Once you have tried linen bedding, you will never go back to your old cotton bedding.
Here are 7 good reasons why linen sheets is are so in now!
1. It is 100% natural
Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen textiles appear to be some of the oldest in the world, their history going back many thousands of years. Laborious to manufacture, linen fiber is very absorbent, and garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. The weight and drape of linen fabric is like no other. It can absorb a large amount of moisture without feeling wet, and because linen fibers are hollow, they dry quickly and feel very comfortable against the skin. Linen is a beautiful, natural fabric which softens dramatically over time, with each use. It is truly a wonderful gift from Mother Nature herself.
2. It looks and feels amazing
One of the main things people ask us about is the difference between Cotton and Linen sheets. This is in part because many people love the look and feel of linen, but have never experienced linen bedding in particular. Being that cotton has historically been the more popular choice for bed sheets. While cotton (from the cotton plant) and linen (from the flax plant) are both natural plant fibers that are very comfortable and breathable, there are many differences between them.
First off, linen and cotton feel completely different. In general, cotton will give you a smoother, flatter, one dimensional finish, while linen is thicker and crisper at first, but becomes more supple and lustrous over time. If you run your hands across a cotton sheet set, it will feel quite smooth. Whereas when you run your hand across a linen sheet, there is more of a natural texture to it. Both fabrics, however, are very soft to the touch and resilient to handling.
3. It is a strong fabric
Linen is the strongest of the vegetable fibers and has double, to three times the strength of cotton. Linen fibers can be very long, longer than cotton fibers, which is why cotton is easier to rip and linen is overall much stronger. Household linens are often handed down from generation to generation. Linen is known to be the world’s strongest and most durable natural fiber, lasting for decades when cared for correctly. It is so durable in fact, that it is used in the production of paper money to increase its strength! Linen is one of the few fabrics that is actually stronger wet than dry. The fibers do not stretch, and are resistant to damage from abrasion. Linen fibers can be very long, contributing to the fabric’s strength and longevity. However, because linen fibers have a very low elasticity, the fabric can eventually break if it is folded and ironed at the same place repeatedly over time.
4. It is eco-friendlier than cotton
Linen uses less resources in its production than cotton, so it is also a more eco-friendly, sustainable fabric. Specifically, the growing of flax requires five times less fertilizers and pesticides than cotton.
5. It just gets better over time
One of the most beautiful things about linen duvet covers and sheets is that it gets better over time! We can’t stress enough, that with proper love and care, your linen bedding will only look and feel nicer over time, becoming softer and silkier with each use. Unlike the smooth and flat cotton textile, linen feels a bit more granular and can even look patterned in certain colors. It typically varies somewhat in thickness, but is always a bit stiff when it comes straight out of the packaging. Again, linen fabrics really become much softer over time. Linen fabrics have a high natural luster. Their natural color ranges between shades of ivory, ecru, tan, or grey. Pure white linen is created by heavy bleaching.
6. Healtful Properties
It is hypo-allergenic, meaning that it has the natural ability to prevent bacterial growth. This is very important in the case of linen towels, as towels tend to be the perfect home for microbes. This concept applies also to your bedding. Linen bed sheets interact well with our bodies and contribute to overall wellbeing. Having antistress properties, linen bedding can help lead to a better sleep. Fine linen is one of the best fabrics for sensitive skin, and is often recommended to people with skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Ancient Egyptians used linen for its natural ability to help repel microorganisms!
7. It is easy to care - just wash and go
It’s a common misconception that linen is difficult to care for, or that it is “dry-clean only.” In actual fact, linen is super easy to clean and best NOT to dry-clean it. Linen has been cultivated and used as a textile for thousands of years. Being such a natural, simple fabric, caring for it is simple too. Linen actually becomes softer and more absorbent after each wash, which is one of the reasons we love it so much. Linen is relatively easy to care for, since it resists dirt and stains, has no lint or pilling tendency and can be dry-cleaned, machine-washed, hand-washed or steamed. It can withstand high temperatures, and has only moderate initial shrinkage.
You do not have to iron your Linen bedding – so just leave the wrinkles in your linen bedding, as it’s considered to be part of the charm! The most important thing when caring for your linen bedding is to read the product label on each particular item, as care instructions may vary between items, based on the unique construction of each fabric. Overall, machine washing your linen bedding is probably the easiest method of cleaning.
The last but not least...
Soile from Ada & Ina says who is a founder of Ada & Ina and has been working with linen fabrics and bedding over 20 years now and only sleeps in linen bedding that “We may be biased, but we think linen bedding is super cozy and chic with a laid-back feel. In terms of quality for your bedding and sleep, we’d say there’s nothing better than wrapping yourself in luxurious, 100% natural linen fabric bedding.”