Under The Covers: Explaining Linen Bedding

Linen, one of the oldest fibres globally, remains a favourite among bedding enthusiasts for iths nobility and elegance. And it's no wonder! Its properties make this fibre unique, but caring for it properly is vital.

Linen is a fibre with a rich 30,000-year history. Ancient civilizations used it to craft baskets and clothing, a testament to its versatility and durability.Today, it has found its way into the realm of luxury bedding and bath linen,continuing its legacy of nobility and elegance.

Its delicate touch and durability made this fibre one of the world's most sought-after. Renowned for its comforting feel, Linen offers an easy-to-go solution to infuse your bedroom with a relaxed and luxurious style. Find out everything you need about Linen bedding here and how to make it last over time.

What is Linen Made of?

A green field of flax plant with purple flowers.

Its source, the fax plant, is as beautiful as the dreams that Linen provides. This plant, which typically grows in the highly fertile soils of Northern Europe, stands out for being super sustainable. It can thrive with few resources, often relying on just rainwater. Moreover, it reduces the need for pesticides and fertilizers compared to other fibres. Incredible, isn’t it?

This natural fibre grows quickly, reaching maturity in just over three months. The harvesting process is distinctive: the plant isn't cut but pulled out of the ground by hand. This preserves the length of the fibre, giving Linen its soft texture. Also, since its roots are extremely long, they remain underground, acting as a natural fertilizer for future harvests. Nature and its self-sufficiency are beautiful.

All these factors together make this fibre one of the most sustainable on the market.

Linen Bedding

White Linen bedding set from Amalia Home Collection in the middle of nature.

This one is a favourite among dreamers for many good reasons. Of all of them, we find its year-round versatility and durability exceptional. Unlike synthetic fibres, Linen bedding gets better night after night. It becomes softer with each wash, maintaining its quality over time. Pretty amazing, right? Plus, its absorbency and breathability make Linen sheets the right bedding pick for any season. You can't go wrong with it! It will keep you fresh in Summer and cozy in Winter.

Since Linen is a natural vegetable fibre, it’s the perfect choice for those with allergies or sensitive skin. Its breathability also hinders the growth of bacteria and dust mites, ensuring a worry-free, relaxed rest. And if you have little kids or babies, go for the Linen!

Last but not least, Linen brings a unique and timeless look. Its relaxed aesthetic creates a laid-back yet luxurious atmosphere in your bedroom. Oh, and want a tip from the experts? Adding other Linen decorative accents will make your space even cozier. Mix and match some Linen curtains or rugs to add that cozy touch.

Taking Care of Linen

White Linen sheet air-drying in a rope.

We often get questions like: "How to wash Linen?" or "How to dry it?". Keeping Linen soft and high-quality is much easier than it might seem.

Start by washing your bedding on a short, gentle cycle using warm or cold water (around 40ºC). Avoid high temperatures, as they can damage the fabric's quality and even shrink the bedding. Also, don’t overload the washing machine and don’t mix it with other coloured items. Opt for a mild detergent without harsh chemicals like chlorine or bleach. We prefer not to use fabric softener since Linen already has its natural softness. And you may have the misfortune of damaging the fibres.

When it comes to drying your bedding, you might think that air drying is always the best choice. Well, yes and no. Linen can become slightly stiff if dried only outdoors. What's more, drying your bedding directly in the sun can cause it to fade. Here's another pro tip: dry your bedding in the tumble dryer for 10 minutes at a low temperature, then finish the process by drying it outdoors. This way, you ensure a comfy sleep and a more sustainable world.

At David’s Fine Linens, we opt not to iron our linen duvet covers as we love that draped, raw appearance. It's the kind of bedding that doesn't need much to look charming when thrown onto your bed. However, if you prefer ironing, do it while the Linen is slightly damp to avoid damaging the fibres. Make sure your iron is set to a moderate temperature with the steam on. Check out Our Secret Luxury Bedding Care Guide and give your bedding a longer life.

Is Linen Bedding Worth it?

White, grey and blue Linen bedding set from Amalia Home Collection next to a bedside table with a lamp and a paint on the wall.

There's no doubt that Linen makes a bed even more comfortable. Its durability and softness over time are qualities that only this fibre can offer. Also, it makes them a very versatile option to use at any time of the year.

While some may have different preferences, Linen bedding is like a fine wine, it gets better over time.​​ Its rustic appearance adds to its allure, appealing to those seeking a distinct aesthetic. Managing Linen's delicate nature requires careful washing and drying methods to ensure its longevity and maintain its exceptional qualities.

Linen bedding's high-quality manufacturing process makes it more premium. But if you appreciate bedding that's a true heirloom, there's nothing better. It's the best long-term investment for your sleep! Are you also a fan of Linen's luxurious and relaxed style? Share your experience with Linen bedding below.

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.