I’m all for ease and simplicity, and when it comes to ironing sheets and duvets, I don’t know about you, but it’s just not something I have time for. Since swapping my pristine white cotton sheets for pure linen bedding a couple of years ago I’ve never looked back. Crumpled and gently creased, linen has a simple, relaxed aesthetic that’s anything but pretentious or contrived. Now linen bedding comes in all sorts of colours, from dusty, muted shades to vibrant brights, and you can mix and match for a unique look that expresses you. Beds look warm and inviting with little effort, while the natural soft texture of the fabric appeals to the touch.
Here I’ve rounded up six of the best places to buy pure linen bedding. From high street stores to luxury online retailers, there should be something for every budget. At the end of each intro I’ve also indicated what each brand is ‘best for’ so you can quickly and easily get an idea of which linen bedding is right for you and your home.
Founded by Jessica Mason as a relaxed, hassle-free natural alternative to neat, perfectly ironed bedlinen, Piglet is a London-based linen bedding brand established just last January. Put off by the high price points associated good quality bedlinen, Jessica set out to offer modern rustic bedding at competitive prices.
They say: ‘At Piglet we think that a beautiful home is a comfortable home. We believe that simple, high quality and low maintenance basics are key and so we developed our range of durable linen bedding and pyjamas that gets softer and softer with wear.’
Made from 100% French Flax linen and pre-washed for softness, Piglet’s designs come in a variety of colours including Sage, Blush, Dove Grey and White. Their bundles offer a saving of 15%, with a stonewashed natural linen duvet cover, a pair of matching pillowcases, an additional pair of white pillowcases, a white flat sheet and a white fitted sheet.
Prices start from £32 for two pillowcases and £138 for a duvet cover, Piglet.
Best for: quality
You all know I love popping into my local H&M Home, not only is it great for picking up trinkets, plates and baskets, but their pure linen bedding is unbeatable on value for money. I think they’re the only brand here where the duvet and pillowcases come together in one affordable price.
Available in eight colours, their washed linen double duvet cover set comes with delicate double-stitched edging seams and a thread count of 104. Choose from soft greys, khaki greens, purple greys and light pinks. Their linen dressing gowns are a good buy for long, lazy morning in bed, too.
Washed linen double duvet cover set, includes two pillowcases, in eight colours, £79.99, H&M Home
Best for: affordability
West Elm might not seem like the most obvious place for buying bed linen, but allow me to let you into a secret, it’s the best out there. My light grey linen duvet cover is the softest I’ve found, and I’ve tried most of those on this list. West Elm’s pure linen bedding is crafted from fine Belgian flax that’s washed for a luxe, lived-in look. It comes in grey melange, neutral tones and blush pink.
Prices start from £34 for set of two pillowcases, £129 for a double duvet cover, in nine colours, West Elm
Best for: softness
Soak & Sleep
My first experience of pure linen bedding came courtesy of British brand Soak & Sleep and I’ve never gone back to cotton. Competitively priced, their 100% Pure French linen is made from a natural flax that comes from Nieppe, near the French-Belgian border. Pre-washed and pre-shrunk for a relaxed finish, the collection comes in light greys and pale pastels as well as classic white, seen below. Duvets and pillowcases have a smart border for a clean, elegant look.
Prices start at £28 for set of two pillowcases, £95 for double duvet cover, you can also save 5% with a bundle collection, in seven colours, available at Soak & Sleep
Best for: value for money
Communaute De Biens at Smallable
Exclusively available at concept store Smallable, Communaute De Biens is a young Parisian brand that produces washed linen in a range of rich colours inspired by nature. Simple and stylish, the accessibly priced collection includes towels, bed linen, bath linen, cushion covers and curtains in deep muted shades and bright pops of colour. Pair waffled textures and gently fringed cushions with graphic checked designs for an easy, tactile look.
Prices start at £20 for a cushion and £79 for a washed linen double duvet cover, in 11 colours, Communaute De Biens available at www.smallable.com
Best for: colour options
The Linen Works
Founded over 10 years ago, The Linen Works – at the top end of the spectrum – is a luxury homeware and clothing brand producing timeless, 100% pure European linen in soft, muted tones. Their simple and understated style was originally inspired by a visit to a rustic, well-loved farmhouse overlooking the Bay of Toulon in France. Today all of their linen is grown and made in Europe, while each new piece is pre-washed to give a gentle, relaxed feel. Choose from seven colours, from dove grey and charcoal to neutral ecru and dusty rose pink. For a higher price point you get a closer attention to detail, with mother-of-pearl buttoning and monogramming on request.
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Best for: luxury
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