Best Bedding Sets for Cooler Fall Nights
Some are known to call cooler fall temps "good sleeping weather." Outfit your bed with the comfiest, coziest pieces for a great night of shut-eye.
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What is a Bedding Set?
What comes in a bedding set has changed over the years as people look to customize their bed to their own temperature and aesthetic preferences, but generally speaking, a bedding set usually includes (or you should plan to buy):
- A flat sheet;
- A fitted sheet;
- A quilt, duvet or coverlet;
- Two to four pillowcases (Two shams, two regular pillowcases).
As we turn toward cooler temperatures, it makes sense to outfit your bed with the pieces that will keep you toasty all night. For the transitions between seasons, sometimes all you need is an extra throw blanket, but those gearing up for long winter nights might want to layer on flannel sheets, a thermal blanket, a down comforter or more.
When shopping for a warm bedding set, fabrics are key. Look for fabrics that insulate, but don’t overheat. For sheets, consider flannel, brushed cotton (instead of crispier, cooler percale) or linen. Texture can add coziness and warmth too: Faux fur, waffle-weaves, velvet and so on. Blankets may transition from light cotton coverlets to down comforters, which vary in price and warmth. And, not surprisingly, these materials can be more costly than a basic cotton sheet and blanket set, so a little research and budget planning is a smart move before you click, “Add to Cart.”
Here are a few of our favorite options for fall and winter bedding, from total bed sets to customizable extras that cater to your heat preferences.
Brooklinen Heather Cashmere Bundle
There is perhaps no fabric that caters to breathable, comfortably warm temps better than cashmere. Brooklinen’s Move-In Bundle bedding set features it in spades. The set is aesthetically understated and sophisticated, and the bedding quality is splurgeworthy. It’s a mix of cotton and cashmere that will stand up over time, handle washing like a champ and keep you warm but never oppressively hot. Plus, the brushed finish will feel mega-soft against your skin. When you build your set with the Bundle, you can also choose if you want a lightweight, all-season or ultra-warm comforter for ultimate customization.
Ugg Sherpa Bedding Set
The masters of the warmest, softest footwear now offer their Sherpa expertise for bedding in the Avery three-piece comforter set. Here you get a reversible comforter: One side is an attractive waffled plush; the flip side is the snuggly Sherpa fabric Ugg is known for. It is washer and dryer friendly, too. Layer with Ugg’s flannel sheets and pillowcases and you’ll have a warm bed waiting for you every night.
West Elm Flannel Sheet Set
West Elm’s flannel sheets have a lot to offer, from style to warmth to Earth-friendly cred. These organic cotton flannel sheets are certified by both the Global Organic Textile Standard and Oeko-Tex, which ensures your textiles are free from more than 350 toxic substances. Each set includes a flat and fitted sheet, plus two pillowcases, and accommodates mattresses up to 16 inches deep, in case you have a pillowtop or plushtop mattress. The gray herringbone is a neutral classic that will likely match your current covers, or pair well with a European flax linen duvet and sham set or the waffle-weave option.
Pottery Barn Velvet Lattice Bedding Set
If you love traditional luxury, warmth and a luxe feel, consider the Velvet Lattice bedding set from Pottery Barn. Rich velvet is sculpted into a quilted lattice pattern on one side for visual interest and reverses to solid cotton for style flexibility. The comforter is filled with polyester batting, is machine washable and pairs with Belgian flax linen sheets, blankets and shams for a mix-and-match set.
Quince Linen Sheets
Soft, warm, breathable, sturdy, washable and available in attractive colors: The Quince European Linen sheet sets hit a home run when it comes to making a warm fall bed. The 100 percent linen flax set includes pillowcases and a flat and fitted sheet that accommodate mattresses up to 16 inches deep. The midweight sheets are great for year-round use, and somehow manage to feel better over time as you sleep on them. Add on a luxe cable-knit cashmere throw for lighter-coverage nights, then layer in an organic bamboo quilt with temperature regulating properties for perfectly insulated sleep conditions.
Parachute Matelasse Coverlet
The Parachute 100-percent combed cotton matelasse coverlet adds an extra bit of weight, right when you need it, without looking heavy. Matelasse is a French weaving technique somewhat like quilting, which adds a pretty visual aspect, but also gives a bit more heft than a regular sleeping blanket. If you’re a fan of sophisticated neutrals and white-on-white, it’s a perfect transition from summer brights to more wintery whites. If you’re not quite ready for down or other fill, this is a next best step. For extra warmth, slip a down comforter inside the cashmere duvet and brushed cotton fitted sheet. (According to Parachute, 40 percent of people sleep without a top sheet, but you can also buy one for an extra layer.)
Room Essentials Microfiber Bedding Set
This is a solid budget-basic set. The Microfiber Room Essentials bedding set offers a diamond-quilted reversible comforter, decorative throw pillow, two pillow shams (one sham for twin beds), and a blanket for a bargain price. Microfiber adds an extra soft touch underhand, plus it’s lightweight, insulating and even sweat-wicking. Pair with microfiber sheets for the softest, coziest feel.
XeGe Shaggy Duvet
Can 9,000-plus reviews be wrong? We say no — The XeGe shaggy duvet, with its faux fur top, velvet underside and zipper enclosure will deliver on fall sleeping warmth. It also has ties, so your comforter stays firmly in place. In the summer, it can be used alone as a blanket as well. The set comes with two shams and the duvet— pair with a yummy napped flannel such as Land’s End’s velvet flannel sheets.
Bonus: Brooklinen Down Mattress Topper
For beds that don’t have a pillowtop or need a little boost, the Brooklinen down mattress topper adds loft and warmth from underneath. This mattress topper has quality construction: Baffle box stitching keeps the white duck down-filled top and white duck feather-filled base in place, then the whole shebang is encased in breathable cotton. It’s like sleeping on top of the warmest, fluffiest cloud.