Duvet Versus Comforter: Which is Right for You?
We all spend a substantial amount of our lives asleep. That means we also spend a lot of time in bed, and this leads to the next logical conclusion: our bedding should be as comfortable as possible. Of course, each of us has a different idea or opinion as to what is comfortable. For instance, you may love a firm mattress and light blankets while someone else loves a soft and plush mattress covered with heavier, warmer blankets and bedding.
The one thing that we all share in common is the need for a topper on the bed that serves as a comfortable blanket. For some, this is the comforter and for others the duvet. In this article, we will take time to compare the duvet and the comforter and help you to decide which is the ideal solution for your sleep time needs.
What is a Duvet?
A duvet is different from a comforter, even though many people think of them as one and the same. The duvet is specifically designed to fit inside a sleeve or cover and takes its name from the French word for down filling, as that is the most common filling for a duvet. There are synthetics used in many, too.
In essence, the traditional duvet is made with plain, premium fabric in a shade of bright white to cream. It may be quilted to keep the filling evenly distributed and can be filled with down, wool, or synthetics.
The duvet is also designed to be lightweight and yet warm. It is meant to be used as a four-season blanket if needed, and simply placed in a new duvet cover to help update the look of the room or the change of the season.
Unlike a comforter, a duvet is also designed to be cleaned only periodically since it is contained inside an easy to clean cover. It is also going to be much fluffier than a comforter because of its intentional design as that all-season topper.
What is a Comforter?
The comforter is typically made with a decorative material and is not meant to be placed inside of a duvet cover. The comforter is often much flatter and thinner in design than a duvet, and not likely to fluff much, even if you toss it in the dryer with a few tennis balls!And you may find yourself making many trips to the laundromat or dry cleaner when you invest in a comforter. Why? Without a protective cover, it is going to need frequent washing or laundering. If, however, you are eager to have a ready-made decorative topper for the bed, without fussing with covers, buttons and the like, the comforter is for you.
The Pros and Cons
How do you gauge which is right for you? Naturally, first and foremost, it is a very subjective decision that boils down to your preferences.
If you like the option to frequently redecorate or update the appearance of your bedroom, the duvet is the right answer. If easier care and upkeep is for you, it is again a duvet that is a superior option. If you like a lightweight topper that can still keep you warm and cozy at the chilliest times of the year, the duvet is your best bet.
If you prefer to have a heavier cover that offers a “one and done” option, then it is the comforter that you should consider. With the comforter, you don’t have to deal with taking the duvet out of the cover, laundering the cover and then wrestling the cover back into place. Instead, you must wash it more often and then simply toss it back into place.
That means that the duvet versus comforter decision boils down to what works best for your lifestyle and housekeeping preferences.
Can You Use a Comforter in a Duvet Cover?
Naturally, one of the most commonly posed questions relates to combining the comforter with the duvet cover. In other words, if you have a comforter you dislike for its print or pattern, but which you prefer for its weight and feel, can you put it in a duvet cover?
The answer is simple – of course! In fact, many experts say you may want to always tuck a comforter into a duvet cover because it prevents it from the heavier soiling that many comforters experience between washings. It can also give even the most basic comforter a luxurious feel and appearance.
The key is to ensure you buy a cover that is an exact fit for the comforter. So, take some time to measure your comforter and buy only a properly fitted cover. Iron the cover before attempting to put the comforter inside as this ensures it has the best fit.
To insert the comforter, reach inside and turn it inside out, lay it out on the bed and position the comforter over it. Turn the cover back to its proper condition, but ensure that you pull it over the comforter as you do, and then lay it flat to even out the positioning and align all four corners.
Sets Are an Option in Duvets and Comforters
Of course, even with this information, you may want to learn more about your options. For example, is it possible to buy something like a “bed in a bag” in the way you can with a comforter, but in a duvet?
In a word: yes.
There are incredibly premium options in duvet sets. For example, you can find a high thread count duvet cover with decorative embroidery and matching pillowcases, and in a wide range of colors.
You can also find some comforter sets that have the basic appeal of a duvet set. For example, a plain white comforter that comes with pillows can allow you to have the same easy bedroom design and décor. This can allow you to pair it with any sort of cover and enjoy the good looks, easy care and long life of premium bedding, whether it is a duvet or comforter you prefer.
Now that you know more about the complex issue of duvets versus comforters, it is the ideal time to redecorate and update your sleeping space to the ultimate in comfort and good looks.