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Duvets and Comforters, recommendations

KnitkneelionmomKnitkneelionmom Registered User Posts: 498 Member
One of the adult kids is asking for new bedding for Christmas. I have no experience with duvets but am thinking it might be a good option, especially if iwashable. What are the pros and cons.

Replies to: Duvets and Comforters, recommendations

  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner Registered User Posts: 38,464 Senior Member
    edited October 2018
    You mean removable cover? Our girls would not touch duvets... just a sheet and a washable comforter.
  • KnitkneelionmomKnitkneelionmom Registered User Posts: 498 Member
    Yes, a removable cover. I guess duvet cover is the proper terminology.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 75,667 Senior Member
    My kids also don’t like duvets and covers. It’s simply too hard to get the covers back on. They prefer a nice comforter. Machine washable. Lots of choices. I would suggest looking at the Company Store...excellent quality and lots of choices.
  • greenwitchgreenwitch Registered User Posts: 8,593 Senior Member
    The company store is excellent. But I would look carefully at sizes, at actual dimensions. Full/queen covers a wide range and I hate a duvet that is too big for the comforter it's on. It ends up feeling all floppy. Look for a good fit!
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 75,667 Senior Member
    edited October 2018

    I agree about duvet covers. I was suggesting the Company Store for actual comforters.

    @Knitkneelionmom I would NOT suggest getting a duvet and cover unless you KNOW your kid wants a duvet and cover. Some folks just don’t like them.

    Regarding IKEA...definitely measure every bedding you get from there. We have gotten a lot of gifts over the years that never fit any of our beds.
  • showmom858showmom858 Registered User Posts: 2,858 Senior Member
    We love a downy with a duvet cover. Both my D's also use duvets. D2 got a cute cover from Target recently. H and I have a lightweight down comforter for summer and a bit heavier one for winter. I love being able to buy new covers to change things up.
  • OnwardOnward Registered User Posts: 2,960 Senior Member
    I am looking for a cover as my dog tends to climb up on the guest bed when no one is looking and the comforter is a pain to wash. Look at Overstock.
  • JazzyTXMomJazzyTXMom Registered User Posts: 337 Member
    I also find the duvet covers to be a pain. We have a coverlet that we use alone in warmer weather and layered on top of a down comforter in cold weather. The coverlet is machine washable and protects the down comforter from the dog.
  • 1214mom1214mom Registered User Posts: 4,504 Senior Member
    I tried a duvet cover on our bed, and on my son’s, and none of us liked them.
    I have a quilt and a down blanket (both from company Store) for use in warmer weather, and a down comforter from Costco for use during winter. We all use down comforters during winter (we keep our heat low). I have a mid weight quilt from Restoration Hardware.
  • amom2girlsamom2girls Registered User Posts: 448 Member
    We've been using comforter/duvet cover combinations for years. Our comforters are from Ikea and so are the covers. We (and I'm including my now 19 and 16 year old daughters) love them and don't seem to have any problem with them staying in place or being removed to wash. Not difficult at all:)
  • dragonmomdragonmom Registered User Posts: 5,974 Senior Member
    For those of you who don’t like a duvet cover , do you use bottom sheet, top sheet, down comforter, perhaps a coverlet to keep dust off the comforter ? How often do you wash the comforter?
    I discovered duvet covers years ago o n a trip to Europe and have never looked back. I have sewn my own out of sheets before proper weight covers were available here. Love them.
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 10,129 Senior Member
    edited October 2018
    RE; duvet covers

    There are 2 solutions to those hard to wrestle a comforter into covers--

    1) Crane and Canopy has new style comforter cover that they call Nova. It uses a cross-wise zipper about 1/4 the way down from the top and gives the faux look of a turned down sheet


    2) if you have any sewing skills it's pretty simply to make your own duvet cover by sewing together 2 flat sheets. You can insert overlapping flap (like a pillow cover) or a zipper/velcro/snaps/buttons somewhere that isn't at the bottom. Add ties to all 4 inside corners and you've got a customized cover to match the rest of your bedding.

    My comforter is from an Altra kit that I sewed myself circa late 70s. I still sleep under in the winter. Included in the kit's instructions were directions on how to make a comforter cover out of flats sheets. I made mine out Marimekko sheets--and I still have that cover, though I bought a flannel cover 4 or 5 years ago and a Crane & Canopy Nova cover this year.


    I prefer duvet cover to a comforter because I have cats that share my bed--and there's nothing quite like waking up in the middle of the night and hearing your cat hocking up a nasty hairball or a wet wad of cat puke in the middle of the night right onto your bed.

    I can just strip off the cover and pull the naked comforter over me for the rest of the night and deal with disgusting cover in the morning.
  • LemonleeLemonlee Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    As mentioned by many others, a duvet cover is kind of a pain to put on. But my son hates sleeping with a top sheet - as a child, the top sheet would end up being bunched up at the foot of his bed or against the wall. So he prefers duvets because it eliminates the need for a top sheet since you can easily wash the duvet cover whenever you change the sheets. Much easier than having to wash the whole comforter.
  • Sue22Sue22 Registered User Posts: 6,066 Senior Member
    I love, love, love our duvets. You don't need a flat sheet so there's no getting tangled in a sheet and once you've done it a few times putting the cover back on is easy. I also wonder how often people with comforters are washing them. Do they fit easily in your washer and dryer?

    Like anything, you get what you pay for with duvets. We received a Scandia down set for our wedding present from my Swedish FIL and it was incredibly comfortable and warm. It was also incredibly expensive. We've bought decent department store duvets as extras and for the kids and the cheaper ones have bunched up while the better quality one have maintained their shape.
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