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Three Beds: Which Do You Like Best?

best linen bedding from Brooklinen

Did you know that the average person will spend 227,760 hours — that’s 26 years! — sleeping? And we spend even more time (roughly another seven years) hanging out in bed. When you look at it that way, shouldn’t your bed be a reflection of you? So, with some help from our beloved Brooklinen, here’s a fun quiz to help determine your bedding personality…

best linen bedding from Brooklinen

Is your bedroom primarily a place for relaxing and unwinding? Is your ideal sleep situation to be enveloped in something as comfortable as your oldest, softest pair of jeans?

If this sounds good to you, breezy linen has you covered. Made from Belgian and French Flax, these 100% linen sheets are the closest thing to sleeping in a cloud. If that weren’t relaxing enough, they come in lots of soothing colors.

best white sheets Brooklinen

Growing up, was your dream to be like Eloise, who lived at the Plaza Hotel? Or Kevin McCallister in Home Alone II (when he, you guessed it, stayed at the Plaza)? Do you like your sheets to resemble good stationery — all smooth lines and clean edges, with a weight that’s substantial but not too heavy?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it sounds like your personality is crisp hotel. Brooklinen’s classic cotton percale sheets feel just like hotel bedding — crisp, cool and breathable. They add a feeling of luxury to your everyday life. Now if only you could figure out how to make your morning coffee feel like room service.

best patterned bedding Brooklinen

When you were a kid, did you ever have sheets with fun characters on them? Do you consider your bed not just a place for sleep, but a place for reading, watching shows, eating snacks, scrolling on your phone, and happily living your life? Do you enjoy changing up your bedding along with the seasons, to match your mood, or for a fun pop of color?

If so, meet fun pattern sheets, your new best friend. It’s almost like throwing a little party every time you climb in bed.

best patterned bedding Brooklinen

Whatever your bedding personality, Brooklinen sheets are the BEST. (They even make kids’ bedding.) We’ve cuddled up with them in our home for years and years. They’re soft and comfy right off the bat, and get better and better with every wash. Whenever we have house guests, they ask where we got our amazing sheets, and we’re always thrilled to recommend them.

Great news for all readers: Brooklinen is offering $20 off all orders over $100 using code CUP20. Thank you so much, Brooklinen!

(Photos and styling by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Brooklinen, a brand we’ve loved and used for years. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Cup of Jo running.)

  1. Leah says...

    I cannot recommend Castle and Things enough when it comes to bedding that is bright, happy and a little whimsical. Rachel Castle is an Australian artist and i love her aesthetic. Look her up.

  2. AV says...

    Always all cotton sheets. I actually stock up on sheets, covers, etc when I visit home (India). Mul mul cotton quilts for warm summers to keep everything cool :)

  3. silly lily says...

    I only buy all cotton sheets. I like my Brooklinens but LOVED the Martha Stewarts that I bought ten years ago. They weren’t even too expensive as I bought them on sale, and fortunately I purchase two sets. They were a heavy, crisp percale that fit mattress and pillows nice and snugly, and maybe for that reason they always felt fresh. Six days into the week my husband would ask if I put fresh sheets on the bed. Yeah, THAT good. We used them until very recently, and only stopped cause they literally shredded when we turned over in bed. Martha, if you are reading this, PLEASE BRING THEM BACK.

    This takes a little effort but if you have cotton sheets, consider ironing the pillowcases with spray starch. Iron on both sides, fold up into small squares, and iron the squares to set the creases. If you are not into ironing this will sound crazy. But when you lay down at the end of a long day, you will think you are in a luxury hotel. Worth it.

  4. Katie says...

    Since giving birth 2.5 years ago (!!!!!) I have had night sweats, so I finally looked into sheets with cooling properties and landed on a set made of percale from SOL Organics. I still sweat a lot (and obviously the added anxiety of COVID isn’t helping!) but at least don’t feel quite so hot when I wake up.

    • Lauren says...

      Hey!
      Please talk to your dr about night sweats, if you haven’t already. They were a sign of something serious for me. If not, she might also be able to help.

    • Kate says...

      Please ask your DR about the night sweats – as Lauren said as well – they were the one symptom I had of cancer. Not that I’m keen to panic you and there are other not as serious things they can be. Please don’t ignore them though like I did, thinking it was “normal” post partum.

