Changing your bed linens once summer rolls around is similar to seasonally changing your wardrobe. And it becomes a downright necessity once high temperatures start creeping in. Just as you pack up your heavy coats once winter is over, your bedroom textiles should evolve over the course of the year. Not only to express your style, but also for maximum comfort. Fresh, petal soft bed linens will help you get a comfortable night’s rest and give the room a new look.
Give Everything a Once-Over
The change of season is the perfect excuse to give your entire bed a once-over. Wash or dry-clean pillow twice a year or replace entirely. Invest in extra pillow cases to make this task easier. If you use a top or flat sheet, your comforter cover should be washed monthly. If not, then make sure to wash your comforter weekly. Most mattresses should be rotated twice a year. Toss the bed skirt in the wash at the same time as a good rule of thumb.
Swap Out Heavier Bed Covers
It may seem like the most obvious change but swapping out your heavier bed covers can signal the start of summer. If you like the feel of down but want something lighter, forgo the comforter altogether during the warmer months. Instead, use a light quilt or blanket in a breathable material over your top/flat sheet. If you prefer to keep your comforter close during the warmer months, folding it neatly and laying it at the foot of your bed is a stylish option. You may also consider carefully storing it away in a breathable storage container. Plastic or non-breathable bags can cause mildew to form in the feathers.
Stick to Breathable Fabrics
Synthetic blends, also known as performance fabrics, are your best friend as temperatures rise. Store the flannel sheets for next season, and steer clear of any satins or silk blends. They don’t breathe as well. The synthetic fibers used to make microfiber sheets are extremely fine and tightly woven to create a thin, strong material. Microfiber sheets are popular because of their exceptional softness and ability to retain your body heat on cold nights while also remaining cool on warmer evenings. The tight weave also repels liquids, which prevents stains and ensures a long life.
Look for Ease of Washability
As temperatures rise, it’s a good idea to wash your linens a bit more frequently than you might during the cooler months. Consider the ease of washing the textiles when you are purchasing seasonal bed linens. This is especially important for children’s beds or in areas where pets may sleep. Choosing sheets in microfiber will help prevent wrinkles. Many textiles can be found in wrinkle-free blends (usually with the addition of polyester), such as jersey or sateen. To wash, use warm water (not hot as it can shrink fibers), tumble dry, and remove everything just before it’s totally dry and then lay it out on the bed. Air-drying your linens this way will help prevent wrinkles.
Layers Are Your (and Your Partner's) Friend
The easiest way to adapt and optimize your bedding in the summer months is to use multiple layers. Layering multiple bed coverings allows you to adjust to the temperature by taking off or adding layers of varying weights and materials. It also allows for couples who share a bed to maintain different levels of warmth. Make sure the bottom of the quilt falls below the mattress and the top of the quilt is folded over at the top.
Proper seasonal bedding gives you the support you need to sleep more comfortably. By investing in seasonal necessities you can create the look and feel you want all year long.