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All About Duvet Covers

Updated on March 9, 2015
Freya Duvet Cover Set by Dolce Mela
Freya Duvet Cover Set by Dolce Mela

The duvet cover is well know in the U.K. and other parts of the world. But many of us in the United States still do not know what it is. Just go to twitter and search for "what is a duvet cover". You will see a page full of people from the U.S.asking this same exact question. And that is why I decided to create this lens. To help you understand what this popular bed linen is and how you can benefit from it. I will also be sharing tips and answering the most popular questions. Enjoy and thanks for looking.

What Is A Duvet Cover?

We all know that a pillow cover is a cover for a pillow. So a duvet cover must be a cover for a duvet, right? That is correct!

First things first, the word duvet means 'down' in French. You would pronounce it like this: "due-vay".

And what do you know! A duvet is a soft flat bag filled with silk, wool, cotton or artificial fibers and used for isolation. Sounds familiar? Yes, just like a down comforter! So basically, a duvet cover is a cover for a comforter? BINGO!

I always like to say that a duvet is a down comforters French cousin.

Pisa Novelty Duvet Cover Set by Dolce Mela
Pisa Novelty Duvet Cover Set by Dolce Mela

The Duvet Covers Job

The duvet covers main job is to protect the comforter. Hey, just like a super hero! All it needs is a red cape. Hee...hee.

The cover is placed over the comforter and sealed with either zippers, buttons or plastic snaps (see image). The closure is usually located at the foot of the duvet cover. This helps keep the comforter from falling out.

Comforters can be very difficult to wash because they are usually too big or bulky to move around in the washer machine. Resulting in a not so clean comforter and/or having to go the the cleaners.But if it is protected by a duvet cover, you wouldn't have to wash it so often. You will only need to wash the duvet cover, which can be washed properly in a washer machine. *Just make sure to read the manufacturers cleaning instructions before washing.

Meridian Blue Modern Duvet Cover
Meridian Blue Modern Duvet Cover

What Size Duvet Cover Should I Get?

Duvet covers come in many sizes, including Twin-XL and California King. Many purchase a duvet cover according to the size of the bed. That is a big mistake because you can end up with a duvet cover that is either too big or too small for your liking. Let's face it, not all sizes have the same measurements. Believe it or not, you can get two completely different bedding sets that are labeled the same size.

It is always best to know the exact measurements of the insert (a.k.a comforter) and the duvet cover. An easy way to do so is placing your comforter on a flat surface and with a measuring tape, measure all four angles. Write down the measurements on a piece of paper and take it with you the next time you go shopping for duvet covers. Compare the measurements of the comforter to the measurements of the duvet cover you are interested in. Whether it be the online or manufacturer packaging description. The comforter should be no more than 2 inches smaller than the duvet cover.

You do not want to get a duvet cover that is too small for your comforter because then it will look too bulky and the bed would look unmade. Although I know a couple of people who like this look. "To each its own", that is what I always say.

What Is The Thread Count

The thread count is the number of threads per square inch of fabric. The thread count is very important because the higher the thread count, the softer and durable the bedding will be. An ideal number is anything higher than 180. It is true that bed sets with a high thread count will cost a lot more than those made of a low thread count but lets look at it this way: You buy a cheap bedding set with a low thread count and it is more likely to get abused and torn within a few washes but, purchase one with a count of over 180, and you will get a high quality item that will last you a life time. It does not take a genius to figure out which one will save you a lot more in the long run. If you can't decide on which type of fabric you should get then I highly recommend a cotton comforter cover set with a thread count of over 180.

The Easiest Way to Put on a Duvet Cover

Eros Duvet Cover Set by Dolce Mela
Eros Duvet Cover Set by Dolce Mela

I was searching through tons of videos trying to find the perfect one that will make it easy for anyone to understand how to properly put on a duvet cover. Many videos showed people putting on the duvet cover the wrong, that is until I came across this video on You Tube. Even though the sound and picture of the video is not that great, I find it to be the best one out of the bunch! How to put on a duvet cover FAST video

The Incorrect Way to Put on a Duvet Cover

This is a funny video I found on You Tube. Many first time duvet cover owners make the same mistake as he has, they attempt to push the comforter inside the duvet cover. Using this method will cause you to lose a lot of time and you will probably end up with a big headache in return. It's still a fun video to watch: How to Look Ridiculous Putting on a Duvet Cover Video

Sleepy Tiger Duvet Cover Set
Sleepy Tiger Duvet Cover Set

Cotton Duvet Covers

There are many types of comforter covers. There is Silk, Satin and Cotton. But I can honesty say that cotton is the best choice. Cotton is one of the most healthiest materials for bedding. They are washable unlike other materials that need extra care when cleaned. They guarantee a good nights sleep because they are breathable and do absorb moisture which is great, especially for the summer when it is extremely hard to sleep because of the humidity. When purchasing a duvet cover, I always prefer to go with Cotton.