  5. Charlotte says...

    Just as a FYI for anyone considering linen sheets, I bought the Belgian linen ones from West Elm and found the quality was TERRIBLE! I bought two sets of sheets and two duvets in order to reduce wear, washed them on gentle, cool water, and line dried. Less than a year later, both the fitted sheets and the pillowcases had all developed gaping holes. Worse, when I went back to West Elm they were incredibly condescending and refused to even admit there was an issue. So definitely stay away!

    That being said, I LOVED the feel of linen sheets (while they lasted) and I hope Brooklinen’s are better! For me, I was so burned after shelling out several hundreds of dollars (on what are now rags) that I bought one $40 Target organic cotton set and they have held up beautifully for the last two years. Go figure. I sewed the remaining hole-less West Elm top sheet into a nice linen shower curtain, so that’s something I suppose.

    • Jess says...

      Wow! That is so awful I’m so sorry to hear that! We have loved our linen Parachute sheets since January! I know its only been several months but I do wash them ones a week and put them in the dryer. I find they are very well made!

    • Charlotte says...

      Thanks Jess! That’s good to know! I’ll check out Parachute too the next time I’m in the market for linen sheets! We have their fouta bath towels and absolutely love them, plus they’re as gorgeous now as when we bought them two years ago!

    • Kat says...

      My Brooklinen sheet developed a hole after a year and they replaced the entire set – no questions asked!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I’m so glad to hear that, Kat!

  6. Lisa says...

    We bought the new Casaluna linen sheets from Target. So far, so good. There’s a nice range of colors. King size set is $179 when full priced. I, myself prefer the crispness of their Threshold performance sheets, but my husband is loving the airy feel of the linen.

  7. Caro says...

    I got the 5% cashmere set and loved it so much I and my friend both ordered another set. I also ordered the less-than-plush towels for my guest towels because like the poster above I live in a temperate rain forest climate where plush just doesn’t dry. There is a lot of attention to detail in the sheets, I was worried they wouldn’t fit my 17″ bed but with the way the corners are gathered it works great. And I love the labels so I know which direction goes where the first time I put them on.

  8. Cynthia says...

    Brooklinen is beyond my budget, especially for a king size bed. The 100% cotton percale sheets from Target are great. I’ve had mine for several years.

  9. Nikki says...

    I bought Brooklinen as a splurge for me and my then boyfriends first apartment.

    Now he’s my to be fiance. We registered for more Brooklinen. It’s also our go to wedding gift because we love them so much.

    The plush towels though I would not recommend. They are luxury plush which is nice but not great at actually drying. Then again I think I prefer like that used hotel towel feel that dries the water right up!

  10. Colleen says...

    Love the pink linen!

  11. Rusty says...

    Soothing colours.
    Bamboo sheets = sustainability and cool comfort for summer.
    Jhigh thread count 100%cotton for winter (as it is now, here in Australia).

  12. Kate says...

    We upgraded to a king-size bed recently (best decision ever!!) and bought a pair of the Brooklinen classic sheets. They are completely fine feeling wise but they are sooo loud! Maybe that would decrease with a lot of washing, but at least for now they are not our primary set because of the sound of them when you move around.

  13. Cait says...

    My Brooklinen linen sheets are my absolute favorite. They just get better and better!

  14. Katie says...

    I’m a grad student but I splurged in Brooklinen sheets bc of your recommendation. Love love love! Thanks for recommending high quality brands that you actually use. Love knowing I can trust cup of jo!

    • Katie says...

      Oops *on not in (don’t worry I’m not studying English hehe)

  15. Alexa says...

    I LOVE Brooklinen. I got my first pair a few years ago after reading about them here! I have a few sets of the luxe sheets and duvets. They have a really nice bundle option. I never thought I’d love sheets so much, but they’re so comfy.

  16. Lee says...

    Bought my first pair of linen sheets this summer from Parachute and they were life changing! I’m a hot sleeper and linen sheets are so freaking comfy. I am never going back to percale!

  17. Sara B says...

    I love their linen sheets!

