Duvet Covers

Your bed should always make you feel relaxed as most of the time, this serves as your comfort zone after a quite tiring day. Making your bed really special is not as difficult as you think it is. In fact, all you need is a good comforter together with a nice looking duvet cover. Aside from being stylish, duvet covers generally and basically protect your bed and comforter from all unwanted dust and dirt. Know more about these by reading the text below.

What is a Duvet Cover?

A Duvet Cover is simply a cover for a down comforter. This cover can help prevent stains as well as being decorative with different patterns or designs. Duvet Covers also can help protect the duvet (which is the french word for down as in “down comforter”) from such things as dust and dust mites. I would imagine then that allergists would likely highly recommend duvet covers for allergy sufferers as dust mites can be impossible to eradicate, but can be controlled with such things as frequent cleaning and useful coverings such as the duvet cover.

For more information on the Duvet, we thank the Wikipedia for this information:

A duvet (RP IPA: [ˈduːveɪ], GenAm IPA: [duˈveɪ], from the French duvet “down”, IPA: [dyˈvɛ]) (or continental quilt or doona) is a type of bedding — a soft flat bag traditionally filled with down or feathers, or a combination of both and used on a bed as a blanket. Duvets originated in rural Europe and were made from the down feathers of the Eider duck, known for its usefulness as an insulator.

History of the Duvet Cover

In Westphalia, an English travel-writer observed with surprise in 1749,

“There is one thing very particular to them, that they do not cover themselves with bed-cloaths, but lay one feather-bed over, and another under. This is comfortable enough in winter, but how they can bear their feather-beds over them in summer, as is generally practised, I cannot conceive.” — Thomas Nugent, The Grand Tour 1749, vol II. p. 66

Duvets are still commonly used in Europe (especially in northern Europe where it is the most common form of bed covering), and have become popular throughout the world in the late 20th century.

Duvets reduce the complexity of making a bed, as it is a single covering instead of the combination of bed sheets, blankets, and quilts or other bed covers, which is traditional in many parts of the world. The cover is called a “duvet cover” or a “quilt cover“.

In modern times, a duvet is sometimes filled with silk, wool, cotton, or artificial fibers (such as polyester batting or other artificial material); it is sometimes confused with a comforter. Although comforters go on top of the traditional sheets and blankets, duvets are used by themselves.

Duvet Covers around the World

In some European countries, any thick, warm blanket is subject to being called a duvet, as this has become a popular name for these kinds of blankets.

In Australia, a duvet or down quilt is often called a “Doona”, which is a genericized trademark (registered to the Tontine Group) which is derived from the equivalent common Scandinavian term dyne and popularized by the retailer IKEA in the 1970s. Originally the term continental quilt was the standard name used across Australia, and some regions continue to use this term.

In Pakistan, duvets are known as ralli quilts, and are mostly used in the southern province of Sindh.

In the US, confusion often occurs as the word “duvet” is sometimes used to refer to a comforter cover rather than the down blanket itself. For example, this is how the term is used by a large retailer:”For those of you enjoying a down comforter, or even just looking for a change for your bedroom, a duvet could be the perfect answer. Since you will be placing your comforter inside the duvet, it is important that the appropriate size be selected.” — Bed, Bath and Beyond, Sizing Up Your Bedroom.

The term “Duvet day” is used in some countries to describe an allowance of one or more days a year when employees can simply phone in and say that they are not coming in to work, even though they have no leave booked and are not ill. The provision of this benefit became fashionable in the late 1990s with many larger companies in the UK.

Standard sizes for Duvet Covers

Modern manufacturing conventions have resulted in a large number of sizes and standards.

Thermal Performance of Duvet Covers

Manufacturers usually rate the performance of their products according to their tog rating. This enables the purchaser to select a duvet appropriate to the season. The higher the tog rating the warmer the duvet.

A few manufacturers have marketed combined duvet sets consisting of two duvets; one of approximately 4.5 tog and one of approximately 9.5 tog. Used individually or combined, a tog rating could be made to suit all seasons.