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Finding the Best Sheet Thread Count for Kids

Finding the Best Sheet Thread Count for Kids

Your children deserve the most comfortable night’s sleep – and finding the right thread count is one way to help guarantee it! The best sheet thread count for you and your kids will depend on a few factors which we’ll explore below. 

Sleep is so important towards your child’s wellbeing, development and growth. Uncomfortable bed sheets can have a huge impact on their sleep hygiene which can cause big problems down the line. To ensure the sweetest of sweet dreams, the right bedding is essential! 

What does thread count mean?

Thread count describes the number of threads that are woven together per square inch of fabric. 

There is a limit to how many threads can weave into a square inch of fabric – so the highest thread count you can find is between 500 and 600. Anything advertised as having a thread count above 600 is misleading – this number likely comes from the sheets using cheaper multi-ply thread, as it isn’t possible for an accurate cotton thread count to exceed around 600. 

For example, a 200 thread-count fabric might be advertised as a 600 thread-count fabric if it uses cheaper 3-ply threads (3 ply x 200 thread count). So, a lot of the time when you see an exceptionally high thread count, what you’re really dealing with is a bit of marketing trickery. 

Polyester sheets might have higher thread counts but, as we’ll discuss below, these should be avoided. 

Choosing the best thread count for you

Most people associate a high thread count with higher quality, but as mentioned, the best thread count for you and your kids really depends on what you’re looking for. Higher thread count generally implies a softer, more premium feeling sheet – but that comes at a price. Truth be told, most people are unlikely to feel the difference between a 200 thread count sheet and a 500 thread count sheet, though their wallet might. 

Whether you’re looking for a sheet for yourself or for your kids, just going for the highest thread count is rarely worth the cost.

Generally speaking, anything within a thread count of 150 – 350 will be more than enough for a good night’s sleep! If you really want a bit of luxury, you can journey beyond that, but remember that what really matters the most when it comes to quality is the thread itself and the way that it’s woven.

It’s not that thread count doesn’t matter at all – there are just other things you need to consider alongside thread count in order to find the best sheets for you and your family. 

Choosing the best bed sheet fabric for you

Perhaps you’d prefer a lighter sheet for summertime and something thicker to keep you warm in the winter, but with the right sheets you should be able to use the same thread count and fabric year-round without worry. It’s just about striking the perfect balance, and finding the right fabric. With certain fabrics, 200 thread count sheets will be great in any season – cooling in the summer and warming in the winter. 

Cotton sheets for kids

If you want a long-lasting, breathable sheet that stays smooth and cosy for years to come – cotton is the way to go. You want to go for a cotton fabric that has longer fibers (known as extra-long staple cotton) – as cotton with short fibers tends to get itchy. Egyptian cotton is perhaps the best example of an extra-long staple cotton that is great for bed sheets. Egyptian cotton of any thread count is sure to offer a premium, smooth feel that will help kids get to sleep with ease. 

Linen, silk and polyester

Linen or silk may be tempting in the summer – but they’re not quite as durable or adaptable as a high-quality cotton. A premium cotton with a thread count above 200 will be silky smooth and light but more long-lasting than silk and linen. 

The same goes for polyester, which is a lot cheaper than other options, but doesn’t quite offer the same level of quality and comfort. You might choose to go for a poly-cotton blend, but be wary of the potential risks.

Polyester is made using chemicals that can be dangerous for children with allergies. If your child has or develops polyester allergies, they’ll likely experience breathing problems and sleeplessness, so if you’re going for poly-cotton, first make sure it’s safe for your child. Always keep an eye out for anti-allergenic bedding, too.

These fabrics are not as breathable or durable as cotton. If your child is breaking out in night sweats or experiencing skin irritation when they sleep, it’s definitely time to switch to cotton. 

Finding the right cotton weave

Another important factor is how the cotton is woven. The ideal weave for bed sheets is cotton percale. Percale is a durable weaving technique that helps the sheet regulate body temperature and stays cool in the summer. The one under one over weaving method of cotton percale gives it a smooth, comfy finish.

It’s important for your body to maintain a cool temperature to get a good night’s sleep, even throughout winter. If you do find that your bed sheets feel too cool – you’re better off having a blanket or throw handy rather than opting for a thicker, warmer sheet. The temperature regulating properties of cotton percale make it a fantastic choice for your children’s bed sheets. 

It’s important to note that while percale is best for kids’ bed sheets, it’s also the most prone to creasing compared to other cotton weaves. However, many cotton percale bed sheets are produced with non-iron properties.

Other weaves include sateen, which is known for its silky, luminous finish, and satin, which is similar to sateen but with an even glossier appearance and feel. Jacquard is perhaps the most intricate as it involves weaving a pattern out of the fabric, but this isn’t ideal for bed sheets.

Making sure you’ve got the right fabric and weave is really the most important factor. A 600 thread count with a cheap, rough polyester won’t be anywhere near as comfortable as a 200 thread count cotton percale sheet. 

Tips for kids’ bedding

To get the most out of your sheets and ensure they’re setting your kids up for a healthy night’s sleep, you should make sure you’re taking good care of the sheets. Here are some tips for extending the lifetime of your children’s bedsheets and ensuring they’re always as cosy as can be:

  • Wash new bed sheets before using them to rejuvenate them – they’ve spent a good deal of time in the factory and shop or warehouse, so it’s important to give them a wash so they’re as fresh as can be 
  • Wash bedding weekly to keep it hygienic and maintain its colour
  • Remove sheets from the washing machine as soon as the cycle is done so they don’t end up smelling damp
  • Bed sheets should be washed at a low temperature
  • Try to wash your sheets separately from clothing to avoid damage from zips, and separate your bedding into darks and lights before washing
  • It’s best to air dry your sheets on a clothesline to avoid having to iron them regularly – tumble dryers will cause creasing.
  • Make sure your child’s bed is the right size, with a great mattress and a sheet that fits it perfectly

Remember to consider the above tips when taking care of your kids’ duvets and pillowcases too!

Sweet dreams are made of this

All things considered – while going for the highest bed count may offer a touch of luxury, when it comes to the best thread count for kids you should aim for anywhere between 150 and 350. Look out for Egyptian cotton percale; you’ll be more than happy with the quality and feel and your kids will be absolutely delighted and sure to rest happily!