Styling (or restyling) your space is one of the most exciting yet overwhelming projects to take on. Everything from bedding, pillows and wall hangings is all up to your deciding, so why not throw in another thing to worry about? Thread count!

Though it may sound irrelevant, thread count is actually quite useful when shopping for the perfect set of sheets. Fortunately, I was able to catch up with Andrea Bernstein, president of Millworks Los Angeles, whose company has collaborated with Dormify on some of their to-die-for bedding collections. She gives the 411 on the importance of thread count and how it applies to all of you eager shoppers.


Jen Cole: In short, how would you define thread count so that the everyday customer or online shopper would understand?

Andrea Bernstein: “It is the number of threads per square inch in any woven fabric that are woven from the warp (the north/south facing threads on a loom) and the weft (the east west facing yarns on a loom).”

JC: Why is thread count important? 

Andrea: “It is viewed as ‘the more threads per inch- the better the fabric.’ However, some foreign fabrics boast in excess of 400 TC (or threads per inch). It is impossible to put this many fine yarns on a loom, so the weavers place several tiny yarns together and place them in the exact same loops on the weaving loom. Because they have more yarn “ends,” they can call it 600 TC, 800 TC or whatever. The bottom line is that 400 TC is really the maximum amount of yarns you can fit on a loom.”

JC: What is considered a “good” or “high quality” thread count level?

Andrea: “It’s relative to the product. I like 250-300. I think it’s a really good, adequate thread count. Higher counts are nice also- but since we print so much on fabric, the thread count is really less important.”

JC: What thread count would be ideal or realistic for college students moving into dorm rooms or apartments?

Andrea: “I think a 200-250 TC is perfect, durable, strong, easy to wash, not too precious and will last.”

JC: Any advice to young people who are looking to stylishly design their own space?

Andrea: “Go for easy-care fabrics that can be washed without worrying about special care. Hand washing and dry clean in college is really hard when you have a group laundry in the basement of your dorm. I would go for high design content, bright prints… and don’t try to match anything too much. Keep it fun and irreverent. Mix your stuff from home with new pieces you like, [and] develop your taste in colors…prints and graphics…”

Check out Dormify’s new Teal Ikat Duvet collection along with many others made by Andrea’s company, Millworks.