There are few things more coveted than an unbroken eight hours. From changeable May nights to a high-Summer heatwave, discover bedroom updates to achieve steady slumbers.
Summer has been relatively sluggish so far, but all of the signs are there: the mornings are brighter, the evenings longer and the nights incrementally warmer. In light of the fresh new season, discover the secrets to preparing your bedroom for now and later, from changeable May days to high-Summer nights.
Bed linen basics
When it comes to refreshing the foundations of your bed, consider the fabrics you love to wear in Summer – and apply the same logic to your choice of bed linen. Crisp, cool cotton and linen allow your skin to breathe and are naturally moisture-wicking, too, making them perfect for even the hottest of nights.
For now: If you haven’t already, replace sateen or brushed cotton sheets with a 100% cotton alternative, such as our pretty Azores collection, inspired by the exotic Portuguese archipelago, or beautifully detailed Ardleigh, complete with hand-threaded borders. For an even more luxurious sleep, all-year round, look to the highest-quality Egyptian cotton sheets – such as our newly-renamed Belgravia collection.
For later: No fabric is better suited to a heatwave than linen. Ours is the purest, softest linen you’ll find, reinventing our all-time bestseller, Santorini. Keep yours ready and folded in the linen cupboard – our founder, Chrissie, likes to spritz her sheets with a fragranced spray (try Ocean Tide) for a subtle scented finish.
Layers & duvets
For many, the first sign of Summer’s approach is making the switch from a high-to-low tog duvet, consigning thick throws and blankets to the linen cupboard. As well as tog rating, consider the fill and feel of your duvets and pillows: some prefer a microfibre filling in Summer, due to its breathable properties.
For now: Our Soft and Light Breathable duvet and pillow provide the best of both worlds if, like this year, early Summer is proving chilly. Each duvet is finished with buttons, so you can join one duvet to another if a heavier tog is desired.
For later: If you haven’t already, opt for a 4.5 tog Summer duvet. For hot nights when anything slightly padded is too much, simply sleeping beneath a cotton or linen flat sheet can provide cooling relief.