 60s fabric is more suitable for summer! In fact, the higher the yarn count, the better quality for the raw material and processing!

2. Weaving Density
Weaving density refers to the total number of warp and weft yarns for per square inch (2.54*2.54 square centimeters). For example, 12868, also known as 128*68, means that there are 128pcs warp yarns and 68pcs weft yarns within 1 square inch, making the density 196 (128+68). If there are two fabrics with the same 40s fabric count, the higher the weaving density, the tighter the yarns are arranged! For example, the 14476 fabric is more delicate and thicker than the 12868 fabric. Therefore, the 14476 fabric is better in quality and more expensive in price than a 12868 fabric.

3. Fabric Structure

The third factor that affects the thickness of the fabric is the structure of the fabric. A fabric can be plain, twill or satin. Plain weave means the fabric is interlaced with one warp and one weft for each weave. Plain weave is the strongest and the thinnest weave, but is less softer and breathable than the other two weaving methods.

4. Fabric Processing
It’s not uncommon to see some good quality cotton fabrics with high gloss, mainly because of the mercerizing treatment. If there is no mercerization, the surface of the yarn is hairy, and the woven fabric out of it will certainly feel thicker. In addition, a mercerized fabric is of better performance in shrinkage and color fastness. So a mercerized fabric may feel thin.

To conclude, a bed linen’s quality depends on many factors like yarn count, weaving density, weaving method, etc. It’s not wise to decide the quality just relying on the feel of a fabric.