Bamboo Sheets

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If you are looking for organic, natural fiber bed sheets, consider bamboo. It’s durable, soft, silky, and breathes. You can buy bamboo bed sheets and sheet sets in a variety of sizes, ranging from king-size to twin, and a few muted colors. And more stores are carrying them, both online and in their stores. Bamboo sheets wash well. They feel great. And because they breathe, sleep is restful and comfortable. Treat your guests and yourself like royalty by buying 100 percent bamboo fiber sheets.

While attending a bed and breakfast conference recently, I visited Inn Style in the vendor section to investigate what they had in the way of organic cotton sheets. Instead, I found organic bamboo sheets. The sheets I found are 100 percent bamboo fiber sheets, not a bamboo/cotton blend.


These sheets have all the benefits of satin, silk, and high quality Egyptian cotton bed sheets, with few of the disadvantages of any of them. The price is quite reasonable. Nothing slips off them during the night (the way you experience satin sheets). The hand (how it drapes across your hand) is heavenly. These sheets, be they knit or woven, are soft, supple, and silky to the touch.
Bamboo and silk fibers are more easily damaged by bleaching than other fabrics, so using baking soda and white vinegar in your wash and rinse cycles, respectively, are a better way of keeping sheets clean, bright and soft (and not stinking of perfumes found in fabric softeners). If the sheets get a tough stain, StainSolver is a powerful oxygen bleach you can safely use on them. Bamboo sheets also fare better with a cold-water wash, rather than a warm- or hot-water wash. Think of the comfort you create and the money you save with these laundry changes!
Bamboo sheets are a great alternative to organic cotton because bamboo grows readily much less water than cotton, and without fertilizers or pesticides. By buying natural-colored, undyed sheets, you have completed the cycle of natural bedding. And they feel so good you are taking care of your guests, treating them like royalty, but on a reasonable budget.
The knit bamboo sheets I bought from Inn Style to experiment with came in several, softly hued colors; I chose natural. I later found white, 250 thread-count woven bamboo sheets at Sam’s club. They are a much better quality than any discount bed sheet I’ve ever experienced or purchased. The fabric in both sets of bamboo sheets is soft and drapes nicely. They breathe well, helping keep your guests comfortable all night.
Personally I have preferred jersey-knit sheets because I live in a cool-temperature climate and these sheets regulated my temperature year ’round. I was concerned that I was going to lose that temperature balance if I gave up my knit sheets. Neither of the bamboo sheet sets is a problem for me; I maintain the right temperature while I sleep.
The sheets were soft when we first opened the package. Each have been laundered only twice, so far, but the laundry results are positive. When I removed the knit sheets from the drier the first time, after a few hours of being crumpled, I was relieved to see they weren’t terribly wrinkled. Both sets are somewhat wrinkled after the laundry cycle, which will be a problem for some people, but a non-issue for me. I’ll report again after we’ve had them longer and washed them many more times.
Organic bamboo sheets are a natural for the lodging industry. Bamboo is environmentally friendly in its growth patterns, and if you take care of your bamboo sheets naturally, they also are good for your guests with allergies and chemical sensitivities. You can buy them at several places, but Inn Style and Sam’s are where I started. For more information on using bamboo sheets in your venue, see my article Organic Bamboo Fiber Bed Sheets.

25 COMMENTS

  1. We recently purchased our first set of Bamboo Sheets from http://www.sleepbamboo.com and we love them. They are so perfectly soft without being slippery and they acclimate to our body temperature which means they also warm up quickly on cold night! They may seem expensive but the investment is worth it. If you are in the hospitality business, you will win over customers right away if you make this investment. There is nothing like it and it is an investment in our environment too! Happy sleeping! cmh.

  2. Glad to find another bamboo sheet site. Weird site — hard to navigate through. When I did find the sheets I was a bit aghast at the cost of them. That’s the same kind of price Viva Terra charges, and I think of them as high end.

