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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Do or Don't: Linen bedding

Have you ever slept in linen sheets? When I was in my twenties, I scored some at a sample sale and they were unbelievably soft and airy. It felt like sleeping on clouds. I don't have them anymore, but now that the weather is warm, I'm thinking how lovely it would be to sleep in linen bedding again. The catch is that they're inordinately expensive, although Restoration Hardware has their linen sheets on sale.

What kind of sheets do you like? Would you splurge on linen bedding?

P.S. The secret to a great bed, and our bedroom makeover.

(Photo by Bella Notte Linens. Also, apologies! This post mysteriously disappeared earlier; now it's back!)

86 comments:

Sophie @ Spark said...

Yes! We have a linen quilt cover and it is deliciously soft (and bonus - it looks better when it's a little lived in and wrinkled)! I'm in Australia so bought mine from Aura Home which is quite affordable - also check out Etsy, there are loads of linen bedsheets for a reasonable price there! x

heather{land} said...

I just like good crisp cotton sheets -- although my husband is a sucker for a high thread count, so we tend to alternate :)

Trunkation said...

Last year we bought linen sheets from Ralph Lauren and I LOVE them! They are perfect for summer sleeping!

LeeLee said...

My Mom bought me Egyptian cotton sheets while I was in college and I must say, it is the best.

helen@handmaidtales said...

We had the Restoration Hardware ones and they barely lasted two years. They showed wear so quickly and eventually just shredded in our washer. Now we use cottons sheets and a linen duvet cover - the perfect combination!

Katrina said...

The trick to making linen last a long time is to wash them in detergents that do not contain sulfates. This is true for sheets and clothing. You can make your own if you google it as sheets generally don't get "dirty" there is no need for harsh chemicals. I love linen sheets the most, there is nothing that feels or looks better to me.

janinejackson said...

Is linen different to cotton? I can only sleep on cotton sheets. A bit of polyester in there and my night is ruined. Yep, I'm a princess.

Chloé said...
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Chloé said...

I had a duvet cover that was a mix of linen and cotton, and I LOVED it!
I wonder if hemp sheets/duvet cover provide the same kind of freshness and comfort.
It looks good, it's ecological and sometime cheaper:
http://www.couleur-chanvre.com/main.php?do=controleurNavigation&action=fiche_produit&id_produit=20

Lee Tenhoeve said...

With my husband came handwoven Italian bed linens made by women in his little Calabrian village hometown for his parents wedding fifty years ago. Yes, these AMAZING linen sheets are 50 years old and still look and feel amazing. My mother-in-law warned me not to dry them - they shrink, warp and wrinkle like nuts. Instead hang them dry on a line - which might be tough in a smaller NYC apartment. Anyway, besides my wonderful husband these sheets are the single most amazing thing I've been lucky enough to be gifted in my lifetime. Whatever the cost, get the best you can find. You'll never regret it.
-Lee

Brandy said...

I have a fantastic set that I ordered in October from a company called Linoto out of New York. The quality of the linen is beautiful and in a much more reasonable price range than your typical linen bed dressing. I love crawling between these sheets (especially if I've had time to press the top one), but I do think, if I ever get another set, I'll get two flat sheets, rather than a flat and a fitted.
I'm still not sure, though, as the hot weather begins to roll in, if I'm going to miss the crisp coolness of Egyptian cotton. We shall see!

Cozette said...

We are in synch. I just searched your site a few days back because I remembered your post about the company Area. I was all set to buy their beautiful linen sheets and then got freaked out by the price! But if they last, they are worth it. Hmmmm, what to do!

alex said...

I am a linen sheet/duvet person for so many reason; the colours always seem to work for me (I'm a white or natural girl), the softness is incredible, linen wears and lasts far better than cotton imo and nothing beats it in heat. I have the restoration hardware linen duvets and they've lasted and lasted and still look as great as the day i bought them. worth it if you consider how long you keep them and how well they wear.

Girlfrog said...

I purchased the Eileen Fisher ones from Garnet Hill and can't wait to give them a try. However, I'm still loving my flannel sheets since it's still cool outside!

Vicki K. said...

I nearly hyperventilated when I found a king size linen bed sheet set at TJ Maxx marked down to $130. Such a find!!

Cyndi Murdoch said...

Good idea!

Emily said...

Both cotton and linen are natural fibers. Cotton wrinkles less and is softer and warmer and feels more substantial. But linen is more lightweight and feels cooler to the touch. Linen is much more expensive! (I work in the textile industry and thought I would share my expertise!)

Tamara Anderson said...

I haven't tried linen sheets yet!

Allison C said...

I have both linen sheets and duvet, though I think I prefer cotton sheets. I *love* the linen duvet. You can find deals on the RH ones on ebay.

cindy @ a curious gardener said...

