There was a bit of a twitterstorm a couple of weeks ago when it first emerged that flannel bedding has made a comeback.
A press release from Debenhams said that sales of the traditional sheets, probably last popular in WWII, are soaring.
They put it down to the rising cost of heating bills and said that flannel sheets are outselling many silk varieties.
Of course a flannel sheet will always divide opinion. The reason they are so warm is that the texture of the flannel holds tiny pockets of air between the bed and the sleeper which traps the heat, regardless of the freezing weather outside.
Flannel sheets were last popular around 60 years ago when central heating was basically unheard of and the only source of heat was from the fire in the sitting room or the range in the kitchen. But the rise of man made fibres and the spread of central heating, led to a decline in sales of flannel bedlinen in the 1970s.
It was briefly superseded by nylon (which didn’t need ironing, although the pay off was those bright flashes of static it produced) until in the 1980s, cotton became, and has remained, the most popular choice.
But, the store said: “The rising popularity of flannel sheets has matched, almost precisely, the never ending list of price hikes which have made electricity and gas almost 80 per cent more expensive than they were five years ago.”
So there you have it. And that set in the picture above is rather splendid.
Debenhams cotton flannel bed linen is available in all stores nationwide and online. Prices start from £12.