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Friday Favorite: Flannel

January 21st, 2011

Mr Chiots and I are HUGE fans of flannel sheets in the winter. They’re usually on the bed by mid-October and they stay on through at least the end of April. One of the reasons we like them so much is because we keep our house cold at night. It’s nothing like Kristin over at Going Country, who wakes up with her pillow frozen to the wall, but we keep our house at a chilly 55 at night in the winter (and 62 during the day, we’re cold loving folks). We have a big heavy wool blanket we use addition to our flannel sheets and we stay toasty warm all winter long.

I’ve always been a flannel loving girl, I remember having flannel sheets during the winter growing up (probably because my parents kept the house really cold as well). There’s just something so cozy about climbing into soft flannel sheets when it’s cold outside.

Are you a flannel lover? Is your climate too warm for them?

26 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Flannel”
  1. Marianne on January 21, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Love your bed. and I hope you have a duvet as well – not just the one blanket!

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    • Susy on January 21, 2011 at 7:00 am

      We have another blanket on there beside the big wool one.

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  3. Jennifer Fisk on January 21, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Oh yes, flannel sheets are the best with a goose down comforter to keep cozy under. Two summers ago it was so wet and cold they stayed on the bed into July.Flannel nightgowns are pretty cozy too.

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  4. Melanie G on January 21, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Oh, so are we! They don’t usually go on until mid-November around here (mid-Atlantic), and stay on at least through the end of March if not longer. We keep our house cooler than most, too, especially at night, and I *love* the coziness of lots of heavy blankets tucked around me. We have a flannel blanket and two comforters on our bed in addition to the flannel sheets. The only downside is that we never want to get out of bed in the morning! ;-)

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  5. Emily Jenkins on January 21, 2011 at 8:42 am

    We have flannel on ours too. Our bedroom doesn’t actually have heat beyond the floor register that is directly over the woodstove, and because I’m paranoid about keeping the fire too big at night we often wake to a big sheet of ice on the window by our heads and an area temperature of around 38 degrees.
    We keep a huge assortment of blankets on the bed this time of year and because our mattress is an antique coil-spring I actually put an unzipped sleeping bag over the bed before putting on the flannel sheets. This keeps the mattress from leaking cold air up through the springs and it’s much much cheaper than a mattress cover. :)

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  6. goatpod2 on January 21, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I love flannel sheets too but don’t use them that often though, we have geothermal but we set ours at 72 all year round though but with geothermal it stays fairly warm in the winter and cool in the summer.


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  7. Nebraska Dave on January 21, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Flannel sheets rule in the Winter. Mine are winter pattern with a wolf pattern thick blanket similiar to a horse blanket covering them, and a comforter on top of that. My house resides at a somewhat cool 68 and would be cooler if my daughter and grandson were not living with me. In my bedroom it can get down to 55 at times depending on the outside temperature. There’s just nothing like sleeping snug and warm in bed with cool temperatures in the room. Round it all out with P.J.s that are a sweat shirt and sweat pants and it makes for a nice warm sleeping experience.

    Have a great flannel day.

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  8. Nancy from Mass on January 21, 2011 at 9:40 am

    We put flannel on our beds sometime in october and keep them on until april – like you. We keep our house at 56 at night and 58-61 during the day when we are home (unless people are visiting – then we bring it up to a balmy 65!). We have the flannels, 2 quilts and a down comforter. I grew up in an old house with no heat upstairs so I am used to very cold bedrooms!

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  9. Kelly on January 21, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I love flannel and used to have flannel sheets as a child, but hubby dislikes flannel greatly so we compromise with jersey cotton – much warmer than straight cotton and rather like curling up in a huge t-shirt. I like that it wraps around me better (better drape) and can block out the drafts.

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  10. Audra on January 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

    We love our flannel sheets! I grew up in a 110 year old home and flannel sheets and night gowns were part of our winter ritual.

    Living in the sonoran desert, I still put the flannel sheets on our bed, usually November to March, as well as our down comforter. We stay toasty warm on those chilly desert nights and save money by not having to use gas heat.

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  11. Mrs. Mac on January 21, 2011 at 11:32 am

    We are flannel people too .. it’s cold in our area. But there were a few years (when going through the ‘change’) that I couldn’t stand them as they triggered hot flashes. So glad that is a thing of the past :)

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  12. Kaytee on January 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    We have flannel on our bed too. Regular sheets are far too cold to climb into during the winter. But we do keep our house warmer than yours. 55?! There’s no way I’d be able to get OUT of the flannel sheets into that temperature.

