Selecting a Duvet Cover

November 02, 2016

If you’ve ever browsed through duvet covers online, you know the astounding variety of options available. You can style your duvet in endless ways – from calming neutrals to bold geometric patterns; bohemian prints to novelty themes (Slothzilla, anyone?) But is buying a duvet cover as simple as selecting a style that matches your bedroom (and personality?)  What other factors should you consider?

We’ve got you (and your duvet) covered with this quick buying guide:

Size

Unfortunately, there is no international standard sizing for duvet inserts and covers. It is important to compare the dimensions of the cover with the dimensions of your duvet. The duvet will buckle and wrinkle if its cover is too small, and may swim around in a very large cover. A duvet cover should be 1-2” larger than your duvet insert on all sides. For example, if your duvet insert measures 64” x 86”, the cover should be no larger than 68” x 90”, after washing. Unless the duvet cover is pre-washed, you should consider shrinkage. You can expect your duvet cover to shrink 1-3% after the first wash. 100% cotton covers will shrink more than cotton blends, and the lower the thread count of the cover, the more shrinkage you can expect.

Care & Maintenance

Are you looking for a duvet cover that can be easily thrown in the wash with the rest of your bedding? Check the care instructions on the cover to avoid having to wash it separately or bring it to the dry cleaner's. 100% cotton duvet covers may be wrinkly after washing. If you want a cover you won’t have to iron, opt for a cotton blend.

Frequency of Use

Will you use the same duvet cover all year? If so, choose a cotton cover for ideal sleeping temperatures year-round. Invest in a high-quality cover (like Egyptian cotton) that will last through extensive wear and many washings. Look for a neutral solid or a very small pattern that reads like a solid for a classic look that won’t go out of style.

If you prefer to change up your duvet cover every few months for a new look, you can be more adventurous with the style and pattern. Consider purchasing covers with seasonal fabrics. A velvet or flannel duvet cover is cozy for the winter, while a light, breathable linen cover works well in the summer.

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