Snuggling in at the first nip of autumn chill

It’s been a long, hot summer in Ottawa, and I would never complain about that. Summer is my absolute favourite season, and even though we don’t have air conditioning, I like my summer weather steamy. However, I have to admit that I’ve been looking forward to autumn’s first chill to test drive some of the last products from our IKEA sustainability project.

Summer did not seem like a smart time to swap out my synthetic duvet for our new BLEKVIDE feather and down duvet. With no A/C, we’ve spent most of this warm summer sleeping on top of the sheets. Now that the leaves are changing and it’s officially autumn, it seemed like the perfect time to switch out the duvets as well.

I have to admit, I have always been a little leery of getting a down duvet because of the care required, but I love that I can throw my BLEKVIDE duvet in both the washer and the dryer. A little instruction sheet tucked into the package advises that a water temperature of 60C is sufficient to kill any mites, and to add tennis balls to the dryer to help fluff the duvet up and keep the feathers and down from clumping. Great tips!

The BLEKVIDE has a higher proportion of down than some of the other IKEA comforters, which I read online meant for a fluffier duvet. Even still, I was amazed and delighted at just HOW fluffy and full the duvet was right out of the package, with just a few hard shakes. It really is like sleeping enveloped in a cloud of soft warmth! I really noticed the difference when I woke up in the morning and the overnight temperatures had fallen to a brisk 3C. I love to sleep with the windows cracked open for as late into the season as I can, so the room was quite cool and the tip of my nose was chilled, but the rest of me was cozy and warm. I can easily see letting the thermostat fall to 16C overnight through the winter with this warm – but not stuffy – duvet keeping us warm.

My only complaint is that as autumn trudges into winter and the sun rises later and later, it will be increasingly difficult to crawl out of my warm little den and face the cold, dark day. Maybe IKEA is working on a solution for me to sustain my job from the comfort of my bed? 😉