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June 02, 2023 6 min read

Silk sheets have long been associated with luxury and elegance. Known for their smooth texture and lustrous appearance, silk sheets are a popular choice among those who seek a comfortable and opulent sleep experience. 

However, many of our clients are left with questions like are silk sheets worth it? Are silk sheets hot? How to wash silk sheets? And are silk bed sheets good for your skin? The Fig Linens and Home team is here to answer your questions!

In this blog post, we will explore the pros and cons of silk sheets, helping you make an informed decision when considering this indulgent bedding option for your bedroom. 

First, we will go over some terms to help you find the best silk sheets, such as momme, and the difference between silk sheets and satin sheets. Next, we will go over the benefits of silk bedding. Finally, we will review the cons of silk sheet sets and go over how to wash and how to dry silk sheets. Let’s dive right in!

ann gish white silk duvet cover with french knots
Fig Linens and Home: Charmeuse Basics Duvet ​​Cover by Ann Gish
french knot detail on white charmeuse basics duvet
Fig Linens and Home: Charmeuse Basics Duvet Cover by Ann Gish​​

How to Identify the Best Silk Sheets

Momme is an important determinant in the quality of silk sheets. Momme (mm) is a unit of measurement used to determine the weight and quality of silk fabric. In simple terms, it measures the density and thickness of silk fibers. 

The idea of “high thread count silk sheets” is misguided. Momme, rather than thread count is used to measure the quality of silk sheets. A higher momme count indicates a denser and heavier silk fabric, which generally translates to superior quality. 

Sheets with a higher momme count tend to be more durable, lustrous, and luxurious to the touch. They also have better breathability and temperature regulation properties, making them suitable for all seasons.

A good momme counts for silk sheets is typically considered to be around 19-25 mm. Sheets in this range strike a balance between durability and softness, providing a comfortable and luxurious sleeping experience.

Definition of Momme, measure of quality in Silk Sheets

When choosing the best silk sheets, you will also want to consider the weave and the construction. For instance, mulberry silk is thought to be some of the highest quality silk because it is woven by caterpillars who only consume mulberry leaves, leading to a more consistent weave. The most popular finish for this time of sheeting is charmeuse silk sheets. This is a satin weave with a beautiful drape, making it ideal for bedding.

The Difference Between Satin Sheets vs. Silk Sheets

In searching for silk sheets, you may find many lower price point options labeled "silk satin" or "satin" material. While real silk sheets and pillowcases are made of 100% natural silk fibers, satin sheets can be made from various materials, including polyester and silk blends.

They have a glossy appearance and a silky texture but do not offer the same cooling properties or benefits for hair and skin as silk. High-quality silk will always have a momme listed and tend to be at a higher price point. In short, if the price of a "silk" sheet set seems too good to be true, it likely is. Ultimately, the choice between silk and satin sheets depends on personal preference and desired qualities for a restful night's sleep.

the benefits of silk sheets vs cotton sheets comparing the two fig linens and home

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Silk Sheets

Silk Sheet Benefits

1. Silk Bedding Offers Unmatched Comfort and Softness

Silk sheets are renowned for their exceptional softness and smooth texture. They offer a luxurious sleeping surface that glides effortlessly against your skin, providing a truly indulgent experience. If you value comfort and enjoy a gentle touch, silk sheets are an excellent choice.

2. Silk Sheets Help to Regulate temperature

Our clients often ask “do silk sheets keep you cool?.” In fact, one of the notable benefits of silk is its naturaltemperature-regulating properties. Silk has the ability to keep you cool during hot summer nights by wicking away moisture and heat from your body. Conversely, it also provides insulation during colder seasons, making it suitable for year-round use.

multiple colors of classic silk pillow shams by kumi kokoon for fig linens and home
Fig Linens and Home: Classic Silk Pillow Shams by Kumi Kookoon​​
multiple colors of classic silk pillow shams by kumi kokoon for fig linens and home
Fig Linens and Home: Classic Silk Pillow Shams by Kumi Kookoon​​

3. Silk Bedding is Hypoallergenic and Skin-Friendly

Silk is ahypoallergenic material, meaning it is resistant to common allergens such as dust mites and mold. This makes silk sheets an ideal choice for individuals with allergies, acne-prone skin, or sensitive skin. The natural proteins present in silk can also help moisturize your skin, reducing the risk of irritation and promoting a healthier complexion. These benefits make silk pillowcases the best sheets for eczema and the best sheets for acne.

