The Guide To Linen

Linen is one of the oldest fabrics available in the world. Worn for thousands of centuries, linen is known for its quality, breathability, and is an environmentally friendly and all-natural fabric.

When you’re looking to buy bedding, luxury linen should be at the top of your wish list. We uncover some commonly asked questions in this ultimate guide to buying linen.

Why is linen good for bedding?

Whether you’re looking to invest in a whole bedding collection or just a duvet cover or flat sheet, linen is the perfect fabric for bedding.

  • All natural with little processing  
  • Able to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter
  • Linen fabric becomes softer to the touch the more it’s used
  • Anti-static
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Ideal for people with skin conditions and allergies
  • Stronger than cotton

Is linen natural or synthetic?

Linen is a natural fabric. This is in comparison to non-natural (synthetic) fabrics such as nylon, spandex, or polyester. Synthetic fibres (often found in duvet covers) are man-made, whereas natural fabrics come from natural sources such as animal fur, cotton seeds, silkworms, and, of course, flax (which is what we use for our linen collections).

The main benefit of choosing a natural fibre bedding is that the product is entirely biodegradable and sustainably manufactured from beginning to end. Linen can also be recycled and reused, making it one of the best environmentally friendly fabrics available on the market.

How long does linen last?

Linen can easily last for decades and is often handed down through generations as a family heirloom. As long as your linen is cared for correctly, your bedding will turn out to be one of the best long-term investments you can make.

This is because linen is extremely durable, often 30% stronger than cotton, and with each wash, linen bedding becomes softer and doesn’t wear down as quickly as cotton sheets. This is because linen has the ability to absorb moisture at a higher rate.

Is linen warm in winter?

When the cold nights set in, it makes sense that you’ll be looking for a fabric that you can throw over your bed and keep you nice and warm. Linen is the perfect material due to its naturally insulating fibres. Linen will retain heat and when layered properly, can become one of the warmest fabrics available.

How breathable are linen sheets?

Linen is one of the most breathable fabrics on the market. The weave and lightweight fibres ensure that the airflow is continuous, therefore leaving you cool in the summer. An additional benefit is that linen will naturally wick away sweat, leaving your body at the optimum temperature to ensure a good night’s sleep.

Is linen wrinkle free?

Linen has many benefits, including being natural, breathable, and environmentally friendly. However, linen is not wrinkle free.

Personally, we prefer the laid back, romantic style that wrinkled linen brings to a bedroom. Bed linen isn’t made for the clean-cut image. But if you want to minimize the number of wrinkles in your linen bedding, you can always iron the bedding when it’s slightly damp. But of course, through general wear and your body being in contact with the bedding, wrinkles will appear.

You may be asking “why does linen wrinkle?”. The answer is all in the fibre used to construct and make the linen. Because linen is made from the flax plant, the fibres are more rigid and have a tendency to crease and wrinkle, instead of bending back into shape. When the fibres break entirely, this causes linen to permanently wrinkle, giving the fabric its well-known ‘worn’ look.

Need more help buying your linen bedding? Get in touch with Sömn Home, we’re here to help.