What Makes Bamboo Bedding a Natural Luxury?
The right bed sheets can go a long way to promote quality sleep, keeping you comfortable and supporting the natural drop in temperature needed for a healthy circadian rhythm.
When it comes to softness, temperature regulation, and durability, we think bamboo takes the prize as the best material for bed sheets and other bedding. Fortunately, it's also eco-friendly and more affordable than other high-end materials like silk. This guide will walk you through the key benefits of bamboo bedding and why bamboo makes the ultimate material for year-round sleep comfort.
1. Soft and Smooth
An Affordable Silk Alternative
When you think of bamboo, your mind may jump to tall shoots of tropical greenery or the long, hard rods used to make furniture. It may seem impossible that a smooth, lightweight fabric derives from the same plant.
But it's true; bamboo-based textiles have a satin-smooth feel and are soft and gentle on skin. Bamboo fabric also creates very little friction, making bamboo pillow cases ideal for those with textured or frizzy hair.
Most bamboo bedding is made with viscose from bamboo, also known as bamboo viscose. After harvesting natural bamboo, manufacturers use a solvent to break down parts of the plant and extract cellulose. Next, they press the resulting pulp into fibers which they spin into long, soft threads, perfect for breathable fabric weaves.
Nolah's bamboo bedding uses 100 percent bamboo viscose, giving our products a soothingly smooth feel comparable to silk, but at a much lower price. Our bamboo sheets are also machine washable, making them a convenient home luxury.
2. Temperature Regulating
Keeps You Cool and Dry
Bamboo bedding naturally regulates temperature, making it suitable for most climates and perfect for places that experience all four seasons. Two critical characteristics make bamboo sheets temperature regulating: the fabric's breathability and moisture-wicking abilities.
Bamboo sheets have micro gaps in the fabric, allowing for steady airflow. Ventilation prevents hot air from getting trapped beneath the covers and creating a pocket of humidity around your body.
Bamboo sheets pull heat and moisture away from the body, assisting your body's natural temperature regulation system, also known as sweating.
If you sweat at night, bamboo sheets will wick away—not absorb—the liquid. Moisture-absorbing materials become saturated with sweat, making it hard to stay cool and dry and keep your sheets smelling fresh. On the other hand, moisture-wicking sheets pull the liquid away from the body and onto the fabric's surface, where it quickly absorbs.
This system maintains a comfortable temperature all night long and ensures you wake up to crisp and dry sheets. Bamboo products rank among the best cooling bed sheets, even beating out Egyptian cotton.
Eco-Friendly Farming and Harvesting
As previously explained, producing bamboo bedding begins with traditional bamboo harvesting. Bamboo plants have innate antibacterial and antifungal properties, meaning they naturally resist the bugs and bacteria that can harm most plants as they grow. Because of this inherent ability, bamboo farmers have no need for pesticides and often cultivate bamboo entirely organically.
Bamboo's resistance to harmful organisms also contributes to its abundance. Technically a grass, bamboo is one of the world's fastest-growing plants, making it a sustainable source for textile fibers. Bamboo also absorbs carbon dioxide and produces more oxygen than most trees. You can check out the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation's website to learn how bamboo forests can play a critical role in climate change mitigation and developing a greener international economy.
Asthma and Allergy Friendly
Depending on how the manufacturer processes the plant and extracts its fiber, the resulting fabric may have many of the same natural benefits as bamboo.
For example, antimicrobial bamboo sheets resist mites, mold, bacteria, and fungus. They keep you safe as you sleep by warding off pesky microorganisms and irritants, making the ideal bed sheets for those with asthma or allergies. Naturally antimicrobial materials do all this without harsh chemical additives.
However, not all bamboo-derived materials maintain the antibacterial and antifungal properties of bamboo. To ensure your bamboo bedding is truly hypoallergenic, be sure to search the product description or seller's website for proof of third-party testing and the fabric's ability to resist allergens and harmful bacteria.
5. Made to Last
More Durable Than Cotton
While other bed sheets and bedding have short fibers that easily pull and tear, premium bamboo fabrics have long, stretched-out fibers that stay secure and don't pill. If taken care of properly, high-quality bamboo bedding can last for up to 10 years.
Also, due to bamboo's moisture-wicking abilities, bamboo sheets don't discolor or stain easily. They maintain their silky-smooth feel over the years and, depending on the weave, can even become softer with use.
Common Questions About Bamboo Bedding
Can You Machine Wash Bamboo Sheets, Blankets, and Comforters?
Care instructions for bamboo bedding vary based on construction and what other materials the product contains.
Most bamboo bed sheet sets are machine washable and can go in the dryer at a low-temperature setting. Still, you should always check the care label for details.
When it comes to bamboo blankets, bamboo comforters, and bamboo duvet covers, some are machine washable, but others may require dry cleaning. Again, always consult the label before washing any bamboo-based fabrics.
Does Thread Count Matter for Bamboo Bed Sheets?
With luxury bedding materials like Egyptian cotton and silk, thread count dictates quality and price. Because of bamboo fiber's natural softness and durability, having a higher thread count doesn't matter as much for bamboo sheets. Most bamboo bed sheets on the market made with 100 percent bamboo viscose have a thread count of around 300.
Bamboo Sheets vs. Egyptian Cotton vs. Cotton
A lot of shoppers ask how bamboo sheets compare to cotton sheets. While these materials have some qualities in common, we think bamboo makes the better bedding option.
"Egyptian cotton" generally refers to extra-long staple (ELS) cotton picked in Egypt. The length and fine diameter of the cotton fibers give Egyptian cotton sheets their characteristic softness. Egyptian cotton is smoother and more durable than "regular" cotton sheets made with shorter fibers. It's also breathable and moisture-wicking, making it a good fit for hot sleepers.
Bamboo has a few similar characteristics to Egyptian cotton. It's also highly breathable, moisture-wicking, and silky-smooth to the touch. What makes bamboo a better bedsheet material? It's more durable, lasting even longer than Egyptian cotton. Bamboo is also naturally antimicrobial, keeping allergens at bay.
Are There Benefits to Bamboo Blends?
You'll often see bamboo viscose blended with cotton in an attempt to reap the benefits of both materials. While combining bamboo and cotton can result in a more durable fabric, the blend won't have the same silky-smooth texture of 100 percent viscose from bamboo.
Better Sleep Under Bamboo Blankets and Sheets
With a new set of bedding, better sleep is in reach. By simply switching out your current sheets, blankets, and comforter for bamboo, you can achieve cooler sleep under soothing covers that feel as soft as silk but at a fraction of the cost. This easy substitution can help you fall asleep and stay asleep even in hot, humid environments. Not only does bamboo feel good but it also looks good too. You can create a bed setting that feels high end and luxurious along with accessories such as throws and shams. What is a bed sham? A bed sham is a decorative pillow case to kick the aesthetic up a notch.
Nolah offers a full suite of bamboo bedding, including sheets, pillowcases, a throw blanket, a comforter, a duvet cover and even a bamboo weighted blanket. How do weighted blankets work? Weighted blankets are filled with material such as glass beads to give the blanket weight to borrow a therapy technique called deep pressure stimulation (DPS) to calm you down and promote quality rest.