Which bedding material is best?

The material of our bed linen is crucial for a pleasant sleeping environment and can help you avoid sweating or freezing, especially in summer and winter. Here we explain how the right pillow and blanket cover improves your sleep and which materials are best for you.

Table of Contents

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

      1. The right bed linen for a good night's sleep

      Whether smooth and airy or fluffy and warm - which bed linen we use is crucial for our feeling of well-being and also has an influence on whether we have 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 environment and thus enabling a relaxed sleep.

      At night we lose a lot of heat and moisture through our skin and our breathing and sweat quickly, especially in summer or under a thick winter blanket. Accumulated heat and sweat are absorbed by our bed linen through direct skin contact. A suitable pillow and duvet cover is therefore important to absorb sweat and moisture and to help keep the body temperature within the normal range so that we do not sweat too much or feel cold at night and our 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 ideally 60 degrees Celsius to completely remove dust and mites and ensure a hygienic sleeping environment.

      2. The best fabrics for pillow and duvet covers

      Which material you should choose depends primarily on your sleeping situation as well as your personal needs and preferences. When choosing pillow and duvet covers, it is generally advisable to choose a material that is able to absorb sweat and regulate the sleeping temperature. We will 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 bed linen for every season


      Cotton bed linen is frequently 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 high durability. Pillow and blanket covers made of cotton are very robust and, depending on how they are processed, can be cleaned even 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 usually made of polyester and is a cheap and easy-care alternative to natural cotton. Microfiber bed linen is less breathable, but is easy to clean, does not shed and dries very quickly. The artificial fibers can also be processed in a variety of 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 bed linen for the summer

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      In hot summer temperatures, we 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 the sweat on the skin in combination with drafts can cause tension and lead to colds. In summer, light, thin and breathable materials are particularly suitable as they 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 air-permeable and breathable, can absorb a lot of moisture and 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 delicate and can only be washed very gently.

      The cheaper and easy-care alternative to silk is satin. The satin fabric, which is also light, smooth and shiny, is made from cotton or microfiber, is breathable and, thanks to its fine surface structure, also leaves the skin feeling pleasant and cooling.


      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 well between the blanket and the body. This means excess heat can be dissipated well and a pleasantly cool sleeping environment can be maintained. Seersucker is also one of the easiest bedding materials to care for, 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. Pillow and blanket covers made of linen absorb a lot of moisture and do not dry quickly and are cool and airy on the skin. They are anti-bacterial and can be cleaned well at high temperatures, making them ideal for use on warm summer nights.

      #3 Warm bed linen for the winter

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

      Flannel / Beaver

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

      3. Conclusion

      • The material of our pillow and blanket covers can influence the sleeping environment 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 to care for.
      • In summer, airy materials such as silk & satin, seersucker or linen fabrics ensure a cool feeling on the skin and help against sweat and accumulated heat.
      • Thick flannel or flannel underwear is perfect for winter, as it warms the body well and leaves the skin feeling cuddly and soft.

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