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Why are duvet covers so damned expensive?

Asked by MissAnthrope (21491points) May 31st, 2010

This is one of the things in life that makes absolutely no sense to me. Here is my reasoning; duvet covers cost about $80–90, yet sheet sets (flat, fitted, and 2 pillowcases) often cost less than this. A duvet cover is essentially two flat sheets sewn together, so why are they so expensive?

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talljasperman's avatar

because they are custom made

ubersiren's avatar

Good question. It’s probably one of those things where you’re paying for something with a fancy name. The materials and labor are not pricey in themselves, but people will pay whatever money is asked of them for a dewvay covah – snobby British accent- no offense to actual Brits. As far as I know, duvets usually aren’t custom. You can get them at any Target or Bed Bath and Beyond.

I know Walmart is the devil, but here is a search result, if you’re interested

cookieman's avatar

If it was called a “quilt cover” it’d be $50. A “bedspread”, $20.

You’re paying for the name.

casheroo's avatar

We get ours from Ikea, and it’s never too expensive.

janbb's avatar

Because they can.

lilikoi's avatar

I honestly have no idea, but I’ve wondered this before.

What is even more confusing to me is why “duvet” and “duvet cover” are used interchangeably by some retailers.

I agree that a duvet cover – at least the one I have – is basically two flat sheets sewn together with fasteners; mine has buttons.

susanc's avatar

You can do this by hand. The sewing part is so easy a child could do it and probably has, in many cases – offshore, of course. You can do it while you have an interesting conversation or two with your teenager about determination and willingness. Find out how to do it on or pm me.

prescottman2008's avatar

What is a “duvet” or a “duvet cover” ?

jca's avatar

a duvet cover is a cover (basically two large pieces of fabric with buttons or a zipper) that encase a comforter. it’s like a huge pillowcase.. you can take an old comforter and change the look of it with a duvet cover, or you can take a plain white down comforter and make it look like anything you want. you open up the buttons or zipper and have to put the comforter in there, spread it out, close it up and voila, you have what appears to be a brand new comforter.

skfinkel's avatar

Check out Macy’s for great duvet covers on sale. I have one that is just so beautiful, and it was $350 reduced to $50 (they must know their original price is ridiculous).

YARNLADY's avatar

I would never buy one. I don’t see any point in it, but apparently not everyone is a do it yourself person, like I am.

Primobabe's avatar

Becaue the word’s French? :-) (“Duvet” is French for “goose down.”)

I think it’s because a duvet cover uses quite a bit of fabric, to fit around a big, puffy duvet, and needs to have something to close at the top or bottom (buttons or zipper).

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