You know that comfy, don't-want-to-move feeling you have lying in bed on a lazy Saturday morning? Or when you're curled up on a beach hammock, with the breeze blowing over your body? A good set of linen sheets, with their superior softness and breathability, can deliver that same feel. Unlike cotton, which can feel crisp and silky, linen sheets have an airy quality to them. But there's also a slight weight to the fabric, almost like a light blanket, which can be very soothing to sleep in.
Plus, linen naturally wicks moisture away from the body better than cotton, so it keeps you feeling dry yet comfortably cozy in the summertime. It can also save a relationship. Because linen does such a good job of regulating temperature, it's ideal if you sleep hot and your partner is always cold (and vice versa). Ready to switch? We've rounded up some of the best options to buy.
Linen core sheet set,
from $229 by Brooklinen
These lightweight stonewashed sheets, ideal for summer nights, offer superior absorbency and natural moisture-wicking properties.
Individual linen bedding components, from
$44 / $36
by West Elm
One of the best buys on the market, these are made from Belgian flax linen, which maintain their softness wash after wash.
Garment washed linen sheet set,
$396 / $238.98 by Matteo
Made in Los Angeles, these are garment dyed for a slightly vintage look and then run through a special wash for an even softer feel.
Linen sheet set,
from $169 by Parachute
Made of 100% European flax and available in eight colors, including deep shades like this rich indigo.
Heirloom French linen sheet set,
from $275 by Morrow
Woven from 100% French flax, these have a light yet substantial feel that works year round. And the neutral shade of "greige" makes a cool alternative to the standard white.
Machine-wash your linen sheets in cold or warm water and dry them on a medium heat setting. Use Biz detergent to combat stains on light colored fabrics. The detergent uses enzymes to effectively eliminate stains and remove substances such as the body's natural oils and sweat.
Biz detergent, $4.97 at Walmart