Bedding

A Guide To Bedding: Choosing Between a Comforter, Duvet or Quilt

Your bedroom is a place of refuge, rest and relaxation. It’s also a reflection of you. A lot of thought often goes into decorating your bedroom to make it your sanctuary. The bed is often the focal point of any bedroom and completes the look of the room. The type of bedding you choose to don on your bed can affect the overall feel of the room. Decide between a fluffy comforter, classic duvet or warm quilt.

Cozying up with a comforter

When considering the top layer for your bedding, a comforter is most likely the first thing to come to your mind. A comforter is a single-piece, fluffy bed cover that is usually filled with a synthetic polyester or cotton blend. To help it maintain its shape and keep the fill from sliding, most comforters have a bigger stitched pattern, different from the detailed stitching of a quilt. Comforters are generally easy to wash, come in a wide array of patterns, designs and colors and have varying levels of filling thickness for warmth. Comforters often come in bedding packages with matching sheets, pillowcases, pillow shams and occasionally, a bed skirt. 

Pros

  • Can be machine washed
  • Wide variety of design and color options
  • Often come in matching bedding sets
  • Easy setup
  • Cheaper

Cons

  • Bulky in washing machine
  • Inner fill can flatten over time
  • Top sheet is needed 

Dreaming with a duvet

The duvet, itself, is a thicker blanket without any ornate stitching or decoration. Duvets are commonly filled with down, feathers, cotton or wool making them heavier than comforters. Duvets are a trend adopted from Europe. The duvet cover, the fabric sleeve covering, gets confused with the actual duvet. However, a duvet and duvet cover are commonly sold together. The duvet is dry-clean only, however, the cover is machine washable, making them easier to clean. The duvet cover attaches with either ties, buttons or some form of connector in the corners to keep the duvet from bunching inside the cover. The duvet cover will also have button, tie or zipper closures at the bottom to seal the duvet inside. Because of a duvet’s thickness, it’s not uncommon for people to omit using a top sheet, especially in the summer months. 

Right now, we are in love with neutral-colored duvets that are great to tie any bedroom together. 

Pros

  • Cover is easy to wash
  • Modern, sophisticated look
  • Warm
  • Top sheet isn’t necessary

Cons

  • Requires assembly
  • Sometimes difficult to assemble
  • Duvet can bunch inside cover
  • Dry-clean only

Quality-time with a quilt

A quilt is the thinnest of the three bedding covers mentioned. It has three layers, the bottom layer, inner batting and top layer. That being said quilts can be plenty warm depending on the thickness and type of batting used in the middle layer. Quilts have beautiful, tight stitching patterns that add to the decorative nature. It’s easy to picture the colorful quilts stitched together with curated scraps of fabric often associated with grandmas. Those quilts are amazing works of art that create family heirlooms, however, those are not the only types of quilts. Quilts can range in complexity from those stunning, one-of-a-kind works, to the simple store-bought quilt where the pattern has been dyed into the fabric. Using a quilt in the summer months is perfect as they are generally lighter weight than other bed coverings. Quilts have very specific washing needs, whether that’s hand-wash or dry-clean only, it will depend on the quilt.

We love the sleek look of solid colored quilts with delicate stitched patterns adding that extra decorative touch and are perfect for farmhouse or coastal styles. 

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Wide array of kinds and quality
  • Stitching holds inner batting in place
  • Range of colors, patterns and designs

Cons

  • Difficult to wash
  • Heavy when wet
  • Stitching can become loose/stretch after constant wear and tear

Here’s to making your house a home!

With love,