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13 Ways to Make Your Bed 10 Times Cozier

Cooler weather calls for updated bedding.

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With winter quickly approaching, those cozy nights in bed are becoming more of a reality than just a distant fantasy. When it comes to making your bed the coziest it can be, there are a few simple and inexpensive boxes to check off that you may have overlooked. We spend so much time sleeping that it can dramatically affect our conscious life if we don’t get the best sleep we can. A comfortable bed is just the first step in being the most well-rested you can be. Besides just a cozy bed, make sure you don’t have these colors in your bedroom for a better night’s sleep.

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Invest in a mattress topper

A mattress topper made of memory foam, feathers, or egg crate foam can add both comfort and support to your bed, especially if purchasing a new mattress is out of the question. It could cost you, though; most queen-sized options run upwards of $100. Don’t miss our guide to finding the right mattress.

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Know your sheets

For maximum coziness, try flannel sheets (go the extra mile by piling up these best bed quilts on top). These will feel soft against your skin and add texture to the look of your bed. Ditch the idea of choosing sheets based solely on their thread count. Many factors can have an effect on thread counts; you’re better off making your decision from a touch-test of fabric samples. Learn how often you should be washing your bedsheets and why it’s important.

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Choose an appropriate pillow

You’ve probably noticed pillows come in many variations of fluffiness and firmness. Here’s your cheat sheet, according to SFGate.com: If you sleep on your side, choose a firm pillow; if you sleep on your back, choose a medium pillow; if you sleep on your stomach, choose a soft pillow. Don’t miss how to wash your pillows the right way.

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Add a bedskirt

If your bed has an unattractive frame, use a bed skirt to cover it up. Cold metal beams are the opposite of cozy. Check out these sleep products Amazon shoppers can’t stop buying.

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Find a quality comforter

A down comforter will feel both weightless and breathable, yet warm and cocoon-like—perfect for cool fall mornings. Don’t forget to fold it in a Z pattern at the bottom of your bed once you’re up. That way, the comforter will add a pop of color to your room, while also staying conveniently placed for nighttime. See what your sleep position reveals about your personality.

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Consider a headboard

A padded or tufted headboard is an easy way to make sitting up in bed more comfortable. What’s more, they’re easy to DIY. You’ll need a wooden board, fabric, padding, and a staple gun.

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Add blankets and throws

Introduce texture and warmth to your space with a luxurious blanket or throw. Choose one in a chunky knit or plaid flannel for added seasonal flair. Learn the surprising bedroom items you should have replaced by now.

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Throw on the throw pillows

Bring in a few extra throw pillows for the cooler months. They’ll make your bed appear more inviting and give you something plush to snuggle up to. Learn how you can get your pillows as fluffy as they do in the hotels.

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Don’t forget a fluffy rug

Nothing’s worse than waking up from a cozy bed only to find yourself with (literally) cold feet. Even if you’ve already got carpeting or a large area rug, consider adding a small sheepskin or textured rug on the side of your bed where you usually get out.

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Use task lighting to create a reading nook

Allow your space to become even more of an oasis by ensuring it’s well lit. If you’re single, have at least one bedside table with a lamp, or a floating or wall-mounted light fixture. If you sleep with a partner, have two. That way you can each turn them on and off as you please. Don’t miss these must-have gifts for book lovers.

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Try a weighted blanket

Weighted blankets, also know as gravity blankets, were formerly only used in psychiatry clinics, but have recently become more readily available for the general public. The blanket is weighed down by glass beads or poly pellets that are sewn into the fabric. The pressure helps stimulate the production of serotonin and dopamine, ultimately making you feel calmer. The benefits are endless, including providing a better quality of sleep, alleviating anxiety, and helping with insomnia. Check out these weighted blankets for every type of sleeper.

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String some fairy lights above the bed

Feeling cozy in bed is more than just pillows and blankets. Adding some twinkling fairy lights above your bed will completely change the ambiance of your room. Imagine the overhead light in your bedroom turned off with the flickering fairy lights creating a calmer atmosphere. Your bedroom will turn into an oasis you will never want to leave.

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Warm up your sheets

Old-fashioned bed warmers came with their own set of hazards, but there are more modern (and much safer) versions including the Aqua Bed Warmer. It doesn’t have any wires or use any electricity, but instead uses hot water to circulate through a heating pad that lays between your mattress and fitted sheet. Next, check out these cozy winter quotes to get you in the mood for cold weather.

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  • SFGate: “How to Make a Cozy Bed”
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