After considering Eileen Fisher's linen bedding, we happened upon Ikea's linen duvet and shams and decided to try them because the cost was so low. They washed beautifully so we decided to get them for our guest beds as well. I recommend them, I am a white cotton sheets fan and rather picky about textures of bedding, I don't think they sell linen sheets though.

Amy @ The American-Made Guide to Life said...

I have linen sheets and they are just amazing. I use one white linen fitted sheet and then switch out with different duvet covers on top.

Amy @ The American-Made Guide to Life said...

I also want to mention that the linen washes and wears beautiful. They dry in such a short time, I don't even bother putting in the machine sometimes. I just hang on my folding drying rack.

I like linen year-round.

Jana Miller said...

I wonder if you could make your own linen sheets? I buy linen by the yard online.

Chloe Moon said...

You know I don't think I have ever even slept on linen sheets!! It must be so cozy and soft! =)

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Chianne Hood said...

I really like linen, I would definitely get it if I were you! xx

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Edie Tobias said...

I am addicted to Eileen Fisher's linen sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases. Heaven. Could never go back.

Anonymous said...

I've never tried linen bedding. I do love my 100% cotton crispy white bedding though.

Nic said...

Do! You will love the feel of linen, the look of it and the ease of caring for it. It really does last a lifetime and more. I cannot go back to cotton now...

Ladies in Navy said...

these are beautiful! don't know if i would purchase them.
kw ladies in navy

JuržolėŠoka said...

Or you can buy linen textile and sew the sheets yourself:)

La Combe du Jardinier said...

i got vintage linen sheets with my husband too. I agree they are truly luxurious. I use them on all of our beds in our holiday rental and guests are usually super impressed by how cumfy they are in the southern french heat.
i would say definitely splurge if you can, thay are a worth while investment.

Lindsay said...

Ugh I would love to have linen sheets because I'm always hot at night, but I just can't afford them! :/

ScarlettM said...

I live in Denmark so I don't know if you have the H&M home division in the States - but if you do, they have insanely inexpensive 100% linen bed wear. They're actually really nicely cut as well.

My name's Haley said...

I love love love linen bedding. Here's a picture of my white linen duvet from Eileen Fisher.
http://instagram.com/p/RSumUCNd7T/

eatgreatbegreat said...

I've never tried linen sheets. I always loved flannel sheets...so warm and cozy!

Bea said...

I became obsessed with linen sheets, but couldn't stomach the high prices. I was wandering around in soho and found a shockingly affordable option at Muji! I'd highly recommend them.

charinthecity said...

Flannelette is wonderful in winter (or almost all year round here in sunny Britain!).

Lottie :: Oyster and Pearl said...

I was going to suggest H&M as well! Cheap linen, not sure if there any good but at that price might be worth a shot.

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juliebrown said...

I work for a fine linen company in Canada called Au Lit Fine Linens. We make a pre-washed 50/50 blend of Italian Linen and Egyptian Cotton collection that's absolutely beautiful. From my experience, when you invest in quality you benefit in the long run. They're so much more enjoyable and last much longer. Trust me, before I worked here, I had no idea what I missing out on and now I could never go back.

If you like crisp sheets, and want to spend a bit less, you would probably also like 220 Percale Egyptian Cotton sheets. The key for quality bedding is in the cotton (best is long-stem Egyptian cotton) and where it is woven (best is Italy). Thread count is then just personal preference. I personally love my 220 Percale b/c they're crisp and cool. Plus, good linens get more and more delicious over time!

Hope that helps! :)

lilyqiu said...

that's sound amazing! i am so curious to try them, i do like my egyptian cotton sheets:)
west elm has some linen cotton blends, too

juliebrown said...

Ya, I think the blend is really the best of both worlds, the crispness of linen with the softness of cotton! Love it!!

Jus said...
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daintythingies said...

Flanelette bedding in the winter makes such a difference! I don't know how I lived without it. I want to try linen bedding now!

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Amanda said...

We have a Garnet Hill linen flat sheet that has been on our bed and has been the master rook to many a'fort. There is something about linen that cannot be imitated. I do love it for its contradictory heartiness and lightness.

Jus said...

Eeek - I replied without the proper link to my ode to linen linens. Blast. http://www.duniaduara.com/dunia_duara/2011/07/linen-linens.html

jenny k said...

hi Joanna, I got some last year from a french cheap goods/clothes company called LA REDOUTE. Their quality of clothes is not good, but they have an amazing selection of colored linen sheets (think made in China) but they are amazing, soft, real linen and get softer w each wash. And really much cheaper than the ones I saw on american webpages for shipping. I got three different shades of grays for pillow cases, duvet cover and fitted sheet and they look awesome and are comfy.

