Avoiding Those Tug O’ War Nights

Anyone who has shared a bed with a partner has undoubtedly experienced a moment when they’ve found themselves without any linens or covers to keep them warm and cozy. We all know that dreadful feeling when we look over at our loved ones and notice they have fully wrapped themselves into the duvet like a pig in a blanket, leaving you to fend for yourself. You contemplate prying the duvet off your partner, potentially offering a swift kick to the back in hopes they’ll roll over, or you consider a move to the sofa where you may find another quilt and a few more hours of shut eye. Let’s consider some other popular options, so you can avoid starting WW3 with your companion.

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  1. Scandi-Style: Two Duvets, One Bed – this method allows both parties to have their own duvet and removes the argument/battle factor all together. The Scandis are clearly the non-confrontational type and this really does solve the problem! Bed buddies can share a mattress but still have their own cocoons. One must simply master the overlaying of the duvets for morning cuddles and try to avoid gaps where cool bedroom air might enter the nest. It takes practice! For those of us who obsess over what a made bed looks like, consider a throw or blanket at the bottom of the bed like the tan one pictured above or the orange one below to complete the look.dbf67e3cb3408ef54854441a441f4677
  2. King Duvet on Queen Bed – This method decreases the chances that you’ll end up without any bit of the duvet, due to its obscenely large size. However, if your partner is particularly skilled at “sausaging”, they may be able to successfully wrap themselves entirely within it. The trick with this method is to grab hold early and chances are your partner will settle down with a good two-thirds of it, leaving you with at least enough duvet to cover your slice of the bed. Your bed will look plush, lush and incredibly luxurious with the overflowing fabric draped over it. In order to balance out the heaviness of the larger duvet, be sure to have a few big pillows on the bed to balance it out.
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  3. Flat Sheet and Duvet – Many Americans prefer this style of bedding and the flat sheet helps keep the duvet from slipping around throughout the night. Adding a simple flat sheet adds traction and not to mention aesthetic appeal to the bed. This means you have a completed bed look and functionality. You won’t have to clean the duvet cover as often, and the fitted and flat sheet are much easier to manage. It’s not the best solution to the tug o’ war, but it certainly will reduce the ability of your partner to ball up in the duvet. It’s worth a shot!586491_2_o

Any other ideas? How about going back in time to separate beds?! Feel free to share your ideas in the comments section below.

Some of My Favorite Bedding Brands Available in the US

Several readers have asked about my recommendations for bed and table linens and I’ve finally put some thought into it. I have had to narrow down my favorite brands in the US, the UK, and in France, as many are not available globally and mattresses differ in size across the globe. Please keep in mind that my definition of luxury centers around quality and craftsmanship. I have tried to focus on niche companies that have the best interest of their consumers, their employees, and our planet at heart. There are countless brands to choose from, but I hope my reviews will help narrow down the options as you create your perfect nest.

This post will focus on luxury linen brands available in the US. Please note a few of these brands will create bespoke linens and ship internationally. I will follow up with a post on UK brands in the weeks to come. Promise!

Léron

duet-ming-sheeting_collection_add219b1-9fab-49a7-8470-d70edd0e417a_largeLéron offers a small line of beautifully hand embroidered linens for the bed, bath, and table and also has a bespoke department. There’s custom and then there is Léron custom: everything is tailored to the individual and the level of personalized care and attention to detail is evident in their business philosophy.

Schweitzer Linens

riga_angelicaIf you are a born and bred New Yorker, there is a good chance you’ve heard of Schweitzer. The company has stores scattered around the Upper East and Upper West side as well as a catalog and website. Schweitzer delivers excellent quality and gorgeous detail at an affordable price. The linens are soft, durable, and will stand the test of of time. The company also offers a variety of throws, blankets, baby and children’s bedding, as well as fabric available by the yard.

Matouk

marsalis_bedEveryone loves Matouk for their fresh and modern interpretation of classic fine linens. The all-American company based out of Massachusetts produces beautiful bed sets as well and towels, gifts and home accessories. The brand stands for sustainable practices and delivers exceptional quality and design at a great price.

Leontine Linens

54c138eb9f37d_-_hbx-leontine-linens-1-57022814This New Orleans based brand has a cult following and is a favorite for all those who love monogramming. The company offers great designs but also has countless monogramming styles from which to choose. Bright colors, modern fonts, bold curly cues, it’s all here. With so many options to choose from, you’re bound to find exactly what you want for your home.

Peacock Alley

la-femme_ensembleThis Texas based brand has been around for nearly 40 years and delivers high quality fabric sourced from around the world and sewn in Dallas. The vision for the founder’s family-run, locally based company has not changed: Make and sell bedding and bath linens that are simple, beautiful, and impeccably crafted. Mary Ella Gabler understands the importance of detail and elements of craftsmanship. This boutique company is definitely one to know.

Boll & Branch

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Though the blog is designed to focus on luxury linens with elements of high quality craftsmanship, I understand some readers may be looking for more affordable options. Boll & Branch gets my stamp of approval because of their commitment to fair trade, sustainable practices, and quality textiles.

Do you have a favorite brand that I haven’t listed? Please feel free to share in the comments section.