Monday, June 13, 2016

Two Duvets


One of the customs we adopted and brought back with us to the US from Switzerland is using two duvets instead of one. Initially, we thought it was a pretty hokey idea, but after just one night, we were hooked. Why, you ask? Because it means no more fighting over the covers, or waking up freezing cold in the middle of the night. It makes the entire bedding situation more streamlined and customizable. 

Using two duvets instead of one is something that people ask me about all the time, so I thought I would give you the full run down of the logistics. Who knows, maybe you'll give it a try, too?



Here is what you need to use two duvets instead of one:

  • Two twin duvets - summer and winter weights, or the preferred weight for each person 
  • Twin duvet covers - two to four sets 
  • Pillow cases - they usually each come with the duvet in a set
  • Fitted sheet - two to four, to coordinate with your duvet covers
  • Mattress pad - at least two, which are easy to wash

That's it! 


We have summer duvets and winter duvets, all from IKEA. If one of you runs cold and the other runs hot, you can also each have your preferred duvet weight. So wonderful! It's worth noting that duvets and duvet cover sizes are not universal. If you buy IKEA duvets, be prepared to buy only IKEA or European duvet covers, otherwise, they may not fit.

As far as sheets go, we find it's a good money saver to only need to buy the bottom (fitted) sheets. And, we always use a mattress pad. You want to go cheap on the mattress pads and get ones that are small enough to wash in your home washing machine. There are all sorts of huge ones with memory foam and so on. Skip those! 


Every time you change out your bedding, you'll strip off the fitted sheet, mattress pad, duvet covers and pillow cases, and change! In other words, the only thing you use again without washing is the actual duvet. Once per season, we take our duvets to the laundromat to wash as they're too big to wash at home. To make the bed, we just fold the covered duvets in half. People always ask if they're sleeping bags. We haven't really found a better way to "make" the bed, but we also don't care! 

What do you think? Would you try it? Why or why not?

(Top photo via Glitzkrieg)

18 comments:

  1. Growing up, this is how my parents did it (both Swiss-born) and this is how I do it now with my significant other. I didn't know this wasn't normal in North America until much later on when a friend was complaining about her husband always stealing the sheets and I replied, well why don't you each just have your own? And she gave me such a perplexed look. As far as I'm concerned it is a relationship saver, one less thing to fight about.

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    1. It is a total relationship saver!!!! Absolutely. :)

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  2. To clarify, you use the flat sheet as your bottom sheet, right? And just tuck it in?? And then you just use the duvet alone as your cover? I think I get it. Been trying to talk my bf into this plan since we moved in together :)

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    1. Exactly! Thanks for that! It should say FITTED. I'll fix it right now. The only thing on you is the duvet, which is why you have to wash it every time. I know that when Americans use a top sheet (flat one;) don't feel the need to wash the duvet cover, it's more decoration. Anyway, thank you so much for pointing that out! ;) xoxoxox

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  3. I grew up with this (Swiss born) and my husband (then boyfriend) thought I was a genius when we first moved in together ;) He is always overheated and I am always cold, the system works amazingly 😊

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    1. Fully customizable! Why would you do it any other way?! :)

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  4. So funny that you blogged about this! My family and I travel abroad every year, mainly in Europe, and we became hooked on the two duvets for the bed! It makes so much sense. Love your blog!

    Christine

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    1. Oh, thank you, Christine! Isn't it so logical and simple? I love it. I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. That makes my day! xo

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  5. My husband is from Denmark, and I've been so tempted to make this switch. It just makes sense! That said, we both love having flat sheets, so I don't we could give that up completely.

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    1. I am so intrigued that you love the flat sheet. It always gets tangled and out of place for me when we stay at my in-laws. Tell me what you love about it! I would love to hear. xo

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  6. My brother lives in Munich, and I love having the two duvets when my husband and I visit. When we were there last year, we both said we needed to make the switch at home, but just haven't gotten around to it. IKEA is so reasonable, but we don't have one in our area. I'm curious as to what kind of comforter/duvet insert you have used - down or synthetic? I'm feeling inspired to make the switch!

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    1. You'll never regret it, Amanda! I prefer down duvets. I have HORRIBLE allergies, with dust mites being my worst allergy of all. But, I don't have any trouble with the down duvets. I think washing them once per season helps. Also, the fact that the duvet cover is changed out and washed every week or ten days also helps. It doesn't gather dust like a quilt or normal duvet would. My mom just got an allergy friendly silk duvet that she's obsessed with! No joke. How far is IKEA for you? We have to drive 6 hours to get to IKEA from Spokane. Boo! I miss having it close. ;)

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  7. My husband and I do this too, but I didn't realize it was common in Europe. I feel so much cooler now. :) My husband has a down duvet that is super old and I think his grandmother made it with feathers from her own ducks (how crazy is that), but I got one of these down duvets (http://www.thedowncomforterstore.com/product_p/rsducklingcomfallyear140x200.htm), which is much narrower than US twin duvets and I think 2 of them would probably fit much better on a Queen or even King bed better than 2 US twin size duvets, which feel huge to me now. I'm also super allergic to dust mites, and I like that these have a dust mite proof cotton so that I don't have to put on a separate mite cover. Maybe Ikea twin duvets are similarly small too? Anyway, yep, pretty great idea!

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    1. So interesting. Our Swiss IKEA duvets are 140x200 cm. Not realizing it, the summer weight ones were on special with IKEA Family here in the US when we were moving back, so we just bought new ones here and left ours as part of the furnishings package we sold along with handing our apartment to the next tenant. (Another weird Zurich thing!;) Now we can only use certain duvet covers in the summer and certain ones in the winter! OOPS! I do think that there are better options with the European bedding, so you've got a good size duvet. ;) I'm going to check it out. It would be nice to have all of ours be the same size!

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    2. Nice! Yeah, and it looks like their Summer ones are on sale. (Ha, I'm not with the company, I promise. :) It's kind of interesting to have Summer and Winter duvets. I just use my warmer duvet one all year round and stick my feet out if it's hot. It's so incredibly light and fluffy, it's amazing how warm even a super lightweight down duvet can be.

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  8. One day this method dawned on me and I made the switch. (I had never been anywhere to come across it.) I LOVE it! My partner questioned it at the time but when I joking suggested switching back to sharing blankets he was not up for it - apparently I steal the blankets! I still enjoying having a top sheet & duvet so my only challenge is getting all the sheets tucked in so they'll stay on the bed... :)

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    1. So do you use two twin top sheets then? I love that you came up with this on your own. It really is the best! No going back. ;)

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    2. We just tried this last night! I had one too many (after 25 years) of waking up to a foot's worth of covers and started researching, finding all the European double duvet posts. I got two single down alternative twin comforters, two twin duvet covers, and two twin flat sheets. Made up the bed with a lot of folding over and tucking in (I think I'm going to fold both duvets and place side by side) and a queen comforter over the top. I slept soooo good...but my husband ended up dumping his duvet on the floor 2-3 times (stealing his own covers!) We'll still be tinkering with how to arrange things so he's not throwing his covers on the floor, but I have to say, I slept great! And had to laugh when he complained about waking up freezing because the covers were off--yeah, honey, tell me about it!

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