'Tug-of-War-Proof' Comforter Pulls Apart So That Your Partner Can't Steal All the Covers

ervét
ervét

Sleeping with a partner is great in theory, but in practice, sharing a bed with another person can get uncomfortable, fast. In fact, sleep experts say that couples often sleep better separately than they do together. (One recent study, for instance, found that women report sleeping better with their dogs than with their male partners.) Aside from feeling every movement your partner makes throughout the night, sharing a bed often means fighting over the covers.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Ervét, a dual-duvet system made for couples, bills itself as a "tug-of-war-proof" bedding option. The comforter is actually two blankets held together by hidden magnetic seams, so that you can spoon lovingly before you fall asleep, then retreat to your separate sides of the bed. If your partner is one of those sleepers who instinctively rolls away in the middle of the night, pulling your entire blanket with them, the duvet just breaks apart, leaving you both cozy and snoozing soundly under your separate covers.

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The bedding isn’t just a boon for people with blanket-hogging partners, either. It’s also made with different temperature preferences in mind. If you’re happiest cocooned under a thick pile of blankets but your partner is constantly sweating through the sheets, ervét can help. Because it’s technically two duvets, it’s easy to customize the comforter for your preferred sleep temperature with different inserts. You can choose between a lightweight option designed for people who prefer cool temperatures and an all-weather option for people who like to be extra warm while they sleep. (It’s also handy for those nights when your partner is farting up a storm next to you.)

Each ervét duvet set comes with two duvet covers, two matching pillowcases, and a fitted sheet.  You can choose between a duvet set without the inserts (so you’ll need to buy your own comforters to put inside), a set with two inserts (if you know which temperature you and your partner will prefer year-round), or a set with four inserts (in case you and your partner both want the option to sleep with either the lightweight or the all-season insert at the same time). Everything is machine washable and made from a TENCEL/cotton blend designed to mimic the feel of your favorite hotel sheets.

Using two separate duvets is already common in places like Scandinavia; in fact, ervét’s Brooklyn-based designers were inspired to create the product by the two-duvet sleeping arrangements they encountered in Denmark. But most American sleepers still embrace the clean look and cuddling potential of sharing a single queen- or king-sized comforter. The beauty of the ervét system is that you don’t have to choose between the two.

You can grab an ervét duvet system on Kickstarter, but you'd better act fast if you want to nab those early-bird prices. Prices start at $99 for a set without the customizable inserts and $199 for a set with two inserts. They’re scheduled to ship in May 2019.

This Stunning Tiny ‘Cliff’ House on Amazon Costs $105,000 (and Up)

Q-haus, Amazon
Q-haus, Amazon

Tiny houses are cheaper, simpler, and definitely more portable than full-sized homes, and thanks to online retailers, they're easier to purchase. On Amazon, you can shop for pre-fabricated tiny houses in between adding toilet paper and bed sheets to your cart. One of the latest minimalist structures Amazon has sold is a "Cliff" house with a few luxurious amenities you won't find in many conventional homes.

For $105,000, the third-party seller Q-haus will ship you its Cliff model in two ready-to-assemble modules, according to Southern Living. The 774-square-foot house is modular and can have two to three bedrooms and one to two bathrooms. The bathrooms—which are where many tiny homes cut corners—are spacious enough to house either a bath tub or a sauna. The space also boasts built-in furniture, smart-home technology, an outdoor terrace, and tall windows for letting in lots of natural light.

The Cliff is definitely cheaper than most brick-and-mortar homes on the market, but as Realtor.com warns, the Amazon price tag may be deceiving. Unless you're a skilled professional, you'll likely need to hire contractors to put the components of the home together for you. Add that to the cost of the land and the concrete foundation for the home's footprint and you're looking at a bill that's much larger than the $105,000 you'd pay up front.

Tiny homes may also seem like a good option if you're looking for new place to live immediately. But transitioning to tiny house life is rarely as easy as putting together a structure and calling it home. Zoning laws, insurance, and storage are all factors tiny home owners need to contend with before moving into their new abode.

Q-haus's Cliff design sold out shortly after it hit Amazon, and there's no indication of when or if it will be back in stock. But if you still have your heart set on downsizing your lifestyle, there are plenty of tiny dwellings available on Amazon for much cheaper prices.

[h/t Southern Living]

This Convenient, Comfortable Travel Pillow Doesn’t Wrap Around Your Neck

Manuel-F-O/iStock via Getty Images
Manuel-F-O/iStock via Getty Images

If an angry bit of airplane turbulence has recently whammed your forehead into the window, you probably have the bruises to prove that sleeping on the go can be a dangerous game. Though neck pillows can offer some security, not everyone’s a fan—some people can’t sleep totally upright, some don’t think it provides enough support, and others simply don’t like the feeling of a plush toilet seat curled around their necks.

For those people, there’s the Ostrich Pillow Mini, a tiny, oblong pillow into which you slip your hand, forearm, or elbow, depending on what’s most comfortable for you. It will stay in place and protect your head from airplane turbulence in a way that no balled-up, threadbare hoodie ever could, but it’s not just for those lucky winners (or purchasers) of window seats. You can use the pillow wherever you might be inclined to rest your head on top of your arms, including plane or train trays, piles of library books, and office desks. One Amazon customer even used the pillows as elbow pads to protect himself from unforgivingly hard arm rests.

Ostrich pillow mini
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Since the Ostrich Pillow Mini essentially works as an extension of your arm, you don’t have to stay stone-still while you sleep. As Travel + Leisure’s Claudia Fisher puts it, “Sometimes, I even wake up from a nap to discover I’ve shifted in my sleep but brought my little arm pillow with me to support my head in its new spot.”

In addition to its main opening, the pillow has two other holes. One is a small, finger-sized opening through which you slide your thumb if you’re keeping the pillow on your hand. The other is a larger hole at the other end, through which you slide your hand if you want the pillow to stay on your forearm or elbow.

Ostrich pillow mini
Amazon

It’s compact enough that you can easily fit it into your carry-on bag, backpack, or briefcase, and understated enough that you can power nap in public without drawing attention to yourself. The outer layer is light gray, and the inner layer comes in Midnight Grey, Blue Reef, or Sleepy Blue. You can order it for $35 from Amazon.

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