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The Best Bed Sheets for Summer

Updated on April 4, 2011

Don't be Stifled and Sweaty-Get Great Summer Sleep!

As March comes on like a lion and out like a lamb we are reminded that summer is just around the corner, and its time to get to spring cleaning and to shake things up a bit. After a long cold winter huddled underneath a stack of blankets that could reach the moon many folks are ready to deck their beds in a fresh set of bed linens, but what should they choose? As a sleep-lover and general lazy bones I’m here to help you pick out the best bed sheets for summer, so let’s stuff those flannel sheets in the closet and get shopping!

Natural and Lightweight Fabrics are Key

The best bed sheets for summer are made of natural fabrics such as cotton (my favorite), bamboo, or rayon (a good alternative). Synthetic fabrics are mostly labeled “microfiber”, which is just a fancy euphemism for polyester. Polyester does not wick away sweat or breath, so if you get warm during those sweltering summer nights, all of your sweat will be trapped on your skin and in bed with you instead of evaporating, which is just plain old yucky, especially if you have a sleep partner.

Cotton, on the other hand, is naturally absorbent and breathable as well as being lightweight and soft. The key to finding the best cotton sheets for summer is thread count. Cotton sheets with a higher thread count will be softer and often of a finer weave than lower thread count sheets, making them perfect for summer. They also get softer with each wash as well, so always pre-wash your sheets before putting them on your bed and don’t be afraid to give your wash machine a work out by changing your sheets frequently.

If you don’t have the dough to shell out for good quality, high thread count cotton sheets then you can always try two innovative alternatives for summer sheets: bamboo and beach sheets. Though they are made by the same process (similar to how rayon is made) bamboo and beach sheets are marketed separately, though both share a somewhat satin sheen and softness. Bamboo sheets are also touted as having anti-bacterial properties, great for those husbands with stinky feet (I love you dear...). I personally had beech sheets all through college as my go-to bed linens, and I love how soft, silky and versatile they are. If you live in a very hot and humid area however, these sheets may be a bit heavy for you.

The Icing on the Cake, Do you Need a Bed Cover?

Some people prefer to sleep with nothing between them and the night air in the hot summer months, but I like a little weight on me. Depending on how warm or cool it is I like either a light down comforter or a woven cotton blanket. The down comforter provides a cloud-like feeling and warmth before summer turns up the full heat, and a woven cotton blanket provides a comforting heaviness but breathes well in the heat.


However you end up outfitting your bed for summer remember that natural fibers are your friend! I hope that your nights are peaceful and cool and that you can enjoy summer's heat rather than tossing, turning and cursing the season's warmth, because once January rolls around again you'll be begging for a little sun!


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      Catherine Dean 5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      I have been wanting to try the Bamboo sheets for a long time. My husband and I love the jersy sheets but we also love sleeping on flannel sheets, even though we live in hot Georgia.

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      Steve 5 years ago

      Bamboo is far less costly than Beech wood (modal); I have found it not as soft either. Don’t listen to the Green Claims – it takes very harsh chemicals to break down the cellulous fiber to a point that it can be spun into a yarn as well the end product doesn’t degrade well. The Federal Trade Commission is suing these companies because of these false claims. How can you beat cotton? Hope this helps feel free to email me if you have additional questions – steve [at] verolinens [dot] com.

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      CennyWenny 6 years ago from Washington

      Thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals-Bamboo is relatively new on the market but is being fairly well marketed, though I don't see it as often as beech sheets. As a knitter though it was on my radar because bamboo yarn was pretty aggressively marketed.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      The bamboo sheets sound interesting. I have never heard of them before. I will have to look around for some. Thanks for sharing. Rated up and useful.