Linen has been prized for centuries as a luxurious choice for bed sheets.
In addition to its well-earned reputation for keeping you cool and fresh in hot weather, linen has a range of incredible natural qualities that make it ideal to sleep in for many people.
- It's breathable: The flax fiber’s hollow core creates high air permeability and heat conductivity that make linen both breathable and temperature regulating, which keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
- It's long-lasting: Thanks to its long natural fibers, linen is one of the strongest and most durable natural fabrics, which makes it a great investment as it won’t succumb to wear and tear as quickly.
- It's absorbent: Linen can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture before feeling wet, and its hollow fibers move moisture easily through the fabric, making it naturally wicking and keeping you dry even if you sweat.
- It's hypoallergenic: Another benefit of its moisture wicking properties is that linen is a bacteria resistant and anti-allergenic fabric, so it is recommended for people with allergic reactions or sensitive skin.
- It's eco-friendly: The highly resilient flax plant requires no irrigation (meaning it uses little water) and few or no pesticides when it is grown in its ideal climate and soil conditions in France and Belgium. Additionally, the whole flax plant can be used which leaves no waste, and it is fully biodegradable. The dying process is what can leave the greatest footprint, so only choose products that are OEKO-TEX® certified.
So, if you’re a warm sleeper, want your sheets to last, sweat when you sleep, have sensitive skin or allergies, or are environmentally conscious, consider trying linen sheets.
But isn’t it rough and scratchy to sleep on?
No! High quality pure linen sheets don’t feel anything like those stiff, starched linen shirts or tablecloths that you may be thinking of. They have a soft and lofty feel and become increasingly softer with each use and wash.
Our linen sheets are pre-washed which creates a soft fabric that does not feel rough or scratchy at all!
Pure linen has a distinct texture and luster that feels lofty and luxurious without being stifling, making it beautiful in your bedroom and a treat to sleep on.
Okay... but why are linen sheets more expensive than cotton sheets?
Pure linen is more costly due to the more difficult and laborious process of cultivating and producing linen. The very best linen comes from flax cultivated in France and Belgium where climates and conditions are ideal, so production is still less mainstream than some other more ubiquitous fabrics.
You can now find flax grown in other places in the world that don’t have ideal natural conditions, resulting in a lower quality product that may be less expensive. But like many things in life, you get what you pay for.
What about wrinkles? I don’t want to have to iron my sheets!
Then don’t! We don’t. We love the charm and laid-back relaxed look of pure linen's inherent soft wrinkles.
There are some tricks for making linen sheets less “wrinkly”. One is to take your sheets out of the dryer while they are still slightly damp and either hang them to finish drying or just smooth them over your bed. They’ll dry quickly and you’ll see they will be smoother looking than if you’d let them dry completely in the dryer.
Another option is after you put your bottom sheet on the bed, give it a light spritz of water or linen spray and smooth it out with your hand. Do the same with your top sheet, duvet cover and pillow cases.
If you’re really serious about de-wrinkling, think about using a hand held steamer.
We’ve also discovered there are some people who actually like ironing, so if that’s you or if you like that pressed look, go for it!