Up­dated win­ter bed­ding makes sleep­ing a cozy plea­sure

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Homespot - Broward East - - LIVING G SPACES - By Kathryn We­ber

Tri­bune Con­tent Agency In the win­ter,

the prospect of a warm, cozy bed cre­ates a co­coon­ing re­sponse. The prob­lem is, when your bed or linens are tired, your long win­ter’s nap is never as com­fort­able or en­joy­able as you might like. But it only takes a few changes to make your slum­ber more sound, warmer and much more en­joy­able.

Re­plac­ing a mattress is not in­ex­pen­sive, but the fix for an overly hard or sag­ging mattress can be as sim­ple as adding a mem­ory foam top­per. Th­ese top­pers cre­ate a new-feel­ing foun­da­tion that in­stantly adds more com­fort to your bed -- and in the win­ter, warmth. Avail­able in a range of prices from $100 and up for queen size (Ama­zon. com), a mem­ory foam top­per makes your bed both warm and com­fort­able when temps out­side plum­met.

The win­ter standby for com­fort has al­ways been the flan­nel sheet, but there are more op­tions to­day. Jersey is pop­u­lar. Made from the same fab­ric used for t-shirts, jersey sheets are light­weight and soft and don’t have that cold feel, or sheet shock, of per­cale sheets. Be­cause they’re soft, jersey sheets also warm up faster than per­cale sheets.

For a com­pletely cozy and lux­u­ri­ous feel, you can’t beat fleece, a sta­ple for bathrobes, wind­break­ers and win­ter pullovers. Now, imag­ine that fuzzy feel against your skin in bed. Fleece warms up in a snap on the cold­est nights. On less frosty evenings, fleece makes for cozy, light­weight bed­ding with­out a heavy blan­ket or com­forter. Fleece is a bit more costly than flan­nel, but the cost is off­set by its fab­u­lous feel

($50 for Queen, Over­stock.com).

Ev­ery­one has an opin­ion about blan­kets. Some like old­fash­ioned quilts, while oth­ers fa­vor cot­ton throws. For some, weight is the goal, while oth­ers crave a cloud-like, bil­lowy feel.

The new mi­croplush blan­kets are thick and soft, al­most as com­fort­able to lie on as they are warm to sleep un­der. That fluffy tex­ture is what makes them so warm and light­weight. For around $40, you can get a lus­cious mi­croplush blan­ket, and for about $10 more, an ex­tra fluffy blan­ket if you can’t get enough plush (Thresh­old at Tar­get.com).

If money is no ob­ject and lux­ury is the goal, there are op­tions be­sides the gold-stan­dard goose down com­forter. One is the silk blan­ket or silk com­forter.

Silk is ex­tremely warm and light­weight, and for many, a good op­tion be­cause they’re hy­poal­ler­genic. Silk blan­kets and com­forters are pop­u­lar in China, the home of silk pro­duc­tion. But even lo­cal and online stores carry com­forter sets. How­ever, but you’re buy­ing silk, it’s costly. A queen set can cost up­wards of $500 and more (Costco.com; Lilysilk.com).

If you want more heft in your blan­ket and a sump­tu­ous feel, al­paca is the go-to fiber. Al­paca blan­kets are warm and soft as cashmere. They’re so soft that they’re of­ten made into baby blan­kets. A bed-sized blan­ket runs around $200 and up (shu­paca.com). For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kathryn We­ber through her Web site, www. red­lo­tuslet­ter.com.

(c) 2013 Kathryn We­ber. Dis­trib­uted by Tri­buneCon­tent Agency, LLC.

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