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How to Make Your Bed, European-Style

May 24, 2015

What’s a better way to make a bed, using duvets or top sheets? It all depends on who you ask.

Historical evidence dating as far back as 14th century Europe shows the bed celebrated as the most important piece of furniture in a household, as well as a telling indicator of the financial and social status of a family. Even beds in ancient Egypt featured elaborate artistry and carvings. It makes sense that even nowadays, people pay close attention to how their beds are made. Some sleepers have found that multiple layers of blankets simply do not compare to a fitted sheet made from organic cotton paired with one or perhaps two top layers. A European-style bedding arrangement has advantages, specifically less laundry and easier bed-making.

European-Style Bedding Layers

American-Style Bedding Layers

  • Top: Blankets
  • Middle: Flat Sheet
  • Bottom: Fitted Sheet

Cutting Out the Middleman
The flat sheet keeps blankets clean, but if you replace blankets with duvets, it might not be necessary to keep a flat sheet on your bed at all. Removing the flat sheet from your bed-making routine can allot precious morning time – you won’t have to worry about tucking in the sheet or making the perfect hospital corners. In addition, it’s one less piece to fuss with when gathering up the wash, and one less layer to get tangled up in.

Making your bed using this European-style arrangement allows you to adapt to changing seasons too. Sleep with a single, summer-weight duvet during warm months, and then simply add a second layer atop the existing duvet during colder ones, creating ample warmth and the opportunity to create decorative texture with multiple duvet covers.

Rediscovering Tradition

Bedding without a flat sheet is a long-standing norm in Europe, most notably in Sweden. When done with organic cotton sheets and duvet covers made of the same material, the comfort level is greatly enhanced through quality and simplicity, and there is less clutter to arrange, tangle with and wash.

Fortunately, Boll & Branch offers affordable and beautiful solutions for both styles of sleeping. You can shop for complete sheet sets for your American-style bed or fitted sheets and duvet covers if you want to sleep like the Europeans!