Duvet Cover Buying GuideDUVET COVERS 101
Down comforters are an investment, and in order to protect that investment, you need a duvet cover
.What is a Duvet Cover?
A duvet cover is like a pillowcase for your down comforter. It protects the comforter from body oils and dirt so it needs to be cleaned less often. They come in many different colors and patterns and are sometimes sold in sets that include pillow shams and decorative pillows.
What to Look For
When buying a duvet cover, there are several things to look for: size, thread count and closure type.
Duvet covers come in the same sizes as all bedding: twin, full/queen, king and California king. Check the size of your comforter before purchasing a cover. When in doubt, measure the comforter first.
Thread count refers to the number of threads in each square inch. The higher the thread count, the softer the cover, just like sheets. Thread counts vary between about 100 to about 1,000. A good quality duvet cover will have a thread count of 300 or more.
The open end of the duvet cover usually has some type of closure system. This can be buttons, snaps, ties, hook and loop strips or a zipper. Take a close look at the enclosure and check for sturdiness; a poor quality closure can break or fray after repeated washings.
Duvet covers come in a variety of styles, patterns and materials to compliment any décor and a are a quick and convenient way to freshen up your bedroom.
CHANGE YOUR DUVET WITH THE SEASONS
When the seasons change, so does the weather. Many people who live in climates where it gets cold in the winter choose to change their duvet covers for the fall and winter. While it is an extra expense to have extra bedding, keeping both cotton and flannel duvet covers on hand can actually save you money in the long run.
Both cotton and flannel are sturdy and affordable, but they each have different insulating properties. Cotton is usually used in the summer because it is cooler and more breathable than other bedding materials. Additionally cotton can be recycled and is often made from recycled materials. Flannel, which is made from cotton, is soft and warm, making it ideal for cold winter nights. Both fabrics have their advantages and can help you save on your energy costs depending on the season. In the summer, cotton can keep you cooler so you don’t have to turn the air conditioning down at night. During the winter, flannel will help hold on to your body heat so that you can keep the thermostat at a lower temperature while staying comfortably warm.
Both cotton and flannel are machine washable and relatively easy to care for. Cotton may shrink a bit when you wash it, and it is prone to wrinkling. Flannel is better at resisting wrinkling and shrinking than cotton, so overall the care is a bit easier.
Keeping both types of duvet covers can help you stay comfortable all year round