Duvet or duvet cover, that is the question. And a third textile element could come into play, such as the quilt. Do you know what difference there is between each of these textile accessories? The decoration of the bedroom can be affected by the way in which the bed is dressed and with what elements. We want you to choose well this winter, with knowledge of the facts, knowing what each one contributes, its measurements according to the bed, composition, etc.
Traditional quilt vs. duvet cover, the last to arrive
Quilts and blankets have been the textile elements that have always been used in Spain to shelter the bedroom and the bed. They are the pieces with which to dress and protect us from the cold while we sleep. The duvet cover appeared a few years ago, with the boom in the decorative Nordic style; and it has gained a lot of ground in the rooms when it comes to dressing the bed, from the largest to the singles and cribs.
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What is the difference between a quilt and a duvet cover?
The quilt is a single piece of clothing that is used to dress the bed and keep it warm. Complements the sheets. The duvet cover is made up of the padding (which is the one that shelters) and the fabric cover that protects the padding. Many duvet covers are sold together with sheets and pillowcases so that everything goes together. This bedroom decorated in black and white is the work of the Chango & Co., like the one that opens the article.
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Bedspreads and blankets
Bedspreads are lighter and thinner. They are used to dress the bed in places where too much shelter is not required. It can be used as a quilt or to complete a bed dressed with warm clothing, as a plaid or foot cover. If they are padded -they have a fine wadding inside, which is not removed- they are called boutí. And it is possible to combine them with blankets. These are also useful placed on the bed or next to it, to gain shelter. There are warmer ones for the cold months (wool) or for spring naps, in cotton. The bedspreads have measurements to cover the entire bed, similar to those of duvets and duvet covers that we will now see, while the blankets are smaller because they are not used to cover the entire surface of the mattress.
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Duvet covers: composition
The outer cover itself, which is the one that is washed and changed with the sheets, can be made of any fabric, more or less thick depending on the time of year. It usually coordinates with the sheets. There are those who do not use a top sheet, since the duvet cover acts as such, washing it with each change of sheets. And there are those who prefer to dress the bed with a bottom sheet and a top sheet even if they use a duvet cover, so it is not necessary to wash the cover as frequently as this textile is not in direct contact with the body when sleeping.
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The filling of the duvet cover
In summer, you can leave the bed dressed only with the duvet cover without filling. But to keep it warm, a filler (duvet filler) is introduced, which can be of a different composition. By changing the filling, more or less shelter is achieved depending on the time of year or the place where you live (depending on whether it is more or less cold). The padding can be feather or synthetic fiber (also mixed). And they can be used in both children's and adult rooms. Although it is recommended not to use feather padding in cribs because they tend to "pop out" and can be dangerous. The advantage of these fillers is that they can keep you warm, like down, with hardly any weight; while duvets weigh. There are also hypoallergenic fibers that allow air circulation with great insulating power and breathability.
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The closure of the duvet cover
So that the filling does not move when the bed is used, the duvet covers incorporate different closure systems. Some taper on one side so that only an open area remains, smaller than the total width or length, so that the filling does not come out. Other duvet covers have ties or ribbons or a fold, and others have hooks, buttons or zippers. So that it does not bother, place that part of the cover at the foot of the bed.
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Do you know how to put on and remove the padding from a duvet cover comfortably?
This technique is perfect for a single person to put on and remove the duvet cover easily, without using any other element. The cover is turned inside out. I mean, that's the starting point. Once you have it ironed, do not turn it over. The seams must be on the outside and the opening of the duvet cover (where the buttons or zipper are) must be at the foot of the bed. Now place the filling on top of the cover. The padding and cover corners must be aligned. Now begin to roll the filling and the cover, from the headboard to the bottom of the bed, as if it were a burrito (food). Once you have everything rolled up, grab the upper part of the duvet cover along with the filling and with the other hand insert the lower part of the cover under the roll until it is completely covered and you reach the upper part where your cover is and the filling together. Now you can unroll in the opposite direction, from the feet to the headboard. Shake, stretch and dress the bed.
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How do you wash a natural filling? What about the synthetic?
Natural feather or down fillings should not be washed but should be aired. The synthetic can be washed in the washing machine without any problem. If you do it in the washing machine, remember the trick of doing it with a couple of tennis balls, so that they will hit the duvet and the filling will not clump together. Also keep in mind that natural fillings help better keep you warm, hardly adding weight. They also promote natural perspiration. Experts recommend washing these household items at less than 30º so as not to lose their "fluffiness".
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The quilt: composition
When choosing the quilt you should also look at its composition, both on the outside and in the filling. In general, synthetic quilts are made with polyester fibers. There are models that prevent air from passing through and others more similar to the behavior of natural fibers in terms of protection against the cold and perspiration.
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The weight of quilts and duvet covers
One of the issues that you should take into account when choosing a quilt or duvet filling is the grammage since it is related to protection against the cold. Quilts between 400 and 500 grams per square meter are ideal for rooms with a low temperature, less than 15 degrees. A weight of between 300 and 350 grams per square meter is for higher temperatures, between 15 and 18 degrees. A light one is between 175 and 259 grams per square meter, it is for houses with a temperature between 18 and 22 degrees.
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The stitching of quilts and duvet fillings
Did you know that the stitching on these textiles prevents heat from dissipating? That seam that makes squares or diamonds is useful. In models with natural filling, it is usually presented in the form of squares and favors the correct distribution of the filling (so that everything does not accumulate on one side). And in synthetics, the capitoné effect is used with the same objective: that the filling is distributed evenly.
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The measurements of duvets and duvet covers
You should always expect that the duvet or duvet cover has between 30 and 50 cm more on each side of the mattress. For example, for a mattress that is 1.50 meters wide, the measurement would be 2.50 m. Although you should also choose the size depending on the height of your mattress or if you want the quilt or cover to hang to the floor or you are going to "put it" through the sofa. In length there is only one side, give 50-70 cm more to the length of the mattress so that it covers well when someone tucks in.
The most common measurements for quilts are:
-For 80/90 beds, 180 x 270 cm.-For 105 beds, 200-205 x 270 cm.-For 135/140 beds, 235 x 270 cm or 240 x 240 cm.-For beds 150/160, 250 x 270 cm.-For bed 180/200, 270-280 x 270 cm.
In the case of duvet covers, the measurements are:
-For 80/90 beds, 160 x 260 cm.-For 105 beds, 180 x 260 cm.-For 135/140 beds, 220 x 260 cm.-For 150/160 beds, 240 x 260 cm.-For 180/200 bed, 290 x 260 cm.
Price and durability
As for price, any synthetic quilt or duvet cover is cheaper than natural fiber ones, although its useful life is also usually shorter more short. Although the most important thing when choosing a duvet or cover and its composition is to do it according to what you need for protection against the cold.
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Both quilts and duvet covers can dress a bed in any decorative style. The choice of fabric and colors or patterns will influence more. It is frequent in duvet covers that coordinate with pillowcases and cushions that dress the bed. The duvet can make a little more difference. Also in the case of duvets and covers, you can create an embozo (the fold that the top sheets have) and this can mark the contrast in another color -as in this example from H&M Home-.
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