Coverlet vs. Duvet


Some shoppers might not know how to discriminate among the various options for decorating a bed with linens. Of course, individual tastes will ultimately dictate the final purchase. However, having a working knowledge of some of the imagery and utility of one bed covering type over another might prove helpful in the decision making process.

Coverlet Defined

  • Coverlets are a bed covering that a lot of people use. Coverlets have the advantage of being light weight and easy to handle from a spread-ability standpoint. This makes making the bed look presentable easier, especially for people that put bed-making low on their priority list.

Coverlets Cover Quickly

  • One reason why coverlets are so easy to spread is their use of man-made fabrics, like satins and cotton blends. These lighter weight fabrics make coverlets easier to handle. Quilting in some decorative design is also a feature of most coverlets. Coverlets may also be smaller in dimension than a full size quilt that is used as a bed cover.

Duvet Defined

  • Duvets are a newer version of bed covering that gives consumers the option to change a major bedroom design element very easily. Duvets fit over a quilt or comforter like a sleeve. Duvets come in a wide variety of fabrics from natural cottons to satins to create a decorative finished look to the bed.

    Duvets are defined by their sewn closure on three sides and have the ability to enfold and enclose a comforter to change its look. The fourth side, usually the duvet's top, is closed by a horizontal zipper or with buttons.

Duvets Camouflage

  • Duvets have some drawbacks, however. Duvets, even expensive ones, are sometimes ill-fitting. The result can be ripples or waves from the filler bunching beneath the duvet requiring that the duvet be smoothed and readjusted to make it have a neater, more finished look.

Duvet versus Coverlet

  • A new duvet is a catalyst to bring a whole new look to a bedroom space, but the finished neat look requires maintenance and might not be as neat as the coverlet, which excels at achieving a neat finish with minimal effort.

    Both duvets and coverlets often have matching pillow shams that come packaged as a set or can be purchased as a coordinate. The addition of shams gives the bed a finished look.


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