If you’ve never slept on linen before, we can confidently say you’ve been missing out – and we’re betting it will only take one night nestled in this luxurious material for you to be fully on board.
Why are we so convinced you’ll fall in love with it so quickly? Here are 10 benefits that await when you treat yourself to linen bedding from LinenBarn.
1. Linen gets softer every time you wash it
We’ve all had that bedding that starts to pill and look tatty once it’s been washed a few times. With linen, however, the opposite happens: every wash makes it softer, shinier and even more luxurious.
The reason this happens is down to the material’s superior moisture absorption qualities, which deepen with each wash. That’s what linen is often passed down through generations – it just gets better with age.
2. It’s the perfect material for sensitive skin
100% flax linen is often recommended for those who are prone to breakouts. The natural fibres of linen are not only hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, but they can also suppress bacteria, fungi and microflora. If you have sensitive skin or allergies, this is one material that is unlikely to cause problems for you.
3. It dries quickly
Linen dries very quickly, and its moisture-wicking qualities make it perfect for keeping you sweat-free on those hot summer nights. In fact, it can hold as much as 20 times its weight in moisture, so you can enjoy a clean, dry and uninterrupted sleep night after night. Its unique weave lets air flow through it generously to keep you cool and dry. But if you’re thinking it won’t keep you warm in the winter since it’s so good at keeping you cool in summer, think again. It’s great at regulating body temperature in general, meaning it’s just as useful for people who get chilly at night as it is for those who tend to get warm.
4. It’s OEKO-TEX® certified and free from toxins
At Linen Barn, all of our linen products, including our bedding, are OEKO-TEX® certified. This gives you the peace of mind of knowing that the material has been found free of more than 100 harmful substances that are known to be damaging to human health as well as the environment, including carcinogens, allergy-inducting colourants, azo dyes, phthalates, PFOAs, and pesticides. This is particularly important with bedsheets considering how much time you spend in them – it’s very easy for your body to absorb toxic substances that have been used to treat sheets.
5. Linen is incredibly durable
There’s no getting around it: linen bedding does cost a bit more than the traditional cotton and polyester varieties. But think of it as an investment; it is stronger than those materials and can last for decades when properly cared for, which means you will get a lot of value for money out of it. In fact, many people pass their linens down the generations and they become prized family heirlooms.
6. It’s environmentally friendly
We all want to do our part to help the planet, and it’s hard to go wrong with linen from an environmental standpoint. Nearly all parts of the flax plant are used during harvesting, it is minimally processed, and it doesn’t require much irrigation. It’s also completely biodegradable.
7. It’s sustainable
Linen is made from flax, one of the strongest natural textiles you can find. Toxic pesticides and herbicides are not needed to grow it. Moreover, once it has been harvested, its roots cleanse and fertilise the soil so the next batch can grow!
8. It gives you a gentle massage
This may sound strange, but it’s a unique benefit afforded by linen that other materials just can’t offer. Linen bedding has very tiny breaks in the textured fabric that boast a light massaging effect and stimulate blood flow.
9. Our handcrafted linen has quality certifications
Linen is a superior material, there’s no question about it, but how do you know if you’re getting the very best linen? At Linen Barn, we source Certified European flax linen from a mill that belong to The European Confederation of Flax and Hemp, an esteemed and ecologically responsible agricultural program. All of our products are made in Europe and Australia and are handcrafted with love and care.
10. It just feels good
As we mentioned earlier, there really is nothing quite like sleeping in between linen sheets at night. The feeling of luxury and comfort is hard to describe – but when you try it, you’ll see what we mean!