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Duvets: The Basics

Posted on: August 22, 2009

Many people think that duvets are the blanket bags that are used to cover and protect your comforter or blanket instead of using a top sheet.  Actually, a duvet is a comforter that is either stuffed with down, polyester, wool, feather mixtures, or synthetics.  The duvet cover protects it from dirt, dust, etc., enabling you to wash the cover or change the appearance of your room by simply using a different cover.

Originally, of course, this was used simply to protect the comforter, but it is now a delicious way to give yourself a seasonal, romantic, or even a child’s theme room.  Duvet covers come in all kinds of materials and patterns.  Chenille, jersey-knits, linen, cotton, wool, velvet, satin, French toile, and polyester blends are all available. Stripes, tiny floral prints, large theme scenes, plaids; all are available in a myriad of colors.

When you purchase a duvet, make sure you know what materials were used , since only the synthetic filled ones can be washed at home.  The others require dry cleaning.  The same is true for your duvet covers.  If anyone in your family has allergies, this, too, must be considered. Price ranges vary from very reasonable to pricey, so keep looking until you find exactly what you want.  It is out there.

You will find that the pricier duvet covers tend to be a bit larger than the inexpensive ones. Measure your blankets or comfortable for a good fit when you purchase your duvet cover. One end (much like a pillow case) is open for sliding your duvet into the cover.  There will be a zipper, buttons, or Velcro for easy closing of the bag.


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