Which bedding material is best?

The material of our bed linen is crucial for a comfortable sleeping climate and can help you not to sweat or freeze, especially in summer and winter. Here we explain how the right pillow and duvet cover improves your sleep and which fabrics are best for you.

Table of Contents

      1. The right bedding for a good night's sleep
      2. The best fabrics for pillowcases and duvet covers
        1. Bedding for every season
        2. Cool bedding for the summer
        3. Warm bedding for winter
      3. Conclusion

      1. The right bedding for a good night's sleep

      Whether smooth and airy or fluffy and warm - which bed linen we use is decisive for our well-being and also has an influence on whether we experience a restful night. In addition to the actual pillow and the duvet, the material of our bed linen also plays an important role in ensuring a good sleeping climate and thus enabling a relaxed sleep.

      During the night we lose a lot of heat and moisture through our skin and breathing and sweat quickly, especially in summer or under a thick winter blanket. Built-up heat and sweat are absorbed by our bed linen through direct skin contact. A suitable pillowcase and duvet cover is therefore important to absorb sweat and moisture and to help keep body temperature within the normal range so that we do not sweat or freeze excessively at night and sleep is not disturbed.

      In addition to heat and moisture, we also lose numerous skin particles and hairs over the course of the night, which in turn attract mites and bacteria. But no matter what type of bed linen we choose - the covers should be changed regularly and washed at best at 60 degrees Celsius in order to completely remove dust and mites and to ensure a sleeping environment that is hygienic.

      2. The best fabrics for pillowcases and duvet covers

      The material you should choose depends primarily on your sleeping situation as well as your personal needs and preferences. When choosing the pillow and duvet cover, it is always advisable to choose a fabric that is able to absorb sweat and help regulate the sleeping temperature. We give you an overview of the most popular types of bed linen and show you which materials are particularly suitable for sleeping in summer or winter.

      #1 Bedding for every season


      Bed linen made of cotton is often used and very popular. Cotton is a robust natural fiber that is particularly absorbent, breathable and durable. It can absorb up to 65% of its own weight in moisture and is also characterized by a pleasantly soft surface structure and a long service life. Pillow and duvet covers made of cotton are very robust and, depending on how they are processed, can also be cleaned at high temperatures (up to 95 degrees Celsius), which makes them ideal for year-round use and promises a hygienically clean sleeping experience.


      The artificial microfiber is mostly made of polyester and is a cheap and easy-care alternative to natural cotton. Microfiber bedding is less breathable, but is easy to clean, lint-free and dries very quickly. The artificial fibers can also be processed in many ways and are also perfect for allergy sufferers because pollen, mites, dust and bacteria cannot settle in the fabric. Microfiber is available in a wide variety of designs and can be used at any time of the year.

      #2 Cool bedding for the summer

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      When the temperatures are hot in summer, we also sweat more at night or rely on fans, air conditioning and open windows to improve the air and temperature conditions. That's why you shouldn't do without a duvet and suitable sleeping clothes even in summer, because sweat on the skin in combination with drafts that occur can promote tension and lead to colds. In summer, light, thin and breathable materials are particularly suitable, which conduct heat away from the skin and absorb damp sweat well.

      silk and satin

      Silk is a particularly high quality, light and flowing fabric and is characterized by a very fine, smooth surface. The natural silk fabric is extremely permeable to air and breathable, can absorb a lot of moisture and on the other hand dries very quickly. Silk bed linen therefore has a pleasantly cooling effect on the skin and is ideal for sleeping at higher temperatures. However, the fine material is sensitive and can only be washed very gently.

      The cheaper and easy-care alternative to silk is satin. The equally light, smooth and shiny satin fabric is made of cotton or microfiber, is breathable and also leaves the skin feeling pleasant and cool due to the fine surface structure.


      The airy and light seersucker is also perfect for sleeping on warm nights. The cotton fabric is known for its creped surface, which lies irregularly and lightly on the body, allowing air to circulate between the blanket and the body. Excess heat can be dissipated well and a pleasantly cool sleeping climate can be maintained. In addition, seersucker is one of the rather easy-care bed linen fabrics, is easy to wash and does not need to be ironed.

      Linen & half-linen

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      Linen is a smooth, robust and very high-quality natural fiber that is characterized by a natural look and is very suitable as bed linen for the summer. Linen pillowcases and duvet covers absorb a lot of moisture and do not dry quickly, lying cool and airy on the skin. They are antibacterial and can be cleaned well at high temperatures, making them ideal for use on warm summer nights.

      #3 Warm bedding for winter

      For a comfortable and cozy sleep in winter soft and dense fabrics are suitable, which, in combination with the material of your pillow and your duvet, store body heat well, but are still breathable and absorbent. Because even when the ambient temperatures are cooler, we lose a lot of heat and moisture through our skin and breathing, which should not be built up.

      Flannel / Beaver

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      Beaver and the slightly finer flannel are made of dense, roughened cotton fabric. The material structure ensures a cuddly soft, warming surface that is still breathable and moisture-regulating. In this way, the body can be kept warm, especially in cool ambient temperatures, without sweating. Beaver bed linen is also very easy to care for and wash, making it ideal for sleeping on cold winter nights or as a fluffy cover for children's pillows and blankets.

      3. Conclusion

      • The material of our pillowcases and duvet covers can influence the sleeping climate and support a restful sleep.
      • Duvet covers made of cotton or microfiber are suitable all year round because they are breathable, moisture-regulating and easy-care.
      • In summer, airy materials such as silk & satin, seersucker or linen ensure a cool feeling on the skin and help against sweat and built-up heat.
      • Dense beaver or flannel underwear is perfect for winter, warming the body well and leaving the skin feeling soft and cuddly.

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