- Soft Flannel Sheets
Most flannel sheets are made from cotton, and are warm, soft, and lightweight. They're perfect for a winter bed and help you feel like you've climbed into a pair of old PJ's. You can pop cotton flannel sheets in the washer and dryer, but the fabric tends to pill after several washings. Some may not like the feeling of the small, soft balls in the bed.
- Mattress Pads
With a number of new products on the market to sleep on, you don't have to settle for a simple quilted mattress pad anymore. What you put over your mattress can go a long way in helping to keep you warm in the winter.
Traditional mattress pads are filled with down, wool, foam, cotton, or polyester. They're made to soften the mattress, give a smoother feel for lying on, and protect the outer layer of fabric on the mattress. Some mattress pads have corner elastic to hold it on the mattress, while others are constructed to fit over the top and sides of the mattress.
Regular thin mattress pads should be washed regularly and rotated periodically to even the wear on the pad.
More costly mattress pads are designed for warmth and comfort. Some even have copper coils to radiate and hold in natural heat.
Wool fleece mattress pads offer the warmth of wool and the softness of a down pad. Because wool compacts, the loft of a wool fleece pad will become matted over the years.
Dry cleaning is required for a wool mattress pad, as with any fine wool blanket or apparel.
- A Heavenly Feather Bed
A feather bed is common in other parts of the world, but a relatively new addition to American beds. As the term suggests, the first "feather beds" were made of feathers. But now polyester, down, feathers, or combinations of feathers and down are used to create a feather bed.
A traditional feather bed is about 4" thick and stitched in channels or a baffle box design. With this much cushioning, even a hard mattress feels soft and cuddly. But if you like a firm sleep surface, a feather bed may not be for you! You'll actually feel as though you're being hugged by the pad!
A feather bed protector will keep the over of the feather bed clean. But you will need to shake out a featherbed every couple of weeks, turn it over, and rotate it on the bed to keep the fill evenly distributed.
Some feather beds can be washed, but will probably require a commercial size machine. Or have the feather bed dry cleaned at least once a year to keep it looking and feeling fresh.
See this page for more information and sources on choosing mattress pads and featherbeds.
You don't have to suffer through a winter of cold, chilly nights. With the right products on your bed, winter could be the best time of the year to hibernate!