Being an adult means making adult decisions, like picking furniture and figuring out how to choose a duvet cover. Not sure what that is? We’ve got you covered in our handy-dandy little guide.
Throughout my adult life, there have been a few select times that have felt truly adult-like for me. Things like purchasing my first Christmas tree, signing up for insurance, learning about RRSPs, cleaning the oven, and, the subject of this article: buying the perfect duvet cover.
Yes, I do realize that this sounds absolutely ridiculous. Who gives a hoot about your duvet cover? But I swear, when it comes to adult decisions, there is nothing like picking the cover for your adult bed!
What is the difference between a duvet and a duvet cover?
First things first, what is the difference between a duvet and duvet cover. And, more importantly to your budget, do you need both?
A duvet is the pillow equivalent of a blanket. It’s the actual blanket that keeps you warm while you sleep.
In contrast, a duvet cover is the protective layer that covers your duvet to add colour to your room and help keep you from having to constantly wash your duvet. It functions much like a pillowcase and is easy to slip on and off.
And yes, for things to function properly, you need both.
How to choose a duvet
Before you can get to the fun part—picking the duvet cover—you need to first choose your duvet.
When it comes to choosing a duvet, essentially what you’re focusing on is choosing a duvet filling. There are essentially four types of filling you can choose from:
- Natural filling
- Synthetic filling
Which type of filling you choose depends on what you’re going for.
The duvet’s fill power determines how well-insulated it is. Fill power is determined by fill numbers, which typically range from 450 too 900, with the higher numbers being more insulated.
If you run cold while you sleep, then you’ll want a higher number. Down tends to be the best filling for warmth. But if you’re looking for something lighter, go with a lower number.
Much like the fill power, a duvet’s tog power defines its warmth. The higher the tog number, the warmer the blanket.
As I mentioned earlier, there are synthetic options if you’re allergic to the natural fillings like a feather or goose down.
You can choose from a hollow fibre or microfibre—while hollow fibre is more durable, microfibre is more like down. These are a great option if you’re looking for a down-like option but need to avoid the natural fillings.
Duvets can be quite pricey, so when it comes to shopping for one, the material it’s filled with, its warmth and overall constructions are all factors.
Natural fillings and options like down tend to be more expensive than the lighter weight synthetic fillings. Likewise, a higher thread count which means the fabric is woven tighter making it harder for the filling to escape is also more expensive.
Essentially, for a cheaper, more lightweight option, go with a synthetic filling.
Once you’ve decided on the type of the duvet you want, you need to pick the correct size. The size of your duvet depends on the size of your bed, so choose appropriately!
What to consider when choosing a duvet cover
When it comes to figuring out how to choose a duvet cover, essentially you want to find something that’s easy to care for and looks adorable.
I recommend looking at three factors: washing requirement, construction and pattern.
Consider washing requirement
One of the biggest factors when it comes to how to choose a duvet cover is how easy it is to care for. The easier the better in my books.
Essentially, you’ll want to be able to wash it in your washing machine at home instead of taking it to the dry cleaner or otherwise having it professionally washed.
Your best bet is to go with cotton fabric, but there are other easy to wash fabrics as well. Read the washing instructions before you purchase to avoid any mishaps!
When I talk about construction what I’m really talking about is warmth and thread count.
In blanket terms, the higher the thread count, the softer the blanket feels. An Egyptian cotton duvet cover with a higher thread count is a softer blanket. Likewise, a typical cotton with a lower thread count is rougher.
When it comes to warmth, the fabric also counts. But remember, you also have warmth with your duvet itself. As a general rule, the thicker the fabric the warmer the blanket.
Pick a colour and pattern you love
When it comes down to it, picking the perfect duvet cover is all about going with a pattern you love, and preferably something that will last a while.
While duvet covers don’t have to be overly expensive, they can get a little pricey, depending on where you get yours. Amazon has a ton of great choices for essentially under $50, which is great if you’re someone who likes to change it up on a regular basis.
I fell in love with the Kas Australia Lima Stripe duvet cover set and ended up spending almost $200 on it. Sadly, it’s no longer available but isn’t it adorable?
Whatever duvet cover you choose, the most important factor is that it’s not only functional but you love it!
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