If cotton sheets are your thing, fine, but I have to ask you something—have you ever experienced the cool slide of silk hugging your body when you snuggle into bed after a long day? It’s a dang treat. Plain and simple, silk sheets are where it’s at. And that’s not just because they look pretty (which TBQH they totally do). It’s because like a good lasagna, silk sheets have layers. They feel super luxe, obviously, and they’ve got health and beauty benefits, too.
Silk sheets are fabulous for your hair and your skin. The ultra-smooth texture of the fabric prevents your precious locks from getting tangled up at night, so your blowout = preserved. Plus, silk won’t draw moisture away from your body, unlike most other sheets—meaning your hair will stay nice and hydrated. The same thing goes for your skin: Silk helps retain your skin’s natural oils, so all the lotions and serums you slather on your arms and legs (etc.) will stay in place. Silk, generally, is way gentler on your skin than, say, synthetic blends, which also means fewer wrinkles on your gorgeous face. (Hence why silk pillowcases are so popular, which is something you’ve hopefully already read all about on this here website.) And for the overheating sleepers out there, this might be the most enticing detail of all: Silk is hella breathable.
And while I’d be remiss not to warn you that silk sheets tend to cost more than, say, flannel sheets or winter sheets or regular soft sheets, if you’re looking to treat yourself to a luxury set of sheets, silk is worth the splurge.
If you’ve hopped on the silk pillowcase trend, you probably feel like you have just discovered the answer to all of your creased skin, bed head, and overall meh sleep problems. So why not spread the love to the rest of your body? Regular sheets are out, and silk sheets are so, so in.
There are a ton of silk benefits for both your hair and skin. Natural silk contains 18 amino acids, which can help repair skin damage and soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and because silk reduces friction as you toss and turn in your sleep, it lessens the pulling and creasing of your skin and protects your hair from split ends and frizz. Plus, the fabric is naturally hypoallergenic, so it’s gentle for all skin types.
Still not convinced to make the swap to luxurious silk bed sheets? Consider this: Silk is an incredibly breathable fabric, which is temperature-regulating. For all you hot sleepers out there, that means the best silk sheets are quick to adjust to your body temperature so you can have a cool, blissful night’s rest.
When picking out a quality silk sheet set, it’s important to look at the momme count (the silk equivalent to a thread count). Standard silk sheets typically have a momme count of around 19, while higher quality versions tout a 22 through 25 counts.
What Are The Best Silk Sheet Sets?
4-Piece 100% Pure Mulberry Silk White Sheets
If you go for these pristinely white silk sheets, first of all, congrats, you’re much braver than I am, and second of all, double congrats because your bed are GUAR-AN-TEED to look stunning.
Brave Era Naturally Hypoallergenic Silk Travel Sheet in Natural White
Brave era makes a 100 per cent pure silk travel sheet that acts as a luxurious silk sleeping bag for those who just can’t sleep any other way. The sheet is machine washable, resistant to bed bugs and mosquitos, and compact–perfect for the traveller who still prioritizes her beauty sleep.
100% Pure Mulberry Charmeuse Natural Bedding
Look, I’m not saying you have to sleep in the nude once you buy these sheets, I’m just saying you’d be extremely comfortable if you chose to do so.
Celestial Silk Luxury Silk Sheet Set
Celestial Silk sheets have luxury written all over them. Clocking in at a momme count of 25, the sheets contain 30 per cent more silk per square inch than the average silk sheet set (hence the high price tag). Their dense weave makes them strong yet lightweight, while also protecting the lustre and sheen of the sheets over time.
Exquisitely Lavish 100% Tencel Soft Sheet Set in Sage
High-quality bedding doesn’t mean sacrificing sustainability. These sheets are made from 100 per cent Tencel lyocell fibres, which come from eucalyptus plants and act as a dupe for silk. It’s ideal for absorbing moisture, so the sleek sheets will keep you dry and fresh all night long.
Honeymoon Home Fashions Satin Sheet Set
Satin is like the laid-back cousin of silk. Equipped with a similarly smooth feel, this Amazon favourite satin sheet set will have you feeling like Blair Waldorf, minus the Upper East Side penthouse. And unlike standard silk sheets, these are suitable for both machine washing and drying.
“Light Plum” 100% Mulberry Silk Sheets
Get started on your own real-life Barbie dream bed with these perfectly pink and oh-so-soft silk sheets. You’ll be in for some of the best snoozes of your life, and you may or may not wake up feeling like a princess every day.
LilySilk 22 Momme Seamless Silk Bedding Set
LilySilk lets you create your sheet set bundle and offers items like duvet covers and bed skirts. So if a monochrome bed just isn’t your thing, get ready to mix and match your way to happiness.
Manito Silk Sheet Set
Although Manito’s bedding comes with a hefty price tag, it also comes with high quality. The sheet set is made from 100 per cent Mulberry silk with a momme count of 22.
Mulberry Park Silks Queen Silk Sheet Set in Pink
If you’re looking for quality silk sheets, look no further than to Mulberry Park. Their 22 momme, pure Mulberry silk (the highest quality of silk) material is the equivalent to a thread count of 900. And if your skin happens to be extra sensitive, you’ll be happy to know that these sheets are free of chemicals and harsh dyes.
