What is a duvet cover? That’s the exact question a whopping 18,000 people ask each month when searching for bedding inspiration, so we thought it was about time we provided an answer. The word “duvet” apparently comes from the French word for “down,” and it’s a cover or sack that encases your comforter (the cover itself does not provide warmth). Although its origins can’t be pinpointed, the home good first became a household name in the 1970s when Sir Terence Conran began selling them at the Habitat shop in London.
(The duvet was advertised as “the-10-second bed”—since you didn’t use a top sheet with it, you could make the bed faster). Nowadays, duvet covers are a simple way to change up your décor without having to replace your comforter. Plus, they make laundering a breeze. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite duvets—from ruffled to printed to bloom-embellished. Scroll through to see our top picks.
Dainty eyelet stripes fancy up a basic duvet.
The season's tassel trend makes its way onto a dusty rose duvet cover.
Traditional white bedding gets a modern update with chevron stripes and polka dots. Bonus points that the set comes with matching pillow covers.
This duvet's luxe Egyptian cotton is hand-spun at a family mill in northern Portugal.
This bedding doesn't just have a dip-dye effect—it's real. A traditional hand-dipping technique is used to create this unique marbled print.
This gorgeous cream duvet has pops of cotton voile blooms on top of delicate ruching.
This set is all about style and function. It uses pretty bow ties as closures to keep your duvet insert in place.
This cotton percale cover has a raised floral trellis pattern that resembles lace from afar.
There's nothing prettier than a crochet-and-tassel trim.
This bold watercolor linen duvet looks best paired with stark white accent pillows.
Which duvet cover is your favorite? Up next: how to arrange your bedroom furniture.
Opening Image: Sarah Sherman Samuel