by Chandler Warnick
On cool winter nights, slipping between cozy flannelette sheets at the end of a long day can feel like heaven. Flannelette sheets, commonly known as "flannel sheets" in the United States, are warm, fuzzy cotton bed sheets than are perfect for cool winter months, cold sleepers and rustic decor. If you're interested in buying a new set of warm flannelette sheets or flannel sheets, then keep reading for answers to commonly asked questions about flannelette sheets.
What is flannelette?
Flannelette is a light cotton fabric with a thick warp and thin weft, the surface of which is napped. What that means in regular terms is that flannelette is a lightweight, soft, fuzzy cotton fabric.
How are flannelette sheets different than flannel sheets?
Technically, flannel is a loosely woven wool fabric that is not napped. While a distinction between flannelette and flannel is still made in Europe, the flannel sold in the United States is actually flannelette; real flannel is much less common and usually more expensive. However, don't assume that flannelette is inferior to traditional flannel. Flannelette is a very different fabric than flannel and produces soft, cozy sheets that flannel would not.
Are flannelette sheets better than regular sheets?
Flannelette sheets aren't better or worse than regular sheets, but they do have properties that make them perfect for certain situations. Because flannelette sheets are thicker than regular sheets and fuzzy, they make great sheets for cold nights or cold sleepers. If you sleep cold, if you want a new set of extra cozy sheets for the winter or if you're looking for the right sheets for your weekend cabin, flannelette sheets may be perfect.
What should I look for when I'm buying flannelette sheets?
Material and weight are the major factors to consider when you're shopping for flannelette sheets. Look for 100 percent cotton flannelette when you're shopping for flannelette bedding. Some flannelette sheets are made from cotton-poly blends, which have a lighter hand and pill more quickly than all-cotton flannelette sheets. Also, most flannelette sheets will give a weight expressed in gram-per-square-meter, so compare the weights of different flannelette sheets when you're shopping.
Are flannelette sheets expensive?
No. Flannelette sheets vary in quality and price, but since flannelette doesn't require a high thread count for its signature fuzzy nap, prices for quality flannelette sheets stay relatively low.
Are flannelette sheets difficult to find?
They are not. As long as you realize that flannelette sheets are usually called "flannel sheets," they're easy to find. In fact, there are many different kinds of flannelette bedding available, like flannelette duvet covers and flannelette pillow cases.