Six Winter Bedding Essentials You Need to Stay Warm and Cozy All Season Long

A nicely made bed with decorative pillows

Don't let cold weather prevent you from getting a good night's sleep. Swap your lightweight bedding for something that'll keep you warm even if the temperature drops below freezing. Thanks to our list of winter bedding essentials you'll have everything you need—from a heated mattress pad to a flannel sheet set—to keep you cozy.

Buffalo check flannel duvet cover by Martha Stewart at Macy's photo

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Martha Stewart Buffalo Plaid Duvet Cover

Not only will this flannel duvet cover help keep you warm throughout the night, but the buffalo check pattern is a seasonal favorite that'll boost your bedroom's holiday spirit. To give the room another festive touch, pair the duvet with a fun reindeer sheet set, or keep it simple with the gray flannel ones mentioned below. And don't forget to add the matching buffalo plaid pillow shams to your cart, too, to make it a complete set! ($112 for a full/queen, usually $160; macys.com)

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SleepSmart down alternative duvet insert from Pottery Barn photo

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SleepSmart Duvet Insert

Now that we've shown you a stylish buffalo check duvet cover, it's only right to introduce you to the SleepSmart duvet insert to go with it. This isn't like most down alternative inserts; it uses active volcanic minerals to help improve your sleep by continuously adjusting to your body temperature to maintain a comfortable 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the night. And the best part is you can use it all year round without feeling too cold or too hot. ($229 for a full/queen; potterybarn.com)

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Large luxury weighted blanket from Nest Bedding photo

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Luxury Weighted Blanket

The Nest Bedding luxury weighted blanket is available in a twin (15 pounds), queen (20 pounds), and king (25 pounds), so there's bound to be one that fits your needs. If you have yet to try a weighted blanket, now is the time to invest in one because you won't pay more than $180—even if you opt for the king size. This winter bedding essential is filled with lead-free glass beads that distribute the weight evenly throughout the entire blanket, and it features soft, mink-like fur on the inside that feels like you're snuggled up in a big bear hug. For some, sleeping with a weighted blanket has helped relieve stress and anxiety, which ultimately leads to better sleep. And don't worry, you can still wash it in your washing machine! ($159 for a queen; nestbedding.com)

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Gray flannel sheet set from West Elm photo

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Organic Flannel Sheet Set

There's no such thing as too much flannel when it comes to choosing your bedding for winter, and this flannel sheet set is just too good to pass up. It's available in two neutral shades (light gray and stone white) that can go with practically anything—even the flannel duvet cover at the top of our list. Plus, this warm and cozy fabric is made from 100 percent organic cotton, making it an environmentally friendly option you can feel good about purchasing. The set includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillow cases. ($119 for a queen, usually $169; westelm.com)

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Reversible jacquard woven ChappyWrap blanket from Amazon photo

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ChappyWrap Blanket

If there's one throw blanket you'll want to have on hand for the winter months, it's the ChappyWrap. The German-made throw is woven from a super soft natural cotton blend that's so cozy you won't want to snuggle up with anything else—so be prepared for lots of movie nights this season! The blanket is available in nine different colors and patterns on Amazon (and many more on the ChappyWrap website), but you really can't go wrong with the beige herringbone shade; it'll be easy to match with seasonal and holiday décor. ($135; amazon.com)

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Therapedic heated mattress pad from Bed Bath and Beyond photo

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Therapedic Heated Mattress Pad

Having the option to adjust the temperature of your mattress sounds like a dream come true—and it is. The Therapedic heated mattress pad allows you to choose from 10 heat settings at the touch of a button. And thanks to its automatic shut-off feature, you won't have to worry about overheating or accidentally leaving it on after you get out of bed. Additionally, it'll give your mattress an extra layer to make your bed feel even softer. ($77 for a queen, usually $110; bedbathandbeyond.com)

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