Lets take a look at different types of Cotton Sheet

Thread count: Takes a square inch of fabric and the number of threads in that area will determine the thread. To get an idea of the thread count you could hold the cotton sheet up towards the light. If you can see the light fairly well you have a low thread count. Higher thread counts will show little to no light through the weave. 

Most desirable thread counts are between 200 and 400 there is a myth that higher thread counts equals high quality. When creating the cotton for the luxury bedding sets, the cotton is produced on a loom, these are limited to working with 400 threads. Any thing higher that that tends to have been cramming extra picks onto the loom.

Type of fabric

Cotton is the choice of fabric for sheets, but they are not all created the same. Below we take a look at some of the variations

Percale: This cotton is flat & smooth, closely woven and combed fabric that comes in 100% cotton  occasionally 50/50 cotton/poly blends, for instance the Children range in Sophie Allport is the Cotton/poly blend. The thread count expected is around 200.

Pima or Supima: With an Egyptian cotton feel and durability the fibres in the Pima and Supima cotton are made from  longer fibres. You will find Pima Cotton sheets are made from fibres grown in the Southwestern part of the U.S. and Egyptian is grown along the Nile River. Supima is made from extra-long staple Pima. Pima Cotton sheets will have thread counts from 200 to 300. They are extremely soft and luxurious.

Polyester/cotton vs. 100-percent cotton sheets: Poly/cotton sheets are a bit cheaper to make therefore more eared to to those on a budget. They last well with continual use and washing and don’t tend to wrinkle up like the 100% counterparts. These tend to be a great choice for children.


The weave of the fabric determines the feel. Sateen cotton sheets will be silky and smooth. Percale cotton sheets are crisp with a fresh feeling and if you love to have that snuggle feeling then you cant beat brushed cotton sheets.