Nobody likes to get up hot and uncomfortable. With the right summer bed, you can forget about the temperature and sleep well through the night. Here are our best summer bed ideas that will make your bed look and feel a little cooler.
1. Use a Light Top Layer
A cooler night’s sleep starts by putting your blanket in storage along with other solid winter blankets such as flannel sheets and thick blankets. Instead of a bed that traps heat, choose the lighter option that you want to relax on even on the warmest summer morning. Try duvets or blankets made from cotton, linen, silk or other lightweight fabrics.
2. Stick to Lighter Colors
If your bed is wearing orange, red, and black colors last winter or fall, then it’s time to refresh your bed palette. Give your room a breezy summer makeup with light sheets in bright and cheerful colors like white, light green, sky blue, or bright yellow.
As an added benefit, sheets and blankets in lighter colors absorb less heat during the day, so they will be better and cooler when it comes time for you to sleep at night. Whether you are trying to refresh your appearance for the summer or just want to sleep cool and comfortable at night, a brightly colored bed is all you need.
3. Pile Light Layers on Your Bed
The last thing you want to do on a warm summer night is to sleep under a thick blanket. That’s where having some light sheets is useful. Try putting some thin sheets and blankets on your bed. Having a thin layer available makes it easier for you to stay cooler or warmer because the outside temperature changes. Simply place one or two layers when it’s hotter, or stack a few light blankets when the temperature drops.
Matelasse blankets are a lightweight bed choice because they are both thin and stylish. They are made from a single layer of fabric so they breathe well and feature an intricate layered design like you will find on thicker blankets.
4. Keep a Thicker Throw Blanket on Hand
One drawback of having a cooler summer bed? Your feet might be a bit cold. Because your legs are the furthest from your heart, they are usually the coldest part of your body. Your bed might provide the perfect temperature for you all, but it can make your feet a bit cold.
Avoid frozen fingers by attaching a thick wool blanket to the end of your bed. If it suddenly becomes cold at night, a thick blanket at the foot of your bed will keep your feet warm. That way, you can avoid rolling off the bed to take extra blankets from your closet.
5. Sleep Under Cooler Sheets
You might not think of sheets during the summer. Why you will? They are thin and light. But fabric makes all the difference. Because the sheets are in direct contact with you while you sleep, the sheets can hold hot water or let them out.
Stick with a light cloth. Linen, cotton and bamboo are good choices. Microfiber is another possibility. All of these fabrics will make your bed feel more windy. If you are looking for a lighter bed idea for the summer months, see our Best Bedsheet for Every Season guide.