As the heat of summer starts creeping in, many people feel the need to shed some of their winter clothes and bring out the shorts and t-shirts. But just like you wear different clothing in summer, you should also change the wardrobe of your bedroom when the weather gets warmer, too.
To help you know just how you can most effectively do this, here are three ways to adjust your bedroom for summer weather.
Switch Up Your Bedding
The most obvious thing that you should do when prepping your bedroom for summer is to change out your bedding.
In the winter, heavier bedding like flannel sheets and thick blankets make the most sense. But as the temperature outside rises, this type of bedding can make you too hot and uncomfortable for sleeping. Knowing this, Eric Suni, a contributor to the Sleep Foundation, recommends that you put sheets on your bed that are made of cotton or bamboo-rayon so that any moisture your body creates will be wicked away and help you to stay cooler. As for the blankets you use on your bed, try not to choose anything that’s too thick or traps heat, as materials like this will easily cause you to overheat.
Consider How You Feel About Light
For most people, the light that comes from the sun during the summer is both a blessing and a curse. While having more daylight hours is great when you’re outside doing things, if you want to be sleeping at home, the bright sun can make this very difficult.
To combat this, you’ll really need to consider how you feel about the light coming into your bedroom. If you want to be naturally woken by the sun each morning or are having to wake up early most days, Katie Holdefehr, a contributor to Real Simple, recommends that you put up some unlined, linen drapes over your windows for summer. These will allow the morning light to stream through and will more easily let the cool evening breeze through the windows. But if you don’t want the sun to wake you up each morning, or you’re needing to go to sleep while it’s still light out, you may want to opt for blackout curtains instead.
Bring In New Pieces Of Furniture
If your bedroom has any kind of seating area within it, you may want to consider swapping out your winter seating options for something a little lighter in the summer.
One option you could use, according to Laura Gaskill, a contributor to Houzz.com, is to replace your upholstered pieces with furniture made of wood only. Slatted seats or benches will allow for more airflow within your space and can bring in a fresh look, too.
If you’re wanting to change up the look and feel of your bedroom along with the changing seasons, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you do this.