Thread Count: What It Really Means

You may think that sheets displaying thread counts is a simple marketing ploy to make sheets seem more luxurious.  In truth, it is a scientific term with strict federal standards.  The thread count refers to the number of threads woven together in a square inch.  You count the warp and weft of the threads (lengthwise and widthwise).  To get a thread count of 200, you are counting 100 warp and 100 weft.  The higher in thread count, the finer the threads, the softer the sheet.  So is the sky the limit on thread count? – not really.  Anything above 400 will most likely only provide a higher price tag.

Besides thread count, there are other factors you want to consider when purchasing your sheets.  You want to look at the fiber of the material, the weave, which affects the way a sheet feels, looks, its longevity and price.  You also want to look at the finish and the dye of the fabric.





Bringing the Indoors Out – Guide to Choosing the Right Outdoor Area Rug

During the summer months, a lot of our living is done in the outdoors.  To make the outdoors more cozy and a proper extension of your home, give that space more of a completed touch by adding an outdoor area rug.   Here are a few things to consider when making your purchase:

Materials: You want to begin by first deciding on what type of material you want to use.  Options include natural and synthetic woven materials.  Natural fibers such as seagrass, jute, sisal, bamboo and hemp are all great options.  They are very strong, sustainable and can add a lot of visual texture to your space.  Your synthetic options include polypropylene, acrylic and plastic. These materials can be a good option if you live in a harsh climate because they will not easily damage.    Synthetic rugs can easily be hosed down and dried quickly.  They are also often less expensive than natural materials.

Size & Shape: You want to make sure the size of the area rug is in proper scale to your outdoor living space.  You want to begin by arranging your furniture and then decide how much coverage you would like with the area rug.  It is generally suggested to have either the front legs of your furniture on the rug or have all of them sitting on the rug.

Pattern & Color: Area rugs now come in all types of colors, sizes, shapes and patterns.  So choose something that is complimentary to your entire space and don’t be afraid to be bold!


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