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The chilly season has officially settled in. The temperatures are low, naturally leading us to pile on more layers of clothing. You probably have a fool- proof method to layering for your clothing when you must venture out into the cold, brisk world to replenish your hot cocoa and snacks. Is your place for nesting perfectly layered for comfortable binge watching and restful nights? Just like your clothing, there is an art to layering your bed to keep you toasty.
We put different fabrics and layering practices to the test to discover the best way to layer a bed. Skip the chills, sweaty sheets and create a bed that is oh-so-cozy. Here’s how to layer 101:
Step 1: The Foundation
This is the base of your bed, better known as your sheets. This is the closest layer to your skin so it should be soft and breathable. This is going to be different for everyone. When picking your sheets you have to consider the temperature in your bedroom. If your room tends to be on the cooler side, we recommend sateen for a hug like feeling. The Michael Aram Enchanted Sheets keep you warm and regulate your body temperature to keep you shiver free. If the heat in your home can go from warm to sweltering, we recommend cocooning with silk. Silk sheets keep you comfortable, sweat free and they are SOFT.
Step 2: The Sweater Layer
Quilts or coverlets are like the sweater layer for your bed. They are often confused for two different things, but the names are used interchangeably. Each acts as a lightweight layer of warmth for your top of bed. They also add a decorative element often adding contrast with your other layers. Have fun when picking a quilt, look for interesting patterns, textures or luxurious details like the Michael Aram Metallic Textured Coverlet for a dazzling look. Hot sleepers can embrace this layer as well by opting for something breathable and crisp. Our hot sleeper pick is the Donna Karan Essential Silk Quilt.
Step 3: The Toasty Statement Layer
Nothing beats the feeling of a warm, snug winter coat that never lets you feel the icy air. You can enjoy that same feeling in the comfort of your bed topping off your look with a duvet or comforter. Both create weight and an insulation of warmth to assist your other layers. There is a difference between duvet and comforters. Comforters are a single layering piece filled with down or alternatives. They are usually decked with decorative elements and patterns. Duvet covers can come in various colors, patterns and prints and require a duvet insert for a warm, plush feeling. Choosing between a duvet and comforter comes down to a matter of preference. If you're in a hot sleep we recommend looking for a comforter or duvet insert that is lightweight to keep comfortable at night.
Step 4: Accessorize Your Look
Technically speaking your bed is all layered up for a good night’s rest, but adding a little extra doesn’t hurt. Similar to throwing on a hat, scarf and gloves these small but mighty accessories complete the look. Keep your toes from feeling icy by styling a throw at the bottom of your bed. The Michael Aram Orchid Throw is ideal for jazzing up your bed, but it’s also warm enough to follow you around the home when you’re curling up on the sofa. Toss a few decorative pillows of different textures and shapes for different feels of soft touches.
That wraps up our quick layering lesson. Remember these are pointers, but ultimately the art of layering is different for everyone. Continue playing with textures, materials and layers until you make a bed fit for you. After all, this is your place for hibernating until the spring.