Thursday, April 26, 2012

Malta vs. Canada: The Bedroom

In the week leading up to the airing of our episode of House Hunters International in the U.S. (May 3rd at 10:30 pm & 1:30 am EST on HGTV [Home and Garden Television]) we'll be taking you on a tour of the Maltese home, room by room, and telling you about the differences us silly Canadians have noticed between it and its North American counterpart. For our purposes, we'll be referencing Maltese flats, not villas or large family homes.

And we'll start in the bedroom, where it's all about size.

Clothing and bed sizes, that is.


All of the beds we're seen in Malta don't have box springs. So after a year of sleeping on a rock hard bed we gave in and purchased a mattress topper. We've slept like babies ever since (seriously - get one!) In North America there are Single, Double, King, Queen, and California King sized beds. Here, bed sizes are measured in actual numbers (centimetres) which you would think would make the whole bed system easier. Not so much. In Malta, we are fortunate to have both Continental European and British bed and linen sizes. And just when you think you've figured out what a British 'double' bed size is, you buy Continental 'double' sized sheets. Alas.


None of the Maltese bedrooms I've ever seen have built-in closets. Instead, clothing is stored in dressers or wardrobes. Which makes perfect sense to a chronic furniture re-arranger like me.


Now let's go inside that wardrobe. In Malta clothing sizes follow the British and Continental European models. Which means I feel much skinnier while shopping in Canada. Here, an American size 0 is a European size 4. A 4! You're already starting at a 4! Not especially helpful when your diet consists of unhealthy amounts of crusty Maltese bread and Gozo cheeselets.


As to what you do in the bedroom, that's your business. Well actually, not quite (little known fact!)

In the Maltese bedroom you will also typically find an air conditioner, and quite often a small terrace used for air flow or hanging laundry. Like the rest of the Maltese home, the walls in the bedroom are constructed of rock and covered in a thin layer of plaster. Making them absolutely impossible for hanging paintings on, even for a former gallery girl like me.

Do any of these differences surprise you? What your bedroom. How would it be different from a Canadian or Maltese bedroom? Do tell.

And tomorrow - the kitchen!

- Jess

9 comments :

  1. We also start at 4 in South Africa, although the smallest size I normally see on the racks is a 6 (and it's tiny!). It took me so long to get used to, ha! I'll also take American sizes any day!

    xxx
    Jenna

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    1. Good to know! What kind of sizing do they generally follow in South Africa? American, European?

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  2. What a clever way to talk about the show & cultural differences! German bedding drives me nuts. And no sheets in most of Europe...strange.

    Can't wait to track down your show (somehow) once it airs.

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    1. I forgot about the no-sheets thing! We have them in Malta :)

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  3. Hi Jess. Thanks for the comment on my blog! I actually have been following for some time now. I switched blogger accounts, so it looks like I'm everyone's newest follower. :)

    I lived in South America and feel like I dealt with these issues a lot too. I brought my own sheets and realized that a full/queen set of sheets was not exactly the size bed I had although they looked quite similar. We didn't have any heat or ac, so sleeping was tough in the summertime.

    I also lived with no dryer, dishwasher, or garbage disposal... A few things that aren't necessary but definitely seem luxurious now that I'm home!

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    1. How interesting! We've lived without a dryer and dishwasher too - and feel so lucky to have them now.

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  4. Eeeek so exciting!!!!!!! To me the bedroom is the most important room in the house.

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  5. where do you buy bed box springs in malta cause i need one as i couldnt find and when i was living in canada i could find everywhere

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    1. I Sonya! They don't seem to be common in Malta. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen one! Sorry :( I miss them too.

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