A summer cover is somewhere between a sheet and a bed cover - just what you need for hot summer nights. Use it instead of a sheet and slip in underneath - aaaah - bliss... the three inch hems and mitred corners look neat and structured whether the bed is made or not.

Like so many of my products, the summer cover was inspired by requests from customers in Texas, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, who know all about living in hot climates.

Available in Orkney Natural, Orkney White, Orkney Black
and Smooth Natural and Strong White.

Oh, I almost forgot, I do one in St Barts. I just love the St Barts pale blue but there are many other colors.

No calking, because the king is large enough for a calking bed. I really love this product. So proud ...

You might be interested my summer bed, it's a summer cover with a sheet and two pillow slips. Go here:

No longer need to run the a/c at night!!
From Anonymous of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania on 5/15/2014.
I am one of those people who hates sleeping without a cover, even though it gets hot and muggy during the summer where I live. And yet, I also hate running the air conditioner all night--it dries out the air and I wake up with cold skin and that awful refrigerated feeling.

The summer cover (in orkney) has the weight of of a blanket, and yet is thoroughly breathable. Plus the linen looks magnificent. Give it a try and actually enjoy sleeping during the warmer months. Wake up comfortable, not clammy, and do the planet (and your wallet) a favor, and kill the a/c!

orkney fabric smooth fabric st barts fabric

Perfection.
From Jane of St. Petersburg, Florida on 6/23/2013.
There is one word that captures the experience of Rough Linen:
Perfection.

What more can be said? I thought I was sleeping well, but didn't realize until I received the Summer Bed how much better sleep could be. Cool and breathable, cozy and insulating, it is as though the fabric intuitively senses fluctuations as the air conditioner cycles on and off. The summer cover is truly ideal for much of the year in Florida, but surely I'll be ordering a duvet cover and another sheet/pillow slip set as the weather turns cooler. The beautiful Orkney linen floats softly, barely grazing the skin and the smooth sheet and pillow slips are decadently sensuous, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

First things first - pull back the summer cover and slip into bed. Propped up by pillow and bolster (gorgeous Orkney fabric stuffed with king pillows, as recommended), I'm situated perfectly for reading in bed. So comfy. Feel like a princess. No need to move the bolster when I'm done reading. Slide down onto the pillow and drift into sleep.

The mitered corners and flawless stitching add to the luxurious experience. And the tuck to secure the pillow is an extra special detail.

My husband's take on this is simple and to the point - Wow, beautiful fabric. Feel is extraordinary.

Designer Richard Ostell: "In the master bedroom, the floors are bare and the windows are simple white blackout roller blinds. The king-size Summer Cover in Natural Orkney Linen is from Rough Linen."
"My approach to interiors is the same as my approach to product design; simplicity, balance, proportion. I like space and calm, even in small rooms. I prefer interiors that have a relaxed feel, spaces that look cohesive but don’t look designed or ‘done’; that have a feeling of restraint and quiet. Environments that have a soul and reflect the owners' personality, objects that mean something, not bought to fill a gap. When someone asks me to design their home, the collaboration is what’s important. I like to find out how they live, what they need from their homes, what space and calm and simplicity mean to them."
For more information,go to Richard Ostell.
Richard Ostell's Westchester house - click to see inside

Orkney Natural summer cover, Smooth White sheets - Orkney Natural sham, Smooth White pillowslip & custom cushion
Photographed in the St. Helena home of architect, Daniel Hale. Read his blog here.
Smooth White summer cover
Andrea's plain pale blue summer bed and sleepy friend
Orkney summer cover - St Bart's chevron shams - photo courtesy ~ Janice Dunwoody
St Barts pale blue summer cover. Many other colors. E-mail me. Orkney White summer cover
Hi Tricia, Here is your lovely summer cover which we enjoy very much, on our bed in a hot summer day in far away Israel.Thanks! Noa
Black Orkney summer cover with black shams
My newly arrived summer cover in the smooth natural is, quite simply, perfect: perfect color, weight, size,and style with highest quality stitchery and attention to detail (those corners are sublime). Thank you ~ Gillianne
I am delighted! The wonderful summer cover arrived yesterday and I love it! Gosh, it's so perfect for our home. I will take some photos this weekend and do a special post next week. Thanks you so much, I am one lucky lady! ~ Deborah
Hello Kerry!
You should have received an automated email with tracking information, but I was just so excited that I wanted to let you know...your order is all packaged up, and is sitting by my feet. It will go out in tomorrow morning's post. The St. Barts Summer Cover looks gorgeous!! ~ Best Tricia
Hi Tricia,

Within minutes of receiving our linens we stripped the bed and threw them on! I'm in love--so gorgeous--just really transformed the room!
Thanks again, ~ Kerry

These are the yummiest sheets I've ever had. I have never been as pleased with an online Internet purchase. Thank you thank you thank you for your commitment to quality and sharing it with the world. I wish I could afford to give these to everyone I care about today.

