Mind & Body

Should you buy linen sheets?

Linen sheets are important for comfort and good quality sleep. Here’s how to decide if they are worth investing in. 

If you care deeply about sleeping – and who doesn’t – you’ll know just how important comfort is in the bedroom. I’m not talking about feeling okay going the full nude in front of your new partner, I’m talking about sinking into your covers at the end of a hard day feeling like you’re being cradled and caressed by a summer’s evening breeze, then drifting off to the deepest, most satisfying sleep of your life.

That kind of comfort.

We hear a lot about cotton and thread counts when it comes to bedding, but something that’s gaining some traction around the socials lately is linen sheets in the boudoir.

Search Pinterest for linen sheets and you’ll notice something different from all the other bedding shots – they’re all rumpled and inviting looking like Bradley Cooper just woke up in them. No crisp hospital corners and neatly made beds here.

They’re so lived-in and comfy looking, in soft greys, whites and pastels, they all just make you want to dive right in and refuse to re-emerge for a week.

If you’ve never slept enveloped in linen sheets, it’s quite an experience, but it can vary depending on how old the sheets are. You see, sleeping in linen is a commitment. Not an Ariana Grande-Pete Davidson engagement type of commitment. We’re talking some serious attention given to washing them sheets over and over to get them all snuggly soft.

Linen brands to shop right now:

Bed Threads

Sheridan’s Abbotson Linen collection

Sogno Linen Collection from Canningvale Australia

Adairs Vintage Washed Linen range

Don’t get me wrong – you can wash them and then sleep on them the day you buy them, and they’ll be fine, if ever so slightly rough. But the pay-off comes after you’ve had them for a while and they start to soften up for you. That’s when owning linen sheets makes you a part of a secret club of people that walk around looking well-rested and with that knowing smile on their faces. Because they know how good linen is. They know.

And don’t freak out if you think ‘cosy’ means warm. The joy of linen is that it keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter. Remember how everyone’s mum in the 90s had a wardrobe full of linen blouses they wore with their tailored shorts?

They all got ditched when everyone got jack of ironing, but there’s no ironing required here. Not unless that’s your kink, in which case, linen sheets could keep you entertained for hours.

But relax into the crushed look and you’ll be laughing. And sleeping. And happy.

So look, it’s up to you. If you want the best night’s sleep of your life and you’re willing to put in the hard yards of a bit of laundry to loosen things up, you are in for a treat. If you’d rather keep your sharp hospital corners and count threads, stick with cotton.

But us linen converts will be the ones smiling at you on the street, beatific smiles set firmly in place, because we know the secret.

If you’re looking for a gateway set, Australian brand, Bed Threads, is the only 100 per cent French Flax Linen Bedding Set that comes with everything you need to sleep well — two pillowcases, a duvet cover and a fitted sheet.

Happy summer sleeping.

This article was originally published on November 5, 2018 and updated on October 6, 2020.

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