Will My Comforter Fit into a Duvet?
In the United States a comforter is used on a bed to help keep you warm at night. A duvet cover is an article of bedding that covers and protects your filled comforter (also called a duvet). Not only do duvets covers help protect your down comforter investment but they also help add a touch of color and design to your bedroom. In Europe and at most American hotels, a duvet is the actual comforter, while the cover is called a duvet cover. A similar analogy: what we call ‘Soccer’ – would be called ‘Football’ abroad.
Typically, a duvet cover is meant to be filled with a duvet or comforter that is a plus or minus two inches in both dimensions. Therefore, for a snugger fit, we advise you purchase a comforter that is bigger than the duvet cover by two inches in both dimensions. Because duvet covers are meant to be washed, they will experience fabric shrinkage. So even if your duvet cover measures the same as your comforter, it will likely shrink 3- 5% and fit more snugly onto your comforter. Your comforter will also likely shrink 3 to 5% when washed, as it most likely contains cotton – as most do – to be classed as ‘down proof’ to keep fill inside. Of course other materials can be used inside – but 95% of all down comforters use a cotton fabric or a blend of cotton.
Typically duvet covers feature a closing method of buttons, and in some cases zippers or ties. Duvet covers may also feature internal pieces of fabric called ties. These ties are meant to be tied to a loop on the comforter if available. Most comforters you see in stores do not have duvet loops – exceptions would be hotel style comforters used in hotels and fine linen stores, and product lines. If you do not have a comforter with corner loops, or a duvet with ties, there’s no need to worry – the friction of the comforter fabric and the duvet fabric will help keep the duvet adequately in place (with perhaps the need for a weekly adjustment). One certain exception would be if the duvet cover fabric is silky, in which the comforter would likely generate internal slippage (which could also be adjusted as neeeded).
Whether you have owned the comforter first or the duvet cover first – it can sometimes be hard to know if the duvet will fit properly onto a comforter. Many catalogs sell bedding but may not explicitly state the size of the duvet cover – so we have this size guide to help you with common duvet cover sizes (current as of 2010) from popular decorative catalogs*:
- Pottery Barn – Typical Duvet Cover Sizes Twin = 66 x 86, Queen = 92 x 88, King = 108 x 92
- Crate & Barrel – Typical Duvet Cover Sizes Twin = 66 x 86, Queen = 92 x 96, King = 106 x 96
- West Elm – Typical Duvet Cover Sizes Twin = 68 x 86, Queen = 88 x 92, King = 108 x 92
- Soft Surroundings – Typical Duvet Cover Sizes Twin = 62 x 88, Queen = 88 x 88, King = 104 x 88
*Please note most of the major bedding catalogs like The Company Store, Cuddledown and Linen Source will have a good selection of comforters to fill these duvet cover sizes. Please also note, you should double check with the bedding catalog – call and ask for confirmation of their exact duvet dimensions before you buy. (The listing above is just a sample guide, and subject to change.)
Here are some common comforter sizes sold at department stores:
- Oversized Queen = 90 x 96 to 90 x 98
- Oversized King = 106 x 96 to 108 x 98
Here are some common comforter sizes used at hotels:
- Queen = 90 x 90
- XL Queen = 90 x 95
- King = 104 x 90
- XL King = 104 x 95
It should also be noted that stores will often sell promotional comforters which are typically smaller in size, but may fit your duvet filler needs. Stores will also sometimes sell a comforter marked as Full/Queen but could range from 88 x 88, which is what we refer to as an oversize queen of 90 x 98. The best source to confirm a comforters size, is to review the law label. Look for the size in inches – that is a plus or minus two inches of your duvet cover size (note: It’s optimum if the comforter is equal to, or larger than, the duvet cover by 2 inches in both width and length).permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL. . Bookmark the