  3. I LOVE my 100% Bamboo sheets!!! I purchased mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond. I have washed them at least 20 times and they get softer and softer with each washing. They are warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I don’t have any other sheets for my bed at home and don’t like to sleep in beds with out them!!

  4. As good as 100% bamboo sheets are, they have limitations: shrinkage and durability. But if you don’t mind, go for the 100% for maximum softness. I found some 70% bamboo 30% cotton sheets by Midori Linen (www.midorilinen.com), which claimed that they have the balance between softness and shrinkage control. I have tried them and found that they feel thicker than other bamboo sheets, which are typically thin. So far I haven’t had problems with pilling and shrinkage. It might be worth looking into if you want bamboo sheets that will last…

  5. I’m not sure how long I have to wait to learn if my sheets aren’t holding up, but mine are over two years old and they look as great as they did the first time I used them. And I haven’t had a bit of shrinkage on either set.
    Midori’s sheets (and towels) look pretty good, though the sheet pricing is a bit steep for my blood. And since there’s no mention of whether the cotton part of the blend is organic I have to assume it’s not; too bad.
    Let us know how your Midori bamboo/cotton sheets last. We can run a comparison. :~)

  6. Barbara,
    I’ve never looked for individual bamboo sheets so don’t know if you can buy them that way. It would sure be nice though, wouldn’t it. And I don’t know about bamboo twin XL sheets, nor mattress pad covers. Have you Googled for these things?

  7. My 100% bamboo sheets are dingy looking. Even after washing with Oxi clean, they still look dirty. I wash in cold water and mild soap in a front loader machine. Any ideas?

  8. Carole,
    First, use StainSolver for your oxygen bleach because it’s stronger than any other on the market. Use warm water and let it soak for several hours before completing the wash cycle.
    Also use baking soda in the wash cycle because it boosts what your soap does, and use white vinegar in the rinse cycle because it softens the fabric and helps reduce static. For top loaders use 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar. Front loaders use less, depending on the size of the machine.
    Sometimes when I have dingy laundry it’s because I’m using the wrong amount or type of detergent. If your water is hard you need to use more soap. I’m experimenting with laundry soap and have liked both 7th Generation and Method soaps (both available at Target).
    Hope that helps. Let me know, please.

  9. Bamboo sheets (bamboo rayon or bamboo/cotton blends) can be great for home use, but not for the hotel/lodging industry.
    One of the primary differences between caring for your linens at home and linen care in a hotel is the machinery used. There are homes that use a top loading washing machine with a center agitator and you will tear your sheets after a period of time – if not the first time, unless you use a wash bag. Your linens will wrap around the agitator and can tear very easily. Bamboo items, especially made of 100%, are weak when wet. Unlike cotton that becomes stronger. Even if you have a front load washing machine, it does not compare to machinery used in the lodging industry.
    Hospitality environments, depending on their room counts and if they wash other items from their banquet, spa, kitchen and/or engineering departments – can have machinery for large wash loads that begin at 200+ lbs load capacity. Imagine a bamboo load that weighs 200 lbs dry (approx. 120 sheets in the load) and then add water. Now you can have 100’s of lbs of pressure on one sheet laying across one of three or four fins inside of your washer’s drum. The loss and discard numbers for bamboo items are much larger than with cotton or cotton/polyester.
    With regards to detergents and softeners in an industrial setting, you must consult your vendor and have them request information from their textile testing departments. In addition, you may find that you are not able to use oil-based liquid fabric softeners… they may break-down your sheets.
    At home, if you have a front load washer – you should be fine, but if you are thinking of using bamboo in a hotel/lodging setting… I’d think twice, unless you have a large budget to replace discards. Any vendor that attempts to sell a hotel bamboo linens should be asked about their textile testing, machinery used and load capacity, detergents, and which other hotels use their product (get their contact information and ask them how they like it). If they give you the company’s name that tested their product, then find out if that company has any certifcation or recognition by NAILM, ALM or other accredited associations in the laundry industry.

