Why bamboo sheets are a godsend for hot sleepers

Soft, sustainable and cool to the touch.
main bedroom with curtainsPhotography: Louise Roche / Styling: Kylie Jackes

If you find yourself waking up in a puddle of sweat each morning, it’s a surefire sign that you’re a hot sleeper. And if you’re currently sleeping on budget sheets woven from synthetic fabrics such as microfibre or polyester, it’s also a sign that your bedding needs a serious upgrade. Hayley Worley, founder of Sheet Society, says bamboo sheets are a great choice for those who tend to overheat at night, “Bamboo sheets are cooling and super comfy – it’s kind of a no brainer.” 

But why is bamboo so good? Well, apart from being a natural fibre (with excellent moisture-wicking and thermal insulation properties) bamboo, when produced using the Lyocell process, results in fabric that feels light, silky and slippery against the skin. “Bamboo has a unique softness that’s unlike any fabric,” says Hayley. “It’s one of those fabrics that even the pickiest sleepers can get around.”

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(Credit: Photography: Louise Roche / Styling: Kylie Jackes)

What are the benefits of bamboo bed sheets? 

  • Bamboo is a natural fibre that has excellent moisture-wicking and thermal insulation properties
  • Bamboo is the fastest-growing renewable fibre and requires less water than cotton or linen to grow
  • It has a silky smooth feel that is cool against the skin

Are there any down sides to bamboo bed sheets? 

According to Hayley, even the fussiest sleepers will enjoy sleeping in bamboo bed sheets, but there is one exception. “If you’re a fan of a crisp or structured bed, then it’s probably not the right fabric for you.” If this is you, we recommend cotton sheets or linen sheets instead. 

How do you care for bamboo bed sheets? 

Bamboo bedding does require some special care when laundering to ensure it stays soft and lasts as long as possible. “We recommend washing it inside out and on its own,” says Hayley who also recommends selecting a cool water temperature and a mild detergent. 

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What are the signs of good quality bamboo bedding? 

Hayley says some of the features to look out for when buying bamboo bed sheets are: 

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Super soft to the touch
  • Look for bamboo sheets made using the Lyocell process. “This method uses organic solvents which results in a more environmentally friendly fibre – one that is high-strength and has natural antibacterial properties.”

Best bamboo bed sheets Australia


‘Kane’ bamboo bed sheets in midnight, Sheet Society

From $110

Give your bed a dark and moody makeover with Sheet Society’s newly released ‘Kane’ bamboo range in the colour midnight. These sheets are natural, hypoallergenic and odour-resistant and the smooth sateen weave gives them a “ridiculously comfortable” cool-to-the-touch feeling you’ll love, especially if you’re a hot sleeper. 


Signature Sateen Sheet Set in butter, Ettitude

$279 (King)

Ettitude’s Signature Sateen bamboo bed sheets are beloved by thousands – just check out all of the five star reviews online. These sheets are made using the Lyocell process, which means they’re free from harmful chemicals and plastic and are perfect for those with sensitive skin. Ettitude sheets also come with a 30-night sleep trial, so if you’re new to bamboo, this is a risk-free way to try it!


Canningvale ‘Lustro’ bamboo sheet set in perla silver, Canningvale

From $239.99

Sleep soundly and let Canningvale’s ‘Lustro’ bamboo bedding range take care of the rest. It’s hypoallergenic, odour-resistant, anti-bacterial and highly breathable). If that’s not enough, Canningvale’s range comes with a 100-night trial, free delivery and a 5-year warranty. Also available in white and Valentina pink. 


Ecosa bamboo bedding set in ivory, Ecosa

$240 (Queen)

Organic, sustainably grown and available in eight standard colours – what’s not to love? Ecosa’s bamboo bedding range comes as a set (if you love everything to match) or as separates, so you can build a multi-tonal masterpiece from scratch.


Emma bamboo bedding set, Emma

From $169

Award-winning mattress brand Emma have just released a luxuriously soft bamboo bedding range, which starts from $169 and comes with a fitted sheet, flat sheet and pillowcase (or two pillowcases if you order a double, queen or king size set). The 300TC weave is smooth and cool to the touch and comes with a 100-night trial. 

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