Everything You Need to Know About Flannel Sheets

Did you know?
Flannel is essentially a woolen fabric. It’s not certain where the name ‘flannel’ came from. Some say it’s from the old French ‘flaine’ – a pillow case or mattress. Another possible source is the Welsh word for a wollen fabric – gwlanen. Flannel is known to have been made in Wales as early as the 1500’s.



Where Can You Buy Flannel Sheets Online?

#1 Amazon

Amazon are one of the biggest online retailers and usually have the best prices. Amazon is our top pick for this reason. Start here first and if you can’t find what you are looking for head to our second choice below.

#2 Overstock

Overstock have a massive range of bedding to choose from – over 4000 items! So you are sure to find something that suits your taste and budget.

#3 Bedding and More

As the name suggest, Bedding and More’s primary focus is bedding. They sell comforters, bed-in-bag sets, quilts, pillows, blankets and yes, flannel sheets.

What is flannel?

Flannel Sheets are ideal to snuggle down into on those cold wintery nights. But what is Flannel?

Flannel is a rather misused term as it can refer to other fabrics which aren’t ‘true’ flannel. The original flannel was a pure wool cloth, in varying weights and thicknesses. Nowadays, the term often refers to flannelette.

Flannelette has a high proportion of cotton or synthetic fiber along with the wool. The wool gives warmth and the cotton gives the fabric an added softness. However, in some countries, (for example the UK) it’s now illegal to trade flannelette as flannel.

Cotton flannel is another variation. This is a heavy cotton fabric which has been twilled. This means that the threads form parallel, raised lines. The fabric is then given a long, plush nap.

Top Things You Need to Know Before Buying Flannel Sheets Online

#1 Are you buying the best possible quality?

Some flannel sheets are labeled with a thread count.  The lower end have a thread count of 80-120 and will feel rougher than the very soft high end, which range from 300-400.

If there’s no labeling, you can just feel the sheets for softness or hold them up to the light.  If the thread count is high, the fabric will be dense and will let very little light through.

Some manufacturers give a measure of flannel per square yard in ounces.  A good, high-quality flannel sheet will be 4 ounces to the square yard and over.  This is written 4oz. / sq. yd (or 113g / 0.9 sq. m).

#2 How do you now you are buying real flannel?

Flannel is a rather misused term as it can refer to other fabrics which aren’t ‘true’ flannel.  The original flannel was a pure wool cloth, in varying weights and thicknesses.  Nowadays, the term often refers to flannelet.

Flannelet has a high proportion of cotton or synthetic fiber along with the wool.  The wool gives warmth and the cotton gives the fabric an added softness.  However, in some countries, (for example the UK) it’s now illegal to trade flannelet as flannel.

Cotton flannel is another variation.  This is a heavy cotton fabric which has been twilled.  This means that the threads form parallel, raised lines. The fabric is then given a long, plush nap.

What’s a nap?

A nap is the soft, downy surface given to one side – or both sides – of a fabric when the fibers are raised and brushed. (Velvet is a good example of a fabric that has been napped on one side).

For this reason, you may also see ‘brushed cotton’ as a name for flannelette.

How is flannel made?

Both flannel and flannelette can be woven in a twill, or plain weave.  You don’t usually see this as the nap hides it.  After the fabric has been woven, it’s napped and then bleached or dyed.  It then has a second napping to fluff the fibers up again after they’ve been processed.

What’s so great about flannel sheets?

Nothing is as cozy as flannel sheets on a cold winters’ night.  Cotton sheets can make you gasp when you climb into bed (unless you’ve had the electric blanket switched on!) but flannel just envelops you in warmth!

In winter, everyone loves to snuggle down into the warmth and comfort of flannel sheets. They make the bed so cozy and snug. Flannel sheets come in a wide variety of styles and colors to suit any bedroom decor and they can be purchased with matching comforter sets.

Flannel sheets can be purchased as a set or individually. You and your kids will love the great variety of styles and character sets to choose from. Winter has never looked so good and for the kids jumping into bed will be a treat.

There is nothing more appealing than fresh, new sheets on the bed. In winter we want those sheets to feel warm when we step into bed. Flannel sheets provide the warmth and the comfort to allow you to drift off into a relaxing, gentle sleep.