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Duvet, Quilt and Comforter: What's the Difference?

April 28, 2015


Duvet, Quilt and Comforter: What's the Difference?

With winter approaching many people are starting to pull out extra blankets to keep the chill at bay at night. Of course, blankets aren’t the only way to keep warm this winter… There are also duvets, quilts and comforters to choose from. But what is the difference between all these options?

Duvet

Most people in South Africa are familiar with the humble duvet. But did you know that duvets have also been known as eiderdowns? This is because the original duvets emerged out of rural Europe and were filled with eider which is a type of duck’s down. These feathers made ideal stuffing for duvets because of their excellent insulating properties.

Comforters

While very similar to a duvet, the term comforters is not as well known in South Africa. A comforter can be slightly larger than a normal duvet, falling down the side of the bed to provide extra space and warmth at night. They are usually heavier than duvets and nowadays are made from a cotton and polyester blend. The thickness of the comforter depends on the fabric and pattern that is used. There are enough varieties available to suit any weather or climate.

It is very important to remember that because comforters and duvets are slightly different sizes, any bedding that is bought for one will not fit the other.

Quilts

Unlike duvets and comforters, quilts are do not cover an inner but rather consists of a layer of fabric over a backing and then another layer of fabric. All these layers are then sewn or tied together to create a thick and warm covering. Despite its warmth, quilts are often not used to keep people warm at night but rather are more decorative and often will actually be made to hang on a wall as a decoration. Because of their decorative value many quilts become family heirlooms or are created as gifts for special occasions such as weddings or births. Because quilts are not always made specifically for a bed they can have a variety of sizes from ones suited for a baby’s crib to extra-large king sized versions.

Despite their different names and functions, they all are sure to keep you warm through those cold winter nights!

Is your current duvet not keeping you warm enough or losing its appeal? Why not take a look at our range of beautiful and warm duvets and duvet covers?


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