Slipping into a perfectly made bed is one of life’s greatest pleasures. And during the cold, dark days of winter, you may find yourself longing to spend more time there. So why not make it the best it can be?
1. Where it all begins: the base layer
The mattress pad is the unsung hero of your bed. Not only does it protect your mattress, it also is a fundamental layer of comfort. So use it to your advantage. Your options here include pads that will keep you warm or cool you down. Before you buy, be sure to measure your mattress. You’ll want to be sure the sides of the pad are deep enough to fit.
2. The second layer: lightweight and luxurious sheets
As the layer right next to your skin, the bed sheets should be soft and smooth. So how do yours rate? If you don’t love them, change them. And there’s no time like the present …January’s always best time of year to find great values on textiles. Frontgate’s 600-thread count, long-staple cotton Resort Sheets have a smooth feel and sumptuous drape. You’ll feel like you’re sleeping in a 5-star hotel bed. The only thing missing is the turndown service.
3. The layer that warms body and spirit: the blanket
Nestling under a cozy blanket is the antidote to the cold austerity of winter. By comforting the senses, this warming layer – in supple silk, luxurious lambswool or lofty down – lets you escape into a book, a movie or your dreams. Read more about blankets here.
4. The icing on the cake: the top of bed
The top of the bed clearly sets the mood. This large swathe of color and texture becomes the focal point in the room. Quilts and coverlets add a substantial but not overly thick layer to the bed. Balanced in structure and dimension, they tend to convey a cozy and relaxed air.
If you prefer more loft and embellishment, duvet covers and comforters fit the bill. Sewn from sumptuous fabrics and adorned with gorgeous trimmings, this bedding will make you feel like royalty.