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What’s the difference between a Duvet and Duvet Cover?

Discussing the differences between a duvet and a duvet cover is a lot like defining the difference between a turtle and its shell.

A duvet cover is a protective layer that slips over the duvet and has a closure of some sort—be it a zipper, buttons, or snaps.  

Duvets and comforters can be expensive and comparatively more delicate and can wear faster with repeated laundering.

Duvet covers are useful because they protect your comforter during use and are easily removed and easy to wash. The function of a duvet cover is similar to that of a pillowcase, or a mattress cover.

It’s simply easier to wash simpler to replace and can be exchanged with other linen in the closet for a fast, simple decor change. 

Do you have to have a duvet insert for a duvet cover?

Just like you couldn’t possibly sleep on just a pillowcase, a duvet cover is but a shell for the comforting softness of the duvet that’s designed to go within it.

Many standard comforters are filled with “down-like” synthetic fibres. They are generally printed or dyed and do not need a cover. 

The word "Duvet" is French for the English words “quilt,” “sleeping bag,” and “down.” The first duvets were stuffed with duck or goose feathers. If you woke up in a “fowl mood” after sleeping under an early duvet, you might have been allergic to feathers.

There were many attempts to bring duvets from countries like Germany and Sweden to England and North America, as many didn’t think they would be warm enough. 

Yet in the 1970s, Sir Terence Conran, the founder of British retail chain Habitat, convinced British customers that duvets were both fashionable and functional in any weather conditions. 

How do you put a duvet cover on a duvet?

Like with most household chores, there is an easy way to put a duvet cover on a duvet, and there is a whimsical way. 

Here are the recommended steps:

  1. Turn the duvet cover inside out. 
  2. Lay the duvet cover on your bed with the opening at the foot of the bed.
  3. Lay the comforter on top of the duvet cover.
  4. Starting at the head of the bed, roll both the duvet cover and comforter together toward the foot of the bed.

A less common way to cover your duvet is what we call “reverse turtle” style. 

  1. Open the duvet cover at the bottom, then grasp the two top corners of the duvet. Gather the top section and hold it to your chest. 
  2. “Duck” (pun intended) into the duvet cover, and wriggle your way towards the headboard end of the duvet. Position the top corners of the end you grabbed and position them into the top corners of the cupboard. 
  3. Wriggle your way back out of the duvet cover, doing your best to leave the duvet in the cover. 
  4. Pull the four corners of the duvet to the corresponding corners of the cover. 
  5. Close the fastener at the bottom of the duvet cover. If anyone asks you why you have rosy cheeks and a big smile after making your bed, just say you are so happy with your PerfectSense duvet set, you can’t help but be happy.   

Why are duvet covers bigger than the duvet?

Typically, your duvet cover should be filled with a comforter that’s approximately a few inches longer and wider than your duvet cover. It allows the duvet to move slightly in its cover, and assists in ventilating the duvet.

If you want a snugger fit, then you should purchase a comforter that is bigger than your duvet cover by two inches in both dimensions.  

Duvet Type

Duvet (Inches)

Duvet Cover (Inches)


63” x 86”

66” x 90”


86” x 86”

90” x 90”


102” x 86”

104” x 90”

What’s a good thread count for a duvet?

The higher the thread count, the better quality the fabric is, and the better it feels against your skin. The thread count of standard cotton is around 150TC, with 180TC considered good quality.

Anything above 200TC is high quality, but the count can go up to as high as 400, 800 and 1,000TC for the very finest threads.

Ensure your bedding products are hypoallergenic, machine washable, and can wick moisture for warm nights.

What thread count do you recommend for your duvet covers and duvets? 

High thread count is one important factor in choosing comfortable duvet. Our Ultra-Fine Double Brushed Peach Weave Microfibre threads are luxuriously soft.  

Our 1500 Series Duvet Comforters, Duvet Covers, Pillow Cases and sheets are particularly popular as they are heavy and durable enough to last for many years. 

Ready for the perfect night’s sleep? Shop now for 1500 Thread Count Duvet Covers and Duvet Comforters in Canada.

Duvet Comforter & Cover

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