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post #2161 of 2411
Talking of pillows: what you do you chaps do for bed linen?

I was killing time waiting for someone in a London department store and I happened upon this 1000-thread-count linen which was just absurdly soft. I hadn't really given any thought to bed linen at any point in my life theretofore, but since buying this stuff my sleep has been incredible. It made me wonder if I've been missing out. Is there even better stuff out there? Or is this high thread-count thing just a gimmick like Super 200s?
Edited by Loathing - 10/9/13 at 12:21pm
post #2162 of 2411
thread count is a gimmick - every company counts somewhat differently. very high counts are typically the result of shorter cotton staple being used; whereas you really want a long, high quality cotton. the softness may be from fabric softeners that they've treated the cotton with.

did you purchase an actual linen set or is it cotton (and you are using the term linen)?
post #2163 of 2411
Oh yes the sheets I bought are cotton.
I did ask about fabric softener and the shop assistant said that they are not treated with any chemicals and should not be washed with fabric softener either. She said ideally hand-wash with warm water or take to specialist cleaners. She also claimed the fibres used are extremely long but small in diameter, which is what allows them to be woven so densely.

What's particularly strange is that these sheets are not wafer-thin and diaphanous as is high-thread-count shirting or suiting. They are thick -- proportionately thicker than those with lower thread-counts. Consequently, they do not crease in the same crinkly way of 150tc shirtings -- instead they sort of "rumple" in a soft and rather charming manner. The shop assistant, and some reviews I read online, claimed that the sheets are also much more hard-wearing than sheets with lower counts -- which, again, runs counter to my experience with shirtings.

What also puzzles me is that a little bit of googling tells me that 1000tc sheets have become very much de rigueur in high-end department stores, but the highest counts for shirting seem to be about 150. Obviously they are using a different method of counting -- but what exactly are the different methods and why do they differ?
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post #2165 of 2411
A Google search on my iPhone threw up those exact two articles, and a handful of others, and I read them before buying the sheets. But they are completely inconclusive -- just a bunch of bromides and platitudes.
post #2166 of 2411
I don't like soft sheets. We use relatively rough linen.
post #2167 of 2411
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Originally Posted by Loathing View Post

A Google search on my iPhone threw up those exact two articles, and a handful of others, and I read them before buying the sheets. But they are completely inconclusive -- just a bunch of bromides and platitudes.

personally i think it's pretty much bullshit. i buy frette and sferra that don't have advertised thread counts and have been very happy.
post #2168 of 2411
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Oh yes the sheets I bought are cotton.
I did ask about fabric softener and the shop assistant said that they are not treated with any chemicals and should not be washed with fabric softener either. She said ideally hand-wash with warm water or take to specialist cleaners. She also claimed the fibres used are extremely long but small in diameter, which is what allows them to be woven so densely.

There are dry cleaners that specialize in bed linen?

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I'm sorry, I get enough of that sort of thing from my shirts. I am not letting my sheets get in on the act, too.
post #2169 of 2411

Having your sheets professionally laundered and ironed is one of life's great pleasures.

 

lefty

post #2170 of 2411
I have recently started ironing my sheets, and it is great. Maybe incredibly OCD, but I love it.

Not big timer enough to have someone do it for me, though.
post #2171 of 2411
I use flannel
post #2172 of 2411
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Having your sheets professionally laundered and ironed is one of life's great pleasures.

lefty

Do they also do pillows? Because I always thought the professional fluffer was a myth.
post #2173 of 2411
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Do they also do pillows? Because I always thought the professional fluffer was a myth.

Hmmm... I always thought that it meant something other than pillows when talking about a "professional fluffer".
post #2174 of 2411

My computer is in my living room!.

post #2175 of 2411
Were the sheets from Frette, Pratesi or Porthault?

Porthault is unusually expensive even among these generally highly priced luxury sheet brands.
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