4. Silk Bedding Offers Hair and Beauty Benefits

Are silk sheets good for your hair? Absolutely! Silk sheets are gentle on your hair, reducing friction and preventing hair breakage and frizz. 

The smooth surface of silk also helps to minimize facial creases, leaving your skin looking refreshed and rejuvenated. By choosing silk sheets, you can wake up with smoother hair and a more radiant complexion.

A silk pillowcase like the Branché Charmeuse Pillowcase (shown to the right) helps to lock in the facial skin and hair benefits of silk bedding. If you are not ready to commit to a full sheet set but want to start your journey into the world of natural, beneficial fibers, a silk pillowcase is a great first step.

list of beauty benefits for silk sheets including healthy hair and skin

Drawbacks of Silk Sheets

1. Silk Bedding Has a High Price

Silk sheets are undeniably luxurious, but this luxury comes at a higher price compared to other bedding materials. The cost of silk sheets is often higher due to the intricate production process and the limited availability of silk. If you have a strict budget, silk sheets may not be the most cost-effective option for you.

2. Silk Fabric is Susceptible to Stains and Color Fading:

Silk sheets are more prone to staining compared to other bedding materials. Spills or accidents can leave permanent marks on the fabric, making it important to treat stains immediately and with caution. This also makes white silk sheets a risky choice. Additionally, silk sheets may experience color fading over time, especially if exposed to direct sunlight. Proper care and attention are necessary to preserve the vibrant colors of silk sheets.

Classic Silk Duvet Cover by Kumi Kookoon in beautiful cobalt blue
Fig Linens and Home: ​​Classic Silk Duvet Cover by Kumi Kookoon
charmeuse basics silk pillowcases from ann gish fig linens and home
Fig Linens and Home: Charmeuse Basics Silk Pillowcase by Fig Linens and Home​​

3. Silk Sheets have Delicate Care Requirements

Silk is a delicate fabric that requires special care to maintain its quality and longevity. Silk sheets should be hand-washed or machine-washed using a gentle cycle with special mild detergent for silk sheets without the use of harsh chemicals like fabric softeners. They should also be air-dried to prevent damage. In fact, some purveyors of the finest silk bedding in the world recommend to dry clean your silk sheets. If you prefer low-maintenance bedding, the delicate care requirements of silk sheets may be a drawback and something like organic cotton bedding may be a better choice.

Watch the video below for more information on care requirements.

How to Wash and Dry Silk Sheets

Silk sheets offer a range of enticing benefits, including unparalleled comfort, temperature regulation, hypoallergenic properties, and hair and beauty benefits.

However, it is important to consider the higher price tag, delicate care requirements, and susceptibility to stains and color fading when deciding whether silk sheets are the right choice for you. By weighing the pros and cons, you can make an informed decision and create a luxurious and comfortable sleep environment in your bedroom.

Remember to explore reputable sources and consult with our experts at to find the best quality silk sheets that suit your preferences and budget. Sweet dreams await you in the embrace of these sumptuous silk sheets!

Kumi Kookoon Classic silk sheets in teal on a white bed for fig linens and home
Fig Linens and Home: Classic Silk Sheets by Kumi Kookoon​​
Lili Alessandra gia blue silk and cotton blend bedding
Fig Linens and Home: Gia Blue Silk Cotton Bedding by Lili Alessandra​​
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Sophie Edwards

Sophie is the head content writer at Fig Linens and Home. She is a bedding, linens, and luxury homeware expert with an interest is the intersection of interior design with fashion, travel and culture. She has a BA in creative writing and sociology from Sarah Lawrence and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography.

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