How do you make your bed?

There is a huge difference between European and American bedding. And I’m not talking size, or material…I’m talking sheets!

Having lived both in Italy and America, I have grown accustomed to some bedding basics, like a top sheet and a bedcover to keep the dust off the pillows. Instead, in Austria (and UK from what I understand), it is very common to just have a covered comforter and a bottom sheet. They use the covered comforter, which is often made of cotton, as a top sheet and throw the whole thing in the wash when it’s time to change the bedding.

The simplicity of European bedding, certainly makes it easy to make the bed (just straighten the blanket) but is a big change for those who are used to sleeping in a tightly tucked bed!

American Bedding Austrian Bedding
Basic Bedding:
-Pillow & Case
-Bottom Sheet
-Top Sheet

-The comforter could be put in a comforter cover, but this is not typical.
-Pillow Shams for extra pillows are very common, though not commonly used.
-Bed skirts are a very popular addition

Notes: This is also true in Italy, with the exception of the bed skirt.

Basic Bedding:
-Pillow & Case
-Bottom Sheet
-Comforter in Cover

-An extra blanket is used for extra cold nights

Notes: This is also true in the U.K.

So, how do you make your bed?!?!

This post was copy and pasted from my personal blog lapsus humanus.

1 Comment so far

  1. Angie (unregistered) on October 14th, 2007 @ 8:02 am

    I use the American style. However, having slept through through Dutch, Norwegian, German, and now Italian beds, I like the down comforter idea, covered with a cover similar to the bottom sheet.

    Ciao, Angie

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