I read an article in the New York Times about thread count being fairly meaningless once sheets are labeled more than 400 threads per inch. Essentially, manufacturers are double counting threads once thread count gets above that 400 mark. The article quoted Julian Tomchin, who served as a Senior VP/Fashion Director for Home at Bloomingdale's, VP of Creative Services at Fieldcrest, and Senior VP of home-product development at Macy's.
“Once you get beyond 400 threads per square inch, be suspicious.” The standard for counting is to add each warp (vertical) and filling (horizontal) thread per square inch. The most that normally fits, he said, is 400, after which the threads are thinner and weaker. Some companies use two- or three-ply threads and multiply the count. “An 800-thread-count sheet made of two-ply yarn should legitimately be relabeled as 400,” he said. “That’s how you get 1,000 threads per square inch: creative counting.”
I started getting really picky about the quality of the material used in our sheets instead of just the thread count after reading that article. I used to get so impressed by high thread count sheets, but would be disappointed when they'd pill or when they didn't feel as soft as I thought they should. I stopped thinking I needed a linen closet full of sheet sets. Instead, I invested in two good quality sets and rotated between them. That was several years ago and I was recently looking to replace the bed linens I had.
While a group of friends was chatting about linens, Kelsey mentioned her great experience with Peacock Alley linens. Much of their sheeting has a 300 thread count, but is made of Egyptian cotton. Though their linens are expensive, they often show up on flash sale websites like One Kings Lane.
Well, you can imagine my surprise when I went into Tuesday Morning on a whim and saw rows of Peacock Alley sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers, and comforters in the bedding section.
The best part was that they were marked first quality. There wasn't anything wrong with the linens, they were just designs that were discontinued. The prices were incredible.
I wonder if the staff at Tuesday Morning had a laugh over my frenzied search through the stacks to find sheets for our guest room. When I found a set that was just right, I carried it to the register like I had precious cargo.
I don't know if every Tuesday Morning store has Peacock Alley linens, but if you're looking for some amazing sheets at a deep discount, it might be worth a trip to the store if you have one in your area.