Saturday, July 18, 2009

How to make a bed a la française

Who would have guessed that cultural differences extend to the way we make a bed? In Bringing France Home, Cheryl MacLachlan details how to make a bed a la française and I thought you might find it interesting.

  • The French are not accustomed to fitted sheets; they use a flat sheet in place of a fitted one
  • A long pillow, a traversin, is used at the head of the bed and often the sheet is pulled up, over and around the traversin
  • A traversin may also be covered in its own case, as pictured here
  • The couette, or down comforter is one of the bed coverings of choice; the couette has its own covering which is washed weekly with the sheets
  • The bedskirt, or dust ruffle, is an indispensable part of the bed's ensemble; it is not only a decorative touch but is used to conceal what is stored under the bed
  • The turnback of the top sheet is very deep, as shown in the picture, often to showcase lovely hem or trim
  • The oversized pillows that are seen adorning a bed are called "European squares" and are 26" x 26" square
  • These pillows are often in cases that are embellished or monogrammed
  • Because the French like to display their pillows, their shams, and their top sheet, the bedcover is often folded back upon itself

Bonne nuit!

15 comments:

  1. Interesting. I need to get this book, I wonder if my sister will give me hers. I have been thinking of not using fitted sheets anymore, I hate trying to fold them after I wash them.

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  2. Very interesting. Seems to be very similar to how most finer hotels make their beds.

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  3. Thank you for the lovely info! Seems again, as always, that the French way is not only beautiful, but practical too :) Now if I could only get mine to be so beautiful...

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  4. I totally agree - why is it that french beds look oh so more romantic than traditional English beds! The french have gorgeous faded linens placed oh so wonderfully - we always try and dress our beds the french way. Take a look at some of our french beds at www.lafrancaisefinds.co.uk

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  5. Thanks it was a good help, now to make a bed a la française is simple and easy by using your tips. Thanks

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