Bedroom Makeover: The Best Bedding Materials for Each Season
Guest Post by Dennis Hamming
Part of building a new home or renovating an existing home is getting the chance to decorate the bedroom of your dreams.
While it is fun to pick out new colors for your walls and other static elements of your room, you also have to think about bedding.
Bedding is something that can be switched out regularly, allowing you to easily switch up the look of your room without spending a ton of money. . . . but bedding is so much more than just a decoration.
Bedding affects how you sleep at night.
The right material and quality will make you feel more comfortable at night, which can improve the quality of your sleep.
The right type of bedding varies by season and temperature, so whenever you begin your bedroom makeover, consider picking up several sets of bedding that you can rotate throughout the year.
Lighter colors in warm weather, dark colors in cold weather
The color of your bedding does play a small role in keeping you comfortable.
Lighter colors, such as white or a pastel color, work best during the summer because lighter colors tend not to absorb as much body heat.
Darker colors, such as grey or navy, absorb body heat as well as sunlight, which can keep you warmer on a cool winter’s night.
Flannel and Oxford sheets help keep you warm
Flannel sheets are extremely soft and cozy, making them perfect for winter, ohwever, pilling is common with flannel sheets.
Oxford sheets are often more sustainable and thicker than other types of sheets, making them ideal for fall and winter nights.
They’re a great choice for when you want to keep warm, but don’t necessarily want the pile that comes with flannel sheets.
Both flannel and oxford sheets come in a variety of colors and patterns.
Cotton sheets are good all year long
Cotton percale sheets are extremely popular because they can be used all year long.
The tight weave of these type of sheets makes them breathable.
During the summer months, they remain nice and cool to help keep you comfortable in hot weather, and during the winter months, they can be used under thicker comforters to help keep you warm without getting overheated.
Goose down in the winter, duck down in the summer
Fluffy down comforters can be used all year long, however, goose feathers tend to insulate more heat than duck feathers do.
Down comforters are known for being durable, comfortable, and warm.
While it is true that down comforters trap heat better than other types of comforters, you can find lightweight down comforter options that have a lower fill power.
The lower the fill power on a down comforter, the less heat they’ll trap.
Merino wool comforters can be used in any season
Most associate wool with being a warm material to keep you warm in the winter, but merino wool is actually good for both hot and cold weather.
Merino wool comforters wick moisture away from your body.
This helps regulate your body temperature, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Merino tend to have more weight to them than down comforters.
Fleece or electric blankets add extra warmth
If you want to make your bed even toastier in the warmer months, add a fleece or electric blanket to your bed.
Fleece is a lightweight material, but it is also thermal and soft, making itideal for snuggling up under when you need some extra warmth.
If you’re really snuggling to get rid of the winter chills, consider using an electric blanket.
Electric blankets come with heating wires that can be adjusted to find the perfect cozy temperature for you.
Electric blankets should only be used while you’re awake because the wires within them can overheat and cause
Knitted tweed is super breathable for summer
If you want a blanket to snuggle with during the summer, but don’t want to overheat, consider using a knitted tweed blanket.
The stitching of knitted tweed blankets isn’t very tight, making the fabric extremely breathable.
While knitted tweed is still cozy and comfortable for snuggling, you won’t run the risk of overheating.
Redecorating your bedroom is great, but you’ll want to choose practical bedding choices that allow you to stay comfortable all year long.
Certain fabrics, such as cotton or down, are great all year long.
Other fabrics, such as flannel and fleece, are recommended for use in the cooler months.
Of course, you should also take into consideration if you’re a hot sleeper or a cold sleeper when choosing your bedding.