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Mandeblind's avatar

Why does my duvet cover stay huge on my comforter?

Asked by Mandeblind (420points) January 27th, 2014

I have changed two duvet covers because of the same reason, and the third one, a different brand, is also too large for my comforter. Comforter gets lots in it!

Am I mistaking what a comforter is? I’m assuming it is what you sleep with when it’s cold, the big heavy blanket sometimes made of feather. Isn’t that was a comforter is?

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Pachy's avatar

Two words from one who suffered the same problem: safety pins. ;-)

I just got tired of spending money on new covers.

Mandeblind's avatar

@Pachy Ahaha what’s up with this?!!!!

shrubbery's avatar

In Australia, they’re called a doona and a doona cover, and we have different sizes to fit different sized beds. If you put a double bed sized doona in a queen bed sized doona cover, the cover will be too big and doona will get lost in it. I’m not sure how it works for you guys but maybe you’re getting a bigger sized cover than the comforter.

gailcalled's avatar

A comforter is indeed a coverlet stuffed with goose or duck down, wool, silk or a synthetic filling like polyfill. They come in several different sizes in the US;

twin, double, queen and king-sized. It is advised to order the duvet cover that fits the size of your comforter.

Here, for example, are samples of the various sizes and their measurements in inches. See it says, “Select size.”

Comforters at The Company Store

Duvet covers at The Company Store

Smitha's avatar

Measure your comforter using flexible measuring tape and purchase duvet based on the measurements taken rather than the labeled sizes. Most duvets should be 2 inches shorter and narrower than their matching comforters. Also you can buy duvet clips to keep everything in place.

susanc's avatar

You can also turn the duvet cover inside out, lay the comforter on top of it, using it as a guide to draw a line on two edges, one on the long side and one on the short side (not the open edge with the closure apparatus, of course), sew along both lines neatly, trim off the excess, and turn it right side out again. This will make your duvet cover the same size as your duvet – and it’s not exactly rocket science if you own a needle, a spool of thread and a pencil.

wildpotato's avatar

@Smitha You are my new hero! – I have been wishing for duvet clips for years without ever knowing they exist.

@Pachy Wouldn’t safety pins promote feather leakage?

dabbler's avatar

I used safety pins for the same reason as does @Pachy.
I put them at the corners and added some along the long edge.
Safety pins make a hole that is too small for the feathers to leak from.

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