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Comforters or Duvets: What's The Difference?

Comforters or Duvets: What's The Difference?

Comforters or Duvets?

The choice between a duvet and a comforter is relatively simple, but also quite important for the overall look and feel of your bedroom. And while it’s an easy question in principle, it’s made a bit harder by the general misconception about what duvets and comforters actually are. Especially in the U.S., the two words are often so misused that many people are actually convinced in their opposite meanings. So let’s clear things up a bit!

A duvet is a type of bedding that’s made of a soft flat bag filled with feathers, wool, down or a synthetic alternative. While some people use duvets with no duvet covers (usually because they love the feel of the duvet itself), duvets are most commonly used with protective duvet covers or other similar bed linens to better preserve them. A duvet and its cover are used to replace blankets and top sheets – they are lighter than most blankets while keeping you just as warm, or even more so. A duvet is usually not machine-washable but needs to be dry-cleaned. Its covers however, like any other sheet, are easy to machine wash. A duvet can be used with multiple different covers, which allows you to easily change the style and color of your bedding while using the same duvet. Just as you would if you were using a blanket. One duvet and two or three different sets of covers ensure a constantly clean, fresh and cozy bedding! If a duvet sounds like your type of bedding, take a look at some of our top items – the Plaza 100% Cotton Sateen Duvet Set, the 9-PC Sara Duvet Bed In A Bag, and many others!

Plaza 100% Cotton Sateen Duvet Set

Plaza 100% Cotton Sateen Duvet Set

A comforter on the other hand, while similar to a duvet, has several key differences. It’s also filled with down, synthetic fibers, or other similar fillings. However, comforters are covered and stitched with fashion fabrics, which means that they don’t require any covers. Instead, a top sheet is needed. That is both a positive and a negative – the lack of a cover means that it’s much easier to take care of your bed. Comforters are also machine-washable, which means that there’s no need for dry-cleaning – a big plus for a lot of households. Unless you have multiple separate comforters for the same bed, the lack of a cover means that it’s harder to change your bedroom’s look and style. Also, while a comforter is easier to wash than a duvet, it’s not easier to wash than a simple duvet cover.

Danika 8-Pc Jacquard Comforter Set Only $100.00

Danika 8-Pc Jacquard Comforter Set Only $100.00

An additional difference between comforters and duvets is that the comforter is usually much bigger than the bed and hangs from its sides, while a duvet is closer to the bed’s size. This makes the comforter ideal for people that like bigger beddings – taller people, or just those that like to wiggle a lot in bed. At the same time, for a lot of others, the big size of a comforter can be… well – uncomfortable. If that’s not you and you feel that a comforter sounds awesome, here are a couple of our top suggestions - the Hudson Luxury 12-Pc Bedding, the Maddox 8 Piece Jacquard Comforter Set, or any other comforter from our big collection!

And that’s pretty much it! We hope we’ve cleared the differences between a duvet and a comforter and made your choice as simple as possible!

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