Winter bedding is much like winter clothes. If you live in an area that has climate changes from season to season, you most likely have winter clothes and summer clothes. You may even have a special area to store out-of-season things. It is thus only logical to change your beddings when the weather goes cold.
The number of options to choose from nowadays is huge. From wool mattress pads to dohar blankets, flannel bed sheets and comforters it is your choice as to what you want for your bed. Only you can decide what combination is the right one for you.
Read on to find just the right products that you can use to create a cocoon for a wonderful, cozy winter's rest.
The Cosy Comfort of Down
Down is the light fluffy coating that protects birds from exposure to the outside elements, and it is probably the most popular product used for lightweight, warm dohar blankets, comforters, and pillows.
Because down can retain just the right degree of warmth for most bodies, it's considered one of the most perfect products for comfortable bedding.
Down bedding products are manufactured in many qualities and prices vary drastically. Depending on your location, you should choose the weight and density for ultimate comfort. Down and feathers are combined for a less expensive product. The finest, most expensive products are made from 100 percent pure white goose down.
Down products are rated by "fill power." Pacific Coast Feather Company says that "fill power is a term used to describe the quality of down. The fill power directly affects the clusters of your bedding. Larger the clusters, better the insulation and also allows the fabric to breathe which allows for longevity of the clusters.
Down filling is kept evenly distributed using baffle box construction in down blankets and comforters. Baffle box construction means that the product has internal three-dimensional fabric wall boxes, which allow for maximum thickness and comfort while maintaining even distribution within the boxes. Comforters and blankets with straight-through quilt stitching will have cold spots where there is no down.
Down comforters and blankets are sold in the same sizes as other blankets and bedding. As such you should be careful and measure your beforehand when buying a down blanket. Down comforters are available in many colors, with white being the most common.
You can also choose not to pair your down blanket or comforter with other bed sheets or blankets which essentially gives you a duvet which is the best choice for your kids' bed. Making bed becomes increasingly simple as all that is needed is a simple shakedown and the bed is made.
You might decide to cover your duvet with a duvet cover, which is just a big pillowcase for a blanket. There are again a lot of options when it comes to duvet covers and you can choose whatever suits your taste better.
People with allergies to animals might not be able to use down products. But the finest companies wash and rinse their down and feathers up to eight times, removing the dust, dirt, and allergens that cause allergic reactions. Some fabric covers are leak proof which prevents the feathers and down from leaking because of their tight weaving.
Here are our suggestions for a nice and cozy winter bedding ideas.
Classic Wool Blankets
Wikipedia says that "Wool is the fiber derived from the hair of domesticated animals, usually sheep." The hair is shorn from the sheep, spun into threads, and woven into a variety of grades, weights, and qualities of the fabric.
Because wool has natural lanolin, it is both fires- and water-resistant. AS such wool has the unique ability to retain heat even when it is wet. Woolen dohar blankets are vulnerable to moths and as such should be stored in a place well shut or resistant to moths, most like a cedar-lined one. Woolen blankets also require a standard of maintenance as they must be dry cleaned so as to retain their integrity in terms of their size and softness.
A silk-filled, silk-covered comforter has one half the weight of a comparably-sized down comforter. The sense of luxury and softness cannot be surpassed.
For more than 2,000 years, only the emperor of China could wear garments of silk, but now it is available for everyone's home.
Silk fibers are breathable, lightweight, very supple, and constantly equalize temperatures. A silk comforter is not as puffy as a down as it conforms to the body. All silk products are naturally hypoallergenic. A silk comforter needs to be dry cleaned, so it is recommended that you use a duvet cover to protect the comforter and prolong its life.
Space-Age Polar Fleece
Polar fleece is a human-made fiber of polyester. It traps air in its hollow core fibers providing warmth and comfort to the body.
A polar fleece dohar blanket is very lightweight and can fold up into a small space when not in use. It washes up beautifully and does not pill.
Toasty-Warm Electric Blankets
Electric blankets and mattress pads are a great solution if you want instant heat. If you turn the blanket about five minutes before hopping into bed, the bed will be warm and toasty when you get in.
Though some people are concerned about sleeping with electric cords on their bed, Oftentimes, an electric blanket is the ultimate solution to a chilly bed. And while electric blankets are not recommended for children, many children use them and are just fine.
Most electric blankets are machine washable and can be folded, taking care not to crimp the wires.
Electric blankets are available in all the standard sizes and come with a variety of heat controls. There are normally 2 controls for a double size, queen size and king size beds which can be adjusted by you. Some new controls have timers and go off and on as desired.
Does anything feel better than climbing into a warm bed on a chilly night? Even your toes will feel comfy.
Soft Flannel Bed Sheets
Most flannel Bed 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 pajamas. Cotton flannel bed sheets can be washed and dried but the fabric is prone to pill once it has gone through a certain number of wash cycles. Some may not like the feeling of the small, softballs in the bed.
Gone are the days of quilted mattresses. With the staggering amount of options in the market, you can get the coziest and most comfortable mattress pad for your nights. And what pad you use can have a significant effect on the temperature of your bed during the winters.
While the conventional mattress pads are made using either wool or foam or cotton or even polyester their purpose is to make the mattress softer for you to lie on and protect the outer fabric of the mattress.
Regular thin mattress pads should be washed regularly and rotated periodically to even the wear on the pad.
Mattress pads designed for winters to keep you warm cost more than the normal ones. They even have coppers coils in them to radiate and retain your body heat.
Woolen fleece mattress pads offer the best of two worlds with the warmth of wool and softness of a down pad. Although the wool fleece pad will get matted with time as wool is prone to compacting. As such the woolen mattress pad must be dry cleaned for longevity.
A Heavenly Feather-bed
Feather-beds are common globally, although, in the American scene, it is comparatively new. 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 inches thick and stitched in channels or a baffle box design. With this much cushioning, even a hard mattress feels soft and cuddly. However, if your preference is a firm surface for sleeping, you may ignore the idea of getting featherbeds. You'll feel as though you're being hugged by the pad.
But you will need to shake out a feather-bed every couple of weeks, turn it over, and rotate it on the bed to keep the fill evenly distributed.
You can get some of the feather beds washed. But they might require machines meant for commercial purposes. Or have the feather-bed dry cleaned at least once a year to keep it looking and feeling fresh?
You don't have to suffer through a winter of cold, chilly nights.
All these options allow for an informed choice based on your preferences and budget. Getting warm and cozy bedding for winters is not hard if you know what you want and what you are doing.