Linen v Cotton Sheets: What’s the Difference?

 If you’re buying your first set of sheets and don’t know whether to go with linen or cotton, there are advantages and disadvantages associated with both. Ultimately it comes down to personal preference: there are die-hard linen lovers, while others totally swear by cotton. Usually it’s those in the linen camp that will try to convince you of the benefits, and while linen does have its value, there are merits that come with the purchase of both. Here we break down the most common reasons people buy linen, and the disadvantages that make people steer away and gravitate towards the comparatively better (in their opinion) cotton. Whatever you decide, it’s your decision. You’ll be the one curling up and falling asleep in those sheets every night, so gather all the information and then simply trust your gut.

 

There are some key differences between linen and cotton that we’d like to break into. Whether you’re looking to buy linen after years of cotton, or you’re buying your first set of cotton sheets after moving into your own place, here are the main differences for your perusal.

 

The Advantages of Linen

Linen sheets in Australia are popular in terms of their versatility, in the face of our four seasons in a day type of weather. They are breathable in the summer and warm in the colder months, making this a worthwhile investment year round. They are also softer than cotton, giving that silky-smooth tousled sheet vibe that you generally only see in stock photos and hotels. And you can have it in your own home!

 

The Disadvantages of Linen

If you want that soft sheet feel from the moment you open the packet, linen sheets aren’t for you. They take a little patience. In fact, they can take up to three years to reach maximum softness, and that’s with proper care. 

 

The Advantages of Cotton

They’re softer instantaneously, generally lower maintenance and lower in cost. If you want the type of bedding where it’s set and forget, this is the perfect option for you. There are definitely other areas of the home that you could put this money into; it all just depends on what matters to you, personally. 

 

The Disadvantages of Cotton

Cotton is not as durable or as versatile as linen. Generally, cotton lasts between 2-3 years before it needs to be replaced. If you are happy to do this, cotton is for you. If you’d prefer a more long-term investment which maybe requires you to fork out that little bit more, linen may be for you.

 

Whatever you decide, remember that it’s your home and your decision. You’ll be the one caring for your sheets (or not!), to varying degrees, depending on your choice. Depending on how much you’d like to put into your bedding, linen prices can range from lower to a higher end of the scale – again, this is your decision. There are some great options in terms of cotton and linen out there – good luck to you on your bedding hunt! You will most certainly make the choice that is right for you.

 

References: 

https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/cleaning-tips/a25799450/how-often-should-you-replace-buy-new-sheets/

Top 7 Surfing Spots in Australia You Need to Visit

Australia has 27,000 kilometers of coastline. As such, according to one study, they found that the country has 10,500 beaches. 

There are a lot of beaches in the country, and we really can’t visit all of these at once. So, we’re giving you a list of the top seven beaches across the country for now. In the future, you can add a few beaches on this list, too.

 

1. Manly Beach

Located in Sydney, this is one of the country’s most underrated beaches, even though it’s a favorite spot for surfing championships. A lot of people come here to surf and swim.

There has been a lot of infrastructure around the beach, including bars and restaurants. However, the sunbathing and secluded trails remain untouched.

 

2. Bell’s Beach 

Torquay, Victoria, is its home, and it’s a famous beach among surfers. It is also the host of Rip Curl Easter Pro, which is the oldest surfing competition. 

If you are looking for challenging waves, come and visit Bell’s Beach in March and October. You can also bring your family here for a vacation and, instead of surfing, you can sail, too!

 

3. Gold Coast

The most popular surf beach in Queensland, Gold Coast, is considered a gem. Many surfers consider this a home away from home because of its cozy atmosphere, long golden beach coast, and plenty of beaches to surf and relax. 

The waves here are at its best from March to May. Nonetheless, it still offers some of the best waves in the country the whole year.

 

4. The Pass

Between Clarkes Beach and Wategos, The Pass is the stretch of beach between them. Located in New South Wales, it’s a favorite surfing beach by professionals. If you’re not into surfing, you can watch people as you sit on the wide shore. You can also catch a glimpse of whales or dolphins here.

 

5. Noosa Heads

Another favorite in Queensland, Noosa Head, offers some of the most picturesque waves and breaks. The main beach stretches to 130 kilometers, so you’ve got a lot of options for your family activities, too. 

The beach has lifeguards and experienced surfers are all over the beach riding the waves. If you want to take a little break from the sun, the beach also has bars, cafes, and restaurants.

 

6. Burleigh Heads

Another favorite spot for swimmers and surfers, this is located in the southern end of Gold Coast. It also has a stretch of calm water where you can take a dip if you’re not in the mood to surf. Tourists and locals can also enjoy the sunset with a picnic basket or with bbq.

 

7. Prevelly Bay

Western Australia also cradles Prevelly Bay, which is another surfer favorite. It’s a favorite among surfers because it has swells that produce spins for up to 20 feet! This is also one of the beaches in the country where surfers wear helmets. Enjoy the beach, stay fit while surfing, and experience the thrill of kitesurfing, too!

 

Enjoy the sun, sand, and, of course, the waves now!