The Right Bedding Fabrics for Every Season

How you make your bed is how you sleep. Since we spend about a third of our lives asleep, it’s not just the bed that’s crucial for a restful night’s sleep; the fabric we snuggle up in also significantly contributes to our well-being. Whether summer or winter, bedding should be comfortable against the skin while providing the necessary temperature balance. So ideally, the fabric is selected according to the season. Find out which bed linen is best suited for which season and what advantages linen, cotton, flannel & Co. bring with them.

When choosing bed linen, the focus is not only on the look, the fabric is also crucial for the quality of sleep
When choosing bed linen, the focus is not only on the look, the fabric is also crucial for the quality of sleep.
Photo: Apelt

These Bedding Fabrics Always Go

Cotton Bed Linen

Cool in summer and warm in winter: Thanks to its excellent properties, cotton is the most popular fabric for bed linen. Pure cotton ensures maximum sleeping comfort because it has a soft touch, is durable and resistant, and is particularly breathable and moisture-absorbing. Thus, bed linen made of cotton can absorb the moisture excreted during sleep particularly well and gradually rerelease it. Due to the excellent breathing properties, bed linen made of this fabric feels pleasantly cool. Since cotton is a natural fiber, it is also well tolerated by allergy sufferers. It is kind to the skin and low in allergens. Ideal for healthy living is when you use one hundred percent sustainable cotton, which is also produced in an environmentally friendly way.

Washing machine tip: Cotton is very easy to care for and, depending on the design, can be washed at a minimum of forty degrees Celsius, often even up to sixty degrees Celsius without any problems.

Cotton sateen is also made of one hundred percent natural cotton. The difference lies in the fine weave. In the so-called “satin weave”, the cotton is woven much more densely, resulting in a higher thread density and, thus, nobler quality. The loose upper weft threads give the fabric a luxurious sheen.

On cloud nine all year round: Cotton is a classic bedding fabric
On cloud nine all year round: Cotton is a classic bedding fabric.
Photo: Apelt

Jersey as Bedding Fabric

Perfect for those who don’t like ironing! Jersey bedding can go straight from the clothes rack to the closet because of its stitch structure. Lightweight and elastic, the bed linen fabric is also made of cotton, but alternatively also of wool, silk, or viscose, due to how it is made: jersey is not woven but knitted. A distinction is made between thin “single jersey” or “interlock jersey”, which is double knitted. The fabric feels pleasantly soft on the skin and is breathable, climate-regulating, and moisture-absorbing. Due to its soft feel and special elasticity, the jersey is also popular as a material for fitted sheets.

Microfiber Bedding

Microfiber belongs to artificial fibers, so it consists of purely chemically produced threads that do not come from nature, such as plants or animals. The fabric made of polyacrylic, polyamide, polyester, viscose or propylene nevertheless feels very pleasant and natural and has the same properties as cotton: it is breathable and absorbs moisture. Microfiber, also called microscale, impresses with its unsurpassed softness, lightness, noble sheen, and flowing silkiness. Bed linen made of this fabric does not shrink when washed, has the advantage of drying very quickly, and is particularly suitable for allergy sufferers.

Silk to Dream

Bed linen made of silk is precious, elegant, pleasant, and supple. The production of the precious fiber was long one of the best-kept secrets of the Chinese. Today we know that on silk farms, millions of caterpillars of the mulberry moth spin the silken cocoon thread for pupation. Wild silks come from other butterflies living in the wild.

Bed linen made of silk impresses not only with its noble sheen but its high elasticity and strength. Crease resistance and suppleness, a special lightness, and breathability are further properties with which silk convinces. As a natural product, silk absorbs moisture very well and dries quickly. For house dust allergy sufferers, bed linen made of silk is ideally suited, as it does not provide a habitat for mites in the bed. Because silk cools nicely in the summer and keeps surprisingly warm in the winter, it makes excellent all-season bedding.

The only drawback is that the delicate natural material is susceptible to frequently washing the bedding, sweat, heat, and UV light. In addition, covers made of real silk are costly.

The Best Bedding Fabrics for Summer

We prefer to wrap ourselves in breathable, airy bedding fabrics on balmy nights.

Summer Bedding Made of Linen

Linen fibers are obtained from the stems of the flax or flax plant – one of the oldest cultivated plants. The fact that linen creases are well known. In addition to the casual, uncomplicated look of the robust fabric, the natural fiber offers numerous advantages: Linen is naturally dirt-repellent, hardly electrostatic, and insensitive to alkalis, so even frequent and hot washing does not harm the fabric. Its antibacterial properties make linen so hygienic as a fabric for bedding and popular with allergy sufferers.

