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Summer Bed

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A Summer Bed includes 1 summer cover, 1 flat sheet and 2 simple pillow slips.

A summer cover is somewhere between a sheet and a bed cover — just what you need for hot summer nights. The summer cover was inspired by requests from customers in Texas, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, who know all about living in hot climates. It is a single layer of fabric, with linen’s characteristic cool, crisp ‘hand’. Use it instead of a sheet and slip in underneath — aaaah — bliss.

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Type: Sleep



Product Information

Material: 100% Linen. Choose Heavyweight "Orkney", Midweight "St Barts" or "Smooth"
Dimensions of Summer Cover:
twin         76" wide x 100"
queen     105" wide x 100"
king        120" wide x 100"
Care: Machine wash, dry outside for preference, do not over-dry. Dampen fabric to make wrinkles disappear.

The three-inch hems and mitred corners look neat and structured whether the bed is made or not.

My pure Belgian linen sheeting comes in two colors, just-off-white and natural, which harmonize perfectly with the original, heavier Orkney fabric, whether it’s natural or white. I have it woven to my specification to be the quality and heft equivalent to brands costing twice as much. Don't compare this with even high-end chain store linen — this is better.

Happy Customers

Happy Customer Testimonial

"Purchased the Rough linen summer bed...gorgeous. Lovely stuff."
~ Tracy Udeschini

Happy Customer Testimonial

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."

"I LOVE ROUGH LLINEN!! I have bedding and napkins, next on the list is a tablecloth for the big table in the second photo. I like simple things that stand the test of time; I hate talking about myself,go buy more rough linen!!"
~ Richard Ostell

Happy Customer Testimonial

"Orkney natural summer cover, Smooth white sheets — Orkney natural sham, Smooth white pillowslip and custom cushion Photographed in the St. Helena home of architect, Daniel Hale. Read his blog here."
~ Daniel Hale


"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 just 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 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

Happy Customer Testimonial

"The day I set up our bed with our new summer bed linen, my oldest son had to test it out—he loved the feel of the linen (just slightly “tickle-y”) and asked if he could sleep in the “new bed,” too... Thank you for a small luxury!"
~ Caroline Lubatti

Happy Customer Testimonial

"My bed usually has one of our white Rough Linen flat sheets on the bottom and our white or natural Rough Linen summer cover on the top- alternating as necessary."
~ Laura Klotz

Happy Customer Testimonial

"My significant other, Mike, bought me a set of Rough Linen's linen sheets and I loved them so much, I bought the dust ruffle and summer cover as well as some of the natural pillow cases to alternate against the white pillow covers. I have never even thought of linen as a fabric for sheets and when Mike gave them to me as a birthday gift, I was so pleased. Sleeping in these sheets makes me feel so luxurious and special. It's such a nice way to treat myself every day. I don't even change out my sheets, I wash them and put them right back on my bed!"
~ Mary Macey


"I have been shopping stores in Atlanta for a while looking for real linen sheets. The words linen, threadcount, etc are so overused these days. When I discovered your website, I was excited enough when I hit the purchase button on the computer and extremely and pleasantly surprised when they arrived so quickly.

I opened the package like I was a kid on Christmas morning. The lavender smell set the entire tone. I have never slept better in my life. I never want a fitted sheet again and in an ideal world, i want your lavender bags in every corner of my house:)

My daughter sometimes sleeps in my bed and "steals the covers" and the "cool". That is no longer a problem now that our sheets are big enough to fit the mattress and are such exquisite quality.

Rough Linen holds the "cool" (yes, hospital corners--I was raised that way). You have spoiled me and my daughter for life:) My next purchase will be to outfit her bed.

Thank you, thank you for your passion and attention to detail. I have already praised Rough Linen to two dozen friends. Best Regards"

~ Joy – Atlanta, GA

Happy Customer Testimonial

"We're long time adherents of linen "linens", but have been blown away by the quality of Rough Linens. We live in Alabama, where we have two seasons: hot and not quite as hot. We purchased a summer bed, in the middle of winter, and found it, combined with a light blanket, made for perfect sleep. Also, the provide a comfortable lounging spot for watching beautiful sunsets. The cats are also fans! They'd like to know if you make pet bedding."
~ Jill P

Happy Customer Testimonial

"For several months, I had been looking for just the perfect bed covers. I found Rough Linens and ordered a Summer Cover and pillow slips......Love, Love them."
~ Robin Burgess

Happy Customer Testimonial

"I've been looking at these linens for a couple years on line and finally decided I wanted the best - at this age I deserve it! If I have to skimp elsewhere, then so be it! Just set up my summer bed in the Master Bedroom and put down my table runner in the dining room. Not only does my new linen look Ahhh mazing - it smells incredible!"
~ Trudy Petersen


"If it's pay day, it must be time to order more Rough Linen! I am thrilled with the summer bed I ordered a couple of weeks ago. We've had some extremely hot nights, and just in the last day or so a couple of unseasonably cool ones. The summer cover has been perfect through all of it! I did not realize how often I was waking up during the night to throw off or pull up bed clothes until I started sleeping onthe summer bed.

Now I fall asleep and stay asleep. It's fabulous! I also sew and deeply admire your craftmanship and attention to detail. I could go on but I'd better press the order button … thank you so much!"

~ Toni – Sandia Park, NM


"Perfect for the summer nights here! My husband was a bit skeptical but in the last two weeks, we've both become converts to this simple, elegant set-up. Our 3 year old gets upset if we don't wait for her to help us make the 'silver bed.' So, to sum up: Summer Bed is brilliant! The fabric gets softer with every wash, it looks elegant, it feels terrific. We plan to get the duvet when it gets cold again."

~ Emily – Montgomery, Alabama

Happy Customer Testimonial

"Rough Linen, I'm so glad I've finally found you! Years ago, when staying with my husband's family in Italy, I slept on real linen bed linens--and I've been looking for something similar ever since. Then last summer I discovered Rough Linen online. I immediately purchased the summer bed set which was perfect for our Los Angeles late summer heatwaves."
~ Caroline Lubatti

Happy Customer Testimonial

Orkney summer cover, St Bart's striped duvet cover and custom chevron shams in the home of Janice Dunwoody.

Happy Customer Testimonial

"My love of rough linen started just in time for the great NYC heat wave of 2013. I was redecorating my apartment and after reading great reviews on ApartmentTherapy, I ordered the pillow cases to try out. The very next day I ordered a summer cover and a few days later, a linen flat sheet. When I was actually comfortable sleeping during the heatwave, it was love."
~ Alexandrea Ravenelle


"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.

Thanks, Tricia."

~ Jane – St. Petersburg, Florida

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