What is all the fuss about linen sheets? What makes linen bedding more expensive? Is linen soft to sleep in? These are just a few of the questions that people ask when contemplating the purchase of linen sheets. Well look no further, this post will answer all your questions on linen sheets and even give you some beautiful linen bedding options to shop from .
Over the years, I have both collected vintage linen sheets, linen kitchen towels, linen aprons, linen table cloths and have converted most of the bedding in my homes to linen years ago! Linen is just a superior fabric and so wonderful to have in your home. Plus, linen only gets softer the more it is washed and the fabric is extremely durable as well!! If you have never had pure linen bedding before and you wonder what all the hype is about it, here is the low down! Take a peek below at the 5 top reason's to use linen sheets and then head over to read all about the linen apron too.
Reasons to Love Linen Sheets
Linen is both breathable and absorbent. The fabric is so lightweight and the comfort level is off the charts! It only gets better every time you wash it! Linen is also highly absorbent so all of you that sweat in your sleep, linen won’t aid in that process. It will just help to absorb it!!
- 2Easy Care
Contrary to popular belief, there are no special rules when it comes to caring for linen bedding and sheets. Linen can be washed in the washing machine, best done in cold water, and tumble dry or hung out on the line. Although most fabrics look worse when they wrinkle, a high quality linen shows well with wrinkles. If you don't love this look, linen will smooth simply by spritzing the fabric with water or bedding spray.
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- 3Durability & Strength
You will always get your money’s worth out of linen as it is known as the worlds strongest natural fibre which makes it very long lasting. Linen doesn't loose it shape, in fact, it only gets softer over time. If cared for properly, you should be able to have your linen products last for years to come. These tips about caring for and washing linen will help your linens lasting a lifetime.
- 4Eco Friendly & Sustainable
Linen is made out of Flax plant. The entirety of the plant is used in the process of making linen fabric so it doesn’t leave a foot print. Flax is cultivation is also more sustainable than that of cotton which makes it a smart choice of fabric off the get go. It is also completely biodegradable, meaning you won't be adding textile waste to the environment when you are finished with your bedding products! If you do decide to discard old linen bedding, hang on to the salvageable material and use it for other things around the home. Cut the left over linen into table runners, hand towels, Christmas stockings etc. Even just hang a chunk of raw edge linen on a hook to add some texture to any space.
Tip* Instead of opting for an expensive linen duvet cover, why not try using a linen top sheet as a coverlet instead. This way, you can change up your linen bedding easily for every season!
All of you with skin sensitivity, linen sheets will be your new best friend!! Linen comes from the flax plant, which cellulose-based fibres are considered hypoallergenic. A high quality linen also features tight-weave structures, which help eliminate dust mite access. This makes it the perfect choice for individuals with sensitive skin as well.
- 4Temperature Regulating
No matter the time of year or climate you live in, linen fabric will do its job to keep you comfortable!! One of the amazing qualities of linen is the ability to wick moisture, thus keeping you dry and odour free. It also has the ability to regulate body temperature. Depending on the weight of linen, it is both breathable but also has a high insulating value which makes it amazing to sleep in year round. In the summer, you stay cool and in the winter you stay warm.
Caring for Linen Sheets and Bedding
Linen is a very old and simple fabric, which means caring for it is also very simple to do! That said, there are still some techniques to washing linen that will help your linen sheets and your favourite linen apron last a lifetime! Linen items can hand washed or machine washed, either of these methods work fine and won’t stretch or shrink your linens. If you do experience damage during wash, it may be related to the quality of the linen fabric or the chemicals in your detergents. Be sure to read the manufacturers instructions on washing your linen and follow these steps on how to wash linen for the best results.
Linen should be stored in a cotton or muslin fabric when not being used. For linen sheets and bedding, try putting your sets in a cotton pillowcase before placing them in the linen closet. This practice will ensure that your linen fabric stays fresh and doesn't take on any unwanted smells or stains will being kept in storage.
How to Choose Linen Sheets
Choosing linen sheets can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. It is important to do the proper research when purchasing linen and not just grab the first set you come across. Cheaper linen will not be handmade and will never showcase the quality of a higher end linen. You may find that a cheaper linen will have a looser weave, and be prone to tearing or inconsistent dying. Do your research and consider all factors including :
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Hopefully you have found some helpful information on linen sheets and bedding. If you still have questions, please leave them in the comments below and I will do my best to answer them for you. As always, you can also find me over on Instagram. Now that you have done your research on linen sheets, head over and shop/learn about the linen apron!
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