High-quality linen quickly absorbs a large amount of moisture and wicks it away from the body, creating a cooling effect. Unlike cotton, pure linen does not feel clammy on the skin, even with high moisture content. Because linen does not retain moisture, the fabric cools in summer and warms in winter. In addition, its fibers are very soft and, at the same time, solid and tear-resistant. The disadvantage is the higher price compared to cotton.

Linen creases nobly and has a cooling effect in summer
Linen creases nobly and has a cooling effect in summer.
Photo: LaRedoute

Half Linen Bedding

Half-linen combines the positive properties of cotton with those of linen. It consists of about half cotton and half linen but must have a minimum content of 40 percent linen. The fabric’s warp consists of pure cotton yarn and the weft of pure linen yarn.

Linon as a Fabric for Bed Linen

Linen bedding is made of finely woven pure cotton and is so comfortable, especially in the summer months, because it has excellent breathability. Imitation linen is cheaper but not as high quality as the original. Due to its low price, it is trendy for bedding in the children’s room.

Renforcé as Bedding Fabric

Soft, breathable, and cooling: similar to Linon, Renforcé is mostly made of cotton and thus has the positive properties of the natural material. Its fabric quality is medium fine, soft, smooth, durable, and feels pleasant on the skin.

Cozy Renforcé is one of the most popular materials for bedding
Cozy Renforcé is one of the most popular materials for bedding.

Summer Bed Linen From Satin

If you like a cool, smooth, and cuddly feeling on your skin, you should choose satin. No other bedding fabric has such a flowing drape and distinguished sheen as satin. Satin refers not to the material but to its weave: It is woven from long-fiber cotton, silk, viscose, or polyester in the satin weave. Here, the weft threads predominate on the upper side and the warp threads on the underside, resulting in the typical sheen on the upper side, while the underside is matt.

Satin bedding is mostly made of cotton, which is breathable and moisture-regulating. The so-called mako satin, made of high-quality Egyptian mako cotton, is more durable, highly quality, temperature-regulating, and extremely popular because of its cool feel and luxurious feel on the skin. Synthetic satin is neither breathable nor moisture-regulating, while still being highly flammable.

Cooling mako satin is made from 100% Egyptian cotton
Cooling mako satin is made from 100% Egyptian cotton.
Photo: Apelt

Seersucker Bedding

The characteristic feature of seersucker bed linen is its creped look. Due to this relief structure, the fabric, mostly pure cotton, never lies completely on the skin. The resulting slight air circulation makes soft and supple bedding very comfortable, especially in summer. Seersucker bedding is soft, cool, breathable, and very suitable if you sweat quickly. Another advantage: thanks to the classic crepe effect, seersucker bedding is easy to clean and does not need ironing.

Seersucker bedding is characterized by the three-dimensional crepe look
Seersucker bedding is characterized by the three-dimensional crepe look.
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Percale Bedding Fabric

Percale bedding is mostly made of one hundred percent cotton. The firm and durable fabric has a smooth surface that is very soft and pleasant to the skin. The textured fabric has good air permeability, breathability and is pleasantly cool to the skin. However, this does not apply to percale polyester and cotton blended fabric.

Due to the special weave, the fabric top and bottom of percale look identical
Due to the special weave, the fabric top and bottom of percale look identical.
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The Coziest Bedding Fabrics for Winter

In winter, soft, cuddly materials make you feel more comfortable and keep you toasty warm on frosty nights.

Winter Bedding From Beaver and Flannel

The fine, warming fabric with a roughened surface is usually made of pure cotton, which is additionally rolled, i.e., slightly felted, and smoothed again by calendering. Bed linen made of flannel keeps the warmth inside and the cold outside breathable and absorbs moisture, so the body climate remains optimal.

Beaver bedding has the same properties as flannel but has a slightly coarser and heavier quality. It consists of a particularly dense cotton fabric roughened on one or both sides. The easy-care fabric hardly wrinkles and does not need ironing.

Chubby warm nights without sweating are guaranteed in beaver and flannel bedding
Chubby warm nights without sweating are guaranteed in beaver and flannel bedding.
Photo: Beddinghouse

Terrycloth for Winter Bedding

Compared to beaver and flannel, terry cloth is a somewhat coarser knit. Typical are the many loops, which are cut open during production and thus create a fluffy structure. Thanks to the resulting high absorbency and fast drying time of the fabric, terry is mainly used for towels and bathrobes. Terry bedding is mostly made of cotton and sometimes supplemented with microfibers. This mix provides a soft feeling on the skin, high breathability, and ideal temperature balance. Bed linen made of terry cloth is particularly warm and cuddly soft.

Change Bed Linen!

The warmer it is, the more you sweat during sleep. The problem: Night sweats and dead skin cells provide an ideal breeding ground for germs, bacteria, and mites. If you can do without this company, you should change your bed linen every two weeks in summer and every four weeks in winter. For allergy sufferers, a weekly linen change is recommended.

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