Anki Spets has been out to improve American slumber since 1990. Back then, she was a Swedish fashion designer new to NYC and dismayed by the wrinkle-proof, mixed blend sheets that dominated the US market. Years before Ikea and Scandi style arrived on the home front, way before bedding disruptors entered the picture, her business, Area Home, was all about natural fibers in Swedish-inspired patterns and palettes from fair trade sources.
In addition to natural materials, Anki is all about comfort and casualness (she even builds rumples into her designs). But there’s another a crucial element to her bed making: mine and yours duvets on a shared mattress.“It’s a Scandinavian and Northern European thing that has so many advantages, including better sleep,” she told me—and then offered to share how it’s done. Here, her photographic explanation. As we hunker down for the winter, this simple approach just might be the answer to harmony at house—or, at the least, better bedfellows and more REM. Try it and please report.
Photography courtesy of Area Home.
Step 1: The Basic Bed Trio
The advantages of two duvets include no longer having to battle for coverage and being able to cater to different temperature preferences: one duvet can be a furnace, the other a featherweight. “Maybe you’ve been on your own for too long and it’s time to share a bed, or you’ve shared a bed–and cover—and cannot seem to find peace,” says Anki. “More and more customers are asking for twin duvets; some take things a step further and push two twin beds together.” (The New York Times recently covered the latter trend in “Is It Time for a Sleep Divorce?”)
Step 2: Fold the Duvets
(Optional) Step 3: The Frosting on Top
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