Sleeping Well: The Perfect Percale Duvet CoverApril 21, 2020
If you are redecorating, rejuvenating, or reinventing your bedroom, the first place to start is, of course, the bedding. A duvet cover will give your bed the facelift it needs while giving you the healthy sleep you desire.
What Is a Duvet?
A duvet is a quilted sack or flat bag, full of material such as down or feathers or synthetic fill. Duvet gets its name from the French word for “down.” Duvets have been around for centuries and were often used primarily by the wealthy and aristocratic. The earliest were made from eiderdown, the down or soft feathers from the breast of a female eider duck. It is rumored that the people of Norway used duvets made from eiderdown during Viking times to show off their prosperity and desire for comfort. The popularity of duvets surged in the 16th century when European aristocrats and royalty showed off their wealth by purchasing duvets. Hans Christian Andersen even told the story of a princess lying down on ten eiderdown duvets in the fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea,” published in the 1800s.
The duvet has made a comeback over the last several years for several reasons. As we get busier, we love that duvets offer the simplicity of a clean, fresh-looking bed. Duvet covers are much easier to launder than a full-sized quilt or comforter, and they provide a modern take on bedroom design.
Duvet versus Comforter: What Is the Difference?
There has always been some confusion between duvets and comforters. To break it down simply, a comforter is a stand-alone bed covering, usually filled with down or synthetic fiber. They typically have a durable fabric covering that is available in many styles and colors. Further, they are great for colder climates because of their thickness and warmth. They tend to be bigger than duvets and hang over the side of the bed. A common complaint is that they tend to go flat after continued use. Some comforters, if machine washable, may require a large capacity washer and dryer to clean or have to be commercially dry cleaned.
A duvet is an ultra-soft quilt, sometimes known as an insert. It is a fluffy, flat bag that goes inside a duvet cover. The duvet is usually filled with down or synthetic, but can also be filled with wool or feathers. A duvet needs to be covered with a duvet cover and is not stand alone. They are usually fluffier than comforters but are also smaller.
Benefits of a duvet cover if you:
- Prefer to change your bedding colors/design frequently
- Like to make your bed quickly (duvets do not need a top sheet)
- Want a more modern look, since duvets usually rest on top of the bed with a little overhang
- Want your bedding to be lightweight, yet warm
- Are limited in storage space to store multiple quilts or blankets
- Do not have a large capacity washer/dryer
How to Choose a Duvet Cover
Check the Fabric
Duvet covers come in synthetic fabrics, silk, and cotton, and others. The polyester blends are usually less expensive but also are chemically processed and create some health risks. Silk is a luxurious fabric but tends to be more expensive. Some complain that silk duvet covers slide more than they would like. Cotton, particularly percale cotton, is the most durable, healthiest, and versatile of the choices. For that reason, cotton tends to be the favorite choice in duvet covers.
Opt for Quality
In choosing any bedding, quality is essential. This is where you spend a third of your life or more. In addition to being beautiful, choose high-quality fabric and workmanship. You want the comfort of a natural fabric that can wick away sweat and body heat. However, you want the fabric to withstand repeated washings and be durable enough for those times when your pet or child decides to jump up onto the bed. You also do not want to sacrifice luxury for durability. Check out customer testimonials and choose a company with a solid reputation.
How to Use a Duvet Cover
One of the biggest concerns that people have is how to use a duvet cover. Most duvet covers have either buttons or zippers on one end of the cover while the other three sides are seamed shut. On the inside of the duvet cover, are ties at each corner that helps to keep the duvet in place inside the cover. Once the duvet is in place, you simply zip or button the end and place it on the bed.
Many duvet users advise turning the cover inside out and laying it on the bed. Lay the duvet on top so that it matches up with the corners and tie each corner. Starting at the closed end of the duvet cover, roll the duvet jelly-roll style to the bottom and turn right side out. Smooth with your hands and button or zip closed.
Percale, the Perfect Choice
If you love the softness and luxury of our percale sheets, you will love that same comfort and opulence of our duvet covers. Our duvets, like our sheets, are great for people with allergies or sensitivities. Though your duvet will be fluffy, the cover will keep you cool and sleeping like a baby. And our quality craftsmanship will withstand frequent laundering. If you have questions about any of our products, please contact us for more information. You can soon be sleeping well with a Thomas Lee Percale Duvet Cover.