We Know: How to Buy a Duvet Cover

What is a Duvet Cover?

A duvet cover is like a big pillowcase for your comforter. It can serve as a way to keep your expensive comforter clean and fresh, or it can be used to inject a quick color and design change to your bedroom.

How Do I Know What Size Duvet Cover I Need?

Duvet covers come in sizes that correspond with the same sizes that bedding comes in: twin, full, queen, and king. However, there can be discrepancies in what constitutes a certain size, so it is always best to look for the size in inches. Measure the comforter that you want to see covered and then make sure that the duvet cover you want to purchase is long and wide enough in inches to contain your comforter.

What Kind of Fabric Do I Want?

Duvet covers, like bed spreads and comforters, come in a wide variety of fabrics and textures. When deciding what kind of fabric you would like your duvet cover to be made from, take into consideration how much wear and tear it will receive. If you like to sit on top of your bed to read or watch TV, you might consider a sturdier fabric, such as a polyester cotton blend. If you want a showier piece, that will see little contact, consider a high end fabric like silk or satin.

Whatever fabric you choose, keep in mind that you will be washing your duvet cover more often than you might wash a bedspread. Remember, fancier fabrics might have to be taken to the dry cleaner, so ease of care should factor in to your decision.

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