Bedding 101: Comforters vs Duvets
Dormify Team

Bedding 101: Comforters vs Duvets

When it comes to bedding, things can get surprisingly confusing. When do you need a comforter vs duvet? Down comforter vs duvet? What about a comforter and duvet set? Shouldn’t this be easier?! Here’s the thing: You’re not the first one to wonder, “What is a duvet cover?” No worries. We’re here to help you break it down, and find the one that’s right for you. 

 Yellow Ditsy Floral Comforter from Dormify

What is a duvet?

First things first, right? Put simply, a duvet—which means “down”  in French—is a blanket insert with a changeable cover on top. The duvet is made out of two different parts: the cover and the insert. The duvet cover acts as a comfy shell that goes around the duvet and the insert is usually made out of down feathers or a hypoallergenic down alternative, which is evenly distributed to keep you warm at night. 

Boho Rose comforter from Dormify

What is a comforter?

A comforter is a quilted blanket with a warm, fluffy, evenly distributed filling that lays directly on top of the bedsheets. Comforters are usually filled with synthetic fiber materials such as polyester and cotton, but they sometimes come in more delicate fabrics—so make sure you’re paying attention to the washing instructions on the tag!. Comforters are often designed with a print, pattern, texture, or color that is intended to give your bed a specific style. They are often sold as a set with matching pillow shams (and sometimes even a bedskirt or throw pillows) for that one-and-done easy vibe.

Logan T-shirt jersey comforter from Dormify

What’s the difference between a duvet and a comforter?

A duvet is meant to be used as a set—you need both the insert and the top cover. Comforters, on the other hand, are all-in-one. A comforter often has a design or color that is meant to give style to your bedding.  

Can you put a comforter in a duvet cover? 

Yes! You do you, boo. A comforter can certainly be used as a duvet insert if you want to change up the look of your bed but currently have a comforter.

Georgia Yarn Dyed Clip Plaid Comforter from Dormify

Which is better: a duvet or a comforter?

Each is great in its own way! But to break it down: Duvets are easily washable in the machine, and they can be replaced whenever you want a different look. However, down or feather allergies might limit your options. On the comforter side: Comforters are ready to use right away and often come complete with matching accessories; but they aren’t as easily to change the look or weight. Consider these points when deciding which one is right for you. 

Now that you understand your bedding options, you're ready to get shopping! Check out our bedding collection for all the duvet blankets, duvet covers, and comforters, plus sheets, bedskirts, and more.