Bed warmer. Let's face it, whether you want a good night's sleep or fun in the sack, a cold bed is not a hot invitation to a spouse, partner or stranger.
After many years of suffering through cold winters where drafts fill our bedroom and the heat goes down at night (Really. Our super has the building on a timer and the heat comes on at 6am and goes off at 10pm most days).
After spending one night in the W Hotel and visiting friends in Vermont two years ago who had electric blankets, we have built the perfect bed for drafty apartments:
One: Down filled duvet (Ikea has great ones)
Two: Eco or high thread count cotton sheets
Three: Down feather Bed (Overstock.com or Pacific Coast)
Four: Sunbeam electric mattress pad
Five: A good mattress on a frame that breathes (slatted or boxspring)
We realize that electric blankets and mattress pads are NOT supposed to be healthy (we would agree), BUT when you are freezing at night, that is less healthy in our minds. We also usually turn it on when we get home and then turn it off when we go to bed.
We also opted for the mattress pad over the blanket in order to put the heat beneath us. Putting it under the feather bed provides even better warmth. Interestingly, the pads are also hard to find, as most companies have gone out of business from lawsuits surrounding fires in bed (We consider walking down the street in NYC more dangerous). MGR