I was shocked given the fact that you are a smaller company that they arrived in less than a week. The lavender sachet on top of everything else makes me want to take a nap again:) Happy Easter!!!Smiles and cheers:~ Best/Joy

Amazing!
5 Stars summer bed
Reviewer: Myra
Location: Shelter Island Heights, New York
Review: I would have never thought I would feel so strongly about my sheets that I would write a review! I thought about this purchase a good long while before I bought, but it took me less than a week to order more. An investment, for sure, but worth it to us. Thank you!
Tricia. Wow. My St Barts pale blue summer bed arrived earlier this week. I opened the box, and took a step back. I didn’t want to rush the experience when I saw how personally everything was packaged. I did my evening chores that night, sat down, and slowly removed each individually wrapped item. I then savored the stack of packages further before unwrapping them.

The lavender bag was the first thing I unwrapped, and this set the mood for the rest of the unfurling. My house smelled of lavender as I marveled at the item labels and grosgrain ribbon – what a fabulously personal touch. I ran my hand across the fabrics and took photos;

I then put my purchase aside for the rest of the week. I didn’t want to jus’ throw it on the bed, sleep and wake up early for work – I wanted the first experience to last as long as possible.

Today is Saturday and I made up my bed. I sew, and I appreciate your choice of fabrics, your workmanship, and your attention to detail. Everything fits perfect. Everything smells perfect. Everything feels perfect. I cannot wait to climb in bed tonight – I’m going to get in bed long before I’m ready to collapse so I can revel in the beautiful fabrics. 

Your lavender bag is my first real experience with truly fragrant lavender, and I’m hooked. I already purchased my Mrs. Meyer Clean Day in lavender for all my sheet washings (per your suggestion), and every time I wash them the smell will remind me of today.

Thank you for taking the time to make such beautiful creations. I intend to add to my collection, and took photos to submit to your community page. I’m hoping one gets published so I can defer some of the cost of a duvet cover for the cooler months. (I am only submitting three photos; my house isn’t nearly as spectacular as the other submissions – but my bed linens are!)

You’ve made my bedroom the luxe and calming sanctuary I always dreamed I’d have. (Plus, I feel very Martha - and Oprah-like having handmade linen sheets for my bed.

Seriously – how is that even possible in this manufactured and disposable day and age? It’s all because of you. Thank you, ~ Andrea

Hi, Tricia -

There is one word that captures the experience of Rough Linen -

Perfection.

What more can be said? I thought I was sleeping well, but didn't realize until I received the Summer Bed how much better sleep could be. Cool and breathable, cozy and insulating, it is as though the fabric intuitively senses fluctuations as the air conditioner cycles on and off. The summer cover is truly ideal for much of the year in Florida, but surely I'll be ordering a duvet cover and another sheet/pillow slip set as the weather turns cooler. The beautiful Orkney linen floats softly, barely grazing the skin and the smooth sheet and pillow slips are decadently sensuous, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

First things first - pull back the summer cover and slip into bed. Propped up by pillow and bolster (gorgeous Orkney fabric stuffed with king pillows, as recommended), I'm situated perfectly for reading in bed. So comfy. Feel like a princess. No need to move the bolster when I'm done reading. Slide down onto the pillow and drift into sleep.

The mitered corners and flawless stitching add to the luxurious experience. And the tuck to secure the pillow is an extra special detail.

My husband's take on this is simple and to the point - Wow, beautiful fabric. Feel is extraordinary.

Perfection.

