There’s not many things I love more than a cozy bed on a cold night. During the winter months, after a long day, you are almost 100% likely to find me snuggled up in bed with a good book as soon as the kids have gone to sleep and the kitchen is cleaned up (because I can’t sleep if I have a messy kitchen). Getting lost under a pile of comfy blankets and fluffy pillows is bliss.
A cozy bed is not just a luxury, either. Research shows that people who sleep on cool, dark rooms with comfortable, clean beds get better quality sleep. While we all know that a quality mattress is the foundation of better sleep, many of us tend to downplay the importance of what goes on the mattress. But it’s just as important!
As soon as we get our first cold snap of the season, I am busy busting out all my winter bed coziness. It’s actually a pretty exciting day for me (I know, I’m a nerd). Believe it or not, there is an art to creating a blissfully comfortable bed. But it’s really not all that hard. Here is how I transform my bed into a haven of cozy comfort.
Cozy Up Your Bed for Winter
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Try a mattress topper.
A down or down alternative mattress topper will add a layer of comfort and warmth. Besides making your mattress feel even fluffier, it will also provide just a little more insulation to help trap the warm air and keep it around your body.
Choose comfy sheets.
The next layer should be a quality set of sheets. Some people love soft flannel sheets, but here in Texas, it doesn’t get cold enough for that. I personally prefer linen sheets, but soft cotton sheets are also a good choice. Lately, my favorite sheets have been these.
Add a duvet.
One of my absolute favorite things on my cozy winter bed is my duvet. Adding a down or down alternative duvet helps to keep your body temperature even throughout the night. Many people choose to put their duvet into a duvet cover, but I like to just layer mine between my top sheet and the coverlet or quilt.
A gorgeous matelasse coverlet or quilt is the next layer. Not only does it add another layer of warmth (I tend to keep my coverlet on the bed all year), but it adds a beautiful texture as well. I am absolutely in love with this quilt by Joanna Gaines for Target. Gray stripes and a linen feel? Yes, please!
Next up are the pillows! Pillows can really put that finishing touch on the cozy factor of your bed. For my king-sized bed I layer three euro pillows, two kings pillows in linen pillow cases, two more pillows in shams, then a throw pillow. For a queen bed, just eliminate one euro pillow and the king pillows. So comfy!
The final touch is a soft, luxurious throw blanket! You can add a splash of color with a throw, or you can keep it neutral like I have. It adds more coziness, but also another texture. My favorite throw for winter is a sweater style or a chunky knitted throw. You can’t go wrong either way!
That’s it! It’s not really a difficult or complicated process, but adding these extra layers to your bed for winter makes a huge difference in how cozy it is. Now all you have to do is put on your favorite pair of soft pajamas, grab some tea and your book and hop in!