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rights and wrongs of duvet covers?

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willsandco Thu 13-Mar-14 20:16:26

My friend and I are having a friendly discussion about duvets. Is it right to have a top sheet under the duvet or just to let the duvet cover drape itself straight over you? Interesting? Any comments welcome!

granjura Thu 13-Mar-14 20:20:06

I like to have a duvet without a top sheet to fiddle with and get entangled- but I know people who prefer to have a top sheet so it is easier to wash and they only have to remove duvet cover and wash from time to time.

Elegran Thu 13-Mar-14 20:21:20

Whatever you prefer, no right or wrong. Some people think it is easier to wash a top sheet than a duvet cover. I hate an extra sheet - just something else to get tangled up in on a restless night.

mollie Thu 13-Mar-14 20:24:29

I'd get tangled up because I twist and turn all through the night, I'm a very restless sleeper.

Ana Thu 13-Mar-14 20:25:21

No top sheet. Why complicate things?

mollie Thu 13-Mar-14 20:25:53

Well, that wasn't very clear - meant to say I prefer just a duvet. No top sheet.

annodomini Thu 13-Mar-14 20:54:04

A top sheet under the duvet suits me well because if one has arthritic shoulders there are few things more difficult than changing a duvet cover; luckily I am a very static sleeper.

Charleygirl Thu 13-Mar-14 21:07:19

Normally I just have the duvet cover and no top sheet. After major surgery, I could not physically change a duvet cover for many weeks so it was easier for me to change the top sheet unless I could get a friend to help me. The minute that I could change a duvet cover by myself again I discarded the top sheet. I seemed to get tangled up with the sheet and I am a restless sleeper.

granjura Thu 13-Mar-14 21:31:21

I use the inside out method. I wash and then iron (yes, I know- but I love fresh ironed good cotton sheets and duvet covers...) and then dig into cover and get hold of corners and take hold of duvet corners and flick the cover over as far as poss, turn it over and give it a good shake- easy peasy. We actually have a duvet each- much easier than a 6ft double, and stops the 'fighting' in the middle of the night smile

Charleygirl Thu 13-Mar-14 21:47:12

I have a king size duvet so I do not think that I could even try Granjura's method. It does wear me out changing it and I like it done weekly. No ironing for me though.

Gally Thu 13-Mar-14 22:14:37

I never have a sheet under the duvet - everything gets tangled up and shifts around. The duvet cover needs to be washed almost as often as the sheet so why bother! I have a king size + duvet and just lay the cover on the bed, stuff the thing into the top corners then the bottom ones, grab them and shake like mad until it shoogles about; then go to the sides and do the same. Very good exercise for the upper limbs as it takes at least five minutes to achieve grin. As I am the only one in the 6' bed, I tend to move over to the other side after a few days so it lasts longer wink

ninathenana Thu 13-Mar-14 22:41:28

No top sheet for me, I don't like to feel 'tucked in' If the bed in an hotel room is tucked in I always pull it loose. Even if it's sheet and blanket.

janerowena Thu 13-Mar-14 22:49:46

Granjura method and no top sheet.

Nonu Thu 13-Mar-14 22:51:49

We just have our King sized duvet , no sheet, doesn't seem much point !

merlotgran Thu 13-Mar-14 23:18:49

My sis-in-law is Swiss, granjura. She taught us all how to put a clean duvet cover on. Until then I used clothes pegs to anchor the top corners as I pulled the rest of it down.

No top sheet.

tanith Fri 14-Mar-14 06:35:02

No top sheet here either its just something extra to wash

Mamie Fri 14-Mar-14 06:41:16

No top sheet. Single duvet each on super kingsize bed. Granjura method. All bedding white cotton so no must get it dry to keep it matching problems.

gillybob Fri 14-Mar-14 07:04:00

A few weeks ago I bought my DD a king sized duvet to replace her old double having not realized that it was a double she had and all her covers were therefore double too. I ended up going back to the shop and buying a king sized cover. Apparently there was a good reason why she had avoided going king sized!

I was helping her with some housework and had to sit down and watch the "entertainment" while she attempted to get a cover onto the king sized quilt. My DD is only about 5 ft tall and not very domesticated at all. She was actually inside the quilt cover and looked like a living playing card with her hands stretched into the corners jumping up and down! smile

baubles Fri 14-Mar-14 07:04:40

No top sheet here either. I like the snuggle factor of the duvet and use the same inside out changing technique that has been mentioned.

My first experience of duvets was on a school trip to Bavaria in 1968, I raved about them to my mother on my return. She wasn't convinced and stuck with sheets and blankets for years.

NfkDumpling Fri 14-Mar-14 07:08:15

Top sheet, tucked in loosely at the bottom. It doesn't wander any more than it did with blankets (remember them?). In fact we've found the duvet stays in place better with a top sheet. And it means I don't have to change the duvet cover so often (King size on a double bed). I hate changing duvet covers.

Aka Fri 14-Mar-14 07:37:52

No top sheet either at home, but would prefer one if I was in a hotel.

kittylester Fri 14-Mar-14 07:44:04

The inside out method and no top sheet for us too! Doesn't everyone do inside out - it's just so obvious! confused

NfkDumpling Fri 14-Mar-14 07:48:26

I do do the inside out method but just find the covers so big. Being double thickness they take longer to dry and take up too much space on my whirligig clothes line. So I only change mine once a month -or so! (There, I've said it - I'm officially a slob blush)

shysal Fri 14-Mar-14 08:26:36

I'm with Nfk. When I used to use a duvet, I found that a top sheet, if well tucked in, stopped the quilt moving around and prevented the 'battle of the bedding' with (now ex) DH.
I have slept with top sheet only for many years now, as I am a hot body.

granjura Fri 14-Mar-14 08:36:56

Charleygirl- when have have to put a superkingsize duvet cover on, we always did it togehter, 1 corner each- ir works well.

