Difference Between a Duvet and Comforter

Posted In Knowledge - 06/12/2018

There is nothing more rewarding than sinking into a plush, comfy bed after a long day. While choosing the best mattress is key to this experience, a chic and cozy bedspread adds to your relaxation. This is where you unwind from the day, so it's important to find bedding that fits your decor and lifestyle.

To make the best decision, consider what you want out of a comforter or duvet. Both bedspreads have their own advantages.

Comparing Duvets vs. Comforters  

  • 2 piece design allows for customization
  • Often plush down material
  • Quilted to keep stuffing in place
  • Available in down and synthetic material
  • Removable cover makes washing easier
  • Easy to use, 1 piece design
How to Choose
  • Shop for new duvet covers for variety
  • often a tighter, quilt-like fit
  • Shop comforter sets with shams and cases
  • Great for a loose, hanging look

What Is a Duvet?

Duvets are plush, two-piece bedspreads made to fit the bed closely like a quilt, or loosely like a comforter. They consist of a synthetic or down pad insert, called a duvet, that is buttoned or zipped inside a fabric cover.

Since these spreads come with removable casing, it's affordable to update your bedding with fresh colors or patterns. Instead of finding a new comforter, simply buy another cover. Covers are also easy to wash, keeping the duvet inside clean even with regular use. By washing only the cover, the duvet filling stays fluffy and in top shape for much a longer period of time. However, it can be time-consuming to get the duvet back into its case.  

What Is a Comforter?

Comforters are fluffy blankets that spill over the sides of bedframes. They are loosely filled with down or synthetic material and may be quilted to hold the filler in place. These spreads often come in bedding sets that reduce the work of coordinating all your linens with a matching color palette and design. Comforter sets may include pillow shams, sheets, bed skirts and more. Comforters tend to come in a wider variety of patterns and colors.

Since they are oversized, comforters can be tough to launder in smaller machines. Materials also make a difference in care. Duvet covers are usually cotton, but comforters come in a variety of luxurious fabrics that may have special cleaning needs. Comforters tend to go flat after normal use, so regular fluffing will keep them looking full.

How to Decide: Duvet vs. Comforter

Both duvets and comforters are available in many weights perfect for a light layer during the summer or a warm blanket for the coldest nights. As a result, your decision will likely have more to do with style and care preferences.

A duvet is ideal if you want:

  • Variety for your room's decor
  • Evenly distributed filler
  • Headboards and other decor to take center stage

A comforter is a good choice if you prefer:

  • An easily coordinated set, bold colors or intricate designs
  • A loosely stuffed bedspread
  • Bedcovers that drape over the frame to the floor

In the end, the bedspread that stands out to you is the right choice. Bear in mind size, decor and ease of use while shopping, and you're sure to find a duvet or comforter that will make your bedroom into a cozy retreat.

For more on bedding, see our related article: Coverlet vs. Quilt.