Premium Quality 100% Mulberry Silk Black Sheets
There’s something so sophisticated (and even a little bit mysterious) about black sheets—especially a silk set—and these bad boys are also hypoallergenic, so they’re perfect for anyone with allergies or asthma.
Satin Charmeuse Silky Sheet Set Collection
If you want all the smoothness without the price tag, satin is the way to go. It’s the more budget-friendly alternative to authentic silk, and it looks nearly identical.
Tencel Lyocell fibres from Eucalyptus, 300 Thread Count
If plant-based is more your style, these seafoam green sheets are begging for their forever home. They’re made from 100% eucalyptus but not to worry, they’re just as soft and breathable as the real thing.
THX Silk Sheet Set
THX Silk’s 19 momme count sets come in rich hues like metallic gold and emerald green. This purple option adds a subtle pop of colour to a room with a neutral colour palette.
Ultra Soft Durable-100% Top Grade Mulberry Silk Purple Sheets
Try all you want, but no one can convince me that this shimmery light purple shade isn’t one of the prettiest hues out there. A quick warning: the 400 thread-count, the silky soft set will make it really hard to get outta bed.
ZimaSilk 4 Piece 100% Mulberry Silk Bed Sheet Set
While most silk sheets require dry cleaning or hand washing, ZimaSilk sheets can be thrown in your washing machine. Best of all, the fabric is rip-proof and shrink resistant. Here’s to easy, stress-free sleeping.
Zhiyuan Black Leaves Silky Satin Duvet Cover Set
The easiest way to add some personality to your bedroom is with patterned duvets and pillowcases. In addition to this leafy pattern, Zhiyuan has tons of other options, like leopard and lotus prints. Made from satin, these sets are another easy-care option that will still provide an elevated look and feel.
What to consider in buying silk bed sheets?
Lose yourself in luxury when you purchase silk sheets for your new bedding ensemble. Silk is an incredibly durable fabric made from natural fibres. Its shine, shimmer, and smoothness upgrade your bed from eh to wow in one complete bedding set. Indulge now for a lifetime of comfort, but know what it is you’re getting into before you buy the silk bedding of your dreams.
Choose Your Weight
High-quality silk sheets come in different weights based on momme. The word momme (abbreviated “mm”) is pronounced like “mummy,” and it’s a Japanese measure that takes into account how much a standard piece of luxury silk weighs. The higher the momme weight, the heavier and thicker the piece of silk. Manufacturers generally regard a 19-mm weight silk fabric to have the optimal balance of strength, sheen, and affordability. Thicker silks with higher momme weights generally cost more.
Momme is the unit used when describing the weight of the silk thread. In other words, momme weight describes the weight of 100 yards of silk, 45 inches wide, in pounds. Therefore, it is recommended to check labels for the manufacturer’s listing.
Silk’s type also helps determine the momme weight of the silk. For instance:
- Charmeuse silk is only found with a momme weight of 12 to 30.
- Habotai silk is usually only found with a momme weight of 5 to15.
You had better select a momme weight of greater than 16 for bedding. Here, our bedding is made with a momme weight of 19, 22, 25 & 30.
Match Your Colors
Silk bedding comes in just about any colour imaginable. Feel free to match and complement other aspects of your bedroom, such as the drapes, carpet, or walls, as you design your perfect bed linen set. Just remember the lustre and sheen of the silk stand out from other colours in the room. Natural and artificial light reflects in the fabric in ways other substances can’t. Deep purple colours were the favourite of Chinese royalty, while standard hues of green, blue, and red come in deep, vibrant colours that make the centrepiece of your bedroom pop.
It is widely known that colour can have a psychological or emotional impact on people. That’s why when choosing a colour for your silk bedding, it is useful to take this into account. You should opt for a colour that matches your bedroom decor but will also help you sleep.
Blue, a beautiful and naturally calming colour, helps you fall asleep according to a study. When it comes to blue, most people will firstly think of peace and calm.
You can buy a blue duvet or blue bedding set to make an impact on your sleep if you are not using blue in your room. If blue is the best colour for your bedroom, you had better not choose brown and grey bedding.
If you are looking to enhance your love life, you can choose colours like gold, yellow and orange.
If you aren’t sure if blue is the colour for you, you can mix green and orange decor for a restful!
Pick Your Type
Silk sheet sets come in different types of silk fabric. The most common type for consumer use is mulberry silk, which comes from a particular type of silkworm bred for industrial purposes. The most common type of mulberry silk you can purchase is called charmeuse.
Charmeuse is, by far, the most popular kind of silk that goes into sheets, dresses, and nightgowns. Charmeuse contains high lustre and less friction than other silks. Look for charmeuse when you try to find the most affordable and durable silk on the market.
Mind Your Synthetics
Satin, the synthetic version of silk, is often an inexpensive substitute for silk. However, silk is a superior fabric because it has a softer feel to it and won’t catch on your skin as satin does. If you’re shopping for pure silk, look for products that say ‘100 per cent silk’ on the label or in the description.