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      7 years ago

      What great information about Duvet Covers. I didn't know Bamboo Duvet Covers could help prevent you from getting sick. Good to know!

    • whats4dinner profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens. I love looking at the beautiful selection of duvet covers.

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      7 years ago

      So many duvet covers to choose from! If I could change covers everyday I would. These are some lovely collections you got here.

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      7 years ago

      Bedtime in my part of the world... and ugh! I just realize that I need a major makeover to my bed-sets!

    • jordanmilesbask profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice collections of Duvet covers...Great lens..

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      7 years ago

      I had no idea the variety of duvet covers that are available! Loved the 1st video also, very funny.

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      7 years ago from Australia

      There are some lovely selections here and thank you so much for the tip on how to quickly put on a duvet cover.

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Nice Lens - cead mile failte to my what I love about Ireland lensfor St Patricks day

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      pufek77 lm 

      7 years ago

      hmm I like black&white.

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      GreenMind Guides 

      8 years ago from USA

      Wow -- I really like the way you have found such a sharp focus on one topic -- you've really cornered the market...

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      goo2eyes lm 

      8 years ago

      so we have a duvet at home. my mom-in-law made it for my husband when he was still single. i am using it. actually, german beds have separate mattresses and separate linens. to each his own. it is very thick and i am sure that more ducks shed their downs to get this size.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      8 years ago

      Love how they are so colorful.

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      8 years ago

      What beautiful duvet covers. I saw several I would love to have in my home.

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      8 years ago

      I love the one with the little cat on it- it's perfect! and thanks for all the informations, great lens!

    • savenlives profile image


      8 years ago

      great lens....great information too!

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      8 years ago

      I use this type of bedding all the time, love the selection here. Another *blessing* for a beautiful page.

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      8 years ago

      I love beautiful bedding! Fluffy and pretty! Great Lens, very classy! Blessed!

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      Blonde Blythe 

      8 years ago from U.S.A.

      Awesome lens! Extremely well organized and informative! :)

    • DeannaDiaz profile image


      8 years ago

      Duvet covers are totally the way to go ! I would never have a regular comforter again! Awesome lens!

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      8 years ago

      great lens! thumbs up!

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      8 years ago

      Love it. Great lens! :)

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      8 years ago

      Gorgeous cover sets.. thanks loved my visit. Angel blessed.

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      betta addict 

      8 years ago

      These bed designs make me drool! LOL! great lens you have here! -- Joey

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      8 years ago from USA

      I love the flowers duvet. Thanks for this great informative lens.

    • bharat01 profile image


      8 years ago

      It is a Superb lens and If we put on these Duvet Covers on bed, with these the bedroom will look really Awesome.........., great job by you.......:)

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      8 years ago

      Awesome! I like Leopard Queen Floral Duvet Cover Set! It gonna be wild!! :)

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      8 years ago

      These are beautiful bed sets!! I wish our bedrooms looked that perfect. Thanks for a lovely lens on duvet covers :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Beautiful! I love all of the Big Cat Duvets! Perfect for a wildlife themed bedroom.

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      8 years ago

      enjoyed your style you've done on your lens, thank you.

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      8 years ago

      What a really great well set out lens and you chose some really nice ones

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      8 years ago

      I love the print of those duvet covers. Visit my lens to learn more about twin duvet cover.

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      S Kurniawan 

      8 years ago from Bandung, Indonesia

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing great information...

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      Vishwa Perera 

      8 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      This Lens is Awesome, Check Out My Lenses Too Please

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      Anahid LM 

      9 years ago

      Hi What a beautiful lens yes duvet cover is great to keep the comforter clean, i do use them. I like the flower print of the bed set you showed in your lens great work Thanks. Anna

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      9 years ago

      You have a great selection of duvet cover sets displayed in your lens. Thanks for all of the great information.

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      Brian Stephens 

      10 years ago from France

      Very nice lens, welcome to the Interior design, Soft furnishings and Decor Group

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      10 years ago from Massachusetts

      Nice work, impressive first lens! If your first lens is this good, I have no doubt you'll do well here on Squidoo. Squid Angel blessed!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      10 years ago

      Very nice lens. I first learned about Duvet covers from a Swiss friend, many years ago. She used to make her own. I'm really impressed with all of the beautiful styles available today.

    • queenofduvetcover profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hi, and thankyou for visiting. This is my first time writing a lense and hopefully I'll get better at it. I will be posting more information very soon. Hope you guys like it, thanks again :)


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