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    • Susy on January 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      We have an programmable thermostat, so it kicks on a little before 6 am in the morning so it’s warm when we get up at 6. It’s a great natural alarm clock too, the room warming usually wakes us before the alarm goes off.

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  13. Amy on January 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Oh, yeah, we love our flannel sheets in winter! We’re like you: they go on the bed in October, and don’t come off until late April/early May. We keep our thermostat turned down to 63 for “emergencies” 24-7, but have our pellet stove going 24-7 as well. (This was due to a scary huge 2-month power bill during winter 2009, when I had just been laid off from my job and our income was cut by about half.) I sleep better when it’s cool in the room, but I like my flannel sheets to keep me comfortable. YUM!

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  14. Kathryn | Alpacamundo on January 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Ah yes, flannel sheets are the best. I love the day when it’s finally cold enough to put them on the bed.

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  15. Kathryn on January 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    We use “winter sheets” from early Sept to May or even mid-June. Even thru the summer here the lows at night are generally in the 40s and 50s. Our winter sheets are mostly denim. I like flannel when it is new or old, but when it is going thru the “pill stage” i don’t like it. We do have one set of flannel sheets, extra heavy, but they are pilling currently. Our denim sheets are getting pretty worn, but i think they will last another winter or two. We have 2 duvets on our bed, my hubby has an extra twin one on his side as well.

    We keep the thermostat set at 53F most of the time, turn it up to the mid-60s if we don’t have a fire in the stove & we are watching TV.

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  16. kristin @ going country on January 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Obviously, I don’t need to answer that question. Although, now that we have that baby, we have been a little more proactive about heating, so no ice on the walls this winter.

    I mean, I’m not going to be sleeping nekkid anytime soon, but at least my face doesn’t hurt from the cold, so that’s an improvement.

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  17. Lynn on January 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Flannel sheets are too warm for me (My DH would love them, though.) We keep our house around 68 and a blanket and quilt is sometimes too much. Must be my age…

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  18. Janet Anderson on January 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I Adore flannel sheets! I can not find heavy weight ones though – any hints? I would buy flannel and make sheets if I could find the good stuff!

    I have a lovely set given to me by an Aunt of mine and I suppliment that with a flannel duvet cover (white with frolicking cartoon sheep on it) and a Hundson’s Bay blanket (a thrift store steal at $10 about 10 years ago). I like to sleep with the window open even if it is -30 and I love sleeping in a cold room under a nest of blankets.

    Love the post as usual.


    PS I have attached my blog address although it is still entryless. I am inspired to start in on it now and figure putting the address out will shame me into starting! :-)

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  19. Wendy on January 21, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I have always been a big fan of flannel sheets–I would probably have them on the bed 9 months out of the year if my husband could stand it. At Christmastime, though, I made a new discovery: fleece sheets. I was dubious at first, thinking they might be too hot for even me. Wrong–they are great! The best part, is they’re never cold when you crawl into bed. We just bought a second set, and our flannel sets will be finding new homes!

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  20. MAYBELLINE on January 22, 2011 at 12:35 am

    No flannel here. I feel like I get stuck to them. Pure, cool cotton sheets for me year round.

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  21. Jenny on January 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Flannel lovers here, too. We could use them all year!

    I prefer to order mine from L.L. Bean. They hold up longer than any others I’ve tried and I like that you can order them individually instead of sets. That way you can just replace the ones you need. We’ve been ordering ones in the blue famil for years and they all coordinate well enough for me!

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  22. annie on January 22, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    We love flannel although we live in a very warm climate. But since we don’t use the heater until pretty late in the game and even then keep the house cold (and we have no insulation to speak of… that’s going to be fixed soon) we use flannel sheets, a down comforter (although a light weight one), and two wool army blankets plus heated bean filled bags.

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  23. Marcia on January 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Love your blog !

    Here in NZ we call them `cuddly sheets`, or my family does anyway ! I don`t use them now as altho the house is cold I warm up my bed with an electric blanket, turn it off, then jump into the warmth ! Our winters are not as cold as yours I might add ..

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  24. melissa on January 23, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    In the winter it does get cold enough here for flannel sheets, and I love the feeling of them, but *I* get too hot for them! My internal thermostat has always been a bit broken and even when the house is in the lower 60s at night I am usually covered in sweat at some point and rolling around to find the cold spot on the bed. My ex-husband had some when we were dating and I was just miserable. So no flannel sheets for me =(

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