We spend 2800 hours a year under his duvet! Sleep is essential, it is also an essential moment of relaxation to recharge one's batteries and for which comfort and well-being are two factors to be taken into consideration when choosing bed linen.

Your bed is a little universe unto itself. Sleeping, reading, playing sometimes, as a family or as a couple, the bed is an essential part of our daily life to which we always give the importance we owe it. The choice of the bed as furniture, of the mattress according to your needs and tastes, but also your bed linen! The patterns of course, for visual well-being, but also the material in which the sheet is made. A fabric will have different properties and qualities depending on its composition, weaving and treatment.

It is therefore important to know which fabric to choose for your bed linen before buying it!

The different materials to make a bed linen

Cotton is the main material used in the composition of bed linen.

The material of choice remains cotton. This natural fibre has absorbent properties and a soft touch, guaranteeing a pleasant, comfortable and resistant sheet. Moreover, cotton is easy to care for, it washes quickly, withstands high temperatures - up to 90° - and dries easily.

Nevertheless, there are different proposals in terms of raw material for the weaving of sheets.

Flax: another natural fibre, flax also has thermoregulation properties. Linen facilitates the evacuation of humidity while keeping warm. A linen sheet is therefore pleasant in all seasons. His choice will be privileged in the summer, especially if you live in a warm region. Another advantage is that linen is naturally hypoallergenic. However, beware of the print quality. The natural fibre loses this quality, but if it is dyed with a process that does not comply with European textile standards.

Finally, linen is very resistant, does not deteriorate with washing and even becomes naturally ennobled by becoming softer to the touch as it is washed. However, not everyone likes linen: it will always remain less soft to the touch than a cotton sheet, it is also less easy to care for and may take a long time to dry.

The golden mean: half-breed sheets! If you are hesitating between linen and cotton, half-breed is a mixture of at least 45% linen and the rest cotton. You benefit from the characteristics of both fibres: the softness and fineness of cotton coupled with the thermoregulation and anti-allergenic qualities of linen.

Finally, polycotton sheets are made from a mixture of polyester (50%) and cotton (50%). Polycotton sheets are lighter than those made of natural fibres, they are also very quick to dry. Polycotton sheets can withstand high temperatures, tumble-drying and since they hardly crease - simply lay them out immediately when clean or fold them as soon as drying is complete - they do not need to be ironed. They are finally cheaper than natural fibre sheets. On the other hand, they lose a lot of the breathing and thermoregulating properties of a natural fibre. This makes them much less comfortable to live with and less soft to the touch.

The different weaves for a bed sheet

The weave is decisive in the choice of the bed line

From the same raw material, the way the threads are intertwined will give the fabric different characteristics: silky, fluffy, stretchy... So depending on your desires, you can choose one or the other of these weaving methods for your bed sets.

The Cotton Percale is made with the longest fibres of cotton. The essential characteristic of the cotton percale is its tight and regular weave: the threads cross each other (top - bottom) in a continuous and regular way. This weave structure of the percale gives it: stability, solidity over the length, high quality rendering and feel. The tighter and denser the weave of the percale, the more beautiful and "high-end" the final appearance of the bed linen set.

The higher the number of threads/cm2 in the weave, the better the percale's qualities: at least 80 threads/cm2 for a standard percale; 120 threads/cm2 for very high-end and luxury sheets. A higher weave will give a rare, exceptional product. The percale can indeed go up to 300 threads/cm2, the sheet is then almost crunchy to the touch, it offers maximum breathability and comfort.

Satin, like percale, is woven very tightly and made from long cotton fibres. Satin is also soft to the touch. The difference lies in the appearance of the cotton satin, which offers a satin finish, as its name suggests, and is therefore shinier than the percale which has a matt finish. This visual difference is due to the way the threads are interlaced during weaving.

Flannel is a cotton fabric that has been mechanically scraped for a fluffy look and feel. Below a certain degree, it is simply referred to as combed cloth. Flannel is characterized by an extremely soft and warm touch. It is ideal in the winter, in rooms that are a little cold.

Among the sheets frequently associated with bed linen are also jerseys. However, it is a knitted fabric and not a woven fabric, which gives it this elastic property to which it must be mainly used for making fitted sheets and bedding protection. Elastic in both directions, it does not deform when washed or over time.

So, how do you choose your bedding?

Now that materials and weaves no longer hold any secrets for you, you may indeed wonder how to choose your bed linen? There remains the last element, determining in the final choice of his future bed set: the print. And now it's going to be a matter of taste!

However, here too you can opt for quality, by choosing collections with few copies, in order to favour a rare print. You can turn to textile designers' models, for the quality of the designs and the power of the prints. Finally, you can linger on the quality of the finishes - piping at the seams of the pillow; the reverse side of a printed duvet cover; matching fitted sheet - which are all markers of a top brand with exceptional models.