How to Buy a Duvet Cover: Choosing Size, Fabric, and Quality

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Wondering how to buy a duvet cover? We think the best duvet covers are those that fit your needs perfectly! This guide will help you choose one that’s just right.


A comforter cover, duvet cover, or whatever name you choose, is a budget-friendly way of changing the look of your bedding while still keeping it protected. The duvet cover is a protective and decorative shell for the comforter/duvet itself.


Since they come in different colors and styles, covers can be easily changed out for a cheaper way to transform your bedroom than replacing the entire duvet. Quality duvet covers can help protect your duvet from stains, dirt, and wear and tear. This will not just help save on washing and cleaning costs, but will also increase the life of your bedding. (See “What is a duvet cover set?” for more details.)


When deciding on the best duvet covers for your personal needs, there are more factors to consider than price and attractiveness.


Below, you’ll see how duvet cover sizes, fabric types, and desired quality can and will influence which ones you consider to be best for you!

Choosing Duvet Cover Sizes


Before buying your comforter cover set, please take exact measurements of your duvet/comforter.


Like duvets, the size of duvet covers span king, queen, full/double, and twin. However, just knowing the size name is not enough information for a purchase, since different brands use different duvet cover measurements for “standard” sizes.


So measure your duvets first.


Buying a duvet cover with the exact measurements of your duvet would give it a cozy fit, but may be slightly risky. And a cover more than 1” or 2” larger than your duvet will fit too loosely, giving the duvet space to fall to one end of the cover and lump. Therefore, purchasing a duvet cover that is an inch or two larger may be your best bet (since even the best quality duvet covers can shrink, when dried on high heat).


Tip: Just click the “Specifications” tab on any product page at DuvetLife.com to view the dimensions of each piece in our 3D bedding sets.


Choosing Quality Duvet Covers: Is Thread Count Important?


The quality of duvet covers is determined by thread counts, or the number of threads per inch, ranging from 100 to 1,000. The higher the thread count, the softer and more durable the fabric will be (but also, the higher the price).


Many sources consider a 200 to 400 thread count ideal for most users. Any higher count than that can add unnecessary expense, especially considering that thread counts can be inflated by unscrupulous manufacturers.


Choosing the Right Material (When Buying Duvet Covers Online)

 

Duvet cover sets come in a variety of fabrics, each with its own pros and cons. When buying duvet covers online, these considerations are even more important, as you can’t see or feel them before purchase.


There are many things to consider when choosing the fabric type, from their uses (which includes their seasonal suitability), to how much they weigh (which affects the cleaning method). In the end, it all boils down to material.


Cover Fabric Considerations - and Why Fabric Types Matter


Cotton: This is a natural fibre and a popular pick for bedding material. It rules over all other fabrics in terms of softness and comfort.


Cotton adjusts well to all temperatures -- not too warm, not too cold -- so you may not need to change duvet covers according to weather conditions.


The downside, however, is that cotton wrinkles fairly easily and may shrink if not washed with care.


Polyester: A synthetic fibre, polyester is durable and cheaper than other fabrics. It’s easy to care for and wrinkle-resistant. Polyester reflects the vibrancy of colors and patterns very well, so may be great material for your boldest, most striking, colorful bedding sets.


The significant downside is that polyester tends to pill and doesn’t soften with use. It can also be irritating to the skin and quite uncomfortable in hot, humid weather.


Fabric blends that include polyester (i.e., polyester/cotton with a higher thread count) is a good alternative, as it’s softer than 100% polyester.


Faux Suede: Faux suede is trendy, since it’s a perfect imitation of real suede: soft, durable, and machine-washable. Made purely from synthetic fibre, faux suede has a matte finish and delicate sheen that adds style to the bedroom.


Silk: Silk is simply luxurious. One of the royal fabrics, silk gives a more vibrant sheen that can light up your room. Pure silk duvets are comfortable in all seasons and are easy to maintain. Mulberry silk is the most common type of silk used for duvet covers.


Satin is an inexpensive, synthetic imitation and substitute for silk. If you are particular about using pure silk, please ensure that the packaging states “100% silk.”


Like thread counts used for cotton and polyester, the quality of silk is measured by its momme weight (mm).  A silk duvet cover of over 14mm is recommended, while 19mm duvet covers are ideal. These weights last long and suit all weather conditions


While silk can be expensive, it lasts for years if cared for properly.


Velvet: Velvet has a natural lustre and a smooth finish. Most velvets are blends containing polyester, and are machine-washable.


A velvet duvet cover can be warm and cozy in the winter, but you’ll need to change it for the summer. Velvet has a heavier look, and the ideal thread count is 300 to 400.


Organic Cotton: Duvet covers made from organic cotton are perfect for those who are particular about staying away from chemicals used to process cotton. Organic cotton is grown naturally, free from genetically-modified seeds, pesticides, fertilizers, and chemical dyes. It is not only eco-friendly but also keeps you safe from toxins and chemicals that are used to grow processed cotton.


Organic cotton fabrics can be expensive compared to usual cotton but the health factor makes it worth the cost. Unlike earlier, organic cotton duvet covers come in various designs and colors using eco-friendly dyes and inks, free from chemical bleaches.


A thread count between 200 and 400 is ideal. Organic cotton fabrics are certified by international organizations for quality of organic products.  Global Organic Textile Standards is the leading standard for organic products worldwide. In the USA, the Organic Trade Association or its members from the fabric industry regulate the process of growing organic cotton and certify if it meets the standards. Be sure to check certifications before buying organic cotton fabrics.


Bamboo: Bamboo is a natural fabric, grown organically because it has no natural pests and grows fast, minimizing the use of pesticides and fertilizers.


Duvet covers made with 100% bamboo fabric are soft and have insulating properties, keeping you warm in winters and cool in summers. Since it is naturally soft, a basic thread count of 250 is good for bamboo bedding sets. A higher thread count is not necessarily better. Check for certifications before buying to confirm the fabric is 100% bamboo.


Where to Buy Duvet Covers Online

 

The best way to achieve your bedroom transformation in a more coordinated look is to buy a complete set of duvet covers. Since they come in a wide selection of materials, sizes, colors, and designs (even more than comforters!), it will be easier to find a set that will surely match your preferences.


There are many places to buy duvet covers online. At Duvet Life, we offer affordable 3D bedding sets for men, women, and children. We have cover sets featuring celebrities (like Marilyn Monroe or Michael Jackson), flowers (like 3D roses bedding), wild animals (like black panther or white tiger bedding), and more.


View our inventory and get completely free shipping on all duvet cover sets.