Tips For Buying Duvet Covers

A duvet is a type of bedding that is flat and filled with feathers, cotton, wool or synthetic fibers. It is used as a single covering, and unlike a comforter, is not meant to be used along with sheets and blankets. A duvet is generally placed inside a cover that is generally made of cotton, and this is what we call a duvet cover. A duvet cover protects the duvet from getting all soiled up, and is easier to clean than the duvet itself. It also serves aesthetic purposes.

Duvet covers are available in different sizes and shapes, which makes it difficult to choose one. However, here are some tips that will make the task at hand easier.
Choose One in the Right Size

The first thing to consider when buying a duvet cover is the size. How large do you want your duvet cover to be? There are 4 standard sizes for duvet covers, corresponding to the standard duvet sizes, and these are as given below.

► Twin Size Duvet Covers (66″ x 84″)

► Double Duvet Covers (80″ x 84″)

► King Size Duvet Covers (102″ x 86″)

► Queen Size Duvet Covers (88″ x 86″)

► California King Duvet Covers (114″ x 106″)

If you’re unsure, measure the duvet that you’re purchasing the cover for, and also look for size specifications on the packaging of the cover. If you’re shopping online, make sure you’re shopping one in the right size before placing an order. It’s important to note that, for example, not all king size duvets are of the same size. So, it is always recommended that you know the exact measurements before you buy one.

Choose One with the Right Fabric
Once you know which size to buy, the next thing to consider is the fabric that it is made of. Duvet covers are available in different materials, including cotton, velvet, satin, silk, jersey knit, flannel, and linen. If you wish to settle for nothing less than a soft fabric, then silk and satin are your best bets. While warm fabrics, such as flannel, are ideal for times when it gets really cold, they can be difficult to maintain. Unlike cotton and linen that can be safely washed in a washing machine, fabrics like velvet and flannel require dry cleaning. Another factor to consider is the durability of the fabric. If you’re looking for a duvet cover for everyday use, then you should opt for durable fabrics such as cotton and linen. However, if it’s only meant for use on special occasions, then you may choose luxurious satin, silk, or velvet.

Choose One that Complements the Décor of the Room
An important point to consider is whether it complements the décor and color scheme of the room. While most people opt for a white duvet cover, you can safely play around with funky colors as long as they don’t clash with the color on the walls. If you want an elegant look, try silk or soft satin duvet covers in lovely jewel tones. Printed duvet covers is also a trend that is fast catching up, all the more so with duvet cover sets. A duvet cover set includes a matching bed sheet and pillow cases.

Decide How Much You’re Willing to Spend
Not all duvet covers are the same, and needless to say, are priced differently depending on the size and the type of fabric. While you cannot do much about the size aspect, you can definitely opt for cotton or linen if you do not wish to spend a lot. However, if you have a bigger budget, then go for a gorgeous one in velvet or high-quality silk. Before you decide to splurge on a delicate fabric, consider factors like ease of cleaning and maintenance, which might add up to the cost.

Know the Thread Count Before You Buy
This is one of the key factors to consider when shopping for duvet covers. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of the fabric. Higher the thread count, warmer the fabric. Most good quality duvet covers have a thread count close to 400, but it varies from 100 to 1000, depending on the quality.

Check the Closure System Before You Buy
Duvets and duvet covers are analogous to pillows and pillow cases. Once you have put the duvet inside the cover, there is a closure system to close the opening, and this can widely vary. While some have zippers, others have buttons, and still others have Velcro tape. It’s not the type of closure system that matters, but the sturdiness is what you need to check. Look for broken buttons or zippers that just won’t close. A high-quality duvet cover would have a solid and sturdy closure system.

As an afterthought, some may consider duvet covers to be an additional expense. However, the truth is that they are a worthy investment, as they increase the life of your duvet. So, go ahead and buy a duvet cover that protects your duvet and, at the same time, adds a touch of freshness to your room décor.