Why Linen is the Most Effortless Bed

We have the low-down on this luxe choice

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When you hear the words “linen bedding,” chances are it immediately stirs up images of those casually elegant Parisian bedrooms that look effortlessly put together. While its easy style is often reserved for the summer months, linen bedding is quickly becoming a popular year-round choice. If you’re considering making a switch from cotton bedding, here’s what you need to know.

What is Linen?

Like cotton, linen is a natural fibre and it’s derived from the flax plant. Found throughout Europe, flax is a hearty annual that’s harvested and separated with the longer stem pieces reserved for finer fabrics like bedding. The flax plant is also commonly used for flax seed and flax meal as well as seed by-product linseed oil.

Benefits of Linen

With its inherent cooling capabilities, linen has long been loved as a summer bedding option. The fibres absorb sweat and wick it away from the body, making the material self-cooling. But its benefits extend beyond temperature regulation. The fibre is lint free (which means your bedding won’t pill!), hypoallergenic, and highly durable – all of which makes it a very low maintenance choice for the bedroom.

How to Care for Linen Bedding

Similar to linen clothing, your linen bedding will soften over time and maintain a beautiful textural feel. Linen bedding can be machine washed at home with mild detergent and even dried on a low setting, though line drying adds to its relaxed look and feel. Linen fibres have a low elasticity, giving the bed a more casual, lived-in feel. If you prefer your bedding to have a smoother look, just press it out with an light iron to release the creases.

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