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Anatomy of a Brooklinen Sheet

We have the best sheets in the business, but how? To explain,
we have to delve deep into the science of fabric and weaving.
Let us break it down for you...

1. Long Fibers

At Brooklinen, we use only long-staple 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.

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.

Illustration of cotton fiber

2. Single Ply Yarn

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.

Illustration of yarn fiber

3. Finest 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.

Illustration of thread fiber

4. Thread Count

Thread count is the number of threads woven together in a square inch of fabric. As the thread count rises, the fabric becomes softer, denser and warmer.

A higher thread count does not necessarily mean a higher quality sheet.

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.

Illustration of thread count

5. Finishing

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.

Illustration of finishing machine

6. Weaves

The weave of a fabric ultimately affects how it looks and feels.
Both our weaves are 100% cotton however, they are distinctively
different in texture.


Illustration of Percale weave


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.

Here at Brooklinen, our Classic Collection is made with the Percale weave.

Illustration of sateen weave


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 more tightly woven and heavier in weight than Percale, making it warmer and buttery soft, ideal for year-round comfort.

The Luxe Collection at Brooklinen is made of the Sateen weave.

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We’re raising our prices soon.

Since our launch five years ago, prices of cotton and other key commodities have significantly increased. Paying our suppliers fairly and providing you with the best products on the market is paramount to us—to that end, prices of some of our Classic and Luxe sheets will rise up to 15% starting March 26th, 2019.