17 things to keep you warm in your apartment this winter

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Posted On Wed, January 12, 2022 By In apartment living 101, Features, Shop

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Winters in New York City can be brutal, with even our notoriously hot, steam-heated apartments feeling uncomfortable during a cold snap. Thankfully, there are several ways to stay warm in your home, and we’ve researched the best products to keep you toasty during this frigid season. From thick throw blankets and cozy rugs to a towel warmer, these are the best items to keep you warm all winter long.

All of these products have been hand-selected by team 6sqft. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these affiliate links. All prices reflect those at the time of publishing.

Cozy bedding, throws, & rugs

Sackcloth & Ashes Sand and Blue Striped Throw Blanket - Wool by World Market Not only does this beautiful throw blanket look good, but it also does good. For every blanket purchased from Sackcloth & Ashes, the company donates one to a homeless shelter. The oversized throw is warm, too, crafted in Italy and made with thick fabric. The blanket is available in a variety of colors and patterns but we see this striped, neutral-colored one complementing a wide range of apartment aesthetics.
Sackcloth & Ashes Sand And Blue Striped Throw Blanket, $100, World Market
A weighted blanket can produce a calming effect. This one is handmade, and it’s a 100 percent natural cotton chunky knit that’s machine washable. The 72” x 40” weighted blanket is available in 8 lb, 12 lb, and 15 lb sizes, and three luscious colors: blueberry, gray, and light gray.
California Design 100% Cotton Chunky Knit Weighted Blanket, $149, Amazon
Just thinking about climbing into bed under these flannel sheets is enough to warm you up. They’re made of 100 percent GOTS-certified organic cotton flannel, with a double-brushed finish on both sides. The sheet set is warm, yet breathable, and resists fading, staining, shedding, and wrinkling. It includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillowcases, and is available in over a dozen color choices.
Mellanni 100% Organic Cotton Flannel Sheets, $50, Amazon
Brooklinen is a 6sqft favorite, making our list of the best sheets and bedding two years in a row. Encased in a 400-thread count, the comforter’s shell is made of cotton sateen for a super soft feel. For snugglers looking for the ultimate warmth at night, Brooklinen offers an “ultra warm” version of its down comforter, filled with Canadian Hutterite goose down. Other options include a lightweight comforter made for hot sleepers and an all-season option that can be used all year.
Down Comforter, Ultra Warm, from $399, Brooklinen
Photo: Courtesy of Brooklinen
This organic cotton flannel bedding set includes a duvet cover (but not the actual comforter) and two shams. Also, the cover has four interior ties and button closures to keep your comforter from sliding around. The flannel is made of GOTS-certified 100 percent organic cotton and is machine washable.
Mellanni Flannel Duvet Cover Set, $53, Amazon
Moroccan Tassel Shag Ivory / Grey - 9' X 12' A rug – especially a nice thick one – can help to keep your feet warmer when walking around. This luxurious Moroccan shag rug is available in a variety of sizes and in several light and dark colors, so you can find one that fits your décor style.
Moroccan Shag Rug, $77 to $460, Dot & Bo
Marl Handwoven Moroccan Wool Rug A similar but more high-end option is the Marl Moroccan Wool Rug from Design Within Reach. Handknotted on a manual loom by artisans in India, this rug features natural wool and a subtle pattern, adding warmth to the space literally and figuratively. It’s available in a variety of sizes, including a runner, the most affordable choice.
Marl Handwoven Moroccan Wool Rug, from $845, Design Within Reach

Tools to stay toasty

One way to ensure you’ll be warm at home: set your thermostat to turn the heat on before you get there. You can control this one from anywhere using your smartphone, and it even has Alexa and Siri built-in. It’s also smart enough to pause heating when you leave a door or window open.
Ecobee Lite Smart Thermostat, $149, Amazon
Radiant Wall Mounted Electric Towel Warmer Amba Finish: Brushed No one wants to step out of the shower into a cold bathroom, but imagine having warm, toasty towels to envelop your body. Since this electric towel warmer mounts on your wall and plugs in, you’ll get safe, electric heat from each of the 10 stainless steel bars. The on/off switch is used to heat the bars, and they’re nice and warm in 10 to 15 minutes. It’s also good for drying your towels and can even be used to dry your reusable face masks.
Amba Radiant Wall Mount Electric Towel Warmer, $287, Wayfair
After a long day at work, you can warm up those cold feet and increase circulation with a foot massager with heat. The deep kneading massage is comparable to having your own masseuse, and the gentle heat covers the entire surface. The massager is also easy to operate – you can use your toe to turn it off and on.
Naipo Foot Massager with Heat, $60, Amazon
When you get home, it’s important to take those cold, wet items off and dry them. This boot and garment dryer uses forced air to dry boots, gloves, and even garments. It has removable extension tubes for long boots, but can also dry tennis shoes and other types of shoes.
DryGuy DX Forced Air Boot Dryer and Garment Dryer, $90, Amazon
Indoor Air Conditioner Cover Double Insulation Large If you have a window air conditioner, cold air can seep in around the sides. This indoor air conditioner cover has double insulation to keep wind and cold out. It’s easy to install, just put the cover over the AC unit and then pull the drawstring on each side to tighten.
Indoor Air Conditioner Cover, $70, Wayfair
Another way to stop cold air from entering your apartment is by using a door draft stopper. The stopper has an adhesive backing. It’s made of non-toxic, pure silicone, designed to firmly adhere without falling off. It’s available in black, brown, gray, transparent, and white.
Door Draft Stopper, $10, Amazon

For the kitchen

Whether you’re making tea or hot chocolate, this electric kettle is made of borosilicate glass and stainless steel so your water tastes pure. It reaches boiling temperatures in three to seven minutes and has a blue LED indicator to let you know when the water is ready. In addition, there is also a safety feature that shuts off 30 seconds after it finishes boiling.
Cosori Electric Kettle, $28, Amazon
Wolf Gourmet 7 Qt. Multi-Cooker Wolf Gourmet Knob Finish: Red A slow-cooked pot roast or some corn chowder with potatoes, corn, shrimp, lobster, and veggies can certainly warm you up. This multicooker does that and more. It can even make chicken wings, pork chops, apple crisp – and even has a rice feature and sous vide option. The multicooker actually has six different functions, an oven-safe glass lid, LCD panel, and a temperature probe.
Wolf Gourmet 7 Qt Multicooker, $650, Wayfair
The days of stirring soup on the stove or microwaving a can of soup are over. This soup maker allows you to add all of your fresh ingredients and then you can select one of the five automatic programs and it produces homemade soup in 18 minutes or less. The soup maker also includes blades to blend chunky, pureed, and milk-based soups – as well as smoothies and compotes.
Philips Soup Maker, $130, Amazon
It’s hard to beat a hot beverage on a cold day. This temperature-controlled smart mug allows you to set your desired drinking temperature through a smartphone app, which in turn, helps keep you (and your coffee, tea, or cocoa) nice and warm. A built-in battery allows for sipping on the go, with a charging coaster perfect for long work-from-home days. While listed for a steep price, the mug does come in a designer-approved finish in sleek colors like rose gold, gold, stainless steel, and copper.
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug, $130, Amazon

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