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Selecting a Duvet Cover

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 as close as possible to the size of the duvet, up to 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”. 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 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.

 

21 comments

Bonjour Marie-Marthe, Elles peuvent s’affaisser légèrement selon la couette. De nombreuses couettes mesureront plus de 4 pouces une fois gonflées. De plus, ce sont des housses en coton, qui devraient rétrécir d’environ 2 % au lavage, de sorte qu’elles serreront un peu plus la couette après le lavage.

Canadian Down & Feather Company

Housse de couette en contour de boite afin que la couette puisse “gonfler”. Comment les “contours de la boite” ne s’affaissent-ils pas. C’est comme si les dimensions finales de la housse étaient tout simplement 4 pouces de plus que la couette, non? Ou je ne comprends pas le fonctionnement de ce design peut-être ?

Marie-Marthe Veilleux

Hi Orla, I’m surprised to hear that! All of our duvets come with corner loops. If yours is missing the loops, it would qualify for a repair under warranty. Please fill out a warranty claim on our website and we would be happy to take the product back and attach the loops for you.

Canadian Down & Feather Company

I bought a queen size down duvet from your company, in early 2023, or late 2022. The duvet is everything I wanted in a duvet, wonderful product. I read on your website that you now have duvet covers that have a 3 sided zipper, a wonderful improvement. My duvet does not have the corner ribbons to clip the cover hold the duvet in place. Is there a way to retrofit this piece, do you sell them? This would make it so much easier to insert my duvet, and keep it in place.

Orla Myrfield

Hi Rob, If you’re wondering about industry-wide standard sizes, I’m afraid those don’t exist :( That would be too easy! As for our sizes, you can find them posted on our Standard Dimensions page and on every product page in the Dimensions section (under the images).

Canadian Down & Feather Company

Could you post the exact dimensions in inches of the respective sizes, ie: Twin, Queen, etc?

Rob

Hi Pat, If you’re on desktop, click ‘Covers’ in the top menu. If you’re on mobile, click the 3 lines in the top left to pop out the menu and then click ‘Covers & Cases’. Alternatively, click the magnifying glass to search for ‘Duvet Cover’.

Canadian Down & Feather Company

I have just watched your ad on CHCH TV and I’m am interested in purchasing a duvet cover that you advertised, the 3 sided opening, tabs in the corners. I can’t seem to find them on your web site.

Pat Klingender

Bonjour Richard, Nous recommandons 100% coton, qui doit être léger et respirant. Nous vendons des housses en coton, mais il existe également de nombreuses autres options sur le marché !

Canadian Down & Feather Company

Recherche une housse de couette légère et douce. J’ai acheté une housse de couette en bambou que je croyais légère mais malheureusement elle a doublé le poids de ma couette. Je recherche une housse très légère quel matériel me conseillez-vous????

Richard Isabel

Hi Phoebe & Other Commenters!
You asked, we listened! We’re happy to announce that we have launched duvet covers that match our duvet sizes precisely. Thank you for your patience! It has not been easy for us branching out into a new type of product. We hope you love it and please give us your feedback!!

Canadian Down & Feather Company

Also looking for a king xl as a surprise for my wife. Can’t find any duvet covers that fit. Can you point me in the right direction?

Derek Zandt

Planning to buy a goose down duvet from you, but hesitant to purchase from you, until I know for certain that I can actually purchase a cover for the XL-Queen size for sure. If I knew for certain that it would not be a major problem, I would buy right now, but I know that you say it is not very difficult to buy one, but, you are absolutely wrong in stating that. It is a major task to find the correct size. you should add these to your line of products.

w. evans

Please supply a list of places I can find a duvet cover for my recently purchased duvet from you. It measures 78 × 88. Thank you.

Patti Hill

I’ve bought your King duvet cover. I love the warmth but I’m struggling to find duvet covers that fit that duvet size. Is it possible to get some links for companies sell the right size duvet covers?

Phoebe Knight

Hi Beth, Absolutely! We’ll email you some links :)

Canadian Down & Feather

I agree with the comment above. I want your XL king duvet but I cannot find a cover online anywhere that will fit that size. Help please.

Beth Beattie

Hi Kail, Thank you so much for your interest in our products. The XL sizes are less common and harder to find, but they’re definitely out there! We can send you some links on Amazon / other stores if you’d like – just email us directly. We would love to supply these in the future, but have thus far put all of our efforts and focus on down and feather products. But we’re happy to help you shop around for the perfect cover, so hope to hear from you soon!!

Canadian Down & Feather

I was going to purchase your xl duvet, but decided to look for a cover first you be sure I could find one. Anyway I looked for HOURS online and they DO NOT make one in that size! You said sell them for clients.

Kail McCullagh

Hi Alex, Thank you so much for your order! :) The dimensions of our products are listed in a few places around the site. Each product page has dimensions listed on the ‘Specifications’ tab (under the images, next to ‘Description’). We also have a dedicated page for dimensions at this link: https://www.canadiandownandfeather.com/pages/standard-dimensions. This Standard Dimensions page is listed under the FAQ menu on the top menu bar. Finally, we address product dimensions in our Help Center, which is also in the FAQ menu! I hope this helps :) We specialize in down and feather products, so all of our resources are dedicated to that. There are many, many sellers of duvet covers around the web and most major department stores carry them. For personalized help finding one, you can reach us by phone, email or live chat! :)

Canadian Down & Feather Company

why don’t you list dimensions of duvet inserts. How am I supposed to buy a duvet cover that fits? BTW, if you aren’t going to make or sell duvet covers, you should at least link to a supplier that you recommend (with dimensions). Your narrowly defined products look great (and I just purchased) but you should vertically integrate a bit to make the customer experience easier. i.e. I would have bought a duvet cover from you even if you were just reselling with a markup.

Alex Ryer

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