Duvet: Superior European bedding?

Discussion in 'Sleep Systems' started by Robert Y, May 15, 2019 at 11:20 AM.

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Duvet vs. Bedspread?

  1. Duvet all the way

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  2. Sheet and comforter

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  3. What's a duvet?

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  4. Wool blanket on my bare skin is the way to go

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  1. Robert Y

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    I went to the Netherlands for my Dad's wedding. While there I experienced a duvet for the first time. It's basically a comforter surrounded by a sheet pouch (duvet cover). You wash the liner as needed, which eliminates the need for a second sheet. Where was this my entire high school and college existence??!! How much time have I wasted making a traditional bed?

    The duvet seems like the ultimate in practicality, so I'm guessing many of the Bushcraft community already uses them. What do you think?
     
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    I used to use a duvet and cover. But lately since I sleep so much warmer than my hunny, I find better sleep under a cotton twin flat sheet and a doubled flannel queen flat sheet.
     
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    They are also nice because you can keep the same bedding, but change out the blankets depending on the season.

    What kind of savage would prefer a wool blanket on bare skin? I can handle some of the softer stuff but those military blankets, ouch.
     
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    My wife introduced me to the duvet when we got married all those 21 years ago. time flies...It was like heaven. I had been using my old army wool blanket and whatever twin sheet we had around the house. you don't too much bedding in AZ in the summer but in the Caceh Valley in Northern Utah definitely more is better... BTW she got me a down comforter at a yard sale to use as an additional layer for my summer sleeping bag. It packs small, is pretty light and does add warmth to my current sleeping bag....
     
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    I sweat to death under a duvet, way too heavy for me.
     
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    Do you mean too warm?
    We use both down and synthetic duvets because they are lighter than blankets. Our big winter duvet has a 7 blanket rating but is only the weight of one King size winter weight woollen blanket.
    A best quality duvet using Hungarian 850FP and with that 7 to 8 blanket rating is also much cheaper than the same warmth in woollen blankets
     
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    I always hated a top sheet - all the way back to being a kid. Travelled to Europe a lot in early 1990s and "discovered" duvets. Never looked back. You can vary the weight of the comforter inside if you are a freeze baby in the winter.
     
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    Umm, what do you guys do in the summer?

    I've always covered up with only a sheet for half the year, or even all year long in overly warm houses with central AC down in the South where I grew up. A duvet or any other true blanket would be way, way too hot.

    Give me an ultra breathable, ultra thin. super low thread count cotton or linen sheet any day (err, night?) during the summer.
     
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    Cotton sheets in summer with the A/C set to freeze
     
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    This is giving me ideas for fireproofing my poncho liner... (being as I inevitably find holes melted into literally any and everything made of polyester that is left on the ground, due to camp fire embers from the spitty wood that we have here)

    Or maybe I should just make my own using wool instead of poly for the outer layers...
     
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    I have a queen down comforter. I need to look into this duvet business... Sure make bed making and keeping the comforter clean easier!
     
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    My wife has used "Duvet Covers " for her small collection of Down Comforters.

    She washes the Covers & tosses the Down Comforters into the Dryer., along with a Scented Softerner Sheet to Fluff & remove any " Dust Mites ".
     
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    You forgot to mention the other great Scandinavian bedding practice. Partners in bed each have their own duvet so no stealing all the covers (individually matresses in a single frame are also common).
     
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    Duvet all the way.
    We have a thick, puffy goose down version for the cold months, and a thin one for summer.
    Save yourself hundreds of hours of bed making minutes in a lifetime.
     

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