Merlot- which area of Switzerland does your sil live in?

Elegran Fri 14-Mar-14 09:05:28

Not so easy when you are on your own, though, and still sleeping (alone) in the kingsize bed.

Our method of changing covers when there were two of us was to hang the duvet over the banisters on the top landing, each burrow one arm into a top corner of the (inside out) using the other arm to control the bulk. Then grab a corner each of the duvet, through the cover, and shake the whole thing over the stairwell until the cover fell down around the duvet. Finally cart it through to the bed to get the bottom corners straight.

Every time we did this I had to instruct DH on exactly what he was supposed to be doing - who said men had more spatial awareness than women?

I still do it the same way. It is not quite as easy, but better than any opther method I have tried. Recently I have just been using a single duvet - much simpler.

annodomini Fri 14-Mar-14 09:08:48

I have been known to end up inside the cover, but I now use the over the banister method.

Lona Fri 14-Mar-14 09:20:04

Just a duvet for me, can't stand anything tucked in over my toes as it hurts.

rosequartz Fri 14-Mar-14 09:30:12

That conjures up a wonderful picture, annodomini!

I have been using a top sheet as I had a problem with one arm but I must confess to finding it irritating at night. I may go back to just the duvet, using the inside out, grasp the corners of the duvet method. I will try the over the banisters method, but may drop it downstairs. In fact I may go and try now.

petallus Fri 14-Mar-14 09:37:00

NfkDumpling I only change my duvet cover once every four weeks though the bottom sheet and pillow cases I do more often.

There is only me in the bed and I wear pjs so the cover doesn't get very dirty.

jinglbellsfrocks Fri 14-Mar-14 09:42:15

It is just so wrong to have a sheet with a duvet cover! Takes away the whole purpose of using a duvet. It is supposed toi drape. It can't do that with a sheet between you and it.

I change bottom sheet and pillowcases weekly. Duvet cover fortnightly.

Charleygirl Fri 14-Mar-14 09:45:36

I change my king sized duvet cover weekly and it is a struggle as I am on my own but I do love a clean, fresh bed and I would love this done daily, no chance!

rosequartz Fri 14-Mar-14 09:50:54

Charleygirl, my mum always used to say if she were rich then she would have clean sheets on the bed every day (white cotton, beautifully ironed, with blankets and eiderdown in those days, of course).

(You see, I'm still on here when I should be changing the bed, clearing cupboards, food shopping etc)

Charleygirl Fri 14-Mar-14 09:56:26

rosequartz I at least have the washing machine on. I totally agree with your mother. I am assuming that she was not rich and neither am I so I will have to stick to the weekly change.

Mishap Fri 14-Mar-14 11:55:50

I remember an American couple in a Swiss hotel getting very angry with the management because they were not supplied with a sheet - they were horrified! The poor chap kept trying to explain that the duvet covers are washed as regularly as sheets.

I certainly never use a sheet - just something else to wash.

granjura Fri 14-Mar-14 12:14:05

Will have to try the bannister method- sounds good.

granjura Fri 14-Mar-14 12:16:48

Sorry Charleygirl, I had no idea. Why not replace your superking duvet for 2 4ft ones (to allow for overlap)- so one cover would not have to be changed so often, and it would be much easier to change yours as often as you like. This is what we have done. Due to a very bad knee, I have to change position and fiddle a lot in bed- that we I don't disturb OH so much.

janerowena Fri 14-Mar-14 12:38:41

I was going to suggest the Scandinavian way of using two quilts on one bed, I am very tempted by it. One of us is often hot when the other is cold, and vice versa. It would be far easier to fold a single duvet down - and to change it. I think we may well do that, when our bedding needs replacing.

rosesarered Fri 14-Mar-14 13:20:31

No top sheet! As others say 'why'? Of course if you have mobility problems then I can understand having a sheet.Duvets are so snugly on their own. We have a king sized bed and duvet cover, but I can put the cover on quickly, having done it so often.Changed every week with all the bedding.

Galen Fri 14-Mar-14 13:38:04

I don't use a sheet either.

Galen Fri 14-Mar-14 13:41:45

Incidentally, my cover dries by being hung over the landing bannister. A trick DD showed me!

Mamie Fri 14-Mar-14 14:28:54

Can certainly recommend having two duvets janerowena, it is much easier. We also have linked twin beds so one turning over doesn't disturb the other one and there are no duvet wars.

janerowena Fri 14-Mar-14 14:35:38

That's a good idea, we will have to buy a new bed soon too.

HildaW Fri 14-Mar-14 14:36:40

Cannot see the point of a top sheet under the duvet cover myself but how one has one's bed is surely up to the individual themselves.....bet there are still a few out there who still have blankets and an eiderdown! Though I do hope that brushed nylon sheets (a particular favourite of my first MiL) have died the death.

Culag Fri 14-Mar-14 15:23:11

Well, I use a top sheet, just tucked in the bottom. I have very limited drying space, so find it easier to wash. It's also good when I overheat, summer or winter. I can push the duvet away and still be covered.

storynanny Fri 14-Mar-14 15:53:12

No top sheet
I use the swiss roll method putting new cover after watching it on youtube

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