Choosing the right material for your bed sheet is crucial. It will determine if you get a good night’s sleep or if you’ll be tossing and turning throughout the night. Cotton is the most widely used material for bed sheets. It is soft, breathable, durable and affordable. However, other materials may best suit your preferences. Here, we list five great alternative materials to cotton along with their characteristics.
Bamboo sheets are a viable alternative to cotton sheets and have long been used as textile especially in Asia. It is favored primarily because of its soft and silk-like texture, hypoallergenic properties, breathability, biodegradability, and durability. Moreover, bamboo is a sustainable material source as it can replenish itself within a year and is naturally resilient to harsh weather and pests, unlike cotton. In comparison to conventional materials, it exhibits better moisture wicking and better moisture absorption properties.
Flannel is a woven fabric typically made of cotton, wool, or synthetic fiber. The material is ideal for the cold weather since it has a nap, a raised fuzzy surface, that traps body heat. It can have either a single or double-sided nap in order to enhance its insulating properties. The quality of flannel is measured in ounces per square yard as opposed to other bedding materials that measure quality in terms of thread count.
Polyester is a synthetic fiber produced from polymers. The fabric material is resistant to chemicals, mildew, abrasion, shrinking, stretching, and wrinkling. Thus, making it a highly durable and tough bed sheet. Moreover, it is inexpensive but is relatively stiffer and rougher compared to other materials. That is why it is typically blended with another thread, like cotton, to form an inexpensive sheet set.
Silk is popularly known as a luxurious material derived from silkworms. The fabric is usually associated with elegance and wealth. Silk bed sheets are especially cool, smooth, and naturally hypoallergenic. Its cooling property is due to its ability to absorb moisture which makes it warm during winter and cool during summer. Also, it easily absorbs dyes. Thus, it can be made into a variety of deep colors. Silk also retains its shape, drapes well, and shines withits own luster. However, all these remarkable features come at a high cost. The material also requires proper and delicate care when using and cleaning it.
Tencel® is a brand that uses cellulose derived from wood pulp for its fabric. It is considered an environmentally friendly fabric since the production of the material requires minimal use of chemicals, water, and energy. The resulting textile is claimed to be softer than silk, cooler than linen, and more absorbent than cotton.
In the end, the choice of material for your bed sheet will depend on your needs and preferences. Although cotton has been the fabric of choice for the longest time, innovations in the textile industry have resulted to viable alternatives as mentioned above. You may also consider the aesthetic effect the fabric adds to your room.