Desi McKinnon said...

Homemint ( http://hmnt.me/114EcDp ) has their linen sheets on sale for 70% off. I bought a duvet cover and a fitted sheet for $80. I am stoked. I have been wanting them for so long. Plus they are made by Matteo. Score.

J.P. Archie said...

I love washable linen bedding. I just bought a great duvet from Red Rooster. Never heard of until I started doing a search. Check it out! http://www.redroosters.com/Bed-Linens-c3/ Also, love Matteo.

Best,

Jennifer

Kelly Stella said...

I had the same experience with Restoration Hardware Linen sheets! My husband and I got a set as a wedding gift this past April and they're already so thin and have pilled up. Which is so too bad because they were beautiful light gray (and rather expensive to). We only used eco-friendly detergent and hang dry as well so I have to assume it was the poor quality of the sheets from RH. But it was good while it lasted! I will be investing in a good set of linens some day!

Aiken Albert said...

Liked your post. Thank you for sharing. If looking for hotel bed linen, explore many online web stores offering hotel linens at cheap prices.

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Aiken Albert said...

hotel bed linens look elegant and increase the beauty of your room. They are very comfortable and made out of soft fabrics.

daku dikau said...

Finding nice, stylish, interesting bed linen that doesn't cost a bomb is almost impossible in this country. Unless it's on sale, and then you've got to be quick. I agree with Lou, the b&w looks great with your green windows. i have site like this topic, if you have much time please visit my site here http://earthlinen.com

daku dikau said...

Wow, that looks gorgeous in your room, hope they are comfy and ditto on depressive shopping... http://smallwedding.org

Aiken Albert said...

WOW ! really a beautiful bed linen. It actually have added a great texture and a grace to the entire house. Presently, a huge array of web stores can be seen offering beautiful and graceful hotel bed linens which will actually make you have a good and a relaxed sleep.

justlinen said...

It’s hard to find knowledgeable people on Linen Clothing, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks for sharing this with others.

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Virginia Roberts said...

Argh! I just wrote a long helpful comment with embedded links to products that Blogger ate, so now you get the lazy version. :)

I've got linen sheet sets from CB2 and Restoration Hardware, and I love sleeping in both, BUT there's a major annoyance in the shedding. Both shed like mad, but I was smart enough to match the RH ones to our beige-ish carpet color so it doesn't show the way the dark CB2 ones do. I recommend matching them roughly to your bedroom flooring!

H&M just started selling insanely cheap linen textiles for the home, but beware that their fitted sheet isn't very deep.

Happy shopping/sleeping!

malik aayan said...

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I don't know how I lived without it. I want to try linen bedding now!

klor44 said...

My sister got me to try Sofia's Linen sheets few months ago and, I have to admit I absolutely love them I resisted it for a long time because I felt very comfortable with cotton but I'm so happy I gave it a chance. They might feel a little course in the beginning but give it a couple of washes and you'll be in love with the texture. Best prices are on www.sofiaslinen.com ($289 for a queen set)and they are beautifully made. Once you start using linen, it becomes sort of unusual to sleep on regular bedding again.

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Sunita Chaudhari said...

Great !!! This is so phenomenal!!!That is very impressive! Bed Covers are gorgeous and the makeover is totally amazing. I love it. You really did a super job with the Bed Covers! I use to do buy online Bed Covers as its time saving.

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Divena Lachana said...

I haven't tried linen sheets yet! competitive prices of beds and mattresses

Jenny Miles said...

Wow, I would love to feel that way you felt when your were like sleeping on clouds, it must me so comfortable.


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Floyd Caple said...

Well! Hi, LooLoo!! What name, any way, I think cotton and fiber both are natural. I think the key for quality bedding is in the cotton (best is long-stem Egyptian cotton) and where it is woven (best is Italy). Thread count is then just personal preference. I personally love my 220 Percale b/c they're crisp and cool. At the end i would like to say Thanks for Sharing such a nice post.
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Gregory Presley said...

I find different shades of grays for pillow cases, duvet covers uk and fitted sheet and they look awesome and are comfortable , If you like crisp sheets, and want to spend a bit less, you would probably also like 220 UK Cotton sheets and Duvet Covers UK. The key for quality bedding is in the cotton (best is long-stem Egyptian cotton) and where it is woven (best is Italy). Thread count is then just personal preference. I personally love my 220 Percale b/c they're crisp and cool. Plus, good linens get more and more delicious over time!

Ravika leova said...

I recently stayed in a very posh London hotel (courtesy of someone else!). I can't look at my Duvet Covers the same way since. It feels lumpy and patchy and deeply wanting in comparison. I didn't have the nerve to ask about the make and didn't have to nous to look at the time so am now left obsessing thinking about it somewhat.

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