With warm weather upon us, it’s time to think about choosing bedding to keep you cool when the mercury rises. This article from Fine Linen and Bath discusses the best materials to choose for staying cool and offers specific recommendations for sheet and bedding styles.
As the summer heat rolls in, your bedroom should be an oasis of cool comfort and relaxation. One of the key elements to consider when creating a sleep-friendly environment during hot weather is your choice of sheets. Luxury sheets offer more than just superior style; they play a crucial role in comfort by regulating body temperature and promoting a good night’s sleep.
But where to start? With so many materials and fabrics out there, the choices can get overwhelming. The design team at Fine Linen and Bath is here to help! We’ll show you the best fabrics to choose for on hot summer nights (or if you sleep hot in general) and offer specific recommendations for our favorite warm weather sheets. Read on to learn more about what fabrics and styles we love when the mercury rises!
Egyptian Cotton Percale: Cool, Crisp Comfort
Egyptian cotton sheets are renowned for their exceptional quality and breathability, making them an excellent choice for hot weather. The long fibers in Egyptian cotton create a lightweight and breathable fabric that allows air circulation and prevents heat from getting trapped. Additionally, a percale sheet delivers a cool, crisp, five-star-hotel feel, which makes it the perfect choice for a summer night. You can learn more about Egyptian cotton here and read about the differences between percale weave and sateen weave sheets here.
Our Egyptian Cotton Percale Sheets Pick: SFERRA Simply Celeste
The definition of simplicity and elegance, SFERRA Simply Celeste is a streamlined version of their classic Celeste percale bedding. Simply Celeste bedding is heaven for the purist who craves understated elegance coupled with the style, softness, and comfort of Celeste. Simply Celeste sheets are a tailored alternative that deliver the same chamois-like feel of the famous Celeste collection.
SFERRA Simply Celeste 400TC sheets are made in Italy from 100% Extra-long-staple Egyptian Cotton. Knife edge finish on duvet cover and shams, plain hem on flat sheets and pillowcases. Machine washable. Available in White. Twin, Full, Queen, King sheets and duvet cover, four sizes of pillow shams.
The Perfect Cotton/Poly Blend: Comfort and Easy Care
A cotton blend sheet set can be a wonderful option for staying cool without sacrificing ease of care. High-quality cotton provides a natural softness and breathability, while the polyester adds durability and wrinkle resistance. The combination of these materials results in a luxurious feel that keeps you cool while being durable and wrinkle resistant (no need to iron!).
Our Cotton/Poly Blend Sheets Pick: Matouk Positano
Matouk Positano is a beautiful base for your warm weather bed. This style, formerly known as Key Largo, is a 200 TC blend 50% Egyptian cotton/50% polyester that has an elegant hand a crisp smoothness that mimics 100% cotton while easily machine washable and requiring no ironing.
Matouk Positano sheets are made in the USA from fabric imported from Italy and finished with a simple hemstitch. The cotton/polyester blend is accented with a simple hemstitch. Available in White and Ivory in Twin, Full, Queen, King, Cal King and custom sizes. Duvet covers, and four sizes of pillow shams available.
Linen: Legendary Luxury in All Climates
Linen has been used for centuries and is renowned for its breathability and ability to adapt to different climates. Linen sheets are perfect for hot weather as they have a natural cooling effect. The fabric's loose weave allows air to circulate freely, preventing the sheets from sticking to your body and delivering a refreshing feel against the skin. While being exceptionally durable, linen also softens over time to grow increasingly comfortable and luxurious.
Our Linen Sheets Pick: Matouk Schumacher Simone Linen Bedding
The Matouk Schumacher Simone Linen Bedding has a breathtaking floral print inspired by a 19th century English fabric remnant, hand-selected from Schumacher's vast archive. Translated to an ultra-soft Roman linen by Matouk, the print takes on a multi-dimensional effect full of rich texture and shadow -- perfect for keeping you dreaming in cool comfort.
Matouk Schumacher Simone Linen Bedding is made in the USA from 100% linen woven and printed in Italy. All Matouk fabrics are OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified. Machine washable. Available in Apricot or Sea prints in Full, Queen, King, Cal King. Duvet covers and four sizes of regular and quilted shams available.
Modal: Cool and Sustainable
Modal is made from the cellulose fiber of beechwood trees, which are renewable and require less water to grow. This makes modal sustainable and environmentally friendly. Modal sateen sheets drape beautifully, resist pilling, and are machine washable. They also grow softer with age. Modal is also breathable, which offers maximum comfort in warm weather and for hot sleepers.
Our Modal Sheets Pick: SDH Legna Classic
The SDH Legna Classic Collection is an eco-friendly line of modal bedding that combines the cool, smooth, supple feel of silk with the easy care of cotton. Luxuriously soft, Legna bedding offers true and lasting beauty; it is also the only sateen lightweight enough to make our list of summer bedding. It drapes beautifully, washes easily, and grows softer over time.
The modal fiber used to make SDH Classic bedding is harvested from the wood pulp of beech trees, which are grown in sustainably managed European forests under strict environmental guidelines. SDH Legna Classic bedding is also OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 certified as safe from harmful chemicals. Made in Italy of 100% modal sateen. Machine washable. Thirteen colors in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and Cal King. Duvets and four sizes of shams available.
Pure Mulberry Silk: A Luxurious Cooling Sheet
Among the many benefits of sleeping on silk -- which is naturally hydrating to hair and skin, hypoallergenic, resistant to mold and mites, and non-irritating -- is the fact that pure mulberry silk is breathable and naturally temperature regulating. This protein-based fabric, made from the protective cocoon of the silkworm, can regulate temperature to keep the sleeper cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Silk also wicks away moisture to keep you sleeping comfortably (which is why we recommend silk for a hot sleeper of anyone with night sweats). Add to that the absolute indulgence of sleeping on soft, smooth, silk charmeuse and it’s no mystery why silk sheets should be a top pick for your summer bed.
Our Pure Silk Sheet Pick: Mulberry Park Silks 22 Momme Weight
The style and luxury of Mulberry Park Silks 22 momme sheets will defy your every expectation. The natural thermoregulation properties of silk will keep you sleeping cool and comfortable in warm weather. Just as important: you’ll discover the many health and wellness benefits sleeping on pure silk delivers, including taming frizz and tangles; helping your skin and hair retain moisture; minimizing sleep wrinkles; protecting skin from irritation; and resisting mold, mites, and allergens that can disrupt your good night’s rest.
Mulberry Park Silks sheets are made of pure 22 Momme Grade 6A Mulberry Silk, colored with environmentally friendly dyes, and OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified as safe from harmful chemicals. Machine washable. Nine colors, Queen, King, Cal King. Duvet covers are also available. Sold in sets or flat sheet, fitted sheet, and pillowcases separately.
If you’re looking for the perfect cooling sheet set, feel free to give us a call. We are happy to offer individual recommendations and specific guidance to help you find the best sheets for hot weather. We’ll even send you complimentary swatch samples to review at home before you buy!