I've had linen sheets for a few years now and will probably never purchase any other type of sheet. I love the rumpled, lived-in yet beautiful look of linen and feel like they just work beautifully in our spaces.
Last year, I was putting our cream linen sheets back on our bed after freshly washing them and realized that they had a hole in them. Actually, if I'm completely honest, they had two holes on opposite sides in opposite directions. I told Luke that they had to be from his un-manicured toes (TMI?). But really, I did read about sheets wearing more where feet are because of toenails and I think that's exactly what happened over here.
I get that I share some weird personal tidbits sometimes, but that got me curious about people and their sheet habits in general. I decided to poll my IG audience on how many sheets everyone had and was blown away by the responses, what people had to say, etc.
I shared that when we upgraded to our king-sized bed, I was shocked at bedding prices so we never bought extra sheets, duvet covers, etc. I got one pair of cream linen sheets from Serena and Lily and we used those 100% of the time. Washing and drying and making sure our bed was put back together every time I washed the sheets was annoying though. I always wanted another pair of sheets but never pulled the trigger on them because I didn't want to spend the money.
How many sheet sets do you own?
On Instagram, I polled my audience to see how many sheet sets for each bed people tended to have. It was enlightening, to say the least. About 60% of people had 3-5 sets per bed. 25% had one set, like us, and 15% had 5+ sets.
Lots of people shared that they had winter sheets and summer sheets. "Winter sheets" were typically fleece or flannel and "Summer sheets" were linen.
I'll be honest and say that I'm a bit jealous of those people who have winter sheets because my husband gets so hot at night and I don't think he could ever do flannel. Anyways, out of the people who had a winter and summer set of sheets, they had two sets for each season which brought their total to four sets of sheets for their bed.
I don't want to overbuy but...
I've been really invested in trying to be super intentional about my home purchases. Although, I'm not repeating the #20in2020 this year, I still want to make sure I'm not over-buying or storing things that I don't need. So, when I realized my one pair of king-sized sheets had a hole and I needed to replace them, it got me thinking about if I actually needed two pairs and what most people tended to have in their homes.
I'm not saying that just because the majority of people have X amount of things, that I need it too, but I did think that it was interesting to see what others had, used and what they thought about it.
As I was asking those questions, I got a ton of recommendations for good sheet sets and wanted to share them with you today. I'll share which linen sheets I got, too.
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Recommended Sheet Sets
- Red Land Cotton (U.S. made cotton!)
- Threshold 400 Count
- April Notes (love their sustainability approach and these are featured above in our guest bedroom)
- Boll and Branch
- Magnolia Sheets from Target
- Linen Sheets from Serena and Lily (I liked these - had them before)
- Linen Sheets from Cultiver
- Eucalyptus Sheets from Bed, Bath and Beyond
- Rough Linen
- Deiji Studios
*I included Brooklinen on the list because I got a number of recommendations for them. That being said, I did have two people reach out and say that they weren't impressed with the quality and had issues from the get-go. I still wanted to include them because the negative reviews for them were definitely in the minority, but just FYI.
Linen Sheets for the Bedroom
Ok, so I wasn't expecting to look at all the reviews when I was talking about sheet sets because, I had already picked out what I wanted. For about two years now, I've had my eye on the cedar stripe linen sheet set and the chambray striped (which is no longer available apparently) from Cultiver.
You know it's an intentional home purchase when you buy something that you've had on your list for two years and you still love it. It's those types of purchases that make me know that I'm going to love it for years because I've already loved it for years. Does that make sense?
Anyways, so I pulled the trigger on two sheet sets from Cultiver (sign up for their newsletter to get a discount before buying). They came and I'm smitten. For quite some time, I thought I wanted striped curtains in my bedroom, but when I tried them, they just never felt right. I guess striped linen sheets were what I was really needing. All of a sudden the pattern mixing feels right, feels cozy and just feels like me.
As I was sharing some thoughts on sheets recently, I got a few questions on linen sheets and thought I'd do a q&a here.
Are linen sheets rough?
Linen can feel a bit scratchy at first but definitely softens over time. Some linen sheets are "pre-washed" and those will definitely be softer when you get them.
Are linen sheets worth the price?
Linen sheets are durable and offer a good amount of breathability which is why people really like them during warmer months. For me personally, I love having them because they look amazing wrinkled. They've got that perfect, lived-in, relaxed look that just makes the bed cozy.
I can't speak to all linen sheets of course, and I have heard that there are different levels of linen quality, but the last ones I had lasted 4+ years and that was with DAILY use. So, at first, you might be scared off by the price tag but when you factor it by how much use you'll get... I think linen sheets are worth it!
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