Preparing your home for summer

With summer well and truly on the way now’s the time to make some final tweaks to your home before the hottest weather arrives. The following tips should help ensure your family is properly prepared for the sunshine and soaring temperatures, and to banish away the thoughts of the ‘Beast from the East’

Substitute snug winter bedding for light duvets and sheets

Getting peaceful sleep might prove tricky this sunny season if you find yourself buried under thick duvets and blankets each evening. So, to stop you from suffering sweaty, disturbed nights under your sheets, you might benefit from replacing your current bedding with lighter materials. Pay particular attention to the tog of your duvet; the higher this figure, the warmer your duvet will be. As a general rule, you should aim for bedding with a tog of 10.5 or less at this time of year. You can find out more about the various togs on offer by visiting the websites of bedding suppliers like

For the hottest nights, it’s also worth having some soft sheets as a substitute for your duvet. This way, you can tailor your bedding to help ensure you don’t overheat.

Banish unwanted sunlight with blackout curtains

We all love sunshine right? Well, yes, but just not when it’s flooding our bedrooms at 5am in the morning. To ensure that you’re not rudely awoken by solar rays streaming into your boudoir, it’s well worth investing in some blackout curtains. These window dressings will enable you to sleep soundly long after sunrise.

As an added bonus, these curtains can help you to keep your rooms cool during the day. Simply close them to block out the strongest of the sunshine and to create some much-needed shade.

Give your rooms a seasonal revamp

This can be the perfect time of year for a spot of redecorating too. If you’re feeling energetic, you could give your rooms a fresh lick of paint and by opting for lighter, brighter hues you could help ensure your home has a more summery look and feel.

Even if you don’t want the hassle of donning your dungarees and reaching for your rollers, there are simple design touches you can make that will help to give your rooms a fresher appearance. For example, you could replace any dark, wintery rugs, throws and cushions with versions in pale blues, greens, yellows or other colours of your choosing. Even substituting candles for vases filled with fresh flowers could help to bring your rooms to life.

Get your garden ready for outdoor entertaining

As well as the inside of your property, spare some thought for your garden. By giving your outdoor furnishings some TLC, power hosing your patio or decking, giving your barbeque a thorough clean and perfecting your lawn and flowerbeds, you can ensure you have the perfect space for some alfresco dining and entertaining.

I cannot wait to get back outside and enjoy the summer!