Introducing Linen: What Are the Bedding Benefits?

Linen is one of the world’s oldest fabrics and has been used for many years. From sustainability and durability to hidden health qualities, we explore the many benefits of linen bedding. 

Linen becomes softer after each wash 

How do you like your bedding to feel? Get linen sheets wrong and they can feel stiff and rough. Get linen sheets right and they will feel irresistibly soft and airy, like someone whipped up the clouds and spun them into bedding. 

We like to compare linen bedding to a fine wine… it gets better and better with age. The more you sleep in linen, and the more you wash it, the softer your linen duvet and sheet set will become.

We spent two years with our mill in Portugal perfecting the feel of our pure linen sheets so they’re ultra-soft from the get-go (the type of soft it usually takes many washes to achieve). 

Linen bedding is ideal for sensitive skin

There are many health benefits of linen bedding – particularly when it comes to skin. One of the biggest aggravators for sensitive skin is sleeping in tough, scratchy or synthetic material and that’s where the softness of natural linen can be a real treat if you have delicate skin.

If this wasn’t enough to win you over, the natural fibres (linen is made from flax plant) are bacteria resistant and hypoallergenic which is a win, win for sweaty sleepers (more on that later) and acne-prone skin. 

Both our linen bedding and cotton bedding is Oeko-Tex certified which means it’s manufactured to the strictest environmental and social standards. When sleeping in Bedfolk linen, you can sleep soundly knowing you’re not cuddling up with harmful chemicals or synthetics. Just pure, natural sheets. 

Bedfolk Linen in Ink blueSofter with every sleep...

Linen is the perfect choice all year-round

We know it’s not the sexiest of topics but sweating in your sleep is a thing, and linen bedding can be a great solution.

The unique weave of linen bedding allows for airflow and makes it breathable, whilst its moisture wicking properties have the effect of a natural anti-perspirant for those hot nights spent tossing and turning. Science aside, this explains why linen bedding is always a popular choice in the summer.  

What many don’t know is that linen is the perfect bedding for year-round use. If the quality and weight is right (not too dense, not too lightweight), linen bedding can also work as a natural insulator to keep you warm and cosy in the winter.

Bedfolk Linen in Rose with White Linen SheetsBreathable and moisture wicking 

Linen is environmentally friendly 

We’re often asked, ‘How sustainable is linen?’ At Bedfolk our ethos is buy once, buy well and that’s why we love linen bedding because we’re all about things that last.

Linen is made from flax which is one of the strongest natural textile materials. It doesn’t require harmful pesticides and herbicides and after it’s been harvested, the remaining roots of the plant fertilise and cleanse the soil ready for the next batch to grow.

Linen is incredibly durable and it is made to last. If you invest your money in a linen duvet and sheet set, and care for it properly, it won’t need replacing for many years to come. And at the end of its life, it’s fully biodegradable, making linen a very sustainable choice for bedding.

All of our bedding is made from only the finest calibre materials, by the best makers in the world. In the case of our linen, that means Belgian and French flax, woven in the same world-class Portuguese mill that our cotton bedding is crafted in. 

Our pure linen sheets are the kind of luxury heritage-grade linen that our team of Portuguese makers pass between generations. They really are that good.  

Oeko Tex Certified Bedfolk Linen Made in Mill in PortugalLuxury heritage-grade linen made in Portugal

Linen is effortlessly stylish

Linen bedding has the perfect “just woke up like this’ scrunch factor. Its relaxed look is timeless and effortlessly stylish. It’s the kind of bedding that looks good thrown on the bed; no styling, tucking or folding required.

Linen sheets are a total dream to wash and dry and they look and feel their best when they’re unironed. That means less time between washing and hopping back into bed.

Our founder and Head of Product Jo spent 2 years perfecting our linen bedding and found that one of the hidden pros of sleeping in linen is that it’s ‘bedhead-resistant’. An unexpected bonus that saves precious time in the morning, allowing for an extra ten-minutes in bed. What’s not to love.

Ready to sleep in the perfect linen sheets?

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As always, our team of comfort addicts are always available for any questions, and love to hear from you. Get in touch here.