Trying to decide if a duvet is right for you? Don’t panic, we’re here for you.
Let's start with the basics. What is a duvet? The dictionary defines duvet as “a soft quilt filled with down, feathers, or synthetic fiber, used instead of an upper sheet and blankets.”
But is that really what a duvet is? Our intrepid team of experts decided to dig a little deeper and, yes, it turns out, that’s really all it is.
Duvets originated in Europe and were filled with the down feathers of ducks or geese (we think ducks and geese prefer to keep their feathers, so our duvet covers and comforters are made from sustainably-grown eucalyptus trees and recycled polyester.)
The duvet slips into a specially made cover and can be removed and cleaned, in the same way (and at the same time) as the rest of your bedding. Think of the duvet cover as a pillowcase and the duvet as a pillow.
Thanks to the duvet cover, the duvet itself doesn’t need to be cleaned as frequently, which makes duvets perfect for people with kids, people who eat in bed, people who drool when they sleep, and people who fingerpaint before bed. Pretty sure that covers nearly everyone.
Another benefit of a duvet is the ability to switch out covers for different seasons, relationships, bedroom designs, and moods. Are temperatures dropping? Slip on a flannel duvet cover. In a goth phase? Try a black duvet cover. Just visited Britain? Get a Union Jack print. Obsessed with tarantulas? Why?
Duvet vs. Comforter
Compared to a duvet, a comforter isn’t as thick, does not have a cover, and is often used over a top sheet. So while most people, particularly in the U.S., use a comforter with a top sheet, a duvet is often used in place of a top sheet.
Already own a comforter? No problem. You can slip your comforter inside a duvet cover to obtain all the benefits of a duvet without buying a duvet.
A duvet is right for you if you:
- Hate making your bed.
- Like the simplicity of forgoing a top sheet and blankets.
- Are messy or plan to be messy in bed.
- Like variety and therefore the option of changing out duvet covers.
We hope this breakdown of the benefits of a duvet/duvet cover has helped you make a more informed bedding decision.