What is cotton sateen?

Cotton sateen fabric is a type of fabric that is made from cotton fibers and has a satin-like finish. It is known for its smooth and lustrous appearance, as well as its soft and luxurious feel.

We will tell you everything you need to know about the typical properties and features of cotton sateen fabric in this blog.

What does cotton sateen weave mean?

The term ‘sateen’ refers to the weaving technique used to create the fabric, which involves floating the weft yarns over multiple warp yarns, resulting in a smooth and shiny surface.

Sateen weave

Types of sateen fabric

There are different types of cotton sateen fabric available, each with its own unique characteristics. These are the most common types:

  1. Egyptian cotton sateen: made from high-quality Egyptian cotton fibers. This type of sateen fabric is known for its exceptional softness and durability.
  2. Organic cotton Sateen: produced from organically grown cotton, this fabric is free from harmful chemicals and pesticides, making it a more eco-friendly option.
  3. Stretch cotton Sateen: blended with a small percentage of elastane or spandex. This type offers added stretch and flexibility, making it ideal for form-fitting clothing items.

Pros and cons of cotton sateen fabric

Benefits of cotton sateen fabric

Cotton sateen fabric offers several benefits that make it a popular choice for various applications. Here are some of the key advantages:

  1. Soft and luxurious: cotton sateen fabric has a smooth and silky texture, providing a luxurious feel against the skin. It is often compared to silk satin due to its lustrous appearance, making it an excellent choice for bedding and clothing items that require a touch of elegance.
  2. Breathable: cotton fibers are naturally breathable, allowing air to circulate and preventing the fabric from trapping heat. This makes cotton sateen a great choice for warm climates or for individuals who tend to sleep hot. It helps regulate body temperature and prevents the fabric from feeling stuffy or trapping heat.
  3. Durability: cotton sateen is known for its durability. The tight weave of the fabric makes it resistant to tearing and fraying ensuring that it will last for a long time with proper care. This makes it a practical choice for bedding and clothing items that are subjected to regular use  and washing.
  4. Easy to care: cotton sateen is relatively easy to care for, as it can be machine washed. It does not require any special handling or dry cleaning, making it a convenient choice for everyday use.
  5. Versatile: cotton sateen fabric is versatile and can be used for a wide range of applications. It is commonly used in the production of bedding, such as sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers, as well as in clothing items like dresses, skirts and blouses. Its versatility allows it to be used in both casual and formal settings.

Disadvantages of cotton sateen fabric

While cotton sateen fabric has many advantages, it also has a few disadvantages. It is prone to wrinkling, requiring ironing or steaming to maintain a smooth appearance. Additionally, it may not be as durable as other fabrics, as it can be more susceptible to pilling and wearing over time.

Cotton vs cotton sateen

Both cotton fabrics are made from cotton fibers, but they have some key differences.

Regular cotton has a plain weave, resulting in a matte appearance and a slightly rougher texture. On the other hand, cotton sateen is woven using a satin weave, giving it a smooth and lustrous finish.

Cotton sateen also tends to have a softer and more luxurious feel compared to regular cotton.

Additionally, regular cotton fabric is generally more breathable and less prone to wrinkling than cotton sateen.

What is cotton sateen fabric used for?

Cotton sateen fabric offers a combination of softness, breathability, durability and versatility. That’s why it is a popular choice for various products.

It is often used in the production of bedding, such as cotton sateen sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers, as well as in clothing items like dresses, skirts and blouses. Its smooth and silky texture makes it a popular choice for those seeking a comfortable and elegant fabric.

Our collection contains the cotton sateen fabric: Cotton Satin Deco. The Cotton Satin Deco is our heaviest, woven fabric with sating binding. The satin binding gives it a glossy look on the front and a matt look on the back. It will give beautiful prints because the Cotton Satin Deco is a fine woven fabric.

View our cotton Satin Deco

Maintaining cotton sateen fabric

Cotton sateen fabric is relatively easy to care for, as it can be machine washed and dried. No special handling or dry cleaning is needed.

However, we do recommend to wash the cotton Satin Deco according to our washing instructions:

  • Gentle wash till 40 degrees
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not drum dry
  • Line dry in the shade
  • Iron at high temperature

Printing on cotton sateen fabric

Cotton material is a very suitable fabric for printing. The fabric is known for presenting its color well.

We use digital printing on cotton sateen fabric, where we print, steam, wash and finish the fabric. We also use ecological inks to print the designs on this fabric.

We have 3 kinds of cotton sateen fabric in our collection:


1. Cotton Satin Deco 2. Cotton Satin Stretch Eco 3. Cotton Silk Satin 7,5 m/m

Custom printed cotton sateen fabric at House of U

Do you want your own design printed on cotton sateen fabric? This is very easy at House of U. You can upload your design in our design tool and have this printed on cotton sateen fabric by the yard.

Do you still find it difficult to choose and would you rather see and feel our fabrics first? Then order the fabric swatches you want. Or you can order our complete fabric book or the Eco Fabric Kit, which contains all our sustainable fabrics.

Order our fabric book Order our Eco fabric kit

If you still can't quite figure it out, or if you still have questions, we will be happy to help you personally. Do not hesitate to contact us.

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