Guide to Pure Cotton Bedding

Welcome to our informative guide on pure cotton bedding. Here, we will unravel three key industry terms: Cotton, Yarn Count, and Thread Count, aiding you in making optimal choices for ultimate sleep comfort.

 

Cotton

Cotton is the raw material for yarn and its quality is essential for bedding. High quality cotton sometimes can be more expensive than silk, such as Giza Egyptian cotton.

The labels for Pima and Egyptian cotton usually represent the origin of the cotton and do not necessarily guarantee the quality level.

The staple length is what determines the quality of the cotton, not just the place of origin. Therefore, long staple cotton is a must for comfort bedding.

Quality cotton always comes with a price tag. Apart from cost and texture, the yarn count also serves as a trustworthy indicator of cotton quality.

Nebula Grass’s Sateen-100 and Sateen-140 bedding is crafted from long-staple Pima cotton, promising a soft, smooth feel and long-lasting use.

 

Yarn Count

The English Cotton Count (known as “s”) is used in bedding to express the yarn count. While this system might seem complex, it essentially relates to the fineness of the yarn.

Standard bedding usually has a yarn count between 40s and 60s, hotel-quality bedding ranges from 60s to 80s, while luxury bedding varies from 100s to 200s.

A higher number indicates finer yarn, requiring sophisticated weaving techniques and better cotton. This results in bedding that is softer, smoother, and has a silky shine.

Fabric is woven by yarns on warp and weft. The warp and weft yarns are not always of the same value, but they should be similar fineness.

From 100s upwards, the yarn becomes so delicate that two threads are usually combined into one, approximately equating to the thickness of a 50s yarn. But the feeling is much better.

Nebula Grass's Sateen-100 bedding, with a blend of 50s warp and 100s weft, offers an excellent balance between affordability and comfort.

Meanwhile, our Sateen-140 bedding, crafted with 140s yarns in both the warp and weft, provides a luxurious feel distinct from most market offerings.

Bedding retailers in North America often omit yarn count, but this figure is crucial in explaining why certain bedding comes with a significantly expensive price.

 

Thread Count

Thread Count (known as TC) refers to the density of the fabric. Once the cotton has been spun into yarn, the next step is to weave the yarn into fabric.

The density of the fabric reflects the number of yarns present in a specific area. A higher thread count typically implies a greater concentration of yarns in a given space.

As warp and weft values can differ in fabric, density is shown as "200x100", indicating 200 warp and 100 weft yarns per unit area.

For simplicity, thread count usually adds up the number of warp and weft yarns. Thus, "200x100" becomes a 300 thread count.

Thread count is often misrepresented in the North American market. In fact, most bedding products that claim to be over 600 thread count fall into the realm of misleading advertising.

As previously mentioned, yarns from 100s upwards are so fine that two strands are usually combined into one, which is still considered a single thread in thread count calculation.

Hence, if two bedding sets both have a 300 thread count, but one uses 60s yarns and the other uses 100s yarns, there will be a significant price disparity and feeling difference.

At Nebula Grass we strive to be transparent with our customers. We use yarn count to name our bedding series and clearly indicate their thread counts.

A thread count of 300 is ideal for household use, offering softness and breathability. For those seeking a luxurious texture and silky finish, you may consider options with 400+ thread count.

 

Why Pure Cotton?

Pure cotton bedding benefits both adults and children. It provides superior breathability, softness, and moisture control, along with hypoallergenic properties.

It's easier to maintain than silk, and it's more eco-friendly than synthetic materials. Moreover, You will not experience any static electricity when using it in dry winter conditions.

Though quality cotton bedding may come with a higher price tag, it's a valuable long-term investment, contributing significantly to your sleep comfort and overall health.

 

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