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What is a Duvet Cover

Over the last few years of our business in North America, we are surprised to find out that many of our customers are unfamiliar with the definition of the term “duvet” and a “duvet cover”. Therefore in our quest to become a customer friendly home textile company, we decided to describe the definition of a duvet and duvet cover, as well as explain the benefits of a duvet cover over blankets and duvet. So get ready to familiarize yourself with the term “Duvet Cover”.

Let us understand first: “What is a Duvet?”

A “Duvet” is a type of bedding product where a large rectangular cloth bag is filled with materials that would provide warmth during good night sleep. The filling materials of a duvet can vary largely but could be categorized into two broad types:

  • Natural materials such as down or feathers
  • Man-made materials such as wool, silk or synthetic

We prefer wool, silk or synthetic materials for the following reasons:

  • Synthetic materials are created lightweight and softer for the human body, down or feathers that may be pokey even inside a thick cotton bag.
  • Natural materials even after processing are prone to bacterial growth
  • Some people may have allergies towards natural materials.   

A good quality Duvet costs anywhere between $25 - $30.

So now you are more familiar with the term Duvet. And if you understood the definition of “Duvet”, then understanding “Duvet Cover” is easy. Any guesses?

So “What is a Duvet Cover?”

You guessed it right. A duvet cover as the name suggests is “a cover” for the duvet.  It is a type of printed or dyed bedding product that is made up of a large rectangular cloth bag with a closing mechanism. Typically, a duvet cover is created by sewing two sheets of cloth and attaching a zipper that is hidden. To reinforce your understanding, a duvet cover is just a cover without any kind of filling inside.

Some additional tips for you:

  • Most duvet covers are sold as part of a bedding set including pillowcases and flat bed sheets.
  • The duvet cover sets are typically labeled “Duvet Cover Bedding Set”.
  • A designer duvet cover set may cost anywhere from $35 to $200.
  • A light-weight inexpensive duvet cover is made out of 200 thread count fabric and costs $30 to $60.
  • A premium quality duvet cover is made out of 800 thread count fabric and costs $61 to  $200.

In fact in the duvet section of our website, select from a variety of designer duvet covers to suit your taste and decorate your own or your kids' rooms.

So now if you understood what is a duvet cover, it is the time to understand the benefits of a duvet cover over a blanket.

I am glad you want to understand this part. Some of us always like to ourselves with sheets, blankets or duvet covers filled with a duvet during good night sleeps. When we do so, we transfer our body smells and invisible perspiration to the bedding we use during night sleeps. Over time you may notice that your blankets or duvets may start smelling like your used clothing and you may need to wash them. Well, this statement hides the benefits of having a duvet cover. The table below compares the benefits of a blanket, a duvet, and a duvet cover.




Duvet Covers


Usually cumbersome to wash, takes longer to dry.

Filling material clusters and piles during washing. Usually unusable after wash.

Since it is just a sheet cloth, it is easy to wash. Keep them clean and fresh smelling for your kids and yourself.


Limited design capabilities created through printing or weaving. Only large or broader prints are feasible. Intricate prints are expensive..

Typically solid flat white color.

Unlimited design capabilities. Like fashion for yourself, you can buy multiple duvet covers matching home decor design.


Designs do not look brighter and crisper on blankets.

Not applicable.

Designs prints look brighter and crisper.


Blankets are usually useful during cold nights and are seasonal.

Like blankets, duvet usage is also seasonal.

A duvet cover can serve as a bed sheet during summer. Or it can also be used without a duvet filler.

Well, pat your back for spending a few minutes and understanding the meaning of duvet cover.

by thewhiteroseusa team.

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