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A kind of quilted blanket, duvets may well have their origin in China around 3000 BC. Back in the 14th century, when they were found to be in use in Sweden, duvets were considered luxury items, and only the rich could possess them.
Luckily, everyone could afford one by the 19th century. Duvets became popular in the 1970s throughout Britain and the rest of the world.
Let us look at everything you need to know about a duvet and why it is a popular blanket type.
A duvet is a quilted blanket traditionally filled with down, feather, or down alternatives. Duvets are used with an outer cover and are one of the warmest blankets available.
Duvets are often confused with comforters but they are not the same. A duvet is often thicker than a comforter and has more fill. A comforter is used without a cover, whereas a duvet is used with a cover.
Is a duvet a type of quilt then? What is the difference between a quilt and a duvet?
Well, both will retain heat and keep you warm. However, a traditional quilt is usually hand-made, and pieces of fabric are sewn together in small sections to form a pattern of squares. This pattern keeps the filling from clumping together.
You may or may not use comforters or quilts with a cover, but duvets are used with a cover.
Now that you know what a duvet cover is, let us look at its uses:
It is just another name for a duvet. The term insert refers to what is present inside the cover. Insert is the filled blanket that goes inside a cover, while a cover refers to the thin sheet of outer covering.
Everyone has their unique style and preferences when it comes to sleeping. What is important is that you get a sound and uninterrupted sleep. Nobody loves to wake up in the middle of the night because their bedding isn’t comfortable enough.
So, choosing a duvet can get tricky. Besides your comfort, you need to consider your budget.
Here are a few things to check before buying our duvet.
Duvet tog is the measure of how warm your duvet is. It ranges from 1 to 15. 1 being cool and lightweight, while the 15 is the warmest.
What would be the ideal duvet tog for you? It depends on the temperature in your room and also the season. On a hot summer day, a duvet tog of 4.5 would be ideal. It will keep you cool. However, when the mercury drops, you need to go for a higher tog. 13.5 would keep you warm and cozy when it’s freezing cold.
The thread count of your duvet cover indicates the number of threads present. A higher thread count will make it more soft and breathable. However, the threads also need to be of good quality. Going for a thread count of 300-400 is a good idea. Make sure that the threads are of long-staple or Egyptian cotton.
A duvet comes in all the traditional sizes, from twin to California King. It is always better to go for a larger size as it will cover your entire bed. Moreover, if you share your bed with a partner, bigger sizes will comfortably cover you both.
Standard sizes for duvets are:
If your duvet is of high quality, it can easily beat a comforter in terms of durability.
A twin can cost anywhere close to $150 and a king close to $200.
Investing a few more bucks to get a durable duvet is a better idea. However, make sure you check the quality of the material before buying.
A duvet can transform your sleeping experience. Investing in one can let you get some cozy sleep after a tiring day. Moreover, it would also be a great addition to your room décor.