They’re the latest trend in the bedroom – but are linen sheets worth the splurge? We talked to Georgia Cavanagh of Carlotta+Gee to find out the (many) benefits linen bedding can provide.
A good night’s sleep is hard to come by these days. At the end of every exhausting day, you collapse into bed, accompanied by a million and one little worries that your brain can’t quite seem to shut off. But fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make the process a little bit calmer – and believe it or not, switching out your sheets is one of them.
It might seem far-fetched, but investing in good quality bedding can help you get a better night’s rest, especially if you splurge on sheets that are softer, more breathable, and kinder to sensitive skin types. That’s right, we’re talking about the latest bedroom trend: linen sheets.
“Once you ‘get’ why sleeping in pure linen is so good, it’s hard to become unhooked. The benefits are many,” explains Georgia Cavanagh, co-founder of French linen bedding brand Carlotta+Gee.
“Deep, restful sleep is extremely important to us, and it’s true that the way we sleep determines how we feel the next day. If there’s one thing to invest in, it’s making sure you sleep soundly and comfortably.”
So what exactly are these so-called benefits of linen sheets? We asked Cavanagh to spell them out for us, so we could get the low-down on why you should consider splashing out on a set.
They’re better for you
“Carlotta + Gee’s sheets are washed in volcanic stones from Malaysia for over four hours to accelerate the flax softening process, resulting in extra soft, luxurious linen bedding which will help boost your mood as well as your slumber.
“The fabric of linen is naturally permeable and can absorb up to 20 per cent of its weight in moisture before it feels damp. Unlike cotton, linen draws away the moisture in the air, remaining cool and dry to the touch, meaning it won’t retain any nasty smells. Linen’s antibacterial properties are perfect for those with allergies or sensitive skin, and it’s also been known to stimulate blood flow.”
They’re better for the environment
“All our linen is derived from a natural long and strong fibre called flax – harvested from the flax plant. Flax can be grown all around the world but we source ours from Normandy, France, where optimal climatic conditions ensure the plants are grown naturally and ecologically, without the need for pesticides or dangerous chemicals.
“Unlike other fabrics such as cotton, flax doesn’t need heavy irrigation and so its production uses little water, making it a more sustainable choice. Not one part of the plant is wasted – the biodegradable fibres are woven into bedding, the seeds are eaten, and the oil from the plant is used to varnish furniture.”
They’re more durable
“Flax is the oldest and strongest natural fibre in the world. It’s naturally 30% thicker and stronger than cotton, which extends the durability of our sheets, so you’ll be able to sleep comfortably in them for many years to come. Because it’s stone-washed, linen also softens with age, so not only will it last longer than cotton sheets, it’ll feel better against your skin, too.”
They’re breathable and suited to every season
“Linen’s breathability means it’s perfect all year round. Flax’s natural fibres allow air to circulate within your sheets, freshening and cooling you off in summer – just what we need for those long hot nights when the last thing you want are sheets that stick to you. Linen sheets will never do that!
“Thanks to its thermoregulatory properties, linen will also retain the heat from your body during the year’s cooler months, keeping your body temperature warm and cozy inside the bed.”
They’re easy to care for
“We’ve carefully and purposefully sought out linen that doesn’t need to be ironed – isn’t that the dream? Aside from saving you time, this also has a positive effect on the environment, by using less energy and appliances. Our linen dries quickly, so you can wash and dry your set and have them back on your bed the same day. In fact, the more you wash your sheets, the softer they’ll become.”
Linen sheets are certainly the next bedroom trend, but you want to make sure that if you’re going to splurge, you’re choosing a quality set. These are a few of our favourites:
Carlotta+Gee 100% Flax Linen Duvet Cover in Natural Stripes, $260.
Bed Threads 100% Flax Linen Bedding Set in sage, from $250.
Morgan & Finch100% Flax Linen Sheet Set in blush, from $179.95.
Home Republic100% Flax Linen Vintage Washed Sheet Separates, from $99.99.
Pillow Talk100% Flax Linen Washed Sheet Set, from $299.