Organic bedding is not as unusual (or boring) as it used to be. Companies like Plover Organic, LOOP, and Coyuchi have set the standard for beautiful and environmentally-friendly bedding, but there's one problem: they can be kind of expensive. Is there such a thing as budget-friendly organic bedding? Yes, there is! Here are our top picks for organic bedding—sheets, blankets, and pillows— all under $100.
What's the deal with thread count?
All of the sheets below have a thread count between 220 and 400, which may not sound very good to you. But according to this NYT interview with Macy's former home-product developer Julian Tomchin, you should "be suspicious" of anything higher than 400 threads per square inch:
The standard for counting is to add each warp (vertical) and filling (horizontal) thread per square inch. The most that normally fits, he said, is 400, after which the threads are thinner and weaker. Some companies use two- or three-ply threads and multiply the count. "An 800-thread-count sheet made of two-ply yarn should legitimately be relabeled as 400,' he said. 'That's how you get 1,000 threads per square inch: creative counting."
• Organic Ikat Stripe Sheet Set, Twin to Queen, $79-$99 from West Elm
• Organic Percale Ash Grey Sheet Set, Queen, $69.95 - $89.95 from CB2
• Amy Butler Dream Poppy Sheet Set, $34.99-$49.99 from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
• Company Organic Tile Bedding, Queen, $84 for flat and fitted sheets from The Company Store
• Euca-Lyptus Origins Organic 300TC Sheet Set, Full and Queen, $79.99 - $89.99 from Bed, Bath and Beyond
• Portico Organic Cotton 300TC Sateen Sheet Set, Queen, $81.50 from QVC
• Magnolia Organics Dream Collection 400TC Organic Cotton Sheet Set, $49.99 - $84.99 from Amazon.
• Organic Cotton Knit Bedding, Full and Queen, $89-99 from Gaiam
• Organic Cotton Frayed Edge 230TC Sheet Sets, Full-Queen, $79.00-$99.00 from West Elm
• Organic Cotton 300TC Sheet Sets, $39.99 from Overstock
The top six natural or organic options for healthy pillows are: latex, buckwheat, kapok, organic cotton, organic wool, and millet. Check out this post for a breakdown on each one of these options, their recommended sleeping positions, care instructions, and price. Most non-toxic pillows—wool, organic cotton, latex— can be found for well under $100, and some places (like White Lotus for example, where I've had a few good experiences) also offer discounts on sets. For whatever type of pillow you choose, the following stores are bound to have exactly what you're looking for.
- Good Night Naturals
- Pure-Rest Organics
- White Lotus
- The Clean Bedroom
- Allergy Buyers Club
- Pristine Planet for comparison shopping
Blankets and Quilts
Wool Blankets: MacAusland Woolen Mills in Prince Edward Island have been making handcrafted 100% virgin wool blankets since 1870, and they still use all the traditional, old-fashioned machinery (with the one exception of a new washing machine purchased in the last few years). I absolutely love their tweed blankets. They come in a variety of colors and, considering the craftsmanship and the fact that they'll last you a lifetime, are remarkably affordable ($43-$86). Choose from four sizes and three types of wool yarn in almost thirty different colors, or bring in your own wool for custom spinning or weaving. The mill also takes custom orders, if you want a particular size or color.
Organic Cotton Blankets: Besides West Elm and CB2, both of which have lovely organic cotton blanket options, other favorite options include the Larch organic cotton blanket ($58-$76) from Unison; the Organic Essentials Blanket (($44.95-$99.95) from Pottery Barn; and the All Seasons Organic Cotton Blanket ($96.97) from Dax Stores.
(Top Image: Aug/Sep issue of Lonny Mag, pg. 186). Other images as linked)