5 best ways to keep your bedroom cool in a heatwave (tried and tested by us)

We love the sun but we DO NOT love these sticky hot nights – here are our top tips for cooling down your bedroom

5 best ways to keep your bedroom cool in a heatwave (tried and tested by us)
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No, we are not those people who complain about the lack of sunshine all year and then when the heat comes, complain about that too. What we are complaining about however are these hot evenings. It's all fun and games in the day time, but when the night rolls around it's hours of tossing and turning, feeling like you could drown in your own sweat, peeling the sheets off yourself in the morning (what a lovely image we are creating here). 

Needless to say, we are done with hot nights, so we have tried and tested a load of way to keep you and your bedroom cool in a heatwave, and these are the best ones we found. Keep scrolling for all the best cooling ideas and check out our bedroom ideas feature too if your space needs a summer refresh. 

1. Make a cold water bottle 

Fill up a hot water bottle with cold water and pop it in the fridge before you go to work, you could even put in the freezer for a few hours (DO NOT FORGET ABOUT IT, IT WILL POP). Take it to bed with you to keep you cool while you fall asleep. 

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2. Choose bedding that will keep you cool

Switch up your bedding will help you stay cool in the heatwave. If you are the kind of person that can't seep with no blanket or duvet no matter how warm (we are that kind of person too) then pick out some cotton bedding because of it's heat-regulating properties plus absorbs moisture fast to avoid that peeling off of the sheets in the morning thing we talked about earlier. 

Look out for Tencel cotton bed linen which is not only sustainable but it offers luxurious comfort and keeps you as cool as possible. 

3. Hang up damp sheets to cool down a room fast

Yes this actually works! Try hanging up a damp or even wet sheet near an open window. This will help cool down the temperature of the breeze as to flows into your room – test it out tonight, you will thank us in the morning. 

4. Make your fan work harder 

As we all know, fans don’t cool air down, but they do move air around – which can help with comfort on hot nights. You can boost the fan's action by filling a mixing bowl with some icy water or an ice pack and placing it in front of the fan so it pushes the cooler air around the room instead.

For our pick of the best fans check out our buying guide.

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5. Open windows strategically 

Since most of us in the UK aren't blessed with air con we need to come up with natural ways to cool the temperature of our house before bed. Firstly, throughout the day keep your bedroom windows open but your blinds down so the room is dark and cool. Then come evening open the blinds and the windows as well as the door and the windows at the opposite end of your house.

We could get technical talking about passive stack ventilation and the Venturi effect but basically just ensure that air can flow through your house freely and if you can, safely keep those windows and internal doors open throughout the evening. 

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Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.