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The Difference Between Linen and Cotton Bedding

Two of the more commonly used fabrics in the bedding industry are cotton and linen. While a simple internet search will tell you that the primary difference between the two comes from the plant of which they are derived, finding your personal preference requires a much deeper look into what makes these fabrics great.



Linen is derived from the flax plant. The flax goes through a lengthy production process to produce linen textiles. This process includes the harvesting of the plant for the longest possible fibers, the drying of the plant, the removing of the seeds, the removing of the fibers from the stalk, and then, finally, the knitting of the fibers into the linen textile.


Linen can typically be identified by its textured look and feel. Unlike the smooth and flat cotton textile, linen feels a bit more granular and can even look patterned in certain colors. It is durable and known for being cool to the touch. While linen is also slightly thicker than cotton, it remains breathable due to the length and width of the fibers. It is naturally hypoallergenic and has a high moisture absorbency.



Cotton is derived from the cotton plant and is typically processed by machine. Once the cotton is picked, the fiber is separated, cleaned, and straightened into thin strands. The strands are then spun into yarn, which is weaved into a cotton textile. Because this process is less intensive than the linen process, cotton textiles tend to be lower priced.


Cotton is smooth to the touch, without a texture or natural pattern. The cotton textile’s tightly woven fabric keeps it strong and durable, while simultaneously giving it the gentle, crisp feeling. Due to the elasticity of cotton, cotton textiles are malleable and flexible from the start, whereas linen typically gets softer with each wash.


Making a Decision

In the end, the choice between the two comes down to personal preference.


Both linen and cotton are known for being durable, with linen coming out as slightly stronger. Still, both are meant to last a long time. Despite their different properties, they are also both breathable, allowing the consumer to feel comfortable regardless of the temperature.


Linen is ideal for those who prefer a more textured look and feel. The texture gives linen a unique look, as well as a thicker feel. Cotton, on the other hand, has a more polished look, and its one-dimensional texture allows it to maintain a lightness that linen doesn’t have. Simultaneously, both materials are known for being soft and 

comfortable, with cotton providing a softness from the start and linen getting softer with each wash.

Something for Everyone!

The average person sleeps approximately seven to nine hours a night. We spend such a large portion of our lives in bed, making our bedding choices ever the more important. Whether you lean towards linen or cotton, Loomstead has the products to fit your needs.

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What do your sleeping preferences say about your personality?

1. Are you often shivering when you sleep or sweating?

2.Do you like to curl up or stretch out?

3. Are you an early riser or a night owl?


4. Are you in dream land the second your head hits the pillow or does it take you a while to fall asleep?

 5. Do you love your animals sleeping next to you or is your bed a “Humans Only” zone?

If you chose the first option more times than the second option then you should be sleeping on linen! You're also empathetic and sensitive. You're consistently optimistic and LOVE breakfast in bed!

If you favored the second option more then you should be sleeping on cotton! You're also always on the go! You work hard and play hard. You like things a certain way and LOVE SUSHI!

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Loomstead Linen

Take a look at some of our classic Washed Linen fitted and flat sheets!
Clean and crisp sheets for an effortlessly cool bedroom style....
Linen is known for being an easy, casual textile.  Its relaxed look means you don't need to worry about ironing your sheets. Don't over dry linen, if you place it on your bed slightly damp it will dry naturally with a beautiful texture. The more you wash linen the softer it becomes.  This natural fiber keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. 
Heather Navy Washed Linen Fitted & Flat sheet with 2 pillowcases
Heather Charcoal Washed Linen fitted sheet with 2 pillowcases

 Natural Washed Linen Fitted and Flat sheet with 2 pillowcases.


White Washed Linen Fitted Sheet with 2 pillowcases. 
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