There is nothing more classic-yet-comforting than well-worn sheets that feel cool and comfortable as you climb into bed on a hot summer night. It's a wonderful feeling that, by its nature, can only be "earned" over time. To have perfectly worn-in sheets, you need to use and enjoy them for a good long time, and to do that, you have to start with quality, go-the-distance bedding. Here are some of our favorite sources for exactly those type of sheets, the well-made, cool, and crisp cottons and linens that slowly relax into your favorite thing in the bedroom.
This set of woven cotton bedding is cool, crisp to the touch, and will keep you comfortable on warm summer nights. With wash and wear, the stiff cotton gets progressively softer. At $199 for a queen-size flat sheet, fitted sheet, and pillowcases, this is a good deal for high-quality cotton bedding.
Another complete sheet set, this cotton option has a 480 thread count sateen weave for a smooth finish. If you like a silky feeling cotton sheet, this should be your go-to. Choose from five different colors and and striped, dotted and windowpane options.
This breathable fabric is going to keep you cool in summer and toasty in the winter. Rich dyes in hues like navy and slate make these classic sheets feel modern.
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Pre-washed for a relaxed look, this lightweight woven cotton bedding is a long-lasting, cooling summer set. A double layer increases durability, while a superfine weave makes this an ultra-soft cotton option.
Made from French flax, this linen bedding's simple, unembellished design is timeless and looks great year-round. The pre-washed fabric is both laid-back and undeniably elegant.
Twill tape binding on the sheets and shams give this high-quality set a casual vibe. The fabric looks remarkably similar to linen, but it has the softer, cozier feel of cotton.
Available in 26 colors, this made-in-the-USA sheet set covers the basics: a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and pillowcases. The best thing about this pre-washed and pre-shrunk bedding is that you can embrace some natural wrinkles, without having to worry about dry cleaning or ironing. Linoto recommends washing their warm-color bedding in cool water and white bedding in warm water before line-drying. This is the ultimate in fuss-free luxury.
Restoration Hardware's vintage set is a well-loved classic in the world of linen bedding. The dusty vintage-style dyes make for a set that will never go out of style—which is good, because you're probably going to want to hang on to them for years since they get softer over time.
Other Good Resources:
- Best Linen Sheets 2016 - The Sweethome
- The Best Linen Bedding - Honestly WTF
- 20 Best Bed Sheets - Good Housekeeping
Libeco's Santiago line of linen bedding is pre-washed for a lived-in look and comes in 8 neutral hues, each one more beautiful than the last.
A keep-forever set, this 100% percale bedding was inspired by the detailed hemstitching on vintage linens—resulting in some seriously luxurious sheets. The matte finish on this fabric is perfect for those in search of cool, crisp bedding.
A Lithuanian family-owned business based in Melbourne, Australia, the House of Baltic Linen uses natural European flax to create sumptuous linen bedding in dreamy hues, like the sky blue shade above. (They also make fitted sheets, too.)
The brand that fueled everyone's Pinterest obsession with delicately-dyed linen bedding, the Australian company Cultiver stone washes their sheets for extra softness. In addition to the soft blush and grays above, the set also comes in 11 other colors, and stripes.
A long-lasting, mix-and-match set, the Rough Linen "Summer Bed" lets you choose between natural or white sheets and offers 10 color options for the lightweight cover (a cross between a standard sheet and a bed cover). When this set arrives with the coverlet, flat sheet, and two pillowcases, I'd imagine it feels like summer just showed up at your door.
Re-edited from a post originally published 6/29/2015 - N.M.