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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I bought a cotton duvet cover a few years ago that is wonderful - it stays cool and if you ever get too warm, you can just flip it over. Unfortunately the store I got it from is now closed and I can't get another one. The other duvet cover I have keeps me way too warm at night time, even with the same duvet underneath. I've noticed that the cool duvet cover feels silkier than the warm one, but is still made of cotton.
Where can I get a duvet cover that keeps me cool? What should I be looking for? Also bonus points for any links to places that ship to Canada.
posted by ajackson
on Jul 22, 2011 -
I haven't been to an Ikea for ten years. Now I live a bus ride away, I'm considering going to one near my house to get a new duvet cover. What other awesome stuff can I get there? What's terrible? What's been your best purchase? [more inside]
posted by mippy
on Jan 11, 2011 -
We are about to host our fourth set of house guests since May. I am once again stripping linens and getting the guest room ready, and I wondered... what should I be washing? [more inside]
posted by kimdog
on Jun 22, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Last night I slept in my own bed after several days in the road and realized that the hotel beds were much more comfortable and rejuvenating than my own. How can I replicate the hotel-bed experience at home? [more inside]
posted by mikewas
on Mar 13, 2008 -
I have been wanting to redo the bedroom in blue and chocolate brown, and I really really love this duvet cover
, the king-size sky version, although I wouldn't mind if the blue was a few shades darker. Is there something similar but cheaper out there? And maybe made of a sturdier fabric...
posted by lemonade
on Feb 12, 2008 -
Am I missing something with my IKEA duvet cover? Is the slit at the bottom supposed to just hang open messily? It looks nicer in the catalog photos.
posted by smackfu
on Jan 2, 2007 -
How do you eliminate fleas in a bed? I'm under the vague impression that flea-killing products have limited to no success against the eggs (is this correct?), which hatch 3 weeks later, so what is Standard Proceedure? Put the matress in a plastic bag for a month with some flea product inside and sleep on the couch? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin-
on Mar 7, 2006 -
Brits: Do you use sheets and blankets? Or does everyone use a duvet and cover now? Any ballpark guess on percentages of the population using each?
posted by Mayor Curley
on Oct 11, 2005 -