Thanks, Tricia. ~ Jane

Review: I have fallen in love with linen.
This was a definite splurge, but so worth it.
The fabric is so beautiful I can tolerate an unmade made, and they are a dream to sleep on.
I considered buying from Restoration Hardware but in the end decided to support an American made artisan.
I am so happy I did, and I will be a returning customer.
:) ~ Michelle, Washington, DC
Love My Summer Cover
The dog sleeps on and under the cover. She also gets wild on the bed after a bath, and I hate to admit, uses the cover like a towel even though I've dried her. I thought I'd have to train her not to do that, but I see no damage to the cover from her rubbing on it. Also, it just occurred to me that my husband and I are much more comfortable at night. We were using a cotton quilt and would wake up during the night sweating. This has enough weight to feel like a blanket, but keeps us cool and dry. ~ Judy
Summer Cover in Orkney white
Perfection!
From amy of Sea Ranch Lakes, Florida on 10/7/2014.
We've fallen in love with Rough Linen. The summer cover is perfection! The soft blush of St. Bart's pink paired with strong white sheets is a classic. Thank you for creating products that are beautifully crafted, incredibly comfortable, and made here in the United States. xo
I Love these Linens
From Robin of Vestavia, Alabama on 9/26/2014.
The love the Summer Cover. I believe it's the best thing I have ever purchased for my bed. The cover is cool but keeps you warm at the same time.......
Simply beautiful
From Deedra White of Fishersville, Virginia on 9/5/2014.
What a delight to replace my top sheet with this Summer Cover! It is the perfect weight for a top cover and is just so pretty. Generous size as well.
wonderful product
From fiona of parksville, British Columbia on 8/29/2014.
I have bought two summer covers now and they give such a graceful elegance to our home. I really love them, thank you so much for making them.
LOVE!
From Anonymous of Halifax, Nova Scotia on 8/17/2014.
I love this cover - it's perfect for warm summer evenings and is delicious to look at - bedroom serenity!

Thank you!
So nice..
From Lynn Jewett of Saco, Maine on 8/15/2014.
Amazing quality. Perfect for summer. Very generous sizing. Love the seams too as they make it easy to put a queen size on the right way.
Highly Recommended
From Catherine I. of Brooklyn, New York on 8/3/2014.
We love our new summer cover in St. Barts. The color / material selection is "mixed" It looks like natural unbleached linen with a bit of white woven in. I think it looks great with our white Rough Linen pillow cases and sheet. It is so comfortable to sleep under. It's not too heavy, not too light with the ac on.
It is huge so there is plenty to go around. It feels luxurious!
Love it!
From Robin C of Libertyville, Illinois on 7/31/2014.
This is the perfect cover for summer. My mattelase cover was too heavy, just a sheet was too light. This is in between both and has worked well for the hot summer nights. I didn't realize how large it was, I probably should have checked the size as it almost touches the floor. I'm so happy I purchased this!
Happy, happy happy!
From Anonymous of Boca Raton, Florida on 7/31/2014.
I LOVE my new black summer cover. Florida nights stay pretty hot in the summer, even with the ac and a ceiling fan. This cover is the best...there are even times when I feel cool, which makes for great sleeping.The other night I stole the dog's blanket......

It's soft and cozy... I couldn't be happier! Rough Linen sheets are next on the list when the budget permits.

Oh, and the lavender....divine! Thanks so much, Tricia....pictures to follow soon.
Highly Recommend
From Anonymous of Elizabethtown, Kentucky on 7/24/2014.
I love the Orkney Summer Cover! I ordered the Orkney shams as well. I could not wait to put them on my bed. I love the natural look of the linen. I will be adding to my collection as I can. Thank you Tricia.

