Now that I’ve finally switched all our bedding over from winter and springtime blankets/ covers to something much more comfortable to cope with this Midwest heat, let’s chat about it! I usually make the switch long before we hit July, but I’m going to use the excuse I use for pretty much everything these days when I am falling behind or in a phase of steady procrastination: I have three small children. Alas, I am all caught up with the bed situation over here, so let’s head on upstairs to where I’ve fitted each bed with line-dried sheets and lightweight bedcovers to take a through this sweaty and sunscreen-slathered season called summahhh.
After a long holiday weekend of playing musical fevers/barfing with the kids (that was a real joy!) nothing sounded better to me than getting freshly washed bedding in each room. Because we have been without rain and our yard has been begging for some sheets flapping around, I threw everything on the clothesline. I filled that baby right up and crossed my fingers that the humidity wouldn’t get in the way of a good dry. There is something to be said for bedding that had spent some time outdoors. That clothesline smell is my very favorite and beats all the candles in the world, so I like to take advantage of that when the weather is nice. Beforehand though, I washed everything in my homemade laundry detergent scented with geranium and lemon oils, a recipe I’ll be sharing with you soon! After our linens had dried, I made all the beds before supper, landing on mostly pretty white and soft coverlets. I folded up our heavier quilts and duvets, storing them in the hallway closet where they are going to hang for awhile, all washed and ready for use in the colder months. Lastly, I fluffed all our pillows that had also spent some time in the sun, tucked in the sheets as tight as I could muster, and followed that with soft parachute of thin blankets on the top of each bed.
As Andrew and I crawled into bed that night it was like opening a present we had picked long ago but knew we had to patiently wait for. We were both craving a good night’s sleep and snoozing away in our clean bed was a real luxury with the sheets smelling and feeling as fresh as they come. For the bed making folk, here are a few tips for making a summer bed, along with some handy sources for some of my favorite places to get our current bedding.
Simple Tips For Making a Summer Bed:
- I am sure this one is very obvious, but storing heavy bedding is the first thing one should do when making the transition from the colder to warmer seasons. Wash and tuck away your feather-filled blankets and duvets, along with those toasty flannel sheets. I like to spray our bedding between each fold to make them smell yummy in the linen closet. Adding a spray of lavender or pine essential oil here and there is a nice way to keep your bedding smelling fresh and ready to use later on when the trees start to turn.
- Swap out heavy bedding with something lighter that is made with natural fibers. Breathable cotton or linen are your best best for late spring through early autumn. These thin layers will keep you much cooler throughout the evening while still providing comfort as you sleep. A few thin layers + fan and you should be set.
- Less pillows are a good idea, too. We like two per person and one in the middle for propping up books at night, whereas in the winter months I throw a few more on each bed to make things a bit warmer.
- Because it’s summer and hotter (and unfortunately you will be sweating more) make sure to wash your bedding more often. Because your room is likely to be warmer even if you use the AC, it’s best to keep your linens fresh by washing them and letting them air dry on the clothesline every other week or as needed. I like to do our bedsheets more often than the coverlets as to not make a huge fuss about laundering all our bedding. Our pillow cases get a wash just about every week though.
- Don’t forget to flip or rotate your mattress, we seem to forget this one a lot.
- And last but not least, keep something green by your bedside. It’s always really nice waking up to something alive and cheery like yard clippings or a small bunch of flowers when the season provides them for you. Head outdoors and clip a few things by the side of your house, no need to spend any money here.
Warmer-Weather Bedding Sources:
- White Belgian flax linen sheets – They get softer and softer with use, such a great purchase.
- White linen crocheted pillowcases: I wanted to order another set of linen pillow cases for our bed but wanting something beautiful with more detail than your standard sham. These are simple and lovely (and on sale to boot!).
- Chambray natural striped throw: I have had my eye on this for some time and am so glad I bought it. It’s the perfect size for our queen bed and is quite cozy without being too heavy for this season.
- Linen blend quilt: We have this on our bed in a king so it has the option of falling to the sides or being tucked in. I change this up depending on my mood that day and how I want our bed to look.
- Cushion cover: This gray/blue blend is so pretty.
- Thin blue and white diamond ticking quilt: Theodore’s bed is currently dressed with this beautiful quilt. It is thin enough for summer but also one that will work well in the cooler months too.
- Organic cotton coverlet & Yarn Dye Stripe Wingspan Cotton Blanket: We have several of these and they are great additions to the tops of beds in the warmer months because they are so pretty, but then great when used as warm layers under duvets in the cold months!
- Small Cross Quilt: I designed this with Jen for a fun collaboration when Theo was a little bub. It now lives at the bottom of Stella’s bed.
- Floral Pillow Cases: Thrifted. You can find so many gems out there that need a good home. Just remember to wash well in hot water!
- If wanting good quality white bedding, wait for seasonal white sales! I purchase almost all of our bedding online and on sale. Usually when things are off season I will scoop up a quilt or duvet at a fraction of the cost without having to fork out a ton of money.
- If you buy quality, chances are it will last…keep this in mind if you are unsure of spending a little extra on your bedding. We have had some of our wool blankets and heavier linen throws (items I will share in the colder months) for years now and the higher cost for such items can really be worth it.
- Head to your local thrift store or flea market to scoop up floral linens. You may even want to raid your mom’s closet like I did years ago for some…thanks, ma.
- A wonderful place to stock up on affordable linens is IKEA. All of our curtains and a few of our duvets are from there and we are really happy with them. I will say, some of their less expensive sheets did not hold up, nor has a cheap mattress we bought there for one of the kid’s beds. But, you get what you pay for and I am all for cheap lace curtains.
That should do it! Stay tuned for homemade laundry detergent and my favorite combinations of essential oils for linen sprays. xx