How To Choose The Perfect Bedding For Winter

By Laura Anderson

The cold weather has hit some parts of the country like a tonne of bricks, and most of us are reaching for the winter woolies, extra blankets and fluffy pyjamas.

When you’ve reached the point where you’re ready to crawl into bed and hibernate until spring rolls around, these bedding tricks will help give you the cosiest bed ever.

Start with a warm base

Step aside hot water bottle – when you’re hoping to achieve maximum warmth, the heated mattress pad is a game-changer. Similar to a regular mattress pad but with adjustable heat settings, this cover can warm up your mattress before you even go to bed.

Switch out your sheets and choose warm materials

If you wrap yourself in refreshing cotton percale or linen sheets most of the year, consider swapping them out for a warmer option during the colder months.

To build a warmer bed, choose soft flannel sheets. Flannel may remind you of the cutesy patterned sheet set you had as a kid, but don’t worry, they’ve grown up with you. You’ll find a range of beautiful sheets for all types of tastes at places like Adairs.

Try triple sheeting

While this may seem like an extreme approach, bedding expert Andrea Benson says a secret she is always passing on to her customers is to triple sheet when the weather takes a turn.

“By layering a warm but thin blanket or quilt between two sheets, you can add an extra layer of insulation, while the sheet barrier means you won’t have to wash your blanket as often,” she says. “The cosiest bed is all about layers and creating pockets of warm air, so sneaking in an extra layer of warmth before you even add your duvet or comforter is pure genius.”

Put on a quality duvet
When it comes to winter, a thicker duvet is at the top of the suggestion list for many bedding experts. Benson says there are two main options when it comes to choosing your duvet. “You have two options – either go for a heavier tog duvet, ideally anything over 10 tog for winter, or get an all-seasons duvet.”

While you’ve probably bought a duvet before, you may not know that the warmth of a duvet is rated by a universal unit known as a tog. “It’s a measure of the duvet’s ability to trap warm air – the higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet,” says Benson.

Pick the perfect throw

For the final touch every winter bed needs, top off your sleep sanctuary with a throw blanket you can cuddle up with on the coldest nights. Whether you spread the blanket out or leave it draped on the bottom of the bed, it’s important to pick a design you love (and that complements your decor) since this will be the top layer of your magnificently cozy bed.


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