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Is a Duvet Right for You?

At Peacock Alley, we’re known for our duvet covers. (And we have the duvets to go with them too!) You may be more familiar with comforters, and not sure what a duvet is or why it needs a cover. Here’s the skinny on all things duvet.

What is a Duvet?

Duvet definition: A duvet is made from cloth sewn to form a large bag, then filled with down or other soft materials. A duvet is used as the top layer of bedding to keep the sleeper warm as they rest.

It has become a little harder to define duvet because some use the word interchangeably with comforter. In fact, some dictionaries include the word comforter in the entry, as a synonym. But in fact, the two pieces of bedding are not the same.

The word duvet comes from the french for down, and down is still a very popular filling for duvets. Today, you can still find duvets filled with down as well as other natural choices such as wool or feathers. Alternatively, synthetic fiber duvets offer a hypoallergenic duvet option.

They are typically white, and they are almost always plain, so they won’t show through the duvet cover.

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What Is a Duvet Cover?

A duvet cover is a protective sleeve that covers your duvet, much like a pillowcase on your pillow. In addition to protecting the duvet, it allows you to easily change the look of your bedding, without having to replace the entire duvet. Duvet covers are easily cleaned, and compact for storage.

Some skip the top sheet when making a bed with a duvet, because the duvet cover acts much the same way as a sheet. This is common practice in Europe, where duvets are heavily favored. If you’ve heard someone say they sleep European, this is what they mean!

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Duvet vs Comforter

While duvets and comforters are similar, here are some factors to consider.

Duvets tend to be warm but surprisingly lightweight. The duvet cover makes it easier to change bedding looks and styles. You won’t need to wash your duvet very often, just wash the cover regularly. Additionally, duvets tend to be fluffier than comforters, and can simplify bed making if you choose the European style.

Comforters tend to be flatter. They may need to be layered with blankets during colder weather. With no protective cover, they require regular washing. To change the look of your bedding, switch out the entire comforter, as they are made with decorative fabrics and no cover. A comforter is a simple, one-and-done option for those who don’t want a separate covering.

So which is better in the comforter vs. duvet debate? Like most bedding choices, that is somewhat subjective. We prefer duvets for their ease of care and ability to change styles. But many like the simplicity of comforters.

Our advice: choose the bedding that works best for your home and lifestyle, and you can’t go wrong.

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