Do Linen Sheets Last Longer?

  • Linen sheets can be definitely called a luxury bedding piece not only in terms of price but more importantly - because of the superior quality;
  • Linen is woven from natural flax fibers that are thicker and longer than, for example, cotton plant fibers, therefore it is known for exceptional durability and can last for many years;
  • In the article below, we will compare linen vs cotton sheets in terms of breathability, moisture wickedness, durability, and other features.

When it comes to luxurious bedding, the quality of the fabric, sheets, duvets, and pillows makes all the difference. This is especially true for the sheets since this will be the fabric touching your body, so you’d want it to be made from the most comfortable fabric available.

Most people agree that cotton and linen are the fabrics of choice when it comes to comfort. They are both excellent, high-quality options when it comes to choosing fabrics for your bedding. To decide which of those two works better for you, you’ll first need to learn the differences between them, and some of the pros and cons associated with them.

The Main Differences Between Linen and Cotton Sheets


Linen is an all-natural fabric made from the fiber of the flax plant. When it comes to luxurious sheets, linen has been the fabric of voice for up-scale bedding for decades. Linen’s intricately woven fabrics are smooth and comfortable to the touch, which typically uses longer and thicker strands than their cotton counterparts. They are also more durable, as they tend to get softer to the touch with each successive washing.


Cotton sheets, on the other hand, have been around for centuries and they remain a popular choice among consumers to this day. They feature superior softness and comfort, given the fact that they are made from the fluffiest part of the cotton plant. And they owe their durability to the technique of weaving multiple cotton fibers into strands to make the yarn. The soft feel of cotton sheets against your body provides such unmatched comfort you’ll relish it forever.

Linen Vs. Cotton Sheets: Breathability

While both cotton and linen sheets do provide excellent breathability, some people give linen a slight edge when it comes to keeping you cooler. They both are extremely absorbent, which only adds to their ability to keep you cooler, longer.

So, if breathability is the deciding factor for you, you might want to go with the linen sheets. However, if softness is what you’re looking for, then cotton is definitely king.

Linen Vs. Cotton: Night's Sleep

So, we know that both cotton and linen are great choices for keeping you cool, but when it comes to hot and humid weather, cotton may make you a little too warm. Linen sheets, in this case, do a better job at regulating your body’s temperature so that you feel nice and cozy instead of sweating.

Linen sheets are stronger than cotton sheets and thus are heavier, but they are more breathable. So, if you tend to experience night sweats, then linen sheets are the perfect luxurious bedding for you.

For several generations, linen sheets have been the go-to fabric for outfitting beds. With their varying thread count and interwoven structure, they provide smoothness and comfort at an affordable price.

Linen Vs. Cotton: Durability

The strands of linen sheets are generally thicker and longer than those of their cotton counterparts, therefore they last longer and are more durable.

With the touch and feel of the fabric constantly varying from stiff to smooth, linen sheets provide a slight massaging quality which brings the sleeping experience to the next level. This is due to the microscopic variations in the fabric. And, the best thing about linen sheets is that they get softer with each successive washing while maintaining their quality.



Linen Sheets: Pros and Cons

Benefits of linen sheets:

  • Durable: Linen sheets are known for their longevity, so with proper care, you can count on them for many years to come.
  • Naturally hypoallergenic: Linen sheets are naturally hypoallergenic. This means that linen sheets are free from harmful chemicals, so they can be perfectly used even by people with sensitive skin.
  • Moisture-Wicking: Linen sheets provide natural moisture-wicking and unmatched breathability, which makes for cool, comfortable night’s sleep.
  • Eco-Friendly: Because they are made from the natural flax plant, linen sheets, and bedding, in general, are considered environmentally friendly. This is also what makes them last longer than any other sheet set.

Disadvantages of linen sheets:

  • Color options: Unlike other fabrics, linen sheet sets come in a slightly smaller variety of colors, patterns, and designs. However, there are still more than enough of them! Take a sneak peek at our wide selection of sheet sets yourself.
  • Initial hardness: Linen sheets are just not as soft as other fabrics when first taken out of the package. They must undergo several series of washings before they get softer enough. This is true even for the finer brands.
  • Higher costs: High-quality natural linen sheets can be rather expensive when compared to, let’s say, cotton, but they are worth every cent when you take into account their exceptional benefits: durability, breathability, environmentally friendly, and, of course, hypoallergenic properties to name just a few.
  • Wrinkle fast: Linen fibers by their nature do not have much resilience and elasticity, so they tend to wrinkle easier than other fabrics. While for some people this crumpling can seem less attractive, many users prefer linen sheets to be naturally wrinkled and do not even bother ironing them! Wrinkles are a part of linen character, they say.

Linen Vs. Cotton Sheets: LifeSpan

The most obvious reason why linen sheets are the go-to choice for hotels and rentals is probably the durability. Besides, they are hypoallergenic so are suitable for people with sensitive skin or allergies.

Linen sheets have unique filtering characteristics not found in any other fabrics - they can filter out several allergens and germs other fabrics cannot. Because of the natural moisture-wicking and breathability benefits, air flows through the linen fabric much better, increasing the lifespan of the linen sheet even more.

Linen sheets also reduce static, which preserves naturally healthy skin and body to maintain a healthy pH level, which also benefits people with sensitive skin.

Because of their long lifespan, and because they are manufactured from naturally-grown flax plants (a fully renewable and biodegradable source), linen sheets are not only environmentally friendly but also longer lasting.

Final Word

For many years people have been arguing which bedding is better - cotton or linen. Although cotton sheet sets can offer good quality and an affordable price, no one can beat the durability and longevity of high-quality linen sheets.

Take a look at our bedding shopper's guide and choose your perfect piece of bed linen!

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