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The ultimate guide to warm winter duvets, sheets & blankets

Everything you need for a cosy, snug sleep

As the chilly weather sets in, a good night’s sleep is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and investing in the right bedding is crucial to staying cosy during the coldest months of the year. To help you and your family make the best choices for a comfortable slumber, read on for our top tips and favourite products.

The best bed sheet materials for winter

When it comes to winter bedding, the material you choose for your bed sheets can make all the difference in keeping you warm. Flannel and linen are popular materials for good reason. Flannel sheets are soft, thick, and brushed for extra warmth, making them an excellent choice. Some prefer flax linen sheets for their moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating properties, and they soften with age, making them better with each wash.

Flax Linen Sheet Set (Queen), $200, from Ecosa

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Haven Bed Linen Flannelette Sheet Set (Queen), $199.99, from Farmers

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Gingham Flannelette Cotton Sheet Set (Queen), $48, from Kmart

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Linen Maison Vintage Sheet Set (Queen), $329 AUD, from Aura Home

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What to look for when choosing a duvet cover and inner

A new duvet cover is an excellent way to refresh your bedroom decor while maintaining your desired temperature at night. If you’re prone to overheating, cotton, linen, and bamboo duvets are excellent for their breathability, while flannel and microfiber duvets are affordable alternatives that still offer a lush feel.

Choosing the right duvet inner is also essential, as it can make all the difference in colder weather. If you’re unsure which option is best for you, consider weight (GSM) and filling.

Come winter, you may prefer a heavier weight. You should also consider whether you’d like a natural fibre like feather and down or wool, or a synthetic inner like polyester or microfibre. If you’re allergy-prone, don’t forget to check if your inner is hypoallergenic.

Luxe Winter Quilt, (Queen), $720, from Ecosa

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Luxury Velvet Quilt Cover (Queen), $329, from Aura Home

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Gentle Dreams Teddy Fleece Duvet Cover Set (Queen), $49.99 (usually $99.99), from Briscoes

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Ultra Warmth Quilt (Queen), $75, from Kmart

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Why blankets and heated throws are your best friend in winter

Whether you like to spend those cold wintry evenings tucked up in bed or snuggled on the couch, a wool, faux-fur, fleece, or plush throw will do just the trick to add extra comfort. It ultimately depends on which fabric you prefer against your skin and the budget available. With various blankets on the market, you will surely find one in your preferred colour or pattern. It’ll double as a stylish accent when it’s not in use.

If you find that a blanket isn’t warm enough, a heated throw is an excellent alternative to a traditional electric blanket, and it’s portable too. Most heated throws are machine washable (but be sure to check the instructions), as you can detach the controller and pop it in your washing machine.

If the most indulgent of bedding won’t help you get some shut-eye, you may find the gentle pressure of a weighted blanket calming – an excellent tool to help you drift off in no time.

Cable Knit Throw, $249 AUD, from Aura Home

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Coral Sea Chunky Knit Blanket by Kip & Co, $287.50, from The Iconic

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11kg Weighted Blanket, $176 (usually $220), from Ecosa

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Cord Plush & Sherpa Reverse Blanket by Living & Co, $39, from The Warehouse

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