Our Hearts Beat As One When We Sleep With Two Duvets

A bedroom with a white bed and a poster on the wall.

Duvet. Doona. Comforter. Dyne, in Danish.

Regardless of what you call your bed covering, you’ve likely 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, isn’t it?

It might look a bit funny at first for those who have only experienced the one-duvet-system, like two squishy caterpillars on a picnic blanket. But then the enormity of meaning dawns. This means…no, could it mean? THE WAR IS OVER.


A white bed in a room with a window.



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.

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 pretty much every other bed you’ve ever seen.

So when you’re ready to go to sleep, retire separately to the same bed. The “cold sleepers” get their heavy thermal down blanket under which a kind of biodome forms. The “warm sleepers” throw their flimsy little cotton blankets over the bottom half of their legs. These differences are irreconcilable!

These aren’t moral issues. Wake up in the morning, body temperature properly regulated, and gently fluff two duvets over the bed instead of one.

It seems like a small issue, but it will undoubtedly make life better. 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. It can be nice to add a throw to the bottom of the bed, if you want to disguise the look a little. This is how Danes often arange their bedding.

Alternatively, you can lie them on top of each other.

If you’re not a fan of how the duvets look on their own, we also recommend a full-sized blanket to pull over the duvets.



What is the best duvet for a Scandinavian style two-duvet Bed?



In the USA? We recommend this best duvet insert

Brooklinen is our favorite. 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 the classic Quilts of Denmark duvet, widely considered one of the best brands in Scandinavia. Our Creative Director loves their Venø duvet, made with duck down, for all year round.


Ringsted duvet




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 Duvet Size

90 cm x 200 cm

Extra long single Duvet

99 cm x 200 cm

King single Duvet Size

140 cm x 200 cm (very popular with the two duvet system)

Double Duvet Size

200 cm x 200 cm

Queen Duvet Size

240 cm x 220 cm

King Duvet Size

260 cm x 220 cm

Fun fact

The modern duvet was invented in the 1970s by a Danish company called Ringsted Dun. They developed a duvet made from synthetic fibers that could be easily washed and dried, making them more hygienic and convenient.



US Duvet Sizes

Note that the twin size is also commonly referred to as Twin XL. Also, the California King size is not as commonly used as the other sizes.

Twin / Twin XL Duvet Size

68″ x 86″ (173 cm x 218 cm)

Full / Double Duvet Size

86″ x 86″ (218 cm x 218 cm)

Queen Duvet Size

90″ x 90″ (229 cm x 229 cm)

King Duvet Size

104″ x 90″ (264 cm x 229 cm)

California King Duvet Size

108″ x 98″ (274 cm x 249 cm)



Weighted Blankets in Scandinavia

Looking for a weighted blanket? We recommend Hugged, who make high-quality and affordable weighted blankets in both 5 kg and 7 kg.


Weighted Blankets



As for Scandinavian Bedding

Check out the best Scandinavian bedding brands!

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Rebecca Thandi Norman

Rebecca Thandi Norman is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief at Scandinavia Standard.