When you’re selecting a silk duvet, you will need to think about the season. It is recommended that you have a different duvet with different togs for the summer and the winter. Usually, a tog of 2-4 is recommended for the summer, while a tog of 12 or higher is recommended for the winter. Somewhere in between is commonly used for all seasons, or the spring and autumn months.
This is necessary because the higher the tog, the thicker the material. Thicker duvets will help trap more of your body heat when you need it, while thinner duvets allow more air in to keep your body cool.
Silk duvets are the basis for luxurious silk bedding, and you might not believe how comfortable they can be until you try one for yourself. This goes for silk-filled pillows and silk mattress toppers too. They all contribute to a comfortable bed so that you can get a great night’s sleep night after night.
Choosing new bedding, don’t stop at your sheets. Silk duvets and duvet covers provide all-season comfort to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Silk duvet covers are easy to keep clean and protect your duvet from stains and wear.
Duvet covers often come in white, but you can find them to match any decor. To care for a duvet cover, you simply remove the duvet cover from the duvet and toss it in the wash. A duvet cover also takes up less space in your washing machine than the duvet itself, saving you time, money, and effort when you protect your investment.
In winter, choose thicker silk duvets for they trap more of your body’s natural heat. Maybe, you will need many layers of silk to keep you warm during winter.
In summer, choose thinner silk duvets because they allow more air to cool your body. And, it is recommended to choose one that is usually between 2-4 tog and has no additional fabrics added to it.
Choose Silk Bed Linen
Whether you need silk bed linen for your silk duvet and pillows, or you want to start with silk sheets over your usual bedding, there are a few things you should know.
After you’ve got the right duvet tog for the season, you may be delighted to learn that silk bed linen is suitable for all seasons, which we mentioned earlier. Silk allows your body to warm up evenly, and when your feet are getting the same amount of heat as your upper body, you will be able to better regulate your temperature.
The beauty of silk is the way that it allows a small amount of air to escape, unlike other fabrics, which stops you from overheating. It also lets moisture to escape, so that you don’t end up with sweaty sheets. This is particularly useful for women who experience sudden changes in temperature during menopause.
So, choosing bed linen is pretty simple, with most silk bedding sets being suitable all-year-round.
It’s Temperature Regulating
A common misconception is that silk is a cold material, making it suitable for summer months only. However, silk is a great material all-year-round because it is temperature regulating. It keeps you warm in the winter and cools in the summer.
It’s Super Soft
One of the most attractive qualities of silk is that it is super soft and luxurious. The gentle fabric glides smoothly across the skin, making it unbelievably comfortable to jump into bed.
Silk bedding is also suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin, because it is extremely gentle and naturally hypoallergenic. It is even suitable for use by those with more serious skin conditions such as eczema.
Silk fibres are incredibly strong, which makes the fabric pretty robust. It is a long-lasting fabric, in comparison to synthetic materials commonly used for bedding, which means that although silk may be more expensive upfront, it can be more cost-effective in the long run. Plus, you’re getting to enjoy all the benefits silk has to offer in the meantime.
Skin & Hair
Silk will not pull or tug at your skin throughout the night, helping to reduce irritations or lines. It also has a gentle effect, so that you wake up with glowing skin. These factors are also beneficial for your hair, helping to reduce breakage and frizz.
Why Should You Buy Silk Bed Sheets?
- Silk is unbelievably smooth and feels wonderful on the skin;
- Silk is naturally hypoallergenic and is resistant to fungus, mould, dust, as well as many other allergens;
- Silk is excellent in any climate: from frigid winters to sizzling summers, silk will afford you a great sleep and incredible comfort (more on this to follow);
- Silk is the fabric with the most longevity;
- Silk benefits your hair and skin; it helps hair hang onto its moisture and also reduces any damage from fabrics with more friction;
- Deciding on silk is like deciding to buy Amish furniture; it will last much longer than any other fabric you could buy. Once you become tired of buying new sheets every season, it is time to go silk. Silk will outlast any other natural material, and it even has a lifespan comparable to that of polyester. Unlike polyester, however, silk not only feels wonderful but is good for your health.
How To Take Care Of Silk Bed Sheets?
If you’ve chosen your new silk bedding, learning how to care for it properly is the next step. Different types of silk will require different levels of care, so be sure to read the care instructions label before you do anything else.
The wonderful thing about high-quality silk is that it naturally repels dirt, dust, oils and other grime that your bedding will accumulate. Silk bedding can thus be washed less often than traditional cotton or synthetic fibres.
Generally, you should never use bleach or any harsh chemicals on your silk. At Jasmine Silk, most of our silk is machine washable at 30 degrees, using a gentle detergent. You can buy special detergents for silk such as Tenestar so that you can be sure you’re giving your silk the right care.
You will be able to tumble dry some silks on low heat, and cool iron them on the inside. However, some might be dry-cleaning only.
Are silk sheets worth it? The short answer is yes, silk sheets are worth it. They’re pricey because silk production requires a lot of care and time. However, silk bedding is a good investment since it’s very durable and comes with many health benefits for skin and hair. Not to mention that they look beautiful and feel luxurious.