71e397f45afc4e8eb72103a79a31a495Buying bedding and a mattress can be expensive.  When we moved into our house nearly two years ago, we bought a fairly cheap mattress.  It was fine for awhile, but now, both my husband and I have aching back most days.  We won’t be able to replace the mattress right away, but when we do, we plan to get a better quality (and more expensive) mattress.

When we were first married, we got sheets for one of our wedding presents.  The problem was that the thread count was so low, after only a few weeks of use, the sheets were nubby.  Yuck!

Now, we’re getting ready to replace our current set of sheets.  We’re looking carefully at thread count versus price.  There are some sheets out there with very high thread count, but are they worth the price?


What is the truth about thread count?

If you do not already know what the thread count is, it’s the number of threads woven into one square inch of the fabric of your bedding. The number takes into account both the horizontal (weft) and vertical (warp) threads. It is generally considered by most people that a high thread count means bedding is softer. This may be the case but it does not always apply. Some manufacturers weave extra threads into the weft.

These extra threads are known as picks and they do not contribute to the softness of the fabric. You can see how the thread count of fabric can be manipulated so you should not just rely on thread count alone. You should always try and opt for being that is 100% Egyptian cotton; this is the best standard of cotton. You should also consider where the bedding was woven; Italian weaving is some of the best.

Why are mattress toppers such a good idea?

In addition to comfortable bedding on your bed, it’s also important to have a comfortable mattress. There may be times when you need to improve the comfort of your mattress but you do not really want to spend money on buying a replacement.  (That’s us!)  If this is the case then investing in a mattress topper is a good idea.

There are many different qualities that you can find in a mattress topper. It may surprise you to learn that you can even buy a mattress topper which can help cool your sleeping environment. This is especially useful if you are one of those people who become very hot during the night. Take a look at this Slumber Cloud Nacreous review for more details. If you invest in a mattress topper, you can also improve the following aspects of your mattress:

  • Comfort
  • Support
  • Firmness
  • Durability

Purchasing a mattress topper can really help to make your bed a more comfortable place to sleep. Although the thread count of your bedding can be important, it certainly is not the only thing you should consider when buying bedding that will help you to get a good night’s sleep.

What are your favorite sheets?  We’re open to suggestions!

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