August 7th, 2014
When we visited Iceland a while back, I got some of the most sound sleep I’ve had in recent memory. Instead of a top sheet and one big comforter draped over the bed, Icelandic double beds are topped with two fluffy down duvets (untucked) and no top sheet at all. I had a whole duvet to myself (with no one yanking it away in the middle of the night), and I slept like a rock. I went home thinking Iceland was just a magical place, and I would never sleep that well again. It didn’t cross my mind to change our bedding at home until the hotels in Switzerland had the same kind of bedding, and once again I slept great. If you share a bed, two untucked duvets with no top sheet is genius. Think about it…
- no more tug-of-war over shared covers (this is huge)
- there’s no top sheet that will untuck from the foot of the bed, creep up, and tangle around your feet
- no worries about having the proper comforter to sheet ratio on each side of the bed
- if you share your bed with a night farter, offensive smells will be trapped under their duvet (not yours)
- your duvet will be left unscathed if your sleep walking spouse regularly pulls the covers off the bed and wanders around the house with them in the middle of the night
- you can bunch up your duvet however you want, stick your feet out the bottom, whatever, and it won’t disturb your bed buddy’s slumber
So, is your mind blown?! Are you going to rush out and buy two duvets? Our queen sized bed is now topped with two twin duvets, and we love it! I only have two problems with our new and improved bedding set up. First, frequent duvet washing is kind of a pain in the butt, but we’re getting better at un-stuffing and re-stuffing them quickly. Second, I can’t figure out how to make our bed! It was so easy before, and now I’m bewildered. Here are the bed making options I’ve come up with.
1. Wad up both duvets and leave them in the middle of the bed. (Our current technique.)
2. Spread the duvets out side by side. Not much better looking than the wadding method.
3. Fold each duvet in half and lay them next to each other. This screams “dorm room” to me.
4. Drape a blanket over the “dorm room” technique. It helps a bit.
5. This is how the beds in Switzerland were made up, with each duvet folded in thirds. It’s not too shabby, but I don’t love it, and it’s annoying to have to unfold that much when you get into bed.
6. This is my favorite look—fold each duvet into thirds and top it with a tucked in blanket. Let’s face it though, I’m too lazy to do all that folding and tucking every morning. Maybe we’ll stick with the wadding method on a daily basis, and save this for special occasions.
Which is your favorite? Is there some trick to making a double duvet bed that I’m missing?