Flannel is a good alternative to silk if you don't want to spend the money on silk and still want to stay very warm. But not everyone enjoys sleeping on sheets festooned with snowmen, penguins, and pine trees. Here are some of our picks for quality flannel bedding with style.
FLANNEL BUYING TIPS
- Flannel bedding is measured by weight rather than thread count. Warm, high quality flannel bedding generally has a minimum weight of five ounces.
- Sheets made from yarn-dyed fabric (in which the individual yarns are dyed previous to weaving) retain their color better and look new longer. A yarn-dyed sheet will have the same pattern on both sides.
- Good quality flannel is made from tightly woven yarns. When buying, hold the sheet up to the light. If you can't see through it, it's tightly woven.
- To avoid pilling, look for pre-shrunk flannel sheets, wash in warm or cold water, and dry on low. Never over dry!