Blankets, quilts, and comforters are to the bed what scarves, sweaters, and coats are to the wardrobe—must-haves for warmth and a style statement. Typically, these cold-weather components do their job without much fanfare but this season’s lineup takes its cue from the runway while delivering all that’s required for a chic and nurturing nest. From the basics of bedding to the most timely of trends, our bedding primer and product roundup has got your bed covered.
What to Know Before You Shop
When it comes to warmth, knowing the fiber and fill used to make bedding is essential. To zero in on which types of bedding is best suited for you, it pays to know the lingo:
Soft, sturdy and pill-resistant, this man-made fiber delivers medium warmth.
An eco-friendly fiber, bamboo yields a fabric that has medium warmth and is akin to cashmere in softness.
A soft luxury fiber, which is prized for its superior warmth and softness and is labor-intensively hand-combed from the hairs of cashmere goats, most of which are part of small herds raised in the Gobi Desert.
This medium-warmth fabric requires little care, and is durable, soft and moderately priced.
The fill for higher-end duvets and pillows, down is lightweight and very warm. Prices vary based on the type and amount of down used.
This soft woven fabric (typically made of cotton, wool or synthetic fiber) usually doesn’t have a nap but gets its softness through the loose spun yarn from which it’s woven. The higher the quality of the flannel, the less likely it is to pill. Flannel is a heavy-warmth fabric.
Budget-priced fleece is a medium-warmth fabric that’s deep piled, quite soft, durable and machine washable.
Similar to linen, lustrous, extremely absorbent ramie is a strong fiber, which is often blended with cotton, rayon, nylon and polyester to increase its flexibility. It delivers a light level of warmth.
Lightweight silk adapts to body temperature by absorbing body moisture and providing natural ventilation so silk bedding feels cool in the summer and moderately warm in the winter.
A high performance, durable fiber that is nearly as warm as down.
Depending on your climate and personal warmth requirements, here’s what you need for a snug sleep:
Bottom layer—heated mattress pad and flannel sheets
Middle layer—blanket and/or quilt
Top layer—comforter, coverlet, or duvet
For warmth elsewhere in the house, keep a decorative throw within reach.
The Latest Bedding Trends
Today’s winter bedding is clean-lined and sophisticated with just the right touch of luxe.
Spin the color wheel—there’s something for everyone via shimmery metallics, rich brights, soothing pastels and calming neutrals. Whatever the hue, it’s saturated and sublime.
Pattern & Texture
Classic paisley prints and bold geometrics break up the solid color bedroom landscape while menswear and cable knit patterns add textural impact. Fanciful quilt stitching and tufting create tone-on-tone patterns on solids.
Sumptuous silk is now machine-washable. Allergy-prone sleepers can slumber beneath a comforter made of hypoallergenic down-like fill that’s surprisingly like the real thing—and toss it into the wash instead of lugging it to the dry cleaner.
The Green Factor
Sleep with a clear conscience on bedding colored with nontoxic dyes and made of bamboo, organic wool and organic yarns.