Bed is the best place in the world – some of us would argue that we would happily forgo any social interaction and instead just stay home, all snuggly buggly under the covers with our streaming services and a whole pepperoni pizza. I am one of these people.
There’s a lot of hype around bed sheet materials these days. It’s not all cotton, or the famous 2000’s hype material, Egyptian cotton. We’ve got bamboo, linen, silk… it starts to get hell confusing, and yet also means your bed lounging quality can go up infinitely.
We’re here to give you the Cliff’s Notes on all these types, and whether you’ll rate ’em or not.
Linen was the material for bedding of 2017. This is in part because it photographs like a dream – just try and tell me you didn’t spot a crushed linen pic on an influencers Instagram almost weekly. But it’s also a neat material to snooze in. It keeps you cool on hot days, and acts as an insulator to the cold on cool days. It’s also meant to soften at every wash, meaning it ages like a dream and just becomes more comfortable. Thought it’d be scratchy? Think again. If you buy good quality (Aussie company Bed Threads makes 100% flax linen bedding, for example) you’ll find it’s softer than you imagined.
GOOD FOR: People who love to get into a cool bed. It’s the most delightful in summer.
If you’re a fan of softer than a baby’s butt-style sheets, you’re missing out if you haven’t tried bamboo. It’s the softest thing ever – on par with silk (we’ll get to that in a sec) but minus the slippery, gonna-fall-out-of-bed feel. It’s insanely breathable, hypoallergenic, anti-microbial and temperature regulating. Aussie company Ettitude make amazing bamboo lyocell bedding, if you’re keen.
GOOD FOR: People who find soft sheets insanely calming – bamboo is soft as hell.
Look, let’s not discount cotton. Cotton is great! It’s just the old, trusty faithful so it gets less attention – and yes, there’s a difference between good cotton sheets and average ones. One of the biggest concerns people often have with cotton is the processing. There are loads of companies now that are committed to omitting synthetic fibres from their cotton bedding, forgoing chlorine bleach to whiten it, and keeping chemical coatings outta there. Ecodownunder is one of ’em, and it’s another Aussie company. You know all the benefits of cotton – it’s breathable, it’s comfortable, and it’s soft.
GOOD FOR: People concerned about chemicals and additives in their sheets – if you go to the right place, you’ll be free of a lot of that.
Silk is a weird one. I’m including it mainly for silk pillowcases. You would literally have to be loa-ded to own an entire silk sheet set – a good quality one, that is. They’re up in the $500 range, minimum. But a silk pillowcase is an A+ investment idea if you’re concerned about your skin and hair health. See, silk isn’t porous like cotton, linen and bamboo. So in regards to skin, it keeps your skincare products right where you want ’em – on your face, not absorbed into your pillow. It also moves with you, which means less wrinkles over time when you get old. For hair, it’s known to help prevent split ends and keep blow-dries smooth and frizz-free for longer. Try Slip if you’re keen.
GOOD FOR: Um, everyone? Who doesn’t want great skin and hair.