Here's why linen isn't just for summer anymore. 

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated January 17, 2019
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As a home editor who loves to test out the latest, most innovative bedding—hello, indigo-dyed duvets and luxurious silk pillowcases—there's one longstanding bedding rule that, up until a couple weeks ago, I hadn't yet thrown out the window. Believing that cooling linen bed sheets are best for summer and that cozy flannel sheets are ideal for winter, I would loyally make the switch to linen as soon as the hot weather hit each spring, without ever considering leaving them on year-round. After all, why would I stick with breathable, lightweight linen when I could snuggle up with a warmer alternative on the chilliest nights of the year? But when I got a brand-new set of linen sheets with the delivery of my cloud-like Parachute Mattress a couple weeks ago, I couldn't resist putting on the fitted sheet right away. Fortunately, it led to an important discovery: Linen fitted sheets are the best option, all year long.

For years I'd suspected that linen sheets would leave me feeling chilly on cold winter nights. But in reality, when paired with a heavier-weight top sheet and my usual winter duvet and throw blanket, I found that linen was the perfect lower layer. Since linen is breathable, it kept me cool even when I started to sweat in the middle of the night. When you sleep with both a heavyweight fitted sheet and top sheet, do you ever wake up overheated? Here's the solution: hang on to the warm top sheet, but switch out the bottom sheet for a fresh linen one. You'll stay cozy all night, but the breathable layer will help you keep your cool.

After trying this sheet combo for nearly two weeks now, I don't think I'm ever going back. To test it for yourself, look for a bedding company that sells fitted sheets and top sheets separately, like Parachute does ($110, parachutehome.com). For a cohesive look, order a fitted sheet in a color that matches your current bedding set. And if you really tend to sleep hot, pair your new linen fitted sheet with a linen or silk pillowcase that lets your skin breathe. The secret trick to a cozy winter bed that won't make you overheat is to not be afraid to mix materials—don't worry, as long as you stick to a color scheme, your bed will look as good as it feels.