There may be two types of sleepers: those who love flannel sheets and those who have yet to discover their love of flannel sheets. Maybe because I grew up in a big old house that was quite cold in the winter, I've always found flannel sheets to be a comforting antidote to crisp fall and winter nights. Here are the best sources I've found for great flannel sheets as well as our favorite picks for this season.
A note about flannel sheets: don't bother looking for the thread count. Flannel is measured by weight (ounces of cotton/square yard of fabric) and you'll mostly see 5 oz or 6 oz sheets with 6 oz being denser, warmer and, usually more expensive. Also, especially with new flannel sheets, you will notice some build-up of lint in your dryer lint trap so be sure to empty it after drying flannel sheets.
Coyuchi has expanded its flannel offerings in the past few years and now offers its organic cotton sheeting (weighted at 6 oz.) in four solid colors and three prints. They also sell a flannel crib sheet, duvet cover and, for mornings you just don't want to get out of bed and — away from your flannel — a robe.
Garnet Hill built its business on European-style flannel bedding and have a wide selection of flannels for adults and kids. Of note is its line of Eileen Fisher flannels (shown top)and their Signature flannels which can be monogrammed.
L.L. Bean sells three types of flannel sheets: UltraSoft (5 oz, best value), Heritage (thickest and warmest) and Premium (6 oz), all made in Portugal. They have plenty of solids and plaids with a few traditional prints.
Bed Bath & Beyond, unsurprisingly, has a reliably large selection of flannel sheets. Their most basic flannel is available in a whopping 22 colors. I'm also a fan of the Belle Epoque La Rochelle collection (above) which has a lovely variety of heathered flannel in muted berry colors.
Target offers a selection of printed and solid flannel sheets under their Threshold name as well as many novelty prints (especially good if you're treating your kids to new bedding). Many sets are under $30 and would make a good starter set.
The Company Store, in addition to many prints, carries a fairly large selection of both 5 oz. and velvet flannel solids as well as plenty of flannel duvets. Shown above is a nice modern, organic print called Treetop Chorus (available as sheets or a duvet).
Here are our favorite flannel sheet picks of the season:
Threshold Flannel Sheet Set Solid at Target, Starting at $19.99
Available in a dozen different color ways, including heathered blue, peach and sea foam green, these cozy brushed flannel sheets from Target start at just $20 a set and will keep you warm all winter long.
Pinzon Signature 190-Gram Cotton Velvet Flannel Queen Sheet Set at Amazon, $64.99
What could possibly be better than a set of sleek cotton velvet sheets for under $65? How about ones that are Amazon Prime-eligible (with free two-day shipping)?
Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Collection (in Botanical Floral) at L.L. Bean, Starting at $69
Colorful floral prints are about the furthest thing from flannel we can think of, but of course L.L. Bean can make it happen. Not only are these premium Portuguese flannel sheet sets pill-resistant, they're available in an unexpectedly sprightly print starting at $70. Another winning point? This line got top marks from The Sweethome.
Our Previous Lists:
- Best "Better the Longer You Use Them" Cotton and Linen Sheets
- The 15 Best Wool Blankets to Cozy Up With
- The Top Rated Sheet Set at Costco
- The 10 Best Organic Bedding Sources
Signature Tile Flannel Bedding at Garnet Hill, Starting at $98
Should you want to be snug as a bug this winter but still maintain a light, summery feel with your bedding, we love Garnet Hill's cheery tile print flannel bedding to bring some sunshine to those long, dreary days.
Luxury Portuguese Flannel Sheet Set at Bed Bath & Beyond, Starting at $99.99
If you're in the market for affordable luxury flannel sheets—and who isn't?—Bed Bath & Beyond has you covered. Not only are these authentic Portuguese flannel sheets available in six different color ways, they'll only set you back around $100 a set (don't forget that handy dandy coupon either to get them even cheaper).
Flannel Dot Sheet Set at West Elm, Starting at $109
Made of brushed recycled cotton fibers that get softer with every wash, pair these subtle polka dot flannel sheets with a crisp white duvet for a modern yet playful look.
Glacier Park Flannel Sheet Sheet Set at Pendleton, Starting at $119
Few things dress a bed up us nicely as Pendleton bedding. Available in their iconic four-striped print, these hand-brushed flannel sheets are made of 100% cotton.
Martha Stewart Collection Solid 100% Cotton Flannel Sheet Set at Macy's, Starting at $120
Leave it to Martha Stewart to design a sophisticated set of flannel sheets that don't cost an arm and a leg. Crafted from brushed-and-gently-napped flannel, these Macy's-exclusive queen-sized sheets are available in four different colors for only $120.
Other Good Resources:
- Winter Sleep Sheet Roundup — SheKnows
- It's Cold: a Flannel Sheet Round Up — House Homemade
- The Best Flannel Sheets — The Sweethome
- 9 Flannel Sheet Sets Made for Winter Nights — Best Products
Flannel Sheet Set at Eddie Bauer, Starting at $149
A leading purveyor of all things flannel, it's no surprise Eddie Bauer offers a superior set of double-brushed cotton flannel sheets. However, what may come as more of a shock is that the retailer has some super chic heathered color options, at a pretty sweet price point for luxury sheets.
Cloud Brushed Organic Flannel Sheet Set at Coyuchi, Starting at $198
Made from 100% organic cotton woven in Portugal, Coyochi's Cloud Brushed Organic Flannel sheets have earned a serious cult following. The hand-brushed flannel feels thick and soft, and despite their high-end quality, won't set you back more than $200.
Queen Sheet Set (in Stone Flannel) at Boll & Branch, Starting at $295
In the world of chic luxury flannel bedding, Boll & Branch's sheet sets reign supreme. Made of 100% organic cotton, these plush sheets are posh, deep-pocketed and built to last a lifetime.