Popular Bed Linen Fabrics Explained - Canningvale
Popular Bed Linen Fabrics Explained

Popular Bed Linen Fabrics Explained

Posted by The Canningvale Team on 3rd Jul 2020

Admit it, you look forward to bedtime after a tiring day. You long to lay down on a soft mattress that seems to hug you, stripping away all your worries. And of course, your good night sleep wouldn't be complete without the reliable bed linen that keeps you either cool or warm.

While it may seem trivial, the mattress and bed linen that you use have an effect on how comfortable your sleep will be. This is why it is important to select only the best items for you. When it comes to bed linen, there are different types of fabrics you can choose from and understanding their unique features and benefits can be quite confusing. To help you with this, we’ve rounded up the popular bed linen fabrics and their characteristics.


When talking about fabrics, cotton usually comes to mind first as it is widely used not only for bed linen but also for clothing. This is understandable since cotton is extremely breathable, soft, easy to care for and affordable.

However, there’s still a lot to learn about cotton. To start off, cotton actually has different types such as Egyptian cotton and Pima which have higher thread counts. For quick reference, higher thread count equates to silkier and softer feel, which can be expected from Egyptian and Pima cotton. If you’re also aiming for thicker bed linen that will help you stay warm in cooler months, then 1000 Thread Count Cotton Sheets are for you.


Bamboo is another bed linen fabric that’s gaining popularity today because of the luxurious feeling it provides while being eco-friendly. The bamboo plant grows quickly, requires no pesticides, and gets the water it needs from natural rainfall, making it one of the most sustainable materials.

In addition, bamboo bed linen is well-loved because it gives the soft and buttery feel similar to silk and cashmere sheet, but at a more affordable price. It is also anti-bacterial, odour-resistant, highly-absorbent and breathable.

Finally, bamboo sheets are biodegradable and carbon neutral so when the time comes to dispose of your bed linen, you won’t have to worry about the impact on the environment. But that would be quite far off anyway as bamboo bed linen is durable and lasts for years.


Linen is a natural fibre from the flax plant which is considered as one of the luxury materials for sheets and even sleepwear.  

Linen fabrics have many desirable characteristics, making it a reliable choice for bed linen. It is soft, bacteria-resistant and non-allergenic, perfect for those with sensitive skin. It is also breathable and can keep you comfortable both in summer and winter. Like bamboo, linen fabrics are fully biodegradable and is a renewable resource.


Flannelette is always associated with flannel, a wool-based material or a wool-cotton blend. However, Flannelette is quite different as it is usually made from brushed cotton and it gives a softer and fluffier look and feel.

Flannelette bed linen is a perfect companion during cold months or winter. It can give you a soft, warm and comfortable feeling as soon as you lay down in your bed.


Last but definitely not least in this list is polyester. Although made from synthetic material, polyester bed linen is known for being soft, lightweight and gentle against the skin. It is also less prone to wrinkle, durable and affordable, making it a reliable material for bed linen. 

There are some cases where polyester is blended with other fabrics like cotton. This means getting the best of both worlds, resulting in extremely durable bed linen with the good absorbing qualities of cotton and anti-wrinkle properties of polyester.

To wrap up, each bed linen fabric has its own strength and some are perfect for a specific season. Don’t hesitate to try each for your home and use them alternately according to your needs. 

At Canningvale, we source the best of the best materials for all our products. Explore our bedroom collection today and discover a range of bed linen products that come in different colours and sizes.

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