Do You Need Lighter Weight Silk Sheets for the Summer?

Silk sheets are wonderfully comfortable and especially cool in the summer. But do you need to switch to a lighter-weight silk when the mercury soars? This article from Mulberry Park Silks explains how to pick the perfect weight silk sheets to keep you sleeping cool all summer long.

Most of us are familiar with the annual ritual of putting away our winter woolens and heavy denim in favor of lighter-weight, breezier clothing for the summer months. Some of us make a similar switch for heavy bedding: for example, swapping out a flannel sheet set or sateen sheets for a lighter-weight cotton percale sheet set.

Making a bed with silk bedding

But what about silk sheets? As we always say, high-quality mulberry silk sheets are temperature-regulating to keep you comfortable all year. But should you switch to lighter-weight silk for sleeping in the summer months? The experts at Mulberry Park Silks are here with answers. We'll explain how silk weight is measured and evaluate the performance of different weight silks to help you find a silk bedding set to keep you cool and comfortable all summer.

Momme: A Measure of Silk Weight

Silk Thread

Not Sure Which Momme Is Best?


Silk sheets are measured in momme, which is the standard unit of weight and density of silk. Momme represents the weight of one piece of silk fabric that is 45 inches wide and 100 yards long, in pounds. That weight is a balance between the density of the silk weave and the thickness of individual fibers. Higher momme silk indicates a denser weave and, consequently, a heavier fabric. Higher momme weight also indicates that the individual silk fibers are thicker. This can impact the fabric's drape, sheen, and overall feel.

It is also essential to distinguish the term "momme weight" from "thread count," which is used to describe the density of other fabrics, including cotton sheets and bamboo sheets. Momme and thread count are not the same thing.

Mulberry Park Silks Sheets Come in Three Momme Weights

Model sits on plum silk bedding

Mulberry Park Silks offers real silk sheets (and silk pillowcases) in three weights.

19 momme: Our 19 momme sheets are the lightest weight we sell. With a competitive price point, these sheets are ideal for anyone new to silk looking to try it out. They are made with less silk than our other styles and, as such, tend to be a bit more delicate.

19 MM sheet set

22 momme: Our 22 momme silk bedding is a step up in both weight and price. It is our most versatile and popular momme weight option. We refer to our 22 momme collection as our "signature" silk bedding; it is our best-seller and features the widest range of sizes and style options. It is soft and luxurious to the touch; and breathable; and it drapes beautifully with a classic lustrous look and smooth feel.

Model in 22 Momme Sage Sheets

30 momme: Our 30 momme sheets and pillowcases represent the ultimate in luxury and are our most costly sheet set. With the highest density of silk, the tightest weave, and the thickest silk strands, 30 momme are our most durable sheets.

30 Momme Silk Sheet Set

All Mulberry Park Silks Sheets Deliver Comfort, Beauty, and Wellness

Model With Blonde Curls on White Silk Bedding

When evaluating a silk sheet set for the summer-or any season-remember that all Mulberry Park Silks sheets are pure silk and offer wonderful beauty, health, and wellness benefits :

  • Keeping skin and hair hydrated
  • Preventing tangles, frizz, and bedhead (especially our silk pillowcase)
  • Taming sleep wrinkles
  • Protecting sensitive skin: hypoallergenic and resistant to mold and dust mites
  • Moisture wicking
  • Regulating body temperature
  • STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified safe from harmful substances

Do You Need to Switch to Lightweight Silk for Summer?

Model on Steel Blue Sheeting

The answer to this depends on personal preference and the momme weight of the sheets you currently own. Silk is a wonderful choice for cooling sheets, but a hot sleeper may choose to make adjustments to a lighter-weight silk bed sheet in summer.

