Some of the bedspreads and blankets I chose take a long time to dry and have to be dried alone because they are big. Laundry takes a while and even though I have 2 of everything, I can’t air dry the bigger blankets and covers in the winter. Any recommendations on blankets and/or coverlets for the winter to make the job easier. We can get cold up here in the mountains. Is it ok just to make the bed with a good thick blanket and not use a coverlet or comforter. I do not want to look like a hotel bed…but
Can you air dry inside the home? Get a drying rack or a retractable line that can be pulled out? For a cabin type decor how about a duvet in a cover and then wool blanket on top (like the fake Hudson Bay look) that can be washed but they air dry quickly.
Putting up a line inside is not out of the question. That is a good idea. Hubby can do that for me. But ours is actually not a cabin type rental .We are a modern downtown rental . Wool would work if I looked for it in a solid color that complemented the room thanks.
We use duvets and duvet covers here in the UK. Blankets are not practical, particularly during Covid in terms of the cleaning/drying required. @Mountainhost
Oh sorry. I guess you are the one in the mountain, not the rental.
I have this one that I got to install in my part of the house but haven’t done it yet. There are a number of designs that are better for indoors than out. Do you do laundry at your house or at the rental?
I do laundry at both. Start towels at the rental and take the large stuff home. Have good high capacity washers and dryers at both but my house has large outdoor deck so I dry outside in sun whenever possible. Snow and rain coming this weekend. We are in the mountains but my rental is in our downtown. A lot of cabins 20 minutes up the road. I cater to people who want to be close to town so went with modern.
Drying indoors in the winter is a good way to add humidity to the house too.
@Mountainhost I had something like this when I lived in Canada, for drying indoors in the winter. Clothes dried really fast, as the rack gets hoisted up to the ceiling, where all the warm air rises. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/208995238943322361/
This is what I do in my smaller cabin, I wash the blankets first and hang over the stair railing. Usually dry by the end of the day.
Here is El Paso things dry so fast. I’ve hung stuff over dog gates, drapery rods, the shower curtain rod. Also my outdoor line swivels around so I can hang things under the patio cover (like if there are storms around) or in the sun.
Yes I think there is room in the rental laundry room for a rack or clothesline. Hubby is handy. This is a good “honey do” for him? If I put up clotheslines in both places, less lugging back and forth. Excellent ideas. Thanks.
Do you have banisters in the home? I use them as drying racks for comforters and blankets. I can fit up to five. I also use the shower rods and chairbacks. I line up three chairs so I can fit a quilt over the chairbacks. I have also used curtain rods.
For us, the answer is layers. We use 100% cotton on our beds. Mid-range thread count sheets (like 400s), a light cotton blanket, a cotton coverlet, and a heavier cotton blanket guests can add on top if they’re cold. Layers always dry faster for us. We started out using quilts, and they took forever. Also, layers let guests customize the temp for themselves.
I agree with @Helsi. I just don’t know how hosts manage with all those blankets and sheets.
Duvets every time. (But you knew I was going to say that).
@Mountainhost, you will love the rack/clothesline in the laundry room. I have an extremely small laundry room, but it has a rack plus some strategic hooks. I dry all the bed linens, comforter, extra blanket (layers because it gets cold here too!), plus the floor mat, dishtowels, cleaning cloths, everything, that way when I can’t hang things outside. Works really well. My listing has only the one bed, though, I should mention. Any more beds and I would have to rethink.
I bought some cotton coverlets and lighter cotton blankets. Will see how fast and well they dry inside. I usually have at least 2 daysbetween guests. I do have a duvet and duvet cover but hesitate because of the expectation that the duvet shouldbe washed between each guest and a duvet takes longer to air dry and is a lot of work for even the best dryers. They are heavy when they are wet.
I was doing the exact same thing on our back deck . But I have nothing like that inside. Now winter is moving in. That is a lovely room, by the way.
Thank you : ) Do you have wooden rods for your drapes? I use that too. I pull the drapes all the way to the end of the rods and then drape over the rod a quilt or blanket, comforters are too heavy but works great for lighter items. I love your night view, looks like a string of lights. So pretty and peaceful.
Ok. Like duvets ( without feathers), but they are not supposed to be washed??? Thought they needed dry cleaning…ugh!
Any Americans know of washable duvets?
I wash mine. They have a synthetic filling. I never pay attention to laundering instructions though so you probably shouldn’t listen to me.