Linen is our perfect fabric choice for a dog bed, here we explain why and then you can decide for yourselves. Please leave your comments below. Let us know your thoughts and experiences on linen and fleece fabric dog beds.
We all want a dog bed that lasts and that our dogs are happy and comfortable in.
Most of the dog beds on the market are fleece and unlike fleece material, linen doesn’t attract dog hair as much, meaning that hair will not stick to it and build up horrible masses as fleece fabric does. You can easily, shake, lint roll or hoover hair from linen in seconds.
100% Natural Linen
|Does linen fabric shrink?|
Yes, but only on the first-ever wash. Linen can shrink from 3% to 10% in the overall size on the first wash. However, at Pippys Furniture we take great pride in delivering perfect products, so we prewash before we start making the covers. Near enough all types of fabric’s shrink on their first time in the washing machine. But with us prewashing the main shrink process has already happened. So, you can rest assured that when it is delivered to you, you can wash it as many times as you like without hardly any shrinking ever taking place.
|Does Fleece shrink in the wash?|
Yes, fleece does shrink in the wash. Can we trust that other manufacturers of fleece dog bed covers are prewash before making them? If they did, they’d be shouting about it like we are. We are very proud of our dog beds and believe in providing a long-lasting product, that doesn’t shrink and lasts.
|What is linen made off? |
Linen is made from the flax plant, it’s very strong and valued highly for its exceptional coolness and freshness in hot and humid weather.
|What is fleece made off?|
Fleece is a synthetic fabric, man-made from a type of polyester called polyethene terephthalate (PTE) Its lightweight and soft. Its fast-drying and cheap.
|When was linen made and by who?|
Unfortunately, we don’t know the name of the person or persons who discovered the process since Linen has been around for over thirty-six thousand years. So much history around this luxurious fabric makes it stand the test of time. Even today some linen has been found intact. Can’t see that in thirty-six thousand years’ time we will find bits of fleece around.
|When was fleece made and by who?|
The material fleece was made in the 1970s by an American textile call Malden Mills. However, it didn’t become popular until around 1981 when a collaboration with Yvon Chouinard an owner of a mountaineering business. They found it cheap, warm and lightweight, so all in all a pretty perfect lining for persons outside.
|What are the environmental impacts of linen?|
Linen comes from the flax plant which doesn’t need much water or energy to grow. The entire linen process is done using only the flax plant nothing added, nothing removed by man. It’s extremely eco – friendly and safe. No chemicals are used in the process of harvesting, meaning our bees are safe from any exposures from bleach, toxic chemicals like Formaldehyde.
|What are the environmental impacts of fleece?|
Fleece is a non-renewable fabric; basically, means you can’t rebuild or do anything with it after your done with it. Slowly just falls apart. It is packed with tiny micro nylon fibres which in time fall out during the wash process and travels through our sewages and then ends up in the ocean. Did you know that there are so much of these fibres in the ocean already that the fish we eat have fibres inside them?
Our summary of which fabric is best linen or fleece to make a dog bed
- Natural Linen is safer for the environment than fleece fabric
- Linen offers durability and natural resistance to pilling, which makes it a great investment that will stand the test of time.
- Natural Linen is washable when fleece over time will get damaged in the wash.
- It’s proven that the fleece fibres are bad for the environment
- Fleece contains toxic chemicals that could in time affect your dog’s health
- Fleece is cheap, very quick to show signs of wear and tear. Will need replacing a lot sooner than linen.
We are pro linen, just because of the facts not just because we have just chosen this material for our dog beds.
We have chosen this material because of the above reasons. If fleece was like linen, we would be using fleece. But it is not!
Our linen covers have been cared for and not stored in a stinky cold warehouse. Our products are prewashed in organic wash powder and handmade in a clean environment.