Thinking about upgrading your bedding? Have you thought about a comforter? Here’s everything you need to know about comforters before you buy.
A comforter is made up of a shell and a filling material which is held in place within the shell by quilting or internal baffles to keep the fill from shifting during use. Comforters are used on beds as a stand-alone piece and are typically used as the top covering of a bed on top of sheets. They can be white, colored or even printed or patterned. Comforters make decorating your bed quite simple. Down comforters will keep you warmer in the colder months, while polyester or cotton-filled comforters are better for the warmer months because they are more lightweight and breathable.
As we discussed above, comforters are made to be used as-is, as one complete piece. On the other hand, a duvet is a blanket filled with down or other fibers. They are not quilted, so they have a less complete look on their own. Duvets inserts are designed to be put into a duvet cover or coverlet. Duvets can be used with many different duvet covers or coverlets, so you can change up your bedding décor as you wish. Duvet covers are much easier to wash than comforters, too. While the duvet itself will usually need to be dry cleaned, duvet covers can be thrown in the wash at home. And the duvet itself will not to be cleaned as often as the cover.
Comforters themselves do not need covers, as they are quilted and designed to stand on their own. However, duvets can have covers. To put a duvet in a duvet cover, first lay the duvet on the bed. Then, turn the cover inside out and lay it on top of the duvet. Make sure the corners line up. If the duvet cover has buttons, snaps or ties, fasten all corners of the duvet to the duvet cover. Next, slip your hands inside the duvet cover and grab both the insert and the duvet cover in the corners, then flip the cover right side in. Keep the corners of the duvet and duvet cover in your hands, lift up and guide the cover down on top to the rest of insert. When the cover is fulling covering the insert, fasten the corners on the end. Fluff up the duvet, and that’s it!
While you can buy comforters on their own, many do come as part of a set. Comforter sets tend to include matching pieces like bed sheets and pillow shams. Comforter sets come in different sizes that correspond to the different sizes of mattresses.
You may find that some comforter sets list two sizes instead of just one—for example Full/Queen. This simply means the comforter set and all of its pieces were designed to fit on both a full-size bed and a queen-size bed. The measurements of the comforter will work with both a full-size mattress and a queen-size mattress. Depending on which size bed you have, the comforter may be a bit longer than average on a full-size bed and a but shorter on a queen-size bed, but it will still be functional and look stylish. If you are unsure if a Full/Queen comforter will work for your bed, your best bet is to take measurements before you buy a comforter set and read the sizing charts on the packaging.