What is the difference between a Duvet or Comforter?
Duvet or Comforter? That is the question. When it comes to choosing your bedding, what is the right choice and how do you decide? Do you hate making your bed? Do you prefer easy washing? These are all things to keep in mind when deciding on what your bedding will be.
What is a Comforter?
Typically, a comforter is a thick, quilted, fluffy blanket that is used to keep you warm. It is usually filled with synthetic fiber filler which is quilted or stitched to secure the filling and keep it evenly distributed. Unlike a duvet, the comforter only forms one piece of all of your bed linens. It is intended to sit on top of your sheets and those who want a layered look might prefer a comforter. Comforters are usually sold in bedding sets that have coordinating separates and makes decorating easy. Caring for your comforter is easy as you can just place it in the wash with your other bedding. Please check washing instructions before you wash any bedding. The prefered method is to wash in a front load washer but please check your bedding instructions.
What is a Duvet?
Sometimes referred to as a comforter (especially in the United States), a duvet is a type of bedding that is a soft flat bag filled with down, feathers, wool, or a synthetic alternative. It is protected with a removable cover, the duvet cover. The duvet originated in Europe and was made from down feathers because of its usefulness as a thermal insulator. Adding a duvet to your bed makes the whole chore of making your bed a lot easier. It's a single covering instead of a combination of sheets, blankets, quilts and other bed coverings.
What is a Duvet Cover?
Just a little analogy: duvet is to duvet cover as pillow is to pillowcase. A duvet cover is a protective layer that slips over the duvet and has a closure. because duvets and comforters can be expensive and difficult to clean, duvet covers are useful because they protect your comforter during use and are easily removed and easy to wash. With duvet covers, you can also quickly and easily change the look of our bed and room without having to completely redecorate.
The duvet should fit snugly inside a duvet cover which can be removed and washed when needed. The duvet cover also allows you to change your style or color choice of your bedding with the simple switch of the cover. This allows for easy changes from season to season.
What is a Coverlet?
A Coverlet is a lightweight, non-reversible bedspread that is usually either quilted or woven. Classically designed as a decorative layer to go over thicker bedspreads, coverlets often have a thin layer of batting, making them appropriate for use as a stand alone covering, depending on the weight. They can also be used as throws on a bed or sofa.
Due to their size and decorative quality, they are not designed to achieve a pillow tuck, as some bedspreads are. A coverlet often has coordination shams, but again, it is most certainly not necessary to match.