  18. Lisa says...

    Love Brooklinen!! Have two sets of their luxe sheets plus duvet cover, and just bought a linen set. The luxe sheets are sooo comfortable and really do feel like sleeping in a hotel bed. I hate sleeping anywhere else now! The linen sheets are definitely a little rough but I like how they look, and the quality seems to be pretty good (mine are about 3 months old)

  19. Claire says...

    I was lusting after new bedding after a breakup this winter (I remember a post you had a while back about a woman who got new bedding after a breakup and was inspired!), and spent HOURS researching. No joke, I think I spent 30-40 hours looking into percale vs sateen vs linen. Then I wanted to research sustainable and ethically made bedding, had to look at Pinterest for a while to decide what colors would go well together, all that jazz. (Spoiler: I went for white sheets and a blush pink duvet, soon followed by olive green sheets and a lilac purple duvet.) Finally, I decided on a linen set from I Love Linen which, of all places, is from Australia. About eight weeks in, I am a total convert and surprised myself by investing in a second set. The colors are gorgeous, the fabric is high quality, and they make me feel good every time I go to sleep. Now if only I could solve the excessive lint issue as I break them in…

  20. Charlotte K says...

    I’m in the crispy sheet camp for summer. Flannel for winter. My two favorite sheets are crisp white sheets I bought at a junk store in their original paper packaging, made in a mill in New Hampshire… I guess maybe 1940s or 50s!

  21. Janine says...

    They have a surprisingly affordable and cute selection of baby bedding! I was just on this Morning looking at their mini crib sheet.

  22. Ann says...

    I wish someone could come in and style my bed with all their stuff and I could sleep in it right away and not have to unwrap anything or pre-wash everything and make the bed.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha yes! and put on the duvet cover. i was struggling with that just this morning!

    • Meghan says...

      I always tell myself while putting on the duvet: it’s a marathon, not a sprint. #hateit

    • Kamina says...

      Woah – I’ve never tried the burrito method and it does look amazing! But it still looks WAY more labor-intensive than the way I do it, which my mum taught me:

      Start with the duvet cover inside out. Reach your hands into the inside-out cover and put one hand into each of the far corners (i.e. the two corners on the short end of the duvet cover). Using the inside-out cover over your hands, pick up the corners at one end of the duvet with the inside-out corners of the cover. Big flick with your wrists and shake it out, and the duvet cover will flick right way out and over the duvet. Then it’s relatively hassle-free to pull it all the way down over the duvet and snap it into place. The whole process only takes a few seconds!

      I wash and store duvet covers inside-out to make the process even smoother, which is easy because the duvet cover usually turns inside out when you take it off.

      Surely other people out there use this inside-out method too?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you for these tips!

    • Neela says...

      Kamina, definitely the easiest way to do it, I agree! My mum taught me too.

    • anne says...

      same!!!

  23. b says...

    Those dotted ones are fantastic. I had flannel sheets with dinosaurs on them when I was kid. My brother and I used to have to switch off weeks with those sheets.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so cute!

  24. Laura says...

    I’m a hot sleeper, so linen sheets have always appealed to me, but the linen pillowcases I’ve had in the past always wore out so quickly that I have been hesitant to take the plunge on a full sheet set. Has anyone had the Brooklinen set for a while that can attest to their durability??

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we’ve had them since 2017 and they’re still going super strong.

    • Nicole says...

      Laura, FWIW- I have the Brooklinen percale sheets (so, not linen) for 3 years. They have started to get holes along the seams, and in fact, one of the side seams tore off in a strip (hard to explain). I do wash them weekly, and they are my primary sheet set, so maybe that’s why? They are certainly comfy, just wish they were a touch more resilient.

    • Lindsay says...

      It’s not Brooklinen but I got a set of linen pillowcases (and matching duvet) from Serena and Lily two summers ago and they are still going strong! Their bedding is $$$ but I always wait for a sale + free shipping and then I pounce :)

    • Heather says...

      Mine, unfortunately, have not held up at all. I got them in July 2018. The fitted sheet wore through after less than a year; Brooklinen replaced it. It’s warring through again. Three of the four pillowcases are basically shredded and unusable. Seams weren’t great either. Always washed on cold, separately. I should see if I can get yet another round of replacements but it was very frustrating to lose a set of sheets during a pandemic, since I wanted to minimize laundromat trips as much as possible.

    • Sarah Goldsmith says...

      I’ve had my Brooklinen sheets for almost two years and they’re still perfect, although. I had linen sheets from West Elm when I was first dipping my toe into linen sheets and they got a hole pretty quickly. I believe Brooklinen sheets come with a lifetime warrantee so even if yours wore out I think they’d send you a new one.

    • Rusty says...

      Try BAMBOO for cool, comfortable nights… andmlong lasting sustainable quality.

  25. Tyler says...

    I hope Brooklinen brings back their twill sheets!!!