Have a good night's sleep; bedding is essential. The bed linen, and in the foreground, the duvet cover, too. What size do you need? Which material to choose for a duvet cover?
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The right questions to ask yourself when choosing a duvet cover
- For whom?
- What dimensions?
- What are the most important criteria for you?
- What budget should I plan?
1. For who?
Who will sleep in the duvet cover you are looking for?
An adult, a child or a teenager: the difference will be made in terms of the size of the bed cover, of course, and style.
Single or as a couple: beyond the fact that it is always easier to choose alone than with two in terms of colours, patterns and materials, note that if you sleep with two people, we recommend one and a cover of a slightly larger duvet so that everyone stays warm all night long.
2. What dimensions?
So yes, a bed cover is not always easy to put on (even if with our tutorial on How to put on a duvet cover quickly, your life will change), but if in addition, you don't choose the right size for your duvet, it is the end of beans.
To find your way around, here is a summary of the standard duvet (and therefore duvet cover) sizes recommended according to the size of the bed:
For a 90 × 190 or 200 cm bed: a 140 × 200 cm duvet cover (or 200 × 200 cm if you like large drapes).
For a 120 × 190 or 200 cm bed: a 200 × 200 cm duvet cover.
For a 140 × 190 or 200 cm bed: a 200 × 200 cm model. However, for a 2-person duvet cover, we recommend a 220 × 240 cm one instead.
For a 160 × 200 cm bed: a 220 × 240 cm or 240 × 260 cm duvet cover.
For a 180 × 200 cm bed: you will need the largest size available on the market, i.e. a 240 × 260 cm super king bedding cover.
3. What are the most important criteria for you?
To decide between several duvet covers, you will need to have in mind what matters most to you:
Sweetness: Pay attention to the chosen material.
Elegance: Material and design will be the prevailing criteria.
Comfort: Depending on the season, some will be keen to choose a duvet cover that will bring them lightness or warmth. For example, in summer, we will like cotton gauze or linen sheets, while in winter, a nice flannel will be very pleasant.
The ease of maintenance and ironing: If the practical aspect comes first, forget, for example, the linen which will always be wrinkled.
4. What budget should you plan?
The prices of duvet covers vary greatly depending on the size, material, design, and brand.
Thus, you can find a white duvet cover or a straightforward single duvet cover for less than 10 €, and a large format duvet cover in a beautiful washed linen with patterns for more than 150 €.
Which material to choose for a duvet cover?
- Washed cotton
- Cotton percale
- Cotton sateen
- Cotton gauze
Cotton is a healthy and natural material. Its quality and softness will depend on its fineness and weaving. Indeed, the greater the number of yarns used for weaving, the tighter it is. Gold ? for a cotton duvet cover, a tight weave guarantees quality. I prefer a model displaying at least 57 threads/cm2.
2. Washed cotton
Washed cotton has all the advantages of cotton, but is even more supple and soft. The washed cotton duvet cover has a slightly wrinkled look that will give your bedroom a bohemian look. Very trendy, this material does not need to be ironed.
3. Cotton percale
Cotton percale is also woven from cotton, but of superior quality, with longer fibres combed and tightly woven (80 threads/cm2).
The cotton percale duvet cover is smooth to the touch and very pleasant on the skin. It is suitable for all seasons.
4. cotton sateen
The slightly shinier cotton sateen duvet cover has an incomparable soft feel. It is a high-end fabric with more than 100 threads/cm2. It is breathable and comfortable all year round.
5. cotton gauze
Cotton gauze is the material used for baby nappies! Cotton gauze duvet covers are incredibly soft.
Note that in summer, we prefer single or double cotton gauze, which is lighter and more breathable. And in winter, a double or triple cotton gauze will provide more warmth.
Polycotton is a mixture of cotton and polyester. This half-natural, half-synthetic material is light, soft, and extremely easy to maintain: it dries quickly, does not wrinkle (or very little), and ironing is child's play.
Linen is a natural and noble material. Its thermoregulatory properties make it cool in summer and warm in winter.
The linen duvet cover, very resistant, softens and softens over the washes. Linen is also very absorbent and breathable.
On the other hand, let the most maniacal go their way: these duvet covers tend to wrinkle. Some, however, appreciate the bohemian and vintage side of the thing!
8. Flannel and Velvet
If traditionally, flannel and velvet was made from wool and velvet fabric, we almost always use cotton today. It is a very soft and hot material. The flannel velvet duvet cover is ideal in winter.
Small bonus: the latter is thick and does not require ironing.
The hemp duvet cover is all the more recommendable as it offers good comfort and is naturally antibacterial. It can be an exciting solution for those keen to include their purchases in an eco-responsible approach, provided they choose hemp labelled Oeko-Tex produced in France (or at least in Europe).
Microfiber is a synthetic material. Microfiber duvet covers have several advantages: they are inexpensive, soft and light. Finally, they dry quickly and do not require ironing.