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Best way to add additional layers when using a down comforter

I use a medium-weight down comforter with a removable cotton duvet cover in all but summer. I sleep with just a bottom sheet and the comforter, no top sheet. Most nights this is plenty of warmth for me. (I tend to run very hot and often sleep with one foot outside the covers to regulate my temperature.) Sometimes, though, on the coldest nights (I live in the Boston area), I need another layer. I would normally just throw something (usually a thin hand-made quilt) on top of the comforter, but I'm wondering if this actually diminishes the effectiveness of the comforter. I know that it's the layer of air that provides the insulation and therefore the warmth of a comforter. Does the added quilt or blanket on top crush the air out of the comforter, making it LESS warm? Because this is only an occasional need, I don't really want to remake my bed, with a top sheet (which I would feel like I needed between me and a blanket) and the additional layer under the comforter, since I'm afraid I will be too hot except for the very coldest nights. Or I am overthinking all this and should just go ahead and thrown the quilt or blanket on top of the comforter as needed?
posted by primate moon on Oct 24, 2013 - 14 answers

 

Hot sleeper needs a blanket or duvet insert that will NOT keep me warm!

I'm a hot sleeper, but I love the feeling of having covers over me when I sleep. I need either a blanket or (preferably) a duvet insert that won't keep me warm. In a perfect world, it would have some weight, but zero ability to hold heat. I've been using a duvet cover with an old crappy comforter, but the comforter is finally falling apart, so it's time to look for something else. Style wise, it just needs to be white. And machine washable. Any other hot sleepers out there? What works for you? What should I be looking for?
posted by 2oh1 on Mar 30, 2013 - 38 answers

Down vs. cotton vs. silk blanket/comforter

I own this down alternative comforter. It causes me to wake up with sweaty legs, so I'm looking for a replacement. This article recommends that people in my situation should go with silk or cotton instead of down. Is there an advantage to do that over just getting a thinner down comforter? Note: my bedroom ranges from 62-65 at night.
posted by lunchbox on Dec 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Looking for high-quality bedding that won't break the bank.

Looking for high-quality bedding that won't break the bank. We've got a new king-sized bed and need to trick it out, but I'm feeling overwhelmed with brand choices. [more inside]
posted by Specklet on Oct 13, 2011 - 17 answers

I want an awesome bed.

Do you have an awesome bed? A bed you're daydreaming about right now? I want you to tell me about it. Your favorite mattress, pillows, mattress topper, sheets, comforter, duvet cover, anything. All suggestions welcome.
posted by sharkfu on Oct 11, 2011 - 49 answers

Cleaning comforter?

I have an amazing old down comforter that reeks of a mixture of death and b.o. There are no washing instructions on it. How do I get this thing clean/smelling good? Caveat: It is massive, and my apt has a pretty old-school washing machine and dryer. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Sep 13, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me find this comforter set!

I want this comforter set in queen size. I can't find it available online anywhere anymore. Can you? [more inside]
posted by amro on Jan 18, 2011 - 2 answers

Getting a duvet into a duvet cover without losing one's mind

Duvet/comforter users! I know there are plenty of you out there, and I would like to join your happy (and warm) ranks, but I have one question: is there ANY way to get a duvet/comforter INTO a duvet/comforter cover that does not result in (a) an asymmetrical lumpy bunchy MESS, and (b) GIBBERING INSANITY?? [more inside]
posted by Kat Allison on Oct 25, 2009 - 25 answers

Looking for a keep-feet-warm in bed device (to keep on the bed, not just socks)

I want something to put at the foot of my bed to keep feet warm - a throw would work, but something more designed for the purpose perhaps- like a giant "sock" that slips over the end of the comforter that you slip your feet into or something like that. down or equivalent preferable, but post whatever you have!
posted by lrodman on Oct 8, 2009 - 18 answers

A warm-weather comforter that's heavy and cool

My spouse is desperately looking for a "summer comforter", that is at the same time heavy and not-too-hot! [more inside]
posted by muddgirl on Sep 3, 2009 - 25 answers

Feathers everywhere, and poking me to boot!

So I had a regular sized (full) feather bed, I'm real tall, I thought to take the feathers out of the bed and put them into a king sized duvet and -- Viola! A king sized feather comforter! A good plan. So I bought the duvet, dumped the feathers in, and the thing is warm. But now, feathers large and small are poking through, and poking ME, there's feathers everywhere, I look like a chicken coop landed on me. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Oct 28, 2008 - 9 answers

NCAA sheets and comforter?

I'd like to buy a set of sheets and a comforter (queen size) with a University of Michigan design--but I can't find much that isn't made out of jersey, which would never stand up to the wear and tear of the dog. Any ideas where to find these (pref. online)? [more inside]
posted by lemonade on Jul 15, 2008 - 4 answers

Comfort(er) cotton or wool?

Buying a new comforter: cotton or wool? [more inside]
posted by Sagres on Jun 29, 2008 - 8 answers

Advice on Hungarian down comforter

I live a short train ride away from Hungary. Does that mean I can somehow get a Hungarian Down comforter for cheap? Side question: How does one choose a down comforter? [more inside]
posted by sirion on Mar 5, 2008 - 1 answer

Allergies and down filling

Any recommendations on allergy proofing a down comforter? [more inside]
posted by AMP583 on Jan 2, 2007 - 4 answers

Where can I find a split comforter?

A friend went to Norway and slept in a king-size bed with an interesting feature: the comforter was split down the middle so that each occupant had his or her own half. Where could I buy one of these comforters in the US? [more inside]
posted by Bezbozhnik on Dec 16, 2005 - 20 answers

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