Types of Bamboo SheetsThere are a few different types of bamboo sheets, with varying degrees of environmental friendliness. One is simply a bamboo fabric made into sheets. In theory, these are compostable and sustainable — but it isn’t easy to find information about where these sheets are actually sourced from and whether or not they’re tested for chemicals that would be toxic for humans to come in contact with regularly. Another kind of bamboo sheeting is made up of rayon derived from renewable bamboo sources; while there are mixed opinions on how good these fibers really are for you, some manufacturers boast that using them helps them emit fewer greenhouse gasses than cotton production.
The Benefits Of Bamboo SheetsBamboo is a natural fiber that’s considered to be very hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. It regulates temperature well, which is a major plus in our book because nobody wants to wake up in a pool of sweat during summer or shiver all night long during winter.
Why Bamboo is Important?It’s naturally resistant to mites and mildew, so you won’t have to worry about washing your sheets as often as you would with most cotton bedding sets. Plus it also has similar moisture-wicking properties as microfiber and while it doesn’t insulate as well, it will keep you cool in warmer months and warm when there’s a chill in the air. And it feels super soft and it increases your comfort levels while in bed!
What To Look For When Buying Bamboo SheetsMost bamboo sheets sold in America are made from rayon derived from bamboo. With just a little bit of searching, you can find sheets that are softer and much more luxurious than cotton. In terms of softness, bamboo is very comparable to silk; if you’re looking for something that feels like you’re laying down on a cloud, then bamboo is for you. Here are four things to look for when shopping around:
- Price. What you’re going to get when you shop for bamboo sheets depends on your budget, but it also depends on what you’re getting. Softness is a priority for some, while others are more concerned with eco-friendliness; if the cost isn’t an issue, then go ahead and buy pure bamboo sheets that don’t feel like they cost a lot to produce—but if cost is a factor, then there are cheaper options available.
- Quality. Bamboo sheets can be created with a variety of processes, and while they don’t necessarily get worse depending on how they’re made, it is important to understand what your options are before buying something. Rayon-based bamboo sheets are (usually) made by spinning threads from rayon into fibers that are woven into sheets; these types of bamboo sheets tend to be more affordable than other types of bamboo products, but they also tend to wrinkle easier and may not last as long.
- Thread count. When shopping for a sheet, the higher a thread count, the softer sheets are; however, you shouldn’t rely on that to make your decision because sometimes the fabric is woven tighter to create higher thread counts and those sheets may actually feel rougher than lower-thread-count options. Regardless of what it says on a product page, always ask for a sample before buying something—you can sleep on that and decide if you like it or not.
- Eco-friendliness. If you’re looking for a pure eco-friendly alternative to cotton, then look for bamboo sheets made with viscose — these sheets are created from organic bamboo juice and may cost more than rayon-based bamboo products, but they’re also softer and get better reviews online.
How To Care For Bamboo Sheets Sets
There are a few things to keep in mind when washing and caring for your bamboo sheets. First of all, both sides of your bamboo linen will feel slightly different; one side will be softer than the other. This is because the bamboo fabric is more like a natural fiber than polyester or cotton.
Take care not to disturb your fitted sheet and pillowcase by flipping them over, but if you need to launder both sides of your 100% bamboo sheets set at once, remember that using cold water will help preserve its qualities for longer.
Also, it's important to wash your sheets on a gentle cycle; high-speed spin cycles tend to wear out even higher-quality fabrics very quickly. When drying your new bamboo sheets sets, try hanging them outside (but make sure there's no moisture in the air!). You'll also want to think about finding storage that can keep your bedding from getting wrinkled.