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Linen vs Tencel: what is best for me?

Here at Koala, we know that sheets are the secret to the perfect snooze. But with so many sheet sets on the market, finding the bed linen of your dream can be a bit of a nightmare.

From cotton to bamboo, linen to tencel, it’s no wonder sheets can hinder a good night’s sleep. But fear not – our experts in resting have come to the rescue to help you decide which of our snoozy sheet sets will fit snugly into your life.

Introducing our TENCEL™ sheets

The Koala TENCEL™ Duvet Cover Set in Bluegum

What is TENCEL™ fabric?

Tencel is a highly sustainable fabric made from wood cellulite. Yes, it’s made from trees! At the start of its life cycle, our Koala TENCEL™ sheets begin as trees grown on low-grade land. Irrigated by rainwater, the trees are cut and processed into chips, which are then turned into pulp. The pulp is blended with water and solvent to create our beloved TENCEL™ sheets.

Is TENCEL™ sustainable?

The process of making tencel is more sustainable than other methods of sheet production, making it one of our favourite choices to sleep on here at Koala.

Is TENCEL™ fabric good for summer?

We love our Tencel™ sheets because they’re luxurious, smooth and skin-friendly. The fabric itself is far more absorbent than cotton, silky soft and cooler than linen. We’re also pretty chuffed about TENCEL™ as it holds the colour of our sheet sets really well, thanks to its special cellulose structure. 

We use 100% TENCEL™ Lyocell fibres for our dreamy sheet sets and duvet cover sets. A legend at moisture-wicking, our TENCEL™ sheet sets will help you maintain a neutral temperature as you sleep, no matter how hot or cool the outside world is. Designed to keep you from feeling hot and sticky on summer nights, TENCEL™ has a knack for breathability.

Is TENCEL™ better than cotton?

Boy oh boy, where do we start? While sheet preferences are personal, we’re big believers that TENCEL™ trumps cotton any day. Don’t get us wrong – cotton can certainly provide you with a comfy night’s sleep. But the main difference here is that TENCEL™ is softer, silkier and far more breathable – whereas cotton is more a cosy fabric.

As the most versatile sheet fabric on the market, cotton will keep you cool in the summer and regulate your body temperature. However, it can also be affected by moisture and mildew, making it a tricky fibre to fight in humid environments, or if you’re a naturally sweatier sleeper. 

Say hello to Le Linen

The Koala Le Linen Duvet Cover Set in Natural

What is linen fabric?

Derived from the stems of the flax plant, our Le Linen Sheet Set features an all-natural and environmentally-friendly fibre.

Thanks to all of the feathers in the flax linen cap, this material is also a little pricier than other materials like cotton and Tencel. As a luxury fabric, a French linen sheet set is more than worth the splurge.

The process of making flax linen sheets is also a little more tedious and time-consuming. Cotton is in abundance, whereas the flax plant is less accessible.

Is linen good for summer?

Linen sheets are naturally hypoallergenic, meaning that people who suffer from allergies or sensitive skin can rest sweetly. Phew! It’s also a hygroscopic material. It conducts moisture well and helps you to stay sweat-free in summer and cosy in winter. Boldy breathable and durable, both our sheets and duvet cover set boasts A+ airflow that leaves the sleeper cooler and drier for longer. 

Plus, they’re also super strong, meaning you won’t have to buy new bedding for a long while! Because the linen thread is often thicker and longer, your sheets are set to last a heck of a lot longer than your run-of-the-mill cotton sheets. When you invest in our Le Linen Sheet Set, you’re signing up for a long term love. Our French linen sheets are especially loved-up having been sourced straight from Normandy, France. Ooh la la!

Koala Le Linen in Sunset Sky

Does linen itch?

You may have heard whispers that sometimes linen flax sheets can feel a little stiff when you first purchase them. We combatted this by treating our sheets with a special enzyme wash, meaning these are soft to touch straight out of the box.

So what sheets are right for me?

We’ve laid it all out for you, so now the doozy of decision-making is up to you! Made with top-notch materials, you’re one click away from nicer naps. Whether staying sweet with flax linen all year round tickles your fancy, or feeling silky smooth with TENCEL™ is up your alley, our Koala bedding is quality, comfy and ticks all the boxes.

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