Duvet. Doona. Comforter. Dyne, in Danish. Regardless of what you call the pieces of fabric and lining that cover you in bed, it’s likely that at some point in your career of sleeping with people (okay, that may have come out wrong. Unless you do that, because maybe you do and that’s fine), you’ve experienced the all-out war that is comprised of one person pulling the duvet all the way over to his side. And then you pull it back. And then he, with the elegance of a bear with his head in a honeypot, pulls it in just such a way that your feet are completely uncovered and you practically freeze to death.
Or maybe your sleeping-partner, who during the day seems to function like a normal warm-blooded human, has a furnace-like body temperature in repose and she manages to emit heat waves so violents that you fear third-degree burns.
Perhaps your rest-mate is a night-farter. It happens.
Whatever your particular reason is for hating sleeping next to someone (admit it! You hate it sometimes!), Scandinavia holds the answer.
Two single-sized duvets. That’s it! THAT. IS. IT.
It’s so simple that it’s kind of embarrassing. I’m embarrassed for you right now.
When I first arrived in Denmark I thought it looked a bit funny, like two squishy caterpillars on a picnic blanket. But then the enormity of meaning dawned. This means…no, could it mean? THE WAR IS OVER.
I mean, sleeping in bed with another person doesn’t magically morph the two of you into some kind of double-headed monster or baby-monkey-clinging-to-its-mama’s-back situation. You are still two individuals. It is liberating to be reminded of the fact. So much so that you are going to smack yourself and then your partner in the face for not thinking of the two-doona system yourself. Smack away! You deserve it, you fool!
Just kidding. Don’t be too hard on yourself and definitely don’t hit your significant other. We get so used to things as they are, don’t we? It’s so easy to assume that everyone just uses one large duvet because that’s what you’ve always seen. It was on your parents’ bed and your grandparents’ bed and your first double bed, which you needed when you reached 6 feet tall at the age of 14. Only me? Okay. But the point remains.
So when we’re ready to go to sleep, my husband and I have our little cuddle, or whatever, then we retire separately to the same bed. I get my heavy thermal down blanket under which I form a kind of biodome and out of which no heat can escape, bringing the temperature in said dome to about 45 delicious degrees Celcius. I can practically tan in there. My husband throws a flimsy little cotton blanket over half of his abdomen and is content. These differences are irreconcilable.
I would die of hypothermia in my own winter of discontent if I had to use my husband’s ridiculous excuse for a flat sheet. He has literally woken up from a sound sleep when one of my limbs finds its way out from under the comforter and touches him, exclaiming, “Oh my god you’re LIKE FIRE.” This is who we are and they aren’t moral issues. I’m very pleased to wake up in the morning, body temperature properly regulated, and gently fluff two duvets over the bed instead of one. That is how to make a bed, right?
It seems like a small issue, but it has made my life better. That’s something to be grateful for and it something that is easy to overlook. If you’ve been laboring/not sleeping under the apprehension that consistently sharing a bed with another person means that you have to compromise, you’re right. There’s snoring and night-terrors and flailing limbs and alarm-clock issues to sort through.
You don’t need to compromise on your duvet. Scandinavia’s got it solved for you.
How to make a bed with two duvets
It’s simple! To make a bed with two duvets, you need to fold the two single duvets in half length-ways, and lay them next to each other on the double bed.
If your bed is very wide, you might not need to fold the duvets in half, because hey can look rather odd as two long sleeping bags on the bed (in the header image). It can be nice to add a throw to the bottom of the bed, if you want to disguise the look a little.
Alternatively you can lie them on top of each other, but there’s won’t be much bedding dripping off the edge of the bed making it look a little like a dorm room!
What is the best duvet for a Scandinavian style two-duvet Bed?
In the USA? We recommend this best duvet insert
Brooklinen is our favourite. In the US, high quality twin duvets can be difficult to find. Brooklinen has some super warm, fluffy and lightweight comforters. In addition, all their products come with a lifetime warranty.
In Europe and the UK? We recommend
You can’t go wrong with a Rungsted duvet, widely considered one of the best brands in Scandinavia. It’s very easy to buy online at Ellos. I like a heavy duvet all year round, while our Creative Director Freya opts for a light comforter in the summer, and a medium one in the winter.
European Duvet Sizes
In Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland, the duvets have the same standard measurements as the rest of Europe (except the UK, which is slightly shorter, but the same in IKEA).
Single / Twin
|90 cm x 200 cm|
Extra long single
|99 cm x 200 cm|
|140 cm x 200 cm (very popular with the two duvet system)|
|200 cm x 200 cm|
|240 cm x 220 cm|
|260 cm x 220 cm|
As for Scandinavian Bedding
Check out the best Scandinavian bedding brands!
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