Anatomy of a Brooklinen Sheet
The best sheets start with the best cotton
At Brooklinen, we use only long-staple Egyptian Cotton because it produces the longest,
strongest and finest cotton fibers in the world. In the case of cotton - a longer staple is a better staple.
Long-Staple Fibers - fewer ends exposed
Short-Staple Fibers - many ends exposed
Longer cotton fibers can be spun into stronger, finer yarns, and produce extremely smooth
and supple weaves. Shorter fibers can poke out of the weave, leading to a coarser, weaker fabric.
We exclusively use single-ply yarn because it produces the finest, strongest threads. It can only be spun
from long-staple cotton, and results in light, soft, yet extremely long-lasting sheets.
Multi-ply yarns are a group of weaker fibers twisted together to create a false strength. They use
mostly lower-grade, shorter-staple cottons, which result in thicker, coarser and heavier threads.
The fine thread spun from single-ply, long-staple cotton is responsible for the most sumptuous sheets.
To illustrate how this factors into the feel of a sheet, compare the threads woven in a burlap potato sack versus those
of a fine business suit. The finer the thread, the smoother, lighter and softer the resulting fabric.
By using single-ply, long-staple cotton, we are able to construct Brooklinen sheets using
only 60 and 80 yarn count threads, the finest available for cotton bedding.
Thread count is the number of threads woven together in a square inch of fabric. A higher thread count does not
necessarily mean a higher quality sheet. As the thread count rises, the fabric becomes softer, denser and warmer.
Thread counts advertised in excess of 500 are often misrepresented by manufacturers in order to trick customers. They count not just each
thread, but each ply spun together within each thread. As multi-ply construction is often used to strengthen lower-grade cotton,
a super high thread count can actually indicate the presence of a lower-quality sheet.
150 vertical + 150 horizontal =
300 single-ply thread count
Advertised at 300 TC
100 vertical + 100 horizontal =
200 3-ply thread count
Advertised at 600 TC
The sheet on the left is actually superior as the true thread count is 300 vs 200, made with higher quality, single-ply threads.
We use only Osthoff Singe finishing machines that are made in Germany and widely considered the finest
in the industry. Our production team has over 100 years of combined experience and a manufacturing formula
that gives our sheets a unique feel. Settings of the machinery are customized by each manufacturing team,
which ensures no sheet can be made to feel exactly like ours.
The weave of a fabric ultimately effects how it looks and feels. Both our weaves are 100% cotton however,
they are distinctively different in texture. Do you prefer a sateen sheet with a silkier feel and subtle sheen?
Or a percale sheet that’s lightweight, cool and crisp with a matte finish?
Percale is a traditional one-yarn-over and one-yarn-under weave that results in a matte finish with a cool, crisp feel. Its exceptional softness and durability means it gets better with every wash, without pilling. It’s lightweight and breathable, making it especially perfect for the summer months or warmer sleepers.
Sateen is a one-yarn-under and three-yarn-over weave. More thread surface exposed by the three-over, one-under weave is what gives sateen its signature silky-soft feel and luminous sheen. Sateen is usually more tightly woven and heavier in weight than percale, making it warmer and buttery soft, ideal for year-round comfort.