Bed culture in Germany

Sharing a bed is great for a cuddle until the other person rolls over and yanks the cover off you, leaving you with two options:

  1. Freeze
  2. Learn to strategically pull the cover back, and sleep in a way that reduces the risk of you losing it again.
  3. What happened to that peaceful ‘people-don’t-move-one-centimetre’ sleep that we see in the ads? Surely there’s something that can be done about this?

    Well, ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to German bed culture – changing your sleep for the better!

    One bed, two duvets

    I had seen this ‘two duvets on a mattress’ thing when on holiday in Europe, but never truly appreciated it until actually living in Germany. Having two single duvets on a double bed avoids having to master any duvet-keeping strategies or even getting kicked in the night. Unfortunately, it doesn’t prevent snoring but if you really want to avoid physical contact at all costs, some people even have two single mattresses on one double bed 😲

    Duvet, pillow and bed sizes

    Rather than having “king” “queen” “double” or “single”, Germans measure their duvets, pillows and beds by the centimetre. It took some getting used to, but it makes so much sense! Who the hell knows how big a “double” bed actually is anyway? Why not just call it a “180 cm” bed and save yourself the faff.

    Pillow sizes

    Another great thing about bed culture in Germany! German pillows are generally square, which I personally find more comfortable, but they also come in a variety of other sizes too. I don’t know why we don’t have this in the UK- having the perfect pillow for your body definitely improves your sleep. I’ve even had friends from London order square pillows after coming to visit me.

    Who would have thought there’d be so many options when it came to getting a good night’s sleep? If counting sheep isn’t helping you nod off, and you don’t want to battle for the duvet, maybe try adopting a bit of German bed culture, you’ll be catching Zs in no time!


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  1. I hate German square pillows!!! You always end up with the bulk around your head and just a slither of pillow underneath. Always preferred the UK rectangular ones 😂

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  2. I love German bed culture!!!! It’s something I took back with me to America! I’m sitting here in our king bed, underneath my blanket on my side hahah. I am in Arizona 🔥 so no duvet but it works the same!

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  3. Hahah to me it was a shock!
    I am used to having a sheet and a blanket or two on top! But I loove now the duvet 😍
    I could never get used to the square pillows! It sort of goes into your back as well. It simply does not work for me.
    Good story Alisa! Bed culture in Germany is really different from other places!


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