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What is the Difference Between a Duvet and a Comforter?

March 19, 2015

When it comes to bedding that keeps us warm, there’s no beating a comfy duvet or comforter. But what’s the difference between the two?

What is a Comforter?

Comforters are thick blankets filled with synthetic fibers and are available in many patterns and colors. Often, shoppers may choose matching pillowcases or pillow shams to complete the look. Comforters are usually placed on top of the sheets, but can also be used on top of an additional blanket to offer more thickness and warmth. They are great for those who want a layered look for their bedding and are designed to be used on their own along with a fitted sheet. Derived from the word comfort, comforters became popular as a bedding in the 19th century and have been used since to offer warmth, usability and multiple style options.

What is a Duvet?

Duvets are usually white or beige and come filled with down or synthetic fibers. They were developed to be used with duvet covers, which often are available in an array of colors and design patterns. The duvet not only reduces the number of layers needed to complete the bedding, but the covers can easily be removed for cleaning and washing. This means that changing the look of your room can be as easy as buying a new duvet cover, instead of a whole new comforter. Duvets originated in Europe, and mean “down” in Old French, as down feathers are a popular fill.

What Is a Duvet Cover?

A duvet cover is a sheet-like cover for duvets. Designed as a case for duvets, they offer an extra layer of comfort and reduce the need for added blankets and sheets—imagine if the outside of a comforter was removable. Duvet covers also make changing patterns or colors easy; by simply changing the cover, the duvet (and by extension, the room) can have a whole new look.

Deciding which type of bedding to use largely comes down to personal preference, although duvets offer more flexibility in their look, as well as make for easier cleaning. Users can have one duvet with multiple covers that can easily be switched as the seasons change, or when the user decides on a new style.