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Duvet vs Quilt: How to Choose

Updated January 3, 2020

There are a lot of layers to a bed. Each choice you make will help build up the base and construction of your most comfortable sleeping experience. From the frame to the mattress, pillows, and sheets, there is an infinite number of choices you have at your fingertips. Today, we’ll be discussing one of the many questions to overcome in relation to the covers; what would you prefer? A duvet or a quilt? After discussing some main points on each, hopefully, the answer becomes more clear in your perspective.

Duvet Quilt
Two pieces (Duvet and cover) One-piece with three layers
More modern design A traditional and classic touch
Down, feathers, synthetic fibers materials used Cotton, wool, voile materials used

Duvet

A very common mistake many people make when they think of a duvet is to associate it with a quilt. In truth, there isn’t much in common with these covers besides the fact that they are both bedding pieces. A duvet is an all-year-round accessory that is convenient, easy to clean, and made mostly with down or materials that share similar qualities. A duvet is a more modern twist to the classic quilt.

Two Pieces to the Finish

There are two parts to a duvet, if you want to use it right. Firstly, there is the duvet itself, which is similar to a regular quilt. This part is made out of fabric and stuffed with a down, feather, or some sort of synthetic alternative. The goal of this stuffing is to create proficient thermal regulation to allow airflow while you sleep. It keeps you warm when the weather is colder and cool when the air is humid.

The duvet itself is white in color, or an off-white shade; it can sometimes even come close to a beige. The point is, a duvet is lighter in color. This means once a stain falls on the duvet, there’s a very slight chance you’ll be able to get it out and even slighter chance you’ll have your duvet come out of the wash in proper shape. To soothe your worries over stains, all duvets typically come with a cover. This is the second part of the duvet. The cover can be decorated to your preference and comes off easily. It’s the only part of the duvet that needs to be washed, which makes maintenance a simpler task.

The Modern Update

It’s true, duvets are the more modern solution for your bedding requirements. They have advancements that quilts can’t keep up with in most cases. The cover makes cleaning fast and easy. In case one cover gets dirty, pull out another one in the meantime while you clean the first one.

Duvets and duvet covers are traditionally made using natural fibers for a naturally hypoallergenic option, but you can research for a duvet allergy cover.

The thermal technology used inside of a duvet is more progressive than that of a quilt. The down is not only lightweight but breathable to ensure there is efficient airflow all night. This keeps the duvet from retaining heat, rather regulating it so you’re constantly under the right temperature. You also don’t have to worry about too much weight on you while you sleep, since duvets more than often use an extremely lightweight filling material. You can also keep your duvet out for the whole year rather than just utilizing it for a season or two.

Material Used

The materials used inside of a duvet are much different from those used in a quilt. You can find down, duck and/or goose feathers, silk, cotton, wool, or even artificial fibers being utilized inside of duvets as stuffing. The stuffing is perhaps the most important part of the duvet, otherwise, there is no enhanced thermal properties that can keep you warm or cool at night.

Quilt

There’s nothing more nostalgic than the touch of a hand-woven quilt. It’s a pleasant feeling to have a classic quilt at home and while it’s not as convenient as a duvet can be, there is always an old-style inclination that pulls you to quilts when you’re looking for bed covers.

One Piece to a Quilt

Unlike a duvet, there is no hassle with covers here. A quilt is as simplistic as you can get. Some quilts are a little lighter and can be used in the summer, while other quilts are thick and perfect to snuggle into when the world becomes chilly.

Even though a quilt is one whole piece, there are layers that go into its construction. Some quilts will have up to five, even six layers. The standard quilt, however, will only have three layers. The first layer (if you’re looking at a traditional quilt) is a composition of multiple fabrics stitched into one. This is the eye-catching layer that takes the most time to create. Underneath this, there is a batting layer which is the cotton, wool or even down filling that makes the warmth of the quilt. The final layer would be the final solid piece of fabric that wraps everything up together neatly. The stitching that brings all of these layers together creates the final classical quilt aesthetic.

Quilts are an Art

It may not seem like it now, with all the mass-marketed companies making generic quilts for convenience, but quilts were once a loved form of art. You’ll still be able to find some retailers who sell homemade quilts stitched with the same care and love as they used to be.

Quilts were created by one or numerous people for families to use altogether. They were hand-stitched and made with multiple different fabrics since one was never large enough for so many people. Nowadays, there is no need for such large bedding sheets, but it’s still nice to have traditional quilts for design purposes or simply out of a long-lived preference for quilts.

Materials Used

There are a different assortment of materials you can find used inside of a quilt. The main idea is that the composition is of different fabrics which turn the cover of the quilt into a patchy-mess. Cotton, linen, cotton flannel, and voile are just some of the common fabrics you’ll come across. There are also classic stitches used to make a quilt such as double wedding ring, patchwork, log cabin, and many more.

Final Words

A duvet and a quilt have two very different themes to them. While a duvet brings to life a more modern and versatile appeal to your bed, a quilt has an incomparable calming and vintage overture that can bring warmth into a whole environment.

The choice between the two lies inside of preference, which remains yours. It’s up to you what you want your room to feel and look like. Just be sure to assess and compare all of the pros and cons before you dive headfirst into any sort of commitment.