Is there anything cozier than slipping into a bed made with luxury flannel sheets on a cold night? Flannel sheets are known for their comfort, that's why we use flannel blankets to bundle babies up. But flannel isn't just comfy, it's also stylish, modern and cost effective. Using good quality flannel sheets and bedding can help reduce heating bills by allowing you to turn the thermostat down at night.
Flannel can be traced back as far as the 17th century when it was first made from wool in Wales. In the 20th century, manufacturers learned to blend silk and cotton with wool to create a lightweight flannel that was perfect for sheets and clothing. Though best known as a plaid fabric, flannel comes in a variety of colors and designs including solids, florals and the ever-popular plaids. Today there are several kinds of flannel to choose from, like 100% cotton and micro flannel.
Luxury flannel sheets are slightly heavier and softer than those of lesser quality. For easy care, choose micro-flannel. The Micro FlannelŪ collection from Linensource resists pilling and wrinkles and does not shrink.
Buying Flannel Sheets
Expect flannel to fit the same way as standard cotton sheets. Twin, full, queen, king and California king sizes are available.
A process known as napping or brushing gives flannel its signature soft feel. Fabric that's brushed on both sides, like the Luxury Velvet collection at Linensource is slightly more expensive, but it's also the softest type of flannel. The more napping material receives, the more velvety it will feel. But just because it's soft, doesn't mean flannel is fragile. Made from 100% cotton, the flannel bedding at Linensource is also durable and can be expected to last for years. In fact, good quality flannel becomes softer and more comfortable with each wash.
Be aware that not all flannel or micro flannel products are made from natural materials. Some manufacturers add polyester or polyester fleece to mimic the softness of luxury flannel while cutting costs. These materials may feel good to the touch after the first wash, but are more likely to pill, fade and lose their velvety feel in time.
Flannel sheets are appropriate for every bed in the home from the master to the guest room. You and everyone else in the family will enjoy the soft texture of flannel, and because these sheets stay naturally warmer, everyone will appreciate climbing into a bed without cold sheets in the winter. They are easy to care for, can be machine washed and dried and require no special preparation for seasonal storage. And just because they can be stored easily doesn't mean they have to. Many customers prefer the comfort of flannel all year long.
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