Cold Weather Bedding Essentials

published Jan 5, 2011
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While I can think of a number of ways to — ahem — stay cozy in bed during the winter, eventually you’re going to need to get some sleep! All jokes aside, the fact is, if you live north of the Mason Dixon line (which I have, for most of my life), the winter chill is a cold, hard fact of life.

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Luckily, the bedding manufacturers of America have heard our cries and offer an astounding array of essentials designed to help us combat the cold. The truly wonderful thing is that most warming is done below your duvet or quilt, so you needn’t sacrifice your already fabulous bedroom style just because it’s winter. Consider adding one or two of the snuggly options below — or one from each category if you’re a true Northerner! — and enjoy a warm, restful night’s sleep before you have to trudge out to shovel the snow in the morning.

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Starting from the bottom and working up…

Mattress Pads

1. The fact that this fuzzy pad is reversible for year-round use means you won’t have to store it in the warmer months — a plus for those of us with minimal closet space. Eileen Fisher Reversible Wool Mattress pad, Garnet Hill, $294-$542 (on sale)

2. For serious winter-only warmth, there is nothing quite like a heated mattress pad. Restwarmer Dual Control Heated Mattress Pad, Queen, Target, $69.99


3. Flannel sheets were a way of life for me growing up in New England and I still believe there is no better fix for a chilly night. Signature Flannel Bedding, Garnet Hill, $28-$120

4. If your bedroom isn’t exactly a walk-in freezer, but you still find ordinary percale sheets too crisp in winter, I highly recommend jersey sheets. They are soooo soft and can easily transition into other seasons making them a good buy all year round. Organic Cotton Jersey Sheets, The Company Store, $24-$129


5. A blanket is another subtle way to add a bit of warmth to your existing bedding. This one is washable wool and has a cool vintage camping vibe that I love. Yakima Camp Blanket, Pendleton, $78-$118

6. This lighter weight cotton blanket would be another great year round pick. Flame Stitch Blanket, West Elm, $69-$99


7. Finally, to really stay warm you’ll need a heavy comforter. Down is universally recognized as the warmest fill — it’s so cozy and fluffy you’ll never want to get out of bed! Primary Down Comforter, Cuddledown, $103-$343 (on sale)

8. While down is the warmest, the fact is a lot of people have allergies or are interested in using fewer animal products in their homes. If either of these scenarios applies to you, a down-alternative comforter is a great solution. Primaloft Blanket, Williams-Sonoma Home, $160-$265

Top of the whole shebang with your favorite duvet set and some decorative pillows and no one will even know that underneath your bed is prepped for the ultimate cozy night’s sleep.

What do you do to keep your bed cozy and warm during winter?