A thread count is the number of cotton threads there are in a square inch of fabric and tells you how closely woven the fabric is.
Don't be deceived into thinking that the higher the thread count, the better the product, because different types of bed linen require different thread counts to produce the finished product. Starting at 180 thread count all the way thro to over a 1000.
We headed over to our favorite, The White Company, to browse their bedlinen collection.
The White Company uses the following thread counts 200, 280, 300, 400, 600, 720 & 800, so we've picked some star buys!
Combining decorative elegance with modern simplicity, the pretty pompom edge detail puts a playful spin on classic bed linen. Made exclusively in Vietnam, from high-quality, 200-thread-count cotton percale, Avignon feels wonderfully smooth, crisp and cool against your skin and launders beautifully. Ideal for adults, teenagers or the spare room, it also makes a wonderful first-home gift. Available in white and soft grey
The Genoa collection. This striking bed linen collection is a great way to add colour to your bedroom, while retaining the pristine smart feel of a five star hotel. Made of 280-thread-count pure cotton sateen, Genoa feels exquisitely soft against your skin and has a subtle smooth sheen. Choose from a range of beautifully muted colours on that fabulous Oxford border.
The Brompton collection. With its wide, graphic double border, smart new Brompton is the perfect choice for those who want to create a designer-hotel-bedroom look with a touch of fabulous colour. Made in Italy from luxurious 300-thread-count, Egyptian-cotton sateen, Brompton feels gorgeously soft and silky against the skin and has a beautiful, subtle lustre.
Savoy is ultra smooth 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton percale bed linen, which has an exquisitely soft feel and a beautiful drape. Made exclusively in Italy, home of the world's finest bedding, the collection is finished with an immaculate trim of densely stitched cord.
Belvedere is one of the smartest bed linen collections, with an exquisitely soft feel and beautiful drape. It's made exclusively in Italy, home of the world's finest bed linens, using 600-thread-count Egyptian cotton sateen. A combination of herringbone and plain sateen weaves creates a subtle stripe and sheen, which is finished with a border of pristine piping.
The ultimate in bed linen luxury, Pimlico is made exclusively in Portugal using highest quality 720-thread-count Egyptian cotton percale. The result is an exquisitely soft, crisp and smooth feel against your skin. It's a beautifully simple range of bedding - the only detail an elegant border of subtle picot stitching.
Beaufort the most premium bed linen collection, mad in Portugal using the highest quality, long staple Egyptian cotton yarns to create this ultra fine 800-thread-count sateen. With a silky smooth feel against your skin and a simple clean finish of classic piping, this luxurious bedding comes in single to emperor sizes.
Have a browse at all the bedlinens from The White Company here