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I’m an outrageously picky sleeper, and my finicky insomniac habits only get worse as the temperatures warm. As a born-and-bred Floridian, I’m used to swapping my sheets, duvets, pillowcases, and more once that thermostat hits a certain threshold, accepting that I won’t get much shut-eye until September. When my air conditioning unit broke, I broke along with it, resigning myself to being sticky and uncomfortable as temperatures peaked.
Enter Parachute. It’s arguably the direct-to-consumer bedding brand, especially when it comes to linen and percale, which are two of the best fabrics for staying fresh and cool. Parachute’s saturated hues and effortlessly rumpled texture make any bed look as polished or undone as you’d like, a chameleon appeal for any aesthetic. The brand strikes an impressive balance between clean and laid-back that makes it a reliable choice for any decorator, with enduring quality that ensures you’ll reach for this set every night for years to come.
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Parachute Bedding Makes Me Feel At Home
Nowadays, I’m your stereotypical Gen Z remote worker; in the past year, I’ve floated between New York, Utah, Florida, and Hawai’i, bringing three suitcases total of essentials and material comforts each time I’ve moved. Despite my limited inventory, I’ve devoted half a checked bag each time to bringing my Parachute bedding set with me: a duvet cover, sheets, and pillowcases. Every time, it’s been worth it; when I’m lonely or tired or stressed in some unfamiliar short-term rental or sublease, curling up with my most comforting bedding makes me feel more at home—which is a major aim of the brand.
Before testing the bedding myself, I must admit I’d seen Parachute often enough that I glossed over it, assuming it might not be worth the hype. It’s an Instagrammable brand, sure, but would it feel good too? I’m trés The Princess and the Pea when it comes to my bed, so I instantly assumed it was more photogenic than actually decadent to sleep on.
Parachute started as an online-only venture in 2014 when founder Ariel Kaye noticed a gap in the interiors space. After running a design blog and fielding friends’ complaints about finding bedding that was both high-quality and affordable, she filled the gap herself. Kaye’s emphasis on comfortable products also stemmed from living in New York City; with everything going-going-going all the time, her home needed to be a place she felt peaceful and recharged.
Nowadays, the brand has several brick-and-mortar stores, where you can shop Parachute’s premium essentials including high-quality sheets, towels, robes, mattress, rugs and all things soft and wonderful. Every product retains a polished elegance while providing a lived-in feel from night one, making each item feel incredibly luxurious yet accessible.
The Linen and Percale Sheets Impressed Me Right Out Of The Box
Between my frequent moves and my background in hot (sweltering!) climates, I finally picked out Parachute’s cult-favorite Linen Venice Set (starting at $469) in the hopes of finding year-round bedding that would be just as indulgent when summer hit as in the dead of winter. When my AC unit broke and I was suddenly reliant on tower fans, I was completely hopeless, but Parachute’s offerings were the most helpful in alleviating my temperature-induced distress—and looked good doing so.
The bedding itself was so easy to put on my bed, and I even noticed that the duvet cover had helpful pockets, buttons, and ties in the corners and bottom so that fitting your duvet insert inside it is a piece of cake. The fitted sheet has an elastic hem and covered my queen bed and mattress pad effortlessly.
The Linen Sheet Set (from $189) is garment washed, which contributes to that lived-in feel. From the instant I slipped into bed, I felt at home in my sheets, embracing that gut feeling of having a new fixation to swear by. They felt cool and airy despite the summertime heat. Overall, I kept coming back to the feel. They were just so soft and made me feel luxurious each time I slipped into bed.
Linen Venice Set
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Linen Sheet Set
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Percale Bed Bundle
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Parachute’s Percale Bed Bundle Is The Pick For Hot Sleepers
Although I tend towards the linen offerings, Parachute’s fan-favorite Percale Bed Bundle (starting at $505) is simply divine for hot sleepers. I’m never a percale girl but Parachute’s fabric was lightweight, breathable, and soft enough for me to change my mind. It allows for airflow, meaning you won’t get “trapped” by heat in your bed, without sacrificing the desire to be cozy and snug. The Percale Sheet Set (from $129) is crisp and cooling, embodying that five-star-hotel sensation. Crafted from 100 percent certified long-staple Egyptian cotton and available in eight striking colors ranging from classic white to dreamy clay, these sheets are both lightweight and durable.
