More and more consumers look for flannel bedding especially during the winter months or in colder climates. The primary reason that flannel bedding has become so popular is for its warmth.
As children we loved our flannel lined jeans. Flannel shirts for men (and women) have enjoyed a resurgence of popularity. Flannel bedding is also enjoying revived popularity.
Unlike other bedding, especially sheets, flannel bedding is not rated by thread count. While many consumers are obsessed with thread count when purchasing sheets, the concept just does not apply to flannel. Instead, flannel is measured by weight. The average flannel bedding is created from 4 ounce fabric. Of course, the higher the weight, the thicker and the warmer the bedding.
The weight is determined by the weight of one square inch of flannel fabric. Ultra thick flannel bedding is usually made from flannel that has a weight of at least 6 ounces per square inch or more.
The upside of flannel bedding is that it is warm. If there is a downside it is that it can be too warm during the late spring and summer months. Even during cold spells, many consumers find comfort in sleeping with just a lightweight blanket as during the night they often become too hot and uncomfortable if using heavier blankets, quilts or comforters.
Another consideration is pilling. Anyone familiar with flannel knows that after several washings the “fluff” factor has a tendency to pill or form little balls on the surface. Flannel has improved over the years and with each new generation of the fabric, pilling seems to be less and less a factor. Many of the new flannel sheets, even the ultra thick, do not seem to have the problem with pilling that was common a decade ago.
Proper washing and drying can help prevent pilling. One should always purchase “preshrunk” sheets. Washing should be done in cold or warm water with a mild detergent. Drying on low heat also aids in the prevention of pilling.
The ease of care, the general softness of the fabric, and the weight of flannel used today has made flannel bedding one of the top selling types of sheets on the market today.
If unfamiliar with flannel as a bedding fabric, it is suggested that a set of sheets and pillow cases be the first purchase. The consumer can always purchase additional pieces if flannel lives up to expectations.