Everything You Need to Know About Linen Bedding

When it comes to bedding, choosing the right fabric is essential for a good night's sleep. Linen, with its unique textile properties, is becoming increasingly popular as a top choice for sheet sets, quilt covers, and pillowcases. In this blog post, we will explore why linen is such a great fabric for bedding and discuss its benefits and care instructions.

Here are some of our linen bedding products available:

armidayle-stonewashed-french-linen-coverlet-set-range-sage, armidayle-stonewashed-french-linen-valance-range-natural, aura-emile-fitted-or-flat-sheet-range-bronzed-olive, paloma-living-linen-kensington-edge-50x50cm-filled-cushion-sand, linen-house-lifestyle-nimes-linen-coverlet-white, armidayle-stonewashed-french-linen-standard-pillowcase-pair-olive, armidayle-stonewashed-french-linen-mega-sheet-set-range-ochre


What makes linen fabric special?

Linen is a natural fabric made from the fibres of the flax plant, and one of the oldest and most versatile fabrics in the world. It has been used for centuries due to its exceptional properties. It is made from the fibres of the flax plant, which are spun and woven into a versatile fabric.

One of the key advantages of linen is its breathability. The fabric allows air to circulate, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This breathability also helps to wick away moisture, keeping you dry and comfortable throughout the night.

Additionally, linen is known for its durability. It is two to three times stronger than cotton, making it a long-lasting investment for your bedding. Linen also becomes softer and more comfortable with each wash, ensuring a cosy yet grounded feel every time you climb into bed.

Here is a list of the textile properties of linen for more information:

  • Linen is thermoregulating, which means it can keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. Linen fibers have a hollow structure that allows air to circulate and moisture to evaporate, creating a comfortable microclimate for your skin.
  • Linen is hypoallergenic, which means it is suitable for people with sensitive skin or allergies. Linen is naturally resistant to dust mites, mold, and bacteria, and does not irritate or cause inflammation.
  • Linen is durable, which means it can last for a long time and withstand frequent washing. Linen is one of the strongest natural fibers, and it becomes softer and smoother with every wash.
  • Linen is eco-friendly, which means it is good for the environment and your health. Linen is made from a renewable and biodegradable resource, and it does not require pesticides or chemicals to grow or process.


Benefits of linen sheet sets, quilt covers, and pillowcases

Choosing linen for your sheet sets, quilt covers, and pillowcases offers a range of benefits. Firstly, linen is hypoallergenic, making it an excellent choice for those with allergies or sensitive skin. It is resistant to dust mites and bacteria, providing a cleaner and healthier sleeping environment.

Furthermore, linen has natural moisture-wicking properties, which help to regulate body temperature and prevent overheating. This is particularly beneficial for hot sleepers or those experiencing night sweats. Linen also absorbs moisture without feeling damp, ensuring a dry and comfortable sleep.

Another advantage of linen bedding is its ability to repel dirt and stains. The fabric has a natural resistance to dirt and does not easily absorb oils or liquids. This makes linen sheet sets, quilt covers, and pillowcases easier to clean and maintain.


Plain-dyed vs yarn-dyed linen bedding

Linen bedding can be plain-dyed or yarn-dyed, each offering its own unique qualities. Plain-dyed linen is dyed after the fabric is woven, resulting in a solid colour throughout. This creates a clean and uniform look, perfect for those who prefer a minimalist aesthetic.

On the other hand, yarn-dyed linen is dyed before the fabric is woven. This process allows for more intricate patterns and designs, as well as a greater depth of colour. Yarn-dyed linen offers extra fine detail and colour quality, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to your bedding.


