Which bedsheets is best for which season? What is behind terms like beaver, satin, flannel? An overview of fabrics and materials.
Most cotton bed sheets are made of cotton – no wonder, because the soft fiber is convincing on bare skin.
- Cotton can absorb up to 65 percent of its own weight in moisture. She gradually gives up these again.
- Cotton bed linen is extremely absorbent, breathable and hard-wearing.
- Depending on the version, it can even be washed at 95 ° C.
Change bed linen regularly
Regardless of which material you choose: bed linen is under constant stress – an average of eight hours a day. At night we sweat and lose skin particles and hairs, which in turn attract mites.
Therefore, the bed linen should be changed regularly. How often depends on how well you feel. As a rule of thumb, every two weeks in summer, every four weeks in winter, when you sweat less.
- Satin is a smooth and slightly shiny fabric that is soft and cuddly. It hardly creases.
- Satin feels pleasantly cool on the skin, which makes it the ideal summer bedding.
- Satin bed linen was originally woven from silk. Today it is mostly made of cotton, but synthetic fibers are also possible. But then it is less breathable.
In mako satin particularly high-quality cotton yarns are used, it is therefore the more noble satin version.
- Bed linen made of silk is light and has a shiny, smooth surface.
- The noble natural product absorbs moisture well and dries quickly.
- In terms of quality, it is much higher quality and more breathable than, for example, microfiber bed linen.
- However, silk sheets are quite expensive.
- The light and airy cotton fabric is known for its creped look. Due to the irregular surface, the fabric does not fit too closely to the body and the air can circulate well.
- The material is also easy to care for and non-iron
- The fibers come from the flax plant. Linen is a very durable material and regulates the bed climate very well. It can absorb moisture quickly, but it also dries quickly again – a property that is in demand for warm summer nights.
- The material is boil-proof, inhibits bacteria and has a silky shine. It wrinkles quickly, but that doesn’t affect the classy appearance.
Halbleinen is about half of cotton and other linen.
- Half linen combines the skin-friendliness and absorbency of cotton with the long lifespan of linen.
- The fabric looks pleasantly “cool” and is therefore particularly suitable for warmer days.
The cotton fabric is an imitation linen that is smooth and cool to the touch. It’s cheaper, but not quite as high quality as linen.
- Similar to linon, it is a smooth cotton fabric with good temperature and moisture balancing properties.
- The fabric is a little lighter than linon.
Beaver or flannel
- Beaver bedding is ideal for the cold winter months.
- It consists of dense, fine cotton fabric that has been roughened. This makes it feel nice and fluffy and warm on the skin.
- Biber is also absorbent, washable and easy to care for.
A fine beaver is a finer and lighter version.
- Synthetic fibers are often added to the cotton here. Therefore the material is almost wrinkle-free.
- The loops are cut open during production, which gives the fabric a fluffy appearance.
- Terrycloth is also widely used to make towels, bathrobes, and fitted sheets.
- The fabric is mostly knitted and not woven, which gives it a particularly elastic mesh structure. Jersey bed linen is iron-free and easy to care for.
- Jersey feels very soft and supple on the skin and is therefore ideal for body-hugging textiles. It is also very breathable and absorbent and therefore well suited for the summer.
- On the other hand, the material warms relatively well, which is why jersey is often used in the cooler seasons.
- An interlock jersey is knitted twice, whereas a single jersey is only knitted on one side, so it is warmer, softer and more durable.
Jersey can be used as bed sheets all year round.
- Silky glossy and yet easy to care for – microfibre has established itself in the bed linen market. It mostly consists of polyester.
- The material is absorbent, breathable and dries quickly. There are smooth microfiber bed linen for the summer and brushed single bed sheet for the winter.
- Allergy sufferers appreciate the bed linen because pollen or bacteria cannot settle in the fabric.