Cool Bedding For Hot Nights
Photos: M&S, John Lewis, The White Company
“It’s getting hot in here………..so take off all your clothes” – Nelly (Hot in Herre)
Who hasn’t had the best nights sleep lately? Whilst we welcome summer’s arrival, it does mess with our slumber. So, with the increasing awareness around the importance of sleep, I thought I’d share some bedding that’ll help:
1. Comfortably Cool – M&S
First up, I can’t recommend this range enough both for comfort and price. It’s made with a Tencel mix. Tencel is a sustainable fibre derived from the eucalyptus tree and this is where the magic happens, because it’s natural is allows your skin to breathe, regulates your temperature and wicks moisture away. It’s also super soft due to the fineness of the threads woven into a lovely 200 thread count. Available in single, double, king and superking including pillows, duvets and bedlinen at a great price from just £8.
2. Croft Linen Collection – John Lewis
A wonderfully simple range in a neutral palette that is a great base to add feature cushions or leave plain for understated elegance. The Loch Blue gives a cool urban look or white is currently on sale. Being 100% linen, the collection is gently textured, tactile, durable, anti-bacterial and breathable making it perfect all year, but especially in summer. From £20 – £135.
3. Cotton Silk – John Lewis
Feel truly pampered in this bedding in a blend of pure and natural materials for decadence with durability.
Cotton silk is also hypo-allergenic making it suitable for sensitive sleepers and regulates temperature and wicks away moisture while you sleep. As with natural linen it’ll keep you warm in winter and cool in summer, so no need to change bedding seasonally. Plus, it helps skin breathe for a clearer complexion and tames hair for a smoother feel when you wake – now this I need! Was from £110 – £170, currently ON SALE from £15.50!
Egyptian Cotton – The White Company
Renowned for their bedding expertise (20+ years) and the quality of their yarns, The White Company is the go to for affordable luxury. Their Egyptian Cotton Percale range is wonderfully cool and crisp, though it’s best ironed when still damp (or opt for the easycare version!) Grown from the cotton plant Gossypium, Egyptian cotton is an extra-long staple, making it one of the finest types of cotton used to create lovely bed linen, with luxuriously high thread counts. Get a 200 Thread Count From £7, or super luxurious (and you do feel the difference) Symons 1000tc from £55 – £335.
Does Thread Count Matter?
A Thread count is the number of threads per sq inch of fabric – it indicates how closely woven the fabric is. However, don’t be deceived into thinking the higher the thread count, the better the quality. It depends on many factors including the quality of the thread, staple length (longer is better) and note that a very fine quality yarn will be more delicate than coarser cheaper versions, though the investment is worth is for the comfort and luxury it brings.
5. Santorini – The White Company
Linen is made from the flax plant and as mentioned, it is perfect for sleeping in. The Santorini range has the added touch of hand-sewn ladder stitching for a subtle decorative effect. Linen gives a more relaxed, undone look than cotton, which looks crisp and smart. From £45.