When discussing bedding preferences, people usually fall into one of two camps: people who prefer comforters and people who prefer duvet covers. A comforter is a blanket that is made up of two layers of fabric with some type of stuffing sewn in between them. Traditionally, the stuffing was made out of down or feathers. Today, however, it is usually made out of synthetic materials.
A duvet cover, on the other hand, is a protective cover that is designed to fit around the outside of a comforter or duvet. It is essentially a large pocket that is made out of two pieces of fabric that have been sewn together around the edges. One end is left open. The comforter slides into the cover through the open end. The opening is then closed using Velcro, snaps, or a zipper. It is almost like a giant pillowcase for a comforter or duvet.
There are quite a few benefits associated with using a duvet cover. For one thing, washing covers like these is a lot easier than washing a comforter. Most comforters are too bulky for standard household washing machines and dryers. That means that you need to take them to a laundromat to use one of the industrial-grade washing machines if you really want to get them clean. Not only are these machines expensive to operate but having to take your comforter to the laundromat can be quite a hassle.
With a duvet cover, on the other hand, you can simply slide it off of the comforter and throw it in your washing machine with your sheets. This makes it much easier to keep it clean. It is small enough to fit in your dryer, as well, which means that you can wash and dry it at home without having to visit the laundromat.
When you wash a comforter, the inner stuffing tends to separate, moving out toward the corners and edges of the blanket. This can leave it lumpy and uncomfortable. By using a duvet cover and just washing it instead, the stuffing in the comforter or duvet stays in place, helping to extend its usable life.
In terms of cost, a duvet cover almost always costs less than a comforter. Since they don’t have any stuffing, they are less expensive to make, which means that manufacturers can sell them for a lower price without losing money. Thanks to their low price point, you can purchase multiple covers, allowing you to easily change up the look of your room. Some people even buy a different duvet cover for every season.
Duvet covers have a lot of advantages when compared to comforters. They are easier and less expensive to wash and care for. You also don’t have to worry about ruining any stuffing like you would if you were washing a comforter. Finally, they are inexpensive to purchase, especially when compared to the cost of a comforter. That makes it easy and affordable to change the look of your bedroom on a whim, allowing you to experiment with different decorating styles.