While I’d love to be precious about my sheets, I like to wash my bedding at least weekly, so I’ve been burned one too many times by budget picks that get run down and nubby over time. I love knowing these sheets will all hold up over time. With other brands, I’ve experienced almost immediate fraying upon my first wash. Pro Tip: Parachute bedding is washing machine and dryer-friendly, but the brand recommends that you use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. An easy enough switch for me considering their value to my sleep. I expect mine to last me years.
Okay, Fine, I’ll Get the Whole Collection
My pieces came à la carte, so I received a Linen Fitted Sheet (starting at $120) separately, then followed up with a Linen Pillowcase Set ($69) and Linen Duvet Cover (starting at $280). There are all sorts of combinations online so you can best choose what fits your needs and budget. Parachute’s size range runs from a Twin to a Cal King, so you’re all set regardless of your setup.
My first Parachute set, which I acquired this fall, was in the Dusk colorway, a gorgeous lived-in navy evocative of your favorite pair of jeans. This spring, I added to my collection with a stunning Moss shade, a modern and creamy green. If I choose to mix and match them, the colors look attractive together, a testament to the consideration Parachute has devoted to how their bedding fits in with styling across the home.
The bedding’s made from pure European flax, a linen that gets softer with each wash. I’ve slept in this set since last summer, and can attest that its texture only gets better with time (like, uh, your favorite pair of jeans.) Previously, I’d slept in SIJO’s linen sheets, and in comparison, the texture of the Parachute sheets is much smoother. The others feel almost sandpaper-y in my memory. Even better, Parachute’s linen is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified, meaning it’s free of any harmful chemicals, dyes, or synthetics. These sheets are garment-dyed in small batches, so each one has a slightly unique coloring.
Personalize Your Bedding Refresh With A Complimentary Design Session
Parachute even offers signature one-on-one styling sessions during which a team member will walk you through ideal pairings and products. After my initial colorway setup, I went bold and got my Linen Duvet Cover (starting at $280) in Coal, a deep gray/black that I thought would set off the blue hues nicely. Almost a year later, I added in another Linen Venice Set (starting at $469) in Moss, a light green. While sometimes I find that light green can look washed out, this colorway was gorgeous, and I love the serene combination of the shades on my bed.
As I mentioned, I started with the sheets and then built out an entire collection. Deciding between Parachute’s collection items felt impossible because I was drawn to just about everything. Sham pillows! A lumbar pillow! The waffle robe! Now that I knew the hype lived up to expectations, what would I add-to-cart next? (Spoiler alert: it was a dog bed for my pup, so her sleeping setup matches the aesthetic and comfort level.)
My favorite brands are those that inject meaningful luxury into day-to-day routines. I now find Parachute at the top of that list.
Five Reasons To Love Parachute Bedding:
- Founder Ariel Kaye’s bedding philosophy is inspired by her travels to the Amalfi Coast, where the bed linens were sumptuous. Parachute arose when she realized most similar sheets in the U.S. were soaked in chemicals, hence the need for an Oeko-Tex certified brand.
- Parachute encourages mixing and matching; the brand’s palette is so cohesive, with such wide color offerings, that it all looks good together.
- Parachute’s wares are crafted at a family-owned factory in northern Portugal, which uses both modern and passed-down techniques for ultimate quality.
- The brand is also Climate Neutral certified, meaning that it’s taking active steps to become circular and has a list of its commitments (and stats!) here.
- If you’re caught between the many competitive bedding brands, Parachute also has a 60-day return window, so you can sleep for a bit before having to commit. Fair warning: you won’t want to give them up.