PS. The lavender satchel was a nice added bonus!
Love my summer cover
From Pam of Marysville, California on 7/16/2014.
When I ordered my sheet and cases and of course bolsters, I had to have summer blanket, so glad I did perfect for the hot nights here ,I love everything I ordered best investment I ever made, we'll worth the money. Can't wait to order more.
Summer Cover
From Kathryn of Madison, Wisconsin on 7/12/2014.
I love linen! I have your exquisite white linen flat sheet and pillow slips and have been wanting this Summer Cover. It's a beautiful mid-weight linen, perfect for warm nights - no top sheet needed. Lovely as a bedspread, lovely with a top sheet. It's beautifully made in every way. Love, love, love!!!
Perfect
From Phil of Denver, Colorado on 6/26/2014.
The summer cover is perfect. It looks great and feels even better. I sized up, purchasing the king for a queen size bed.
Lovely in Every Way
From Anonymous of Tucson, Arizona on 6/23/2014.
We couldn't be more pleased with the look, feel and simple luxury of our smooth linen summer cover. It's the perfect cover for Tucson's triple digit summers when a ceiling fan and AC can sometimes leave you feeling a little chilled during the night. Thank you!
nice
From Anonymous of LOS ANGELES, California on 6/19/2014.
BEAUTIFUL FABRIC, SOFT WITH PERFECT HEFT AND WEAVE. COLOR IS JUST RIGHT. CRAFTMANSHIP IS EXCELLENT WELL FINISHED ALL ROUND. AND SLEEPING UNDER IT, HEAVEN. MAY HAVE TO GET ONE FOR THE GUEST ROOM.
Highly recommended
From Deborah Georgiadis of North Fort Myers, Florida on 6/15/2014.
I love the look of the summer cover. I was worried that the natural color would clash with the color of the walls, but it looks very elegant, giving the room a sophistication it had not had. Making the bed is now very easy as well.
great product
From Meridee Wendell of Sunnyvale, California on 6/12/2014.
It really does solve the problem of overheating in warm weather. The bed is a snap to make in the morning. The size is very generous - nearly covers the bedskirt. The linen color is very pleasing.
Summer Pleasure
From Irina Phillips of Clovis, California on 6/8/2014.
I am very happy with the product! I am glad I picked St Barts pale blue summer cover. It goes very well with my smooth Signature natural sheet and pillow slips. It feels very pleasant and keeps you feel just perfect in hot summer.
Excellent
From Christopher Frame of Brookline, Massachusetts on 5/28/2014.
Feels great and the perfect weight.
Love it!
From Stacy Sharlet of Bend, Oregon on 5/24/2014.
I live in a cool climate so I have linen sheets with a wool blanket and the summer cover over it. I have often struggled with being hot or cold and this is just right. I am sleeping so much better. The weight of the cover is great and I love the look.
just what I wanted
From Eszter Karvazy of Chapel Hill,, North Carolina on 5/9/2014.
unifies the look of the bed, I like the unfussy-ness of it. Very comfortable to use (hot wether just arrived to NC). When the guest bed is not in use I put other woven piece on top for a more formal look ( I sent a photo)--- perfect.
Summer cover
From Jo Dippie of Hastings, New Zealand on 5/2/2014.
Love the colour, love the feel, love the look. Very happy customer.
Thrilled with.....
From Dana of Escalante, Utah on 4/26/2014.
I'm thrilled with my new summer coverlet. Linen is the perfect weight for our high dessert climate here in Southern Utah and the blue is the perfect compliment to our red rock country. Love the extended length and flow of the fabric. I'm a seamstress and the quality of the work is exceptional. Proud to support a company that's run by talented and caring women...
Tested in the heat
From Elizabeth of Sydney, Australia on 11/8/2013.
Needed to soften this linen in a couple of washes but sheer bliss after that on hot nights. The white cover looks so stylish with all its wrinkles. I love it and will be back for a cover for my doona (our word for duvet) before next winter.
Beautiful
From Shelley Malone of Canton, North Carolina on 9/1/2013.
Rough Linen is just as beautiful as pictured on their site. If I can't sleep in clouds, then Rough Linen will do!
smooth summer white cover
From Katie Lindsay of Bronxville, New York on 8/9/2013.
This is another great piece of my new bed. We have been using it as a lightweight cover or blanket. My husband sleeps hot so it is enough for him. I add the comforter on top of that on my side. We love the crisp feel of all the bedding. It feels truly luxurious. Thank you for a wonderful buying experience Tricia. Thank you too for answering all my questions!
perfect for hot Texas nights
From Kim of Wimberley, Texas on 8/4/2013.
First let me say that the quality is unsurpassed!  I love the summer cover...it's perfect for hot Texas nights!  And fast shipment!...wow!  I am currently awaiting delivery of my new bed.  As soon as I receive that, you can bet I'll be taking pictures!  I hope to have some for you by the end of next week.

Thank you so much...what a beautiful piece...future heirloom.  I am so pleased to have it.
Perfect in every way!
From Leslie of Houston, Texas on 7/14/2013.
The St. Bart's blue summer cover was just what I was hoping for. Great color, lovely fit, and excellent workmanship.

Can't wait to order a second one for another bed.
Excellent Purchase
From Anonymous of Greenville, South Carolina on 7/4/2013.
I am very happy with my purchase of the Summer Cover in Orkney. Tricia's customer service is the best I have experienced. She made the cover just to my specifications. I love the feel of the linen on me when I go to sleep. I just feels very clean, and natural. This purchase was a splurge for me, and it was definitely worth it!
simple and inviting
From Teresa of Santa Monica, California on 6/14/2013.
I slept on my Rough Linen bedding for the 1st time last night. I waited a few days until I could wash everything in scented linen wash and hang them to dry.