How to Choose Linen Bedding

When choosing linen bedding, there are some factors that you should consider, such as:

  • The quality of the linen fabric. The quality of the linen fabric depends on the origin, the type, and the weave of the flax fibers. The best linen fabric comes from Europe, especially France and Belgium, where the flax plants grow in optimal conditions and are harvested and processed with care. The best type of linen fabric is 100% pure linen, which means it does not contain any synthetic or blended fibers. The best weave of linen fabric is percale, which means it has a tight and smooth weave that is crisp and cool to the touch.
  • The weight of the linen fabric. The weight of linen fabric indicates the thickness or density of the fabric. The higher the thread count, the heavier the weight. Think about how you sleep and whether or not you find yourself getting too warm or cold before deciding on what bedding you'd like. Most often, linen sheets fall somewhere between 150-200 threads per square inch, and is more importantly, not an indicator of the quality of the fabric. People shop linen because they love the way it looks, feels and breathes. That being said, there are thinner (lighter) and thicker (heavier) options available on the market.
  • The colour and the design of the linen bedding. The colour and the design of the linen bedding depend on your personal preference and your bedroom décor. Linen bedding can be plain-dyed or yarn-dyed, which affects the colour quality and the appearance of the fabric. Plain-dyed linen bedding means that the fabric is dyed after it is woven, which results in a solid and uniform colour. Yarn-dyed linen bedding means that the yarns are dyed before they are woven, which results in a more nuanced and textured colour.


Caring for your linen bedding

To ensure the longevity and beauty of your linen bedding, proper care is essential. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Machine wash your linen bedding on a gentle cycle with mild detergent. Use cold or lukewarm water.

2. Avoid using bleach, fabric softeners or harsh chemicals, as they can weaken the fibres, and also reduce the lifespan of the fabric.

3. Do not dry your linen bedding in direct sunlight, as this may cause colour fading. We recommend air drying in the shade, but if you're short on time or space, you can tumble dry on a low heat setting. Don't do this too often, however, as it may cause shrinkage.

5. Iron your linen bedding while it is still slightly damp for best results if you prefer a crisp, neat look. You can also skip the ironing and embrace the natural wrinkles and creases of the fabric, which add to its organic vibe.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is linen suitable for all seasons?
A: Yes, linen is a versatile fabric that can be used year-round. Its breathability keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Q: Does linen wrinkle easily?
A: Yes, linen has a natural tendency to wrinkle. However, this is part of its charm and gives it a relaxed, lived-in look.

Q: Can I use fabric softener on linen bedding?
A: It is best to avoid fabric softener, as it can leave a residue on the fabric and reduce its absorbency.

Q: How do I soften my linen bedding?
A: Linen bedding can feel a little stiff and rough when it is new, but it will become softer and smoother with every wash and use. You can also speed up the softening process by adding a cup of white vinegar or baking soda to the washing machine, or by using a fabric conditioner or a dryer sheet. If you've just bought them for the first time, putting them through a couple of machine cycles can help expedite the softening process.

Q: How often should I wash my linen bedding?
A: You should wash your linen bedding at least once a week, or more often if you sweat a lot or have pets or children. Washing your linen bedding regularly can help remove dirt, dust, and oils, and keep it fresh and hygienic.

Q: How do I store my linen bedding?
A: You should store your linen bedding in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated place, away from direct sunlight, which might cause colour fading. You can also fold your linen bedding loosely and place it in a cotton or linen bag, which can prevent dust and moisture from accumulating.

Q: How do I remove stains from my linen bedding?
A: You should treat stains on your linen bedding as soon as possible, before they set and become harder to remove. You can use a mild detergent and a soft brush or cloth to gently blot the stain, or you can soak the stained area in cold water with a stain remover. Do not rub or scrub the stain, as it can damage the fibres and spread the stain.

Q: How do I prevent pilling on my linen bedding?
A: Pilling is the formation of small balls of fibres on the surface of the fabric, which can affect the appearance and the feel of the fabric. Pilling can occur on any fabric, but it is more common on synthetic or blended fabrics. To prevent pilling on your linen bedding, you should wash it separately from other fabrics, especially those that shed a lot of lint, such as wool or fleece. You should also avoid using harsh detergents or bleach, which can weaken the fibres and cause them to break and form pills.


With its exceptional properties and numerous benefits, it's no wonder that linen is becoming the fabric of choice for bedding. Invest in linen sheet sets, quilt covers, and pillowcases to experience the ultimate comfort and luxury in your sleep sanctuary.