How to choose a Duvet Cover
To protect your new down comforter and allow it to coordinate with your bedroom decor, you will want to buy a duvet cover. Here's what you need to know before you choose one, and pointers on how to sew your own duvet cover.
What is a Duvet Cover?
A duvet cover is a bag of fabric made to encase your comforter and coordinate with your decor. They are as easy to care for as sheets and keep your less-easy-to-launder comforter clean and protected.
Be Careful About Size
In a recent review found that comforters labelled "queen" can vary as much as 10" in size. For this reason, you need to be careful when buying a duvet cover to look at the size in inches and make sure it matches the size (in inches) of your comforter. Purchasing a duvet cover from the manufacturer of your comforter is one way to ensure that it will fit.
Color and Quality
Your duvet cover will likely be one of the most noticeable things in your bedroom, so it should coordinate with your decor. As with sheets, fiber composition (cotton or cotton-poly blend) and thread count (the number of threads per inch) are the best measures of quality. Look for a high thread count 260 or above, and a high cotton content or silk.
Duvet Cover Care
Your duvet cover should be laundered at least seasonally or when it is dirty. Most are as easily laundered as sheets -- wash in your home machine and dry until just dry. Iron if needed. If you have a silk duvet cover it is recommended that you only dry clean it by a trusted professional.