If you currently own 30 momme silk sheets, you may find them a bit denser than you would like for the very warmest months. Keep in mind that momme is a measure of weight, and 30 momme sheets are heavier in feel. Some sleepers prefer a lighter-weight sheet that is a bit more breathable during the summertime. If this is you, we suggested investing in a set of 22 momme silk sheets for summer use. Another option is keeping your 30 momme fitted sheet; removing your 30 momme silk flat sheet and blankets, and using just a light comforter in a silk duvet cover on top.

If you currently have 22 momme weight sheets, you likely don't need to switch for the summer. Remember that 22 momme silk sheets are considered the "goldilocks" of silk bedding - they're just right for most people, regardless of the season. They offer the perfect balance of lightness and durability, making them versatile enough for year-round use. The slightly lighter weave allows for optimal breathability to keep you cool on warm nights without sacrificing the signature smooth, friction-free feel of silk.

"Another benefit of 22 momme silk sheets is how they maintain the lustrous appearance and luxurious feel that silk is known for," said Zoe Doyle, Mulberry Park Silks Associate Brand Manager. "That smooth sumptuous finish and versatility is why our 22 momme sheets are our signature best sellers and one of the best cooling sheets on the market."

If you are sleeping on 19 momme sheets, they will do a nice job of keeping you cool. You may want to consider upgrading to a heavier momme for a more luxurious feel and weight as cooler temperatures approach.

Moving to lighter-weight silk sheets for summer is, ultimately, a matter of personal preference. No matter the weight, Mulberry Park Silks sheets will keep your summer bed stylish and comfortable and deliver the beauty and wellness benefits you count on.

Mulberry Park Silks: The Best Silk Sheets in Every Weight

Couple Lying on White Silk Bedding

Not all silk bed sheets are the same, and where you purchase your silk matters. At Mulberry Park Silks, we are transparent about the high quality, weight, and pricing of our silk. All of our bedding and accessories are made from Grade 6A silk, the highest quality on the market, in a luxurious charmeuse weave. Our headquarters, warehouse, and customer service operation are located in Branford, CT. This means our team of silk experts is here to personally answer your questions about any of our products and make personalized recommendations to help you find the best sheets. With Mulberry Park Silks, you'll get the very best value in silk sheets and a true night of beauty sleep in any season.

Our Clients Also Ask:

Are silk sheets good for the summer?

Silk sheets are wonderful for the summer because they are breathable and temperature-regulating to keep you cool.

What fabric is best for summer sheets?

Silk and light cotton percale are the best fabrics for summer sheets.

What is the best season for silk sheets?

All seasons are great for silk sheets. The temperature-regulating and moisture-wicking properties of silk keep you cool in the summer and more in the winter.

Do you sweat more with silk sheets?

No, you sweat less. Silk wicks away moisture and is naturally temperature-regulating to keep you dry and comfortable while you sleep.

How to tell the quality of silk sheets?

Quality silk sheets can be identified by the label of 100% silk; the momme weight that will be listed; the quality of silk fiber, with 6A being the highest; and the reputation of the retailer. Fine silk sheets should also have a soft luster on one side of the fabric.

Can I put silk sheets in the dryer?

No. Silk sheets are a natural fiber fabric and should never go in the dryer. Hang them to dry indoors or outside out of direct sunlight.

What sheets to avoid for hot sleepers?

Hot sleepers should avoid any polyester satin or microfiber sheets as well as any sateen weave sheets (cotton or bamboo) which are thicker, heavier, and less breathable.

Mulberry Park: Accessible and Affordable Luxury Silk

We founded Mulberry Park with one simple mission: to design the highest quality silk items in the market and offer them at an affordable price. And we've done just that, with a full range of silk products made from 100% pure mulberry long strand silk fabric. The silk fabric used for our silk sheets and silk pillowcases has also been OEKO-TEX® Certified (Standard 100) to be free of chemicals.

Visit us online or call us at (800) 860-1924 to learn more about our silk sheets, silk pillowcases, duvet covers and shams, and real silk accessories including sleep masks, travel pillows, and silk hair scrunchies.