If you’re buying your first set of sheets and don’t know whether to go with linen or cotton, there are advantages and disadvantages associated with both. Ultimately it comes down to personal preference: there are die-hard linen lovers, while others totally swear by cotton. Usually it’s those in the linen camp that will try to convince you of the benefits, and while linen does have its value, there are merits that come with the purchase of both. Here we break down the most common reasons people buy linen, and the disadvantages that make people steer away and gravitate towards the comparatively better (in their opinion) cotton. Whatever you decide, it’s your decision. You’ll be the one curling up and falling asleep in those sheets every night, so gather all the information and then simply trust your gut.
There are some key differences between linen and cotton that we’d like to break into. Whether you’re looking to buy linen after years of cotton, or you’re buying your first set of cotton sheets after moving into your own place, here are the main differences for your perusal.
The Advantages of Linen
Linen sheets in Australia are popular in terms of their versatility, in the face of our four seasons in a day type of weather. They are breathable in the summer and warm in the colder months, making this a worthwhile investment year round. They are also softer than cotton, giving that silky-smooth tousled sheet vibe that you generally only see in stock photos and hotels. And you can have it in your own home!
The Disadvantages of Linen
If you want that soft sheet feel from the moment you open the packet, linen sheets aren’t for you. They take a little patience. In fact, they can take up to three years to reach maximum softness, and that’s with proper care.
The Advantages of Cotton
They’re softer instantaneously, generally lower maintenance and lower in cost. If you want the type of bedding where it’s set and forget, this is the perfect option for you. There are definitely other areas of the home that you could put this money into; it all just depends on what matters to you, personally.
The Disadvantages of Cotton
Cotton is not as durable or as versatile as linen. Generally, cotton lasts between 2-3 years before it needs to be replaced. If you are happy to do this, cotton is for you. If you’d prefer a more long-term investment which maybe requires you to fork out that little bit more, linen may be for you.
Whatever you decide, remember that it’s your home and your decision. You’ll be the one caring for your sheets (or not!), to varying degrees, depending on your choice. Depending on how much you’d like to put into your bedding, linen prices can range from lower to a higher end of the scale – again, this is your decision. There are some great options in terms of cotton and linen out there – good luck to you on your bedding hunt! You will most certainly make the choice that is right for you.