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!
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.
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.
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
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 . 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
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!
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.
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 )
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.