The duvet cover is an essential part of your bedding set, as it helps protect your comforter and ensures it stays clean all year round. Duvet covers are a great alternative to going without a duvet entirely, as they protect your down comforter or other types of comforters from being exposed to dirt and oils from your skin — things that could affect how quickly it loses its warmth when you’re not using it. The right duvet cover can make your bedroom look beautiful and feel cozy. It will also help keep the insides of your duvet clean. As with any type of bedding, there are many different options available for duvet covers. Depending on the size, material and color scheme you have in mind for your bedroom, the following guide will introduce you to some of the best options out there so that you can find just what you need to complete your perfect bedding set.
What to Look for in a Duvet Cover
No matter what type of duvet cover you choose, it’s important to remember that it should be machine-washable. You may want to consider buying a duvet cover with a zipper or buttons to make it easier to wash and dry. You’ll also want to pay attention to the weight of the fabric. If your duvet cover is too heavy, it will pull your duvet down and change how it looks and feels. And if it’s too light, your duvet cover might not do its job protecting your comforter from dirt and oils. You may also want to look into whether your duvet cover is hypoallergenic or anti-microbial. While not all duvet covers are made with these features, they can help to protect your comforter and keep your bedroom cleaner and fresher. Besides these features, you also want to make sure that the duvet cover you choose fits your comforter.
Comforter vs. Duvet: What’s the Difference?
It’s important to understand the difference between a duvet and a comforter before picking out a duvet cover. A duvet is traditionally a single-layer bedding item that’s filled with down feathers or synthetic fibers. A comforter is usually two layers of fabric sewn together (with the top layer being a soft, fluffy material such as down). Duvets are designed to be placed inside your duvet cover, which is the protective layer of fabric that covers the down or synthetic fibers of a duvet. If you have a down comforter or other down-filled bedding, then you’ll want to make sure to purchase a duvet cover that’s made with a fabric that protects your down from dirt, oils, and other things that could damage it.
How to Choose a Duvet Cover Size
Duvet cover sizes vary based on the size of your duvet or comforter. You may want to measure your comforter or duvet before you head to the store in order to make sure you purchase the right size duvet cover. You can also find duvet cover size charts online that will tell you what size duvet cover you’ll need based on the size of your duvet or comforter. If you’re purchasing a duvet cover for a down comforter or other down-filled bedding, you’ll want to make sure you get a duvet cover that’s large enough to fit both your duvet and comforter inside it at the same time. Some duvet covers come with a zipper or buttons in the middle to allow you to fold the comforter inside and still close the duvet cover. Other duvet covers come in sizes that allow you to have two comforters inside one duvet cover.
Choosing a Material for Your Duvet Cover
When choosing a material for your duvet cover, you’ll want to make sure that it’s easy to clean, durable, and lightweight. Some fabrics are easier to clean than others, as well as being able to withstand frequent washing. Duvets and duvet covers made of cotton are easy to clean and are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Cotton fabrics are prone to wrinkling and shrinking, so they may not be the best option if you have kids or pets in the home. Duvets and duvet covers made of polyester are also easy to clean and come in many different colors and patterns. Polyester is a synthetic fabric, but it feels just as soft as cotton. It’s also wrinkle-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about ironing it every time you clean it.
Finding the Right Color for Your Duvet Cover
Besides choosing a material that’s easy to clean, durable, and lightweight, you’ll also want to find a duvet cover in the color(s) you like best. Some duvet covers are available in a wide variety of colors, while others are only available in one or two colors. Duvet covers with a solid color are the easiest to match with your bedroom decor. Patterned duvet covers (like paisley or plaid) can be more difficult to match with your bedroom. If you choose a patterned duvet cover, you’ll want to be sure to pair it with other patterned items such as your sheets and pillows to help everything come together.