It was heavenly. I love the feel. Smooth yet textured and cool. I pulled the bottom sheet really tight - something I could never accomplish with fitted sheets. The Orkney summer cover feels wonderful. It is heavy enough so I don't get tangled in it but light enough for air to circulate. When it got a bit chilly, I put a light cotton blanket on top, I didn't think the natural color would look good in my bedroom but the bed looks great all made up - simple and inviting.

Everything, from your website to ordering and sleeping on the bedding, has been very positive. Thank you.
Fabulous summer cover!!! WOW!
From Nicole Lambert of Arlington Heights, Illinois on 6/5/2013.
Tricia made a beautiful summer cover in a luscious light blue St. Barts. Sleeping under this summer cover is absolutely heavenly! Thank you so very much, Tricia, am now working on my guest bedroom!
absolutely love it
From Kay of Syracuse, New York on 6/1/2013.
Dear Tricia,
I couldn't review the Orkney summer cover I ordered last winter until I could actually use it on my summer bed. My husband and I absolutely love it. It is such a perfect weight and so comfortable to sleep under. When the temperature is cooler, we pull up a cotton quilt, and the two together keep me warm even with the night temperature in the high 30s and a window open. If I knew how to upload a photo, I'd send you a picture of our bed, which makes me happy every time I look at it. Also--and this might sound peculiar--I love it that the heavy linen does not need washing once a week like sheets do. I'll need a dry sunny day to lay it on the grass, since I do not want to dry it in the dryer.

Also want to mention that your sheets and pillowcases are wonderful--much heavier than the other linen sheets I have.

Thank you so much for making such wonderful linen products!

Kay
FANTASTIC SUMMER COVER
From CAROL PASQUINI of UPPER MARLBORO, Maryland on 5/6/2013.
Summer cover--we needed this. Beautiful and plenty large enough for my very high and thick mattress. I have the natural and it is thick enough to be a "sheet blanket" type but should be very comfortable in warm weather, if it every gets here in Maryland. This was expensive but worth every penny and more. Love your products--all of them--and will buy more, more, more. Thank you again, Carol
LOVE THEM ALL!
From Sandy Lilley of Phoenix, Arizona on 4/8/2013.
YESSS! Received the BEAUTIFUL two sets Linen Sheets (one set in smooth white and one set in smooth natural)and two Orkney Natural Summer Sovers and one Orkney Sham ~ AND the BEAUTIFUL LAVENDER BAG ~ LOVE THAT, TOO! LOVE THEM ALL!! Received them on Monday, April 1st, and put one set of sheets on the bed Saturday and covered the Couch and Chair & Ottoman on Saturday. ALL are PERFECT! And, SOOOO nice to sleep on! Peaches and I LOVE THEM!
I am so impressed with your online presentation, communication, prompt shipment ~ AND, OF COURSE, the AWESOME quality of product!
THANK YOU!
Highly Recommended
From Megan Collins of Minneapolis, Minnesota on 3/25/2013.
I absolutely love my new summer cover—I'm purchasing a second one for the guest bedroom. It's beautiful, fresh, soft, and completes my bedding perfectly. And for such a good price. Thank you!
recommended
From bart of New Orleans, Louisiana on 3/9/2013.
I purchased the summer cover and was taken back on how thin it was. Trying to replace my comforter for the spring and summer, I guess I wanted something a little heavier. That being said, the quality and texture of the linen is what I expected and I am very happy with that.
Beautifully Heavy and Rough
From Anonymous of Syracuse, New York on 2/9/2013.
I love the summer cover. It is extremely heavy and rough in texture--just what I wanted. We are in the midst of heavy snows and cold, so I have to defer my enjoyment of the cover until warmer weather. I plan to use it without a top sheet, as recommended, with a quilt folded at the bottom of the bed when more warmth is needed. I can hardly wait to make my new summer bed!
Love it!
From Sylvia Ward Yamada of Orange, California on 2/5/2013.
The summer cover is the epitome of casual elegance. Mine fits my calking bed perfectly! I am using it over my comforter/duvet now but it will be the perfect combination sheet/ bedspread when the warm weather arrives here in southern California. Orkney fabric is amazing, sturdy and easy to care for. Tricia provides wonderful customer service and takes pride in offering superior products that will last a lifetime.
Simple elegance.
From Kerstin of Etobicoke, Ontario on 1/18/2013.
This is a beautiful bed cover that covers the bed completely. It has defining seams which I like and the natural colour is perfect. Along with the smooth sheets and pillow slips which feel absolutely amazing I could not be happier. Planning to buy more:)