Praised for its attractive design, soft feel, and solid construction, this duvet cover also stands out for washing well and deterring pet fur.
A few feel the material is not soft enough, and some reported the material snagging from regular use.
Ideal for those who prefer all cotton, this duvet cover stands out for being durable, resisting fading and pilling, and keeping the duvet insert in place. Many users also praise the softness and good fit.
A few feel that this style is too stiff, and some think it wrinkles too easily.
This duvet is not only lightweight and soft-feeling, but it also stands out for holding up over time, having beautiful color, and being good quality.
Some consumers reported receiving damaged items, and it doesn't hold the duvet insert down as well as other models.
Many feel this duvet cover is both soft and sturdy, with a luxe feel for its cost. It also stands out for its smart hidden zipper closure and lightweight feel.
Occasional users report that the material feels too thin, and a few received damaged products.
This style stands out for being wrinkle resistant, and some users give this solid praise for holding up well over time. Its beautiful appearance is another pro, and the instructions are easy to follow.
Poor fit and missing ties are among the occasional quality concerns expressed by some consumers.
A duvet cover is often described as a big pillowcase for your comforter. It’s also an economical way to refresh and redo your bedroom since duvet covers cost substantially less than new comforters. A duvet cover also protects your duvet insert or comforter from wear and tear, so you won’t need to replace it nearly as often.
The best thing about a duvet cover is that it eliminates the need to wrangle your comforter into a washing machine. It minimizes the number of times you take your still-damp comforter out of the dryer and wait a day until it’s fully air-dried. Cleaning a duvet cover is as easy as machine washing a flat sheet. Once you’ve lived with a duvet cover for a while, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one.
There are plenty of duvet covers on the market for all sizes of bed, from twin all the way up to California king. Our shopping guide can help you select the ideal duvet cover for your needs, and we have some tips on how to navigate using a duvet cover once it’s on your bed. Take a look at our favorites, too.
Duvet covers come in 100% polyester microfibers, cotton, linen, silk, satin, and blends, and each one has its advantages and disadvantages. For example, an all-cotton duvet cover can come out of the wash wrinkled. Microfiber duvet covers can look just like cotton, linen, silk, or satin and are easier to maintain than duvet covers made of other fibers.
Much has been said over the years about the thread count in sheets, but it also applies to duvet covers. Thread count is the measure of threads in one square inch of fabric. High thread count doesn’t always mean high quality, but thread count does matter. The quality and weave of the cotton or fiber matters more.
Keep it simple and decide whether you like the cool, crispness that feels like a freshly pressed shirt or the soft, heavier feel of a silky, satiny shirt. A duvet cover with a thread count over 200 but still in the lower hundreds will feel like that crisp dress shirt. A duvet cover with a higher thread count, near 1,000, will have a heavier, satiny, and super-soft feel.
Buying the right size duvet cover for your duvet or comforter is an important consideration. There are three camps when it comes to sizing: buy a duvet cover that’s smaller than the insert, the same size as the insert, or slightly larger than the insert. Take note that if you buy a duvet cover that’s a bit smaller than your insert or comforter (by two inches on each side), it will guarantee a snug fit, but the duvet cover could shrink after the first washing and no longer fit the comforter.
Most duvet cover sets include one or two pillow shams. Shams come in different designs, including flanges or other types of decorative edging. Shams fit standard or king-size pillows, depending on the size of the duvet cover you purchase.
To hold a duvet, insert or comforter in place, a duvet cover may have a tie on each of its four corners. Some have only two ties, at the top. The way to tie a duvet insert differs from tying a comforter. A duvet insert has tabs at each of its four corners. Just attach the duvet insert tabs to the duvet cover ties. Comforters don’t have tabs on the corners. The traditional way to tie a comforter is a bit different. Grab a bit of fabric in each corner of the comforter and use the duvet cover’s ties to secure the comforter to the cover.
Duvet covers have various closures to keep the duvet insert from sliding out of the cover. You may find a discreet zipper located on the side of the cover, small buttons on top of the duvet cover, or snaps on one edge of the cover. A few duvet covers have exterior ties for closing, and there are some that fold over, doing away with any type of hard fasteners. The type of closure you choose is a matter of preference.
It’s even easier to redecorate your bedroom with a reversible duvet cover. You don’t have to turn a reversible duvet cover inside out; you simply flip it over for a different color or pattern. You can find some striking coordinating styles. For example, a duvet cover may have one baby blue side and one soft pink side, or a duvet cover could have the same pattern on both sides but in two different colors. There are plenty of combinations to choose from when looking for a reversible duvet cover.
Inexpensive: In the $17 to $20 range, you’ll find microfiber duvet covers with a lower thread count (though many may not even give you the thread count), for twin, queen, and king sizes. The duvet covers at this price point may come in limited solid colors.
Mid-range: Most better-quality microfiber duvet covers for all size beds can be found in the $20 to $40 range. You’ll begin to find more fashion colors, attractive patterns, reversible covers, higher thread counts, brushed finishes, and thicker fabrics. More zipper closures are found in this price range. In the $25 range, you’ll begin to spot all-cotton duvet covers for twin beds.
Expensive: From $40 to $80, you’ll begin to find luxury, higher thread count, all-cotton duvet covers for queen and king beds. At around $40, you’ll find microfiber duvet covers for California king beds. Reversible, all-cotton duvet covers are found at the higher end of this price range.
Q. Can I put a comforter inside a duvet cover?
A. Yes, you can, but watch the sizing. Duvet covers vary a bit in size regardless of whether it’s for a twin, full, queen, or king bed. For example, one king duvet cover measures approximately 104 x 90 inches while another brand’s measures 110 x 96 inches. A standard king comforter is 102 x 86-88 inches, which won’t have any trouble fitting into a king duvet cover. It may be a bit different with a queen duvet cover. One may measure 90 x 90 inches while another may be 94 x 96 inches. A standard queen comforter is 86-88 x 96-100 inches. The comforter won’t fit into the first queen duvet cover and will just barely squeeze into the second one.
Q. How can I keep a regular comforter from moving around and bunching up inside a duvet cover?
A. If the duvet cover you purchase has ties inside each corner, just grab the corners of your comforter with the ties. Another solution is to sew ties on each corner of the comforter. Though it’s extra work, this allows you to secure both sets of ties together (the duvet cover’s and the comforter’s). This will reduce the bulk created at the corners of the duvet cover. There are also inexpensive duvet clips, pins, clasps, grippers, and even magnets that are designed to join the corners of the comforter and the duvet cover from the inside or outside. If the comforter fits tightly inside the duvet cover, you may not need to use any fasteners at all.
Q. What’s a duvet?
A. It’s common to be confused about the difference between a duvet and a duvet cover. A duvet is constructed much like a comforter and is what you insert into a duvet cover. The word “duvet” comes from the French word for down feathers, which is a popular filling for duvets. A duvet is almost always plain white, so it won’t show through a duvet cover. Warm, lightweight duvets are sewn with baffle boxes or channels, much like comforters, so the down or other filling won’t shift.
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