Dressing your bed in pretty fabrics has generally come second to dressing your self, but recently, whether it’s thanks to Instagram or something else, bed linen has been elevated both in importance and quality. These are our favourites.
When Sydneysider Genevieve Rosen-Biller moved house, she wanted new linen bedding for her new room. She found the prices were prohibitively expensive so decided to start her own label, Bed Threads. She worked out a way to sell 100 per cent flax linen for around $250 a set by cutting costs with a direct-to-customer business model. And just because it's cheap, doesn't mean it’s not ethical. The flax is grown in France free from pesticides, and every part of the crop is used, while workers in China are paid above minimum wage. It’s also delivered in plastic-free packaging.
If you thought the environmental impacts of your morning routine start with your reusable coffee cup, think again. Melbourne-based bedding and sleepwear brand Ettitude creates sheets made from a new-generation bamboo fabric that uses 500 times less water to manufacture and emits 52 per cent less carbon compared to conventional cotton. Plus, they’re soft, breathable, naturally hypoallergenic and moisture-wicking to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. The company is also certified climate-neutral.
Cultiver is all about elevating our at-home experiences with the items we use most frequently, whether that’s bedsheets, the dining table, bath towels or cosy robes. The brand sources flax from Europe because of the gentle climate, resulting in super-soft linen that’s Oeko-Tex certified. It also makes flip pillowcases that’s pure Mulberry silk on one side and 100 per cent linen on the other, so you can take your pick of how you want to spend the night.
A Melbourne brand known for its actual bedding, including a popular mattress and corresponding bed frame, Eva also makes bedlinen. Using hemp, the sheets have a similar look and feel to flax linen, and currently come in six shades - a charcoal grey, natural oat, olive, mustard, terracotta and (of course) white.
Kip & Co
Kip & Co’s bedding looks as though a nearby confetti factory exploded while it was being made – in a good way. If you’re after plain sheets, this isn’t for you. Vibrant flowers, velvet leopard print and bright geometric shapes are splashed across its range of pillows, quilt covers, sheets and throws. The label was co-founded by Melbourne sisters Hayley Pannekoeke and Kate Heppell and their best mate Alex van der Sluys over wine back in 2012 and, as they told Broadsheet, they’ve since set about “creating bright, bold, fashion bedding that has a very Australian spunk about it”.
The Sheet Society
The label hit headlines in 2018 due to their covetable ’70s-inspired corduroy bedlinen, but if cord isn't your bedroom vibe, the boucle, cotton and waffle options might be the key to transforming your bed into a serious haven. Our pick? The peachy tie-dye in the label's cotton collection.
If you’re the type who struggles to find the time to wash their sheets weekly, hemp might be your saving grace. Adelaide’s Good Studios’ 100 per cent hemp bed linen keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter, and as a bonus has antibacterial qualities, so you can leave it longer between washes. The hemp is also much more durable than other natural fibres, meaning you won’t have to fork out to replace your sheets any time soon. All of the brand’s hemp linen bed sheets are made to order. goodstudios.com.au
Another label nailing the environmentally friendly brief is Weft Textiles. Its cushions, duvet covers, sheets and pillowcases are made from 100 per cent natural and organic fabrics. It also avoids harmful chemicals, dyes and perfumes. It was founded by Adelaide-based interior designer Samia Fisher, who was disheartened by the industry and decided to start her own line. Products are made from flax linen and hand-spun and woven organic cotton in versatile colours including navy, pink and light grey.
Sheridan is a household name in Australia and some of the brand's products have definitely lived in your linen cupboard at some point. But of late, the company has expanded its offering - linen, tencel and organic cotton collections are popular, but our pick is the stonewashed cotton, which feels lived-in and gives a relaxed look and feel to the bedroom.
This article was first published on February 5, 2019 and was updated on March 1, 2022.
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