What to Expect When You Order Linen Sheets for the First Time
It's no secret that we appreciate the many and varied benefits of 100% linen. The breathability, the practicality, the luxury—for us, it's a no brainer. For someone who has never slept on linen sheets before, there are some differences that you'll notice during your first sleep.
From how linen feels against your skin to how it looks in your impeccably stylish bedroom, not to mention how to care for linen to ensure it lives a long and happy life, the special qualities of this incredible fabric are worth getting acquainted with.
Of course, as with any new purchase, check the care instructions carefully when you order linen sheets for the first time, and don't be afraid to reach out with any questions not answered. And for now, keep reading to find out how you can maximise your new purchase and elevate the quality of your sleep and your stylish sanctuary at home.
Here is what to expect when you order linen sheets for the first time.
They get softer over time
You don't need to do anything extreme to see your linen sheets soften over time. Simply washing linen sheets with a liquid detergent on a cold, gentle cycle and then air drying is enough. How? With every wash, your linen becomes more absorbent and feels cosier and softer, without actually wearing down. The more you wash linen, the softer it becomes, all without becoming worn and weak like other types of bedding. (See below re: durability.)
They look even better messy
The natural crinkles of 100% linen are what makes the fabric so perfect for bed linen. If you appreciates a more organic aesthetic—and lack the time to make your bed with hospital-bed precision every morning—you'll be obsessed with the effortless, undone style of an imperfectly styled bed clothed in natural flax linen. You can iron linen bedding if you so wish, but it will look just as good (perhaps even better) if you don't.
They dry faster
Say goodbye to extended dryer cycles or days on end hanging on the line. Flax linen is naturally moisture wicking, which is a big win for hot sleepers and an even bigger win for people who would prefer to avoid hours of housework when there are far better things to do. It's recommended to dry linen sheets naturally in the shade, but if it's raining, or you don't have a space big enough to air dry your bedding, a gentle dryer cycle on low heat will get you where you need to be.
They last longer
Flax linen is known for its durability, which is why you probably won't see it ripping at the corners like other cotton or cotton sheets. Linen thread is twice as durable as cotton or wool, and is even stronger when wet—20 per cent stronger, in fact. Despite its strength, it's also soft and even becomes softer over time. Flax linen bedding also retains its shape more so than other sheets, keeping it looking fresh and fitting perfectly years into its life cycle.
They regulate temperature
Linen is a natural insulator, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. Basically, the fabric keeps you insulated, meaning whatever amount of body heat you generate at night doesn't escape. If you're cool, the linen will keep you cool. If you're warm, you'll stay cosy and toasty until it's time to wake up. Temperature regulation is an important part of any good night's sleep, so it's vital your sheets are working for you and not against you in this respect.
They support good sleep hygiene
Not only are linen sheets likely to last longer, they also help to improve quality of sleep and overall wellbeing. In addition to being a natural temperature regulator, the softness of flax linen will keep you relaxed throughout the night, and is also antibacterial, helping to keep your sleep space healthy and clean.
They feel textured
For some, the feel of linen feels like a breath of fresh air on their skin. For others, the sensation can be surprising—natural flax linen, a porous, absorbent, natural fibre, feels different than machine-made cotton. The tactile yet buttery-soft quality of natural flax linen, while different, is even more comforting than standard cotton manchester.
They are best washed before use
Some pilling might occur within the first few washes, which you'll notice in your dryer's lint catcher or on the ground below your clothes line. This won't happen with all linen, but if it happens to you consider soaking the linen and then wash it. Give your linen a good shake outside or in the laundry before you make your bed or store your sheets in a drawer or cupboard. Linen is a natural fibre prone to shrinkage, which is why it is pre-washed during the manufacturing process. Pre-washing also helps to removes excess dye from the fabric and prevent the colour from running once it arrives in its new home. Even though new linen sheets will arrive to you pre-washed, it is always best to give them a wash before you make your bed with them.