Paige Guillaume Duvet Covers April 08, 2018 21:35:08
Duvet covers have been around for a long time but most Americans were not aware of them until relatively recently. Through the twentieth century their general acceptance and popularity has gone from obscure to a level where even many husbands know what they are. The development of the duvet will provide a little background to the advantages that duvet covers will bring to your decorating arsenal.
On line or in a store your shopping trip will be much more efficient if you determine the size comfort level and style of your new duvet cover before you start. With these decisions made in advance of the trip you can quickly weed out the duvet covers that do not satisfy one or more of your criteria and concentrate on those that could be the one you are looking for. They also help prevent the need to return the merchandise.
It is true that there are a limited number of bed sizes in the US - twin full queen etc. - and that the corresponding duvet insert or duvet cover sizes will fit their respective beds. However if you are not purchasing the duvet insert and cover as a set size can be an issue. It is not a matter of having either item fit the bed but the insert and cover need to fit each other. It is worth a little time up front to avoid bringing home a duvet cover that looks too big and sloppy because it is too big or one that causes your duvet insert to bunch-up because the cover is too small.
Cotton - In general cotton is a good fabric choice for bedding because its flexibility softness and breatheability all add to its comfort level. The quality of the cotton and the manner in which it is weaved effect its softness and feel. Quality is mainly based on the length of the cotton fibers (staples) attached to the cotton seeds. The weave produces different thread arrangements and it also establishes the thread count which is the total number of threads when counted along the top and one side of a square inch of material. The thread count of good quality sheets starts around 180 while even better quality sheets continue up the range to thread counts of 400 or 500. Thread counts above the 400 to 500 range are available but many people question their increased value.
Color and design - Covers are available in different types of materials and colors. Their design and color should match the color of your pillows. If you are a picky customer then you would want covers that match the interior look of your bedroom. Finding appropriate designs can take a while. The good thing about covers for your duvets is that they provide a standard look for your bedding but there are also those with a modern style. The safest way to make choosing easy is to buy duvets and covers at the same time from the same store. Comforter and duvet cover sets can make buying easy.
The value of the comforter along with the fact that it is difficult to clean lead to the "invention" of the duvet cover. Similar to the concept of a pillowcase the duvet cover protected the down or silk comforter from body oils and all the other elements that might soil it.