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The Best (and Worst) Bed Sheets for Summer

by Cathy Carr

When it comes to the sweltering summer months, not all bed sheets are created equal. Especially if you already tend to sleep warm, sleeping with the wrong sheets on your bed can be a one-way ticket to sticky, sweaty, sleepless nights until the end of August. Make sure you have the right set on your bed to keep you snoozing soundly all season long.


The Worst

Bad news first! These fabrics should all be avoided like the plague during the summer if you want to keep sleeping cool.

1. Fleece

Soft and fuzzy fleece sheets might be your best friends in the winter, but you’re going to want to ditch them pretty fast after the last spring chill! Fleece traps heat like nothing else and is guaranteed to make you overheat in the summer.

2. Flannel

For the same reason you wouldn’t wear a heavy flannel shirt in the summer, you shouldn’t keep heavy flannel sheets on your bed in the warm season. Fold up your flannel and put it in storage until the weather starts cooling back down.

3. Jersey

These sheets might feel like your favorite t-shirt, but they’re trapping a lot more heat than you realize. That cozy, stretchy quality that makes jersey sheets so comfortable also makes them way too warm for summer.

4. Silk

Silk might seem light and cool enough for summer, but these sheets get their smooth, sateen finish from a tight-knit weave that locks in body heat. Luxurious? Yes. Breathable? No way. Do your sleep a favor and set your silk sheets aside for a few months until the worst of the heat is gone.


The Best Sheets for Summer

Now on to the best choices! These sheets are all light, breathable, and super comfortable. Just the thing to keep you clean and cool all summer!

1. Bamboo

Bamboo is by far the best summer sheet option. Soft, silky-smooth, wrinkle-resistant, and hypoallergenic, sheets made of natural bamboo fibers are also incredibly light. It’s a summer dream come true!

2. Egyptian Cotton

None of that cheap stuff—real comfort comes from the real deal! 100% Egyptian cotton is crisp, comfortable, and breathable enough to keep you from working up a sweat in your dreams.

3. Linen

Linen sheets are light, breathable, and one of the most affordable options on this list. Linen tends to have a more open weave, which keeps heat from being trapped, but also tends to make the fabric a bit rough and scratchy.

4. Microfiber

Microfiber is essentially a synthetic version of cotton. It’s lightweight and made of super fine synthetic fibers that mimic the comfort and breathability of cotton more affordably. It’s a durable, soft sheet that is sure to keep you cool and comfy all summer!


When you get cozy in bed on summer nights, make sure your blankets aren’t a barrier between you and the perfect night’s rest. With the right sheets, sleeping will be easy breezy all season! For more helpful sleep tips and all the right sleep supplies to get a better night’s rest, stop by our store or give us a call to chat with our helpful sleep experts.