High temps don’t have to mean sleeping sans covers. Your bed should be a cozy, enveloping sanctuary no matter what the season. So choose breathable 100% cotton, then begin layering.

Make the Perfect Summer Bed

  1. Start with the basics. A mattress cover will extend the life of your mattress and keep your fitted sheet from sliding off.
  2. Stay cool with crisp, breathable percale. Lay down your flat sheet, followed by a light, cotton blanket. Tuck them both in tightly and turn down at the top.
  3. Fold a duvet in thirds. Keep your comforter gathered at the foot of the bed for cooler nights – and to add plush texture to the overall look.
  4. Finish with pillows. Two sleepers, two shams, and a few front-facing throw pillows should do it. (There’s no such thing as too many.)


Our Sunday Sleep-In: Summer-Weight Bedding Boutique opens Sunday, June 15, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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June 15, 2014