An introduction to Duvets

Duvets have been around for a long time, but they’ve become more popular in the last few years A study by the National Association of Sleep Products Report Card shows that one-third of all American bedding sales are from duvet covers!

People love them for their softness and warmth, as well as ease in making up a bed with just two hands! There are plenty of reasons why this might be. Maybe it’s because many people feel that duvets are softer and warmer than traditional blankets—or because they’re easy to make your bed with by pulling them up over your head. More likely though, people love their duvets simply because it feels great to crawl into a cozy cocoon after a hard day at work or school. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that these soft comforters will keep you warm on chilly nights.

These versatile bedding covers have been a staple in the bedding industry for decades.  If you are not familiar with historical styles you may think that duvets are relatively new, however, that is not the case at all.  Duvets have been popular since the 16th century! They have had a renaissance in recent years and their popularity keeps growing. Duvets were started to get popular in Europe around the 1930s and have been popularized recently in the USA by brands such as Get Bed Ready, LLC.  The reasons for this are varied and complex, but one of the most likely is that duvets provide a cozy and comfortable sleeping experience.

The first duvets were made from natural materials such as cotton and down feathers to create a cozy layer of insulation. Modern-day covers are typically made with synthetic fibers like polyester batting or wool, which provides warmth and comfort instead of the old tradition: feathered bedding! Higher-end products feature Egyptian Cotton or silk that is more expensive but still provides better comfort and versatility.  Having the option to replace the duvet insert with warmer or cooler materials increases your options.  Many people use a duvet in the warmer months without sheets, and then use sheets and a comforter in addition to their duvet when they want some extra coziness at night-time throughout wintertime.

Like many people learning about duvets, you may be wondering what the difference is between a duvet and a comforter is.  A duvet is a cloth bag filled with an insulating material like cotton or synthetic insulating material like that found inside a quilt or comforter.  Duvets are typically given their own cover, which helps contain the filling and allows the duvet to be changed without having to remove and replace an entire comforter.  A duvet could also be described as a specialized type of comforter.

What are the advantages of a Duvet over a traditional comforter?

Hotels and other tourism-related housing industries like using duvets because they are easier to maintain and switch out the covers for seasonal and other decorating reasons.  They are also lighter than comforters and easier for the staff to work with.

Many like duvets because you can simply change out your outer cover while keeping the inner filling, something not possible with a quilt or comforter.  This saves time on washing and wear and tear on the insulating part of the duvet.

Duvets are recommended for allergy sufferers.  Many common materials used are naturally resistant to allergies, dirt, dust mites etc.  All materials used by Get Bed Ready, LLC are toxin-free which is reassuring to know.

For those in colder climates or who have cold winters, duvets retain heat better than other types of bed coverings like blankets.  At the same time, they are lightweight, and most feel they are more comfortable compared to layers of blankets on cold nights.

If your duvet gets wet, usually you can just remove the cover and let it dry off much quicker than drying a blanket.

Duvet inserts and covers present less of a storage problem than other types of bed covers. In general, two inserts are adequate for any bed. One insert is used during the colder months, and a second lighter one is used during the summer.  Most duvets can be rolled up for storage and stored in a smaller space than other bed coverings.

The reasons above are just some of the reasons for choosing a duvet, there are plenty more.