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The No-Fluff Guide To Duvet Covers

Cozy and comfortable, a duvet is the perfect bedding for snuggling up under at night, treating yourself to breakfast in bed, or sneaking a refreshing twenty minute nap during the day. Depending on which material you choose, duvets are generally easy to maintain and can be as fluffy, soft, and warm as you desire. Thinking about switching from a comforter to a duvet or upgrading your already well-loved one with a new cover? Here’s what you need to know.

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Duvet Covers 101

Let’s start with the basics. A duvet is a padded piece of bedding similar in construction to a comforter. It can be filled with various different materials like feathers, wool, down, or alternative filling types, and often features box or channel stitching patterns to keep the filling evenly distributed. The difference between this bedding option and a comforter, however, is that a comforter is meant to be used on its own and often is colorful or has a design pattern itself. Whereas a duvet is typically plain colored, as it is meant to be used with a cover.

A duvet cover, then, is what goes over your duvet to protect it from daily wear and tear. Think pillow case, but bigger. This removable cover makes weekly washings a breeze, and is easy to switch out as your design preferences change. Often this cover has buttons, ties, or other closures to secure it onto the padding.

Sizing:

Duvet covers are made to fit your bed like a comforter would, with a little overhang but generally not an excessive amount. Your duvet cover should match the size of both your duvet padding and your bed. Whether that’s a king, queen, full, twin, or other size.

Materials:

Duvet covers come in any material that bedding typically comes in. This means that silk, cotton, linen, flannel, or blends are all choices that make great duvet covers-among many others. Depending on the material, it can be so easy to wash and so cozy that some people prefer skipping a top sheet altogether and just using their duvet-especially in warmer months. This simplifies your cleaning as well as your morning bed-making routines. If you do this, pick a material that’s most comfortable to you. Even if you choose to use a top sheet and additional blankets, choose a material that fits your preferences and your maintenance goals.

Warmth:

A combination of both the duvet and the cover can attribute to the overall warmth of the duvet. If you get cold easily at night or are looking for the perfect winter blanket to snuggle up under, pay close attention to the material of the duvet and the fill power. A higher fill power means more warmth without extra weight/filling (600 is average warmth), while a lower fill power is perfect for warmer seasons or bedrooms that get toasty easily. A cover that is made from a warm material like flannel, then, will keep you extra cozy as well, while a light cotton like jersey will be light and cooling.

How do you put your duvet cover on once you pick it out? Simply slip it onto the duvet like you would a pillowcase, or try one of the various handy tricks people have devised to simply the process and ensure an application that is simple and won’t cause damage to your duvet over time. These tricks are especially handy for avoiding lumps and an uneven corner match.

Caring For Your Duvet Cover

When you find the perfect duvet and craft the bed of your dreams, it’s important to properly launder and care for it to keep it cozy and intact for years to come. The duvet itself doesn’t need to be cleaned too often if you are using a cover to protect it. Every three months is a good start, as you want to make sure you are washing it at least once a year. Make sure to read the care instructions specific to your duvet, as some require dry cleaning or other delicate washing techniques. This goes for the covers as well, which should be washed more often. While some covers do require dry-cleaning, most can be washed in your washing machine with cold water and a gentle detergent and tumble dried on a low or medium heat setting. The cover should be washed every week or two as you wash your sheets, with frequent cleanings being especially important if you are not using a top sheet between you and the cover.