So Happy Together…

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Could the secret to a happy marriage be as simple as a good night’s sleep? Experts would undoubtedly say no, but Joe and I did find a sizable slice of wedded bliss during our most recent trip to Scandinavia.


All the beds we slept in were simply draped with two twin-sized duvet covers, no sheets. They were haphazardly tossed on the bed and it somehow looked super chic. We slept like babies the first night in Copenhagen, and while we could have attributed it to jetlag, the deep and undisturbed slumber continued night after night.


On night three, Joe asked if we could try the separate duvet situation at home. I tend to be a bit…physical… in my sleep. At any given time Joe is susceptible to getting slapped, poked, scratched and spooned by yours truly.  While I could see his point, I was a little hurt by the suggestion we move towards this sleeping arrangement.

But by the end of the trip, I was considering Joe’s request. We were sleeping better than ever AND we actually enjoyed cuddling before bed and when waking. The only hang up was figuring out how to make the bed look presentable when we weren’t using it.

If you are into the idea of this European-style bed set up, here are some tips for making the bed:

– Select duvets in a solid color with some texture. Linen keeps an irregular shape, which helps make a less severe line down the center of your bed.

– Consider a duvet with a bold pattern. This is also helps bring some unity to the look of the made bed.

– Use a throw to create a more polished look. You can completely hide the two duvets, or throw it across the bed at an angle to create an effortless look.

In the end, we have both set ups: two twin duvets and a large king down comforter. We’ll use one when the other is the in the wash, and we’re sleeping better than ever.

Sources: Image 1: Photographer: Krista Ketlanen/Loving Inside via Inside Out Magazine, Image 2: via Coco Lapine Design, Image 3: Stadshem via Plante Deco, Image 4: via Decor8

BY Kate Arends - February 3, 2016

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February 3, 2016 10:20 am

Never underestimate the power of a good night of sleep. :]

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February 3, 2016 10:48 am

My husband and I have been married for 15 years and we switched to two twin duvets about a year ago for the same reasons you’ve listed. We are getting much better sleeps. Nice to know this is a thing and that we are not the only ones!

February 3, 2016 10:49 am

Hmmm. Interesting food for thought!


February 3, 2016 11:38 am

I stayed in airbnbs in Germany this summer and they all had the same bed aesthetic! I tried it at home and couldn’t nail it … maybe I’ll try again.

February 3, 2016 12:42 pm

I’ve done this twice in airbnbs – once in Copenhagen with a girl mate, and it was great because you don’t want to invade your friend’s personal space whilst sleeping. The second time was with my bf in Brtlin, that did not go so well. It was cold anyway, and we like to sleep in the middle of the bed so it meant the covers kept falling off us and we couldn’t stay warm. We were very glad of our king sized duvet back in the UK! I think the bedding looks really cool though.

February 3, 2016 4:16 pm

We don’t have two comforters but despite our tiny “full” sized bed we use a KING comforter. We’ve been together 10 years and it is a secret we share with many newlyweds. Similarly, our guest room is a daybed that expands to a king (two twin beds), and after my parents stayed with us they purchased two twin mattresses to place on their king bed frame at home because they said they’ve both never slept so good after 35 years of marriage. Last summer they traveled to Sweden and came back excited to report that is the norm in much… Read more »

February 3, 2016 4:32 pm

This is such an amazing idea! haha at the moment it’s so hot in Brisbane, we don’t sleep with a cover but once it cools down over night, I can never find the duvet or my partner is sleeping on it and he is so heavy, there is no way I could get any. Definitely going to put this idea to him and I have no doubt he will agree! GREAT POST! <3


February 3, 2016 8:05 pm

My boyfriend and I have been doing this for a year and it’s the best!

February 4, 2016 9:05 am

You reminded me of wanting to try this out at home. My boyfriend and I slept this way while visiting friends in Germany and it was brilliant! No disturbance if he moves around and vice versa. There’s also something so nice about being wrapped in your own cocoon.

February 4, 2016 8:48 pm

omg genius!

February 4, 2016 8:50 pm

i think i would greatly benefit from this idea:)

February 9, 2016 6:13 am

I grew up with this kind of bedding/duvet arrangement (I’m Norwegian, that’s why). We only have one, fitted sheet on the bed, and one sheet for each duvet. I spent 6 months in American and your sheet on sheet on duvet on comforter on heated comforter situation was undoubtedly the most f r u s t r a t i n g thing I have ever come across. I longed for my bed… Until the summer heat rolled in, and oh my woooord how I loved the fact that I could just ditch the rest of the get-up and only… Read more »

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