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The Ultimate Guide to Buying Natural, Organic Bedding: Sateen vs Linen vs Percale

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

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Organic cotton sheets

Indulging in a night of blissful slumber isn't just a dream; it's a sumptuous reality waiting to be uncovered through the art of selecting the perfect bedding. When it comes to creating an intimate haven for rest and rejuvenation, understanding the allure of Sateen, Linen, and Percale is your gateway to a sensuous sanctuary. So, slip into something more comfortable, and let's embark on a tantalizing journey through the world of bedding.

Thread Count and Fabric Quality

Thread count has long been considered a key factor in determining the quality of bed sheets. However, it's important to debunk the myth that higher thread counts necessarily equate to better quality. While thread count can provide some insight into fabric density, it's not the sole determinant of comfort and durability.

The sweet spot for thread count generally ranges between 400 and 600. Exceeding this range can result in sheets that are more fragile and susceptible to tears and pilling. Instead of fixating solely on thread count, focus on the fabric itself. Look for combed or extra-long staple Egyptian or Pima cotton, which boasts fibers up to 50% longer. These longer fibers contribute to a stronger and softer fabric.

Comparing Organic Fabrics: Sateen, Linen, and Percale

Percale: Percale is renowned for its traditional one-yarn-over and one-yarn-under weave. It offers a matte finish and a crisp, cool feel that improves with each wash. This lightweight and breathable fabric is perfect for those who prefer a classic and comfortable bedding option.

Sateen: For a touch of luxury, Sateen is an excellent choice. With its one-yarn-under and three-yarn-over weave, Sateen exudes a silky feel and luxurious sheen akin to satin. It's naturally wrinkle-resistant and slightly heavier than percale, creating a sumptuous sleeping experience.

Linen: If you value softness, durability, and a more relaxed aesthetic, linen is your go-to option. Made from flax stems, linen is antibacterial, hypoallergenic, breathable, and hygroscopic. Its unique properties regulate body temperature, promote healing, and resist bacteria and fungus. Linen's distinct energy flow adds an extra layer of consideration, making it an intriguing choice for health-conscious individuals.

Organic Certification: GOTS and OEKO-TEX

When seeking bedding that aligns with sustainable and ethical practices, keep an eye out for certifications like the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and OEKO-TEX. GOTS not only certifies textiles as organic but also ensures fair trade labor and sustainable manufacturing. OEKO-TEX certifications, such as the Standard 100 and Made In Green labels, guarantee that the finished product is free from harmful chemicals and produced in environmentally friendly workplaces.

Harnessing the Benefits of Organic Linen

Linen's unique qualities extend beyond its physical properties. Research suggests that sleeping on linen can enhance the functioning of the nervous system, offering a plethora of health benefits. Its energy flow and antibacterial properties contribute to improved sleep quality, faster healing, and better overall well-being.

Understanding Fabric Frequencies

Consider the frequency of different fabrics when making your bedding selection. Linen and wool have frequencies of 5,000 mHz, but they flow in opposite directions so cancel each other out when put together. Organic cotton flows at 70-110 mHz, while nonorganic cotton ranges between 40-70 mHz. A healthy individual typically resonates at around 100 mHz, underlining the potential positive impact of selecting the right fabric for your bedding.


In the delicate tapestry of bedding, Sateen, Linen, and Percale unveil their unique charms, inviting you to embark on an enchanting odyssey of comfort and sensuality. Thread counts may entice, but it's the fabric's touch that truly ignites the spark. Allow organic certifications to guide your trust, and let Linen's healing frequencies cradle you in its tender embrace. As you traverse this passionate journey, remember, the perfect bedding is more than just a physical choice; it's an intimate declaration of self-care and love.

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300 Thread Count Organic Percale Bedding Set pillows, fitted sheet flat sheet
percale bedding

Clean, crisp organic cotton is tightly woven into a substantial, 300-thread count percale, creating a smooth and breathable classic for the bed that wears exceptionally well with time. Contrary to the sheen of sateen, percale features a cooler feel that keeps warm sleepers comfortable in any climate, creating better air flow for those who are looking to avoid the discomfort of hot, humid nights.

