Prepare your Bed for Winter for under $55

It's getting cold out, and the light quilt and sheets that cover my bed will no longer keep my toes warm!  If you're like me, you can't likely afford to get all new bedding and comforters for a new season, so I have some suggestions for ways to "winterize" your bed for the chilly months.  (I am also very attached to the bright-colored quilt I have on my bed, and I have no desire to pack it away for the winter.)  These tips also make the perfect way to prepare your guest bed for those overnight holiday visitors that will be stopping by!

To make my bed winter-proof, I headed to my local Walmart to invest in some affordable staples to give my bed some warmer layers.  My bed is a queen, so I purchased the following items in the right size:
  • Mainstays Cotton Blanket ($14.88 in store only)
  • Mainstays Flannel Sheet Set ($29.99 in store only)
  • The Essential Blanket ($10 in store only)
Your actual cost may be a bit more or less, depending on the size you purchase.

To winterize my bed, I switched out my cotton sheet for the flannel, and added the Essential Blanket under my top quilt/bedspread.  (The blanket is very light, but super warm.  It reminds me of an old-fashioned wool blanket like my Grandma used on her bed.)

Flannel sheets, essential blanket, and top quilt.
Then, I folded the Cotton Blanket lengthwise for the end of the bed.  Not only does it look nice, but it gives me an extra blanket to grab on chilly nights.  (My husband needs less blankets than I do, so this makes sure I have a blanket for just me!)

The cotton blanket at the foot of my bed...
My bed now looks just as bright and cheerful as it does in the summer, but it has all the warmth I need for Nebraska winter nights.  I love how my bed looks, and this is also really easy to do with a guest bed, too!  The total cost for my makeover was just $55 - less than many of the "winter" coverlets on the market, and I don't have to find a place to store my quilt for the season. (Storage is a premium in our small 3 bedroom home!)

We also warmed up the kids' beds, as well.  My sons all got flannel sheets for their beds, as well as some large character-themed plush blankets that were on clearance at my local store.  The blankets are large enough to cover their entire beds, giving them just the added warmth they need for very little money.  (You can find both the Star Wars blanket and the Spider-Man blanket we purchased at for under $25.00)

This is as "made" as my son's bed gets...
We have had good luck with bedding at Walmart, and have purchased everything from our memory foam mattresses to my daughter's decorative throw pillows there in the past.  I'm looking forward to keeping warm this winter with our new bedding upgrades!

Most of Walmart's new bedding options are available in-store.  Stop early for the best selection on the colors and sizes you need for you and your guests this winter!

*I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for my time on this post. Participation in this program is voluntary. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.