  10. I’ve read that “fiber composition” plays a big part in how soft the actual sheets are going to be. Thing is, I don’t know exactly what that means…
    Is that referring to the difference between 100% bamboo sheets and a blend of bamboo and cotton? And which would be softer in this instance?

  11. In my experience the 100% bamboo sheet is softer than the bamboo/cotton blend. But the softness of the other fibers would make a huge difference as to how soft the resulting fabric would be.

  12. I wish I could help you. Every time I find a great source it goes away. The best I can suggest is to Google for it to see if there is an online source. The last I checked, remember my caveat, Target sold a bamboo/cotton blend sheet. I just don’t know if it comes in twin XL. Good luck!

  13. Dribamboo.com has bamboo sheets and bamboo bedding, its also a great place to find bamboo clothing, all their products are bamboo. I love my bamboo socks and my dreamsacks pajamas in bamboo.

  14. I’ve been searching everywhere for 100% bamboo sheets. They always seem to be $150+ or a bamboo/cotton blend. I managed to snag a set on clearance at Bed, Bath and Beyond for $40 but I have an extra deep mattress and they’re only 15″ deep sheets. Hopefully 100% bamboo sheets can become more readily available/affordable in the future.

  15. I am looking to buy 100% bamboo sheets. I have found anywhere from 250 to 700 thread count. I know this really matters whe it come to weight in cotton sheets. What is the difference in thread count w/ bamboo?

  16. Aimee, I have wondered the same thing about the bamboo sheets as you are asking. I’m sure there is some importance of thread count for bamboo sheets but I haven’t figured out what it is. I’m hoping a bamboo fabric expert will chime in here.

    All I know is my 250-ish thread count sheets are heavenly. They have lasted for years. They are comfortable and haven’t pilled the way some cotton or poly-cotton sheets do.

    Let me know what you learn, please.

  17. We have a couple different brands of 100% bamboo sheets available at my site, along with clothes, towels & kitchenware! :)
    We have tested and tested the difference between the 250 thread count & higher thread counts because we’re always looking for new sheets for our store, and I honestly have stuck with the 250 because I just like them better than the higher thread counts & they are more affordable… I don’t see what the extra $$$ would really get my customers. The higher thread count sheets feel “thicker” than the 250, but I think that actually takes away from the softness, and bamboo fabric is naturally strong – my 250 thread count sheets have lasted for years and only become better with age! :)
    Hope that answers some questions!
    Jamie Wilson
    Owner, OrganicBambooClothing.com

  18. This is a reply to Aimee who is looking for a top quality, high count 100% Natural Bamboo Sheets. Have a look at sweetdreamsbamboo.com . They have Exclusive – 500 Thread Count bamboo sheet sets that are of highest quality. Good luck.

  19. Cautght one of your tweets on Twitter.
    I thought the same thing about organic bamboo sheets. Bamboo can be grown organically but to turn it in to a yarn that we can make sheets out of looks to be a pretty dirty and very non organic process.
    I don’t know your level of expertise in this area but I would love some feed back to my research. Organic Cotton vs. Organic Bamboo
    I believe I would have to say that Organic Cotton Sheets would be a more pure chemical free sheet process than organic bamboo sheets. I could be wrong.
    I am new too this world of green so please correct me if I am wrong.

  20. Doug, I’m not sure there is a right or wrong here. There are shades of “gray” here — or is that shades of green — with every decision we make. Cotton requires huge amounts of water to grow, and much cotton is grown in arid sections of the US, where water-intense crops shouldn’t be grown. And some cotton products are dyed with harsh chemicals, undoing the good of organic growth. And what about the transportation question.
    I agree that bamboo may not be the final answer, the end-all-be-all of fabrics, but I think it’s lots better than polyester or other fibers that heavily rely on petroleum. I think it’s critical that we break our reliance on oil, especially foreign oil.

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