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What is a Good Thread Count for Duvets and Comforters?

by Mitchell Chitiz |

When buying bedding, it is guaranteed that you have heard of the term thread count by now. Many people believe that bedding with a high thread count will be of better quality. However, this is very much dependent on where you are buying your products. 

Did you know that thread count is important for comforters and duvets too? In this article, we will explain the importance of understanding thread count and guide you through what is a good thread count when buying duvets and comforters. 

 

What is Thread Count? A Definition

First, let’s cover the basics. Thread count refers to the number of threads that have been woven together in a single inch of fabric. The yarn is woven in a crisscross pattern and the finer the threads, the softer the fabric will be.  

The level of thread count that a final bedding product has is calculated by adding the number of horizontal threads (the wefts) with the number of vertical threads (the warps) in a single inch of fabric. For example, if there are 400 wefts and 400 warps in one single inch of fabric then the product would be given a thread count of 800. 

Thread count plays a very important role in determining the comfort and durability of duvets and comforters. However, don’t get fooled by the thread count number on a duvet’s or comforter’s tag. There are several other aspects that factor into the quality of this bedding product including quality of the fibre, size of the yarn, the finishing, and the overall construction. 

 

Down Comforter Thread Count Guide 

Choosing a Down comforter or duvet based on thread count should be dependent on two considerations: your sleeping environment and the level of comfort you’re looking for. 

Both comfort and insulating properties rely on thread count level. The higher the thread count, the more material the duvet can hold and the warmer that it will be. 

It is often recommended that those who live in colder climates, such as Northern Canada, choose a duvet or comforter with a higher thread count as it can insulate more heat. However, if you live in a warmer climate then a light thread count would be more suitable for your needs. 

In terms of quality, in most cases, the higher the thread count, the softer the fabric will be as the threads are smoother and more tightly woven. However, this is dependent on how the product is manufactured. If high quality materials aren’t used, even a high thread count duvet can feel stiff, dense and coarse. 

This also doesn’t necessarily mean that a low thread count is of poor quality. While the weave used in low thread count products is thicker, as long as the material is of high quality you can still expect it to be soft.

 

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Thread Count Ranges


There are three ranges for thread count that are typically used in the manufacturing of Down duvets and comforters: light, medium and heavy. See our table below for a better indication of which range is a better match for your bed. 


Range

Thread Count

Qualities

Best Suited For

Light

300 - 500

  • Soft
  • Thin
  • Light
  • Weighs between 4 and 5 pounds
  • Provides basic durability

This range is best suited for those who are warm sleepers or live in a warmer climate that wouldn’t require as much insulation.

Medium

500 - 800

  • Soft
  • Has an average weight and thickness
  • Weighs between 6 and 7 pounds
  • Provides a good level of durability

A medium-range Down duvet or comforter is better suited for those that live in a temperate climate. A Down duvet with a thread count between 500 and 800 will provide enough comfort and warmth without being overbearing.

Heavy

1000-1500

  • Very soft
  • Thick 
  • Heavy
  • Weighs between 9 to 10 pounds
  • Is extremely durable

A Down duvet or comforter with a high thread count above 1000 is best suited for those who live in very cold climates and rely on excellent insulating properties to keep them warm during even the coldest of winter nights.


A good rule of thumb to follow is that any Down duvet or comforter which is made using high quality cotton and has a thread count over 250 will be guaranteed to give you the quality that you’re looking for. In fact, many comforters and duvets that have a thread count of 400 and over are considered luxury bedding products. 

 

Durability is Dependent on Maintenance

If you’re searching for a duvet that is durable and will last for a long time, although thread count range will come into play here, so will how you maintain and care for your duvet

Durability is dependent on how the product is maintained. If you wash your duvets and comforters on a regular basis, then this could damage the materials and the product’s ability to insulate. Down comforters and duvets should only be washed at least once a year. Any more than this and you may be doing more harm than good. 

 

Snuggle Up with a Comfortable Down Comforter or Duvet

Investing in a good quality Down comforter or duvet will not only improve your sleep but also your life. As you know, sleep quality determines the kind of day you have so why not set yourself up for the best life you can have by buying quality bedding products. 

Westex’s Luxury White Goose Down Comforter offers a soft and cozy feel. It is made with high quality Goose Down, a 100% combed cotton sateen shell and a 400 thread count Down-proof cover. The Down fill is treated with Ultra-Fresh Antimicrobial Technology meaning that it protects against mould, mildew and stains and its baffle box construction ensures that the Down clusters stay evenly distributed. 

Interested in hearing more about our premium bedding collection? Get in touch with us today for more information.

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