Is Linen Bedding Good For Winter?


The misconception that linen is a summer fabric is widespread and has been around for a long long time. The misconception is largely down to the fact that linen clothing in particular have long been associated with summer. It is absolutely true whether on your bed on your back, linen is breathable and cool. The weave of linen is generally looser than that of cotton for example, and it is this that makes it breathable. Certainly if you have a tendency to get hot and sweaty under the covers the loose linen weave helps you to have a dry sleep.

But just because linen bedding is a good option for summer sleeping, doesn’t mean by default that it is unsuitable for winter sleeping. Be it spring, summer, autumn or winter linen bedding is a good choice, it’s an evergreen fabric. For some reason we don’t challenge the suitability of other fabrics for winter, such as cotton, Tencel or even silk. It is only linen we illogically single out for a lack of winter suitability.  

The extent to which you feel snuggly in bed during winter months is more to do with the tog rating of your duvet than anything else. Many people feel that linen sheets will leave then feeling chilly during the colder winter nights. But it’s simply not true. Just pair your 100% linen bedding with your other standard winter bedding components, such as 13.5 of 15 tog duvet, and perhaps a throw blanket and you’re all set up and ready to go!