Known for its softness and warmth, flannel bedding is the perfect companion for chilly winter nights. Its fleecy finish is great for cocooning and will keep you cozy and comfortable no matter how nippy it gets outside.
There are plenty of perks to this fuzzy fabric, but what exactly is flannel bedding, how is it made, and what’s the difference between flannel and conventional cotton? Here, we’re sharing everything you need to know about this supremely snug fabric.
What is flannel and how is it made?
Flannel is a woven cotton fabric that’s gently combed to create a softer, fluffier finish. Unlike conventional cotton, flannel has a fuzzy feel, which is created using fine bristles to lift up the fibers from the yarn. These fluffed-up fibers give flannel that extra coziness, and the excess lint is removed from the fabric to create a smooth texture.
Our flannel cotton bedding at Piglet in Bed is woven from a blend of sustainably sourced cotton and TENCEL™ fibers. This gives it a buttery soft quality with a beautiful drape. It’s perfect for snuggling up to but has breathable properties so you don’t overheat.
What are the benefits of flannel sheets?
There are lots of reasons why people reach for flannel sheets in the colder months. Flannel bedding is undeniably snuggly, and it’s ideal for those wanting a warmer and cozier night’s sleep. That’s all thanks to the brushed fibers, which trap warm air to give the perfect level of insulation.
That doesn’t mean you compromise on breathability, though. The cotton and TENCEL™ blend in our flannel bedding gives you the best of both worlds since it’s still breathable and wicks away moisture.
With its soft, soothing weave, flannel is also known for its hypoallergenic qualities and is a good choice for people with sensitive skin.
Is flannel bedding warmer than cotton?
Compared to conventional cotton, flannel has fluffier fibers that give it a fleecy texture. Flannel bedding is still breathable like regular cotton, but it feels warmer against your skin than smoother, cool-to-the-touch cotton. Flannel is generally a bit thicker too, adding to its warmth.
At Piglet in Bed, our flannel and cotton bedding both start with the same high-quality cotton fabric, but it’s that extra brushing process that gives flannel the edge when it comes to warmth and coziness.
How should you care for flannel bedding?
Caring for flannel bedding could not be easier. Simply wash on a warm cycle, then air or tumble dry. At Piglet in Bed, we think life is too short for ironing, so if you want smooth sheets, the best way is to give them a good shake after they come out of the washing machine, then hang them up carefully to dry rather than tumble drying.
Whether you opt for the cozy feel of flannel fabric, the classic comfort of cotton sheets, or the low-maintenance look of linen bedding, the decision ultimately comes down to personal preference. But whatever you pick, don’t be surprised if you find any excuse to stay snuggled under the covers a little longer each morning!