  • 100% organic cotton is grown and woven in India

  • GOTS Certified

Organic Relaxed Linen Bedding Set  pillows, duvet, fitted sheet, flat sheet, square pillow
Linen sheets

Naturally insulated for optimal comfort throughout the seasons, our organic linen is woven from longer, stronger yarns, creating a fabric that’s softer, weightier, and more enduring than any other linen you’ve met. Woven to a sturdy 185 gsm weight and garment washed for a relaxed hand, this set is durable enough to dress the bed year-round and destined to become more supple with every wash.

Grown in France, organic flax supports a community of farmers who include it as part of their rotation of organic crops — including wheat, fava beans, alfalfa, and winter oats — encouraging organic farming practices for so much more than just linens.

Cloud Soft Organic Sateen Bedding Set
Sateen Sheets

Soft and rich without the sheen of other sateens, this washed, weighty sheeting is the essence of casual California style. After many trials, we’ve perfected a more relaxed version of sateen, with a slightly heavier weave for lived-in comfort. Mini double needle stitch on cuffs. The fabric is finished with miDori bioSoft, a USDA certified biobased softener for added comfort and dryness.

  • 100% organic cotton is grown + woven in India

  • GOTS + Fair Trade certified

Organic Bedding Essentials Set feather blanket, pillow inserts
Bedding Essentials

Assemble all of your organic bedding essentials at once and lay the foundation for healthful, restful sleep. To create your Organic Bedding Essentials Set, add a Three Season Down Duvet Insert, 2 Down Pillows and 2 Pillow Protectors. Made with pure duck down encased in organic cotton, the duvet and pillows are soft, plush and conform perfectly to your body. The smooth organic cotton sateen pillow protector will keep your pillows in tip-top shape for years to come.

Boxter Stripe Organic Sheet Set
Organic stripe sheets

Classic and comfy, our Boxter Stripe Organic Sheet Set is a must-have for your bed. Drape your sleep space in a cool and classic stripe look that never goes out of style. Plus, you can pair it with a matching Boxter Stripe Duvet Cover.

  • 100% organic cotton certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) by USB TEX5453. Meets strict social and environmental standards.

  • Made in a Fair Trade Certified™ factory, supporting fair and safe labor practices and empowering workers to invest in their communities. Workers receive extra funds for every product sold which are used for community projects chosen by workers.

  • Made of 100% organic cotton percale. A percale weave is noticeably denser and wears well over time.

  • Fitted sheet has universal elastic (elastic around the entire edge) for a snug, secure fit.

  • Twin XL sheeting has a longer fitted sheet to accommodate both standard twin and twin XL dorm mattresses.

  • Twin and Twin XL include a flat sheet, fitted sheet and 1 standard pillow case (all other sizes include 2 pillowcases).

  • Extra pillowcases are available in sets of two.

  • Pillow insert sold separately.

  • Machine wash.

  • Imported

Harry Potter™ Herbology Organic Sheet Set
organic sheet set

Put your knowledge of magical plant properties on display! This Harry Potter sheet set features colorful Mandrakes and other wizarding flora. Plus, it’s crafted from supersoft organic cotton for an enchanted night of rest.

  • By choosing our cotton products, you’re supporting our investment in Better Cotton’s mission. This product is sourced via mass balance and therefore may not contain Better Cotton. Learn more at

  • 100% organic cotton certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) by CU 847084. Meets strict social and environmental standards.

  • OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100: tested for 1000+ harmful substances to keep you and your family safe from chemicals common to textile manufacturing. 14.HUS.42449 HOHENSTEIN HTTI.

  • Made of 100% organic cotton percale; a percale weave is noticeably denser and wears well over time.

  • 200-thread count.

  • Machine wash.

  • Pillowcase features an inside flap to hold the pillow neatly in place.

  • Fitted sheet has universal elastic (elastic around the entire edge) for a snug, secure fit.

  • Twin XL sheeting has a longer fitted sheet to accommodate both standard twin and twin XL dorm mattresses.

  • Twin and Twin XL include a flat sheet, fitted sheet and 1 standard pillow case (all other sizes include 2 pillowcases).

  • Pillow insert sold separately.

  • Imported.


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