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How To Choose The Best Quilt Covers: A Complete Guide

What is the perfect item to use in your personal room to both protect your quilt and add style? Quilt covers! They are an essential purchase, along with bedding. In the past, people only used white quilt covers, but now you can add color and design to your room with beautifully designed covers. If you enjoy decorating your bedroom, a quilt cover that matches the theme of your room and bed sheet is the ideal choice.

A well-chosen quilt cover not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of your bedroom but also provides the cozy comfort you deserve. This comprehensive guide will take you through the essential factors to consider when selecting the perfect  cover, ensuring your sleeping space reflects your unique style and caters to your comfort needs.

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Understanding Quilt Covers

A quilt cover is a fabric envelope that encases a quilt or duvet. Its primary function is to protect the quilt from dirt, stains, and wear while adding style and personality to the bedroom.

When someone describes an item that other people would describe as a "duvet cover" or a "doona cover," they will frequently use the term "quilt cover." As a result, it's safe to assume that quilt covers, duvet covers, and doona covers are all interchangeable.

After all, all of these items are used to cover a duvet or doona with a protective and decorative fabric. If you buy them as a set, you'll usually get matching pillowcases to go with the cover, which will help complete the look.

However, the name you use for the cover will be determined by where you are in the world. In Australia, the term "doona" rather than "duvet" is commonly used. Before the doona became popular, Australians used the term “continental quilts”.

Related: How To Layer And Design Your Bed Perfectly

Why is the Right Quilt Cover Important?

Your quilt cover is much more than just a piece of fabric to cover your quilt. It plays a crucial role in determining the overall style and ambiance of your bedroom. Therefore, selecting the right size duvet cover UK is essential to creating a space that is visually appealing and welcoming.

Related: 10 Things You Need to Know to Choose the Best Duvet

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Quilt Cover

Finding your ideal duvet cover set king size does not have to be stressful, but if you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of jargon and the sheer variety on offer, don't panic! We've answered some key questions and outlined the factors you should consider to find your perfect match right here.

Size

The size of your quilt cover will be determined by the size of your bed, mattress, and the space it's intended for, as well as the size of your duvet. Checkout Kensingtons Size Guide

One essential rule for buying a doona cover is choosing a size larger than the mattress. Opt for a larger quilt cover for a stylish appearance or match sizes for a neat finish. Ensure your quilt and quilt cover sizes align for a cozy and cohesive look, enhancing comfort during colder months.

You must also decide on the size of the quilt in relation to the quilt cover size. For example, it should be paired with a king quilt cover set. A queen-size quilt will also work with a queen-quilt cover set.

Choosing both sizes to be an exact match will ensure that you have a warm, complete, and comfortable quilt during the colder months. checout Kensingtons duvets Covers Collections

 

showing the sizes of a single, double, king size, and super king bed* Duvet Covers in Single or Twin Size

Single or twin duvet covers are typically 135 cm x 200 cm (53 in x 78 in). To ensure a proper fit, look for duvet covers designed for single beds.

* Duvet Covers in Double or Full Size

Double or full duvet covers fit beds measuring approximately 200 cm x 200 cm (78 in x 78 in). To ensure proper fit, choose duvet covers labeled as double or full size.

* Duvet Covers for King-Size Beds

King-size duvet covers are intended for larger beds and are typically 230 cm x 220 cm (90 in x 86 in).


* Duvet Covers for Super King Size Beds

Super king-size duvet covers are intended for extra-large beds and are typically 260 cm x 220 cm (102 in x 86 in). Look for super king size duvet covers to ensure they fit your bed properly.

Related: King Size Duvets Make You Sleep Comfortably

Material

Depending on your personal preferences, the material of your duvet with quilt cover will help determine whether or not you get a good night's sleep.

The weave of your duvet cover will also affect how it feels and looks, resulting in extra softness, water resistance, or coolness.

These various qualities should all be considered in relation to the climate and type of room for which you are purchasing a new duvet cover.

While you may not believe that the material of your quilt cover makes a significant difference, it is critical to understand that different materials have a significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Let's see which materials are suitable for you!

Materials that are soft and breathable


If you're having trouble sleeping at night because you're too hot, you should consider soft and breathable quilt covers. A breathable doona cover king size means that the fibers used to make the quilt cover allow heat and air to escape, allowing your body to cool.

  • Cotton

Cotton is the most widely used fabric in the textile industry, and duvet covers made of it are supple, strong, light, and breathable. They are skin-friendly and suitable for almost all weather conditions. 

  • Linen

Linen is known as a summer fabric due to its wicking properties and breathability, but it can be worn all year. It functions as a natural insulator, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It is also the world's most durable natural fiber and naturally inhibits bacterial growth.

  • Bamboo 

Bamboo king size duvet covers in the UK are marketed as a cotton substitute, but they are not environmentally friendly or skin-friendly. The softness and breathability are comparable to cotton.

Materials that are both hassle-free and long-lasting


If you sleep well regardless of the temperature outside, you might be interested in a doona cover that is easy to care for. Hassle-free king bedding sets are ideal for keeping you at a comfortable temperature. These doona covers are also quite durable, so you may end up keeping them for quite some time.


  • Cotton Polyester Blend

Polyester and Cotton-Poly blend duvet covers are ideal for those looking for a durable fabric that will not wrinkle or fade over time. Polyester is man-made, which means it is less expensive than natural alternatives

  • Microfiber

Microfiber is a synthetic material that is combined with another fabric to achieve the best results. They are not suitable for hot sleepers. Despite its popularity, microfiber is not suitable for allergy sufferers.

  • Polyester

Polyester, unlike cotton or silk, is less breathable, trapping moisture and heat in your sheets. Polyester is an excellent choice if you prefer a warmer sleeping environment.

Materials that are warm and inviting

Nothing beats slipping into a nice, warm bed after a particularly cold winter night. These warm and cozy quilt covers are ideal if you frequently experience nighttime chills.

  • Velvet 

During the cooler months, a velvet quilt cover is a lovely choice, with its wonderfully soft fabric and elegant display providing a luxurious experience. It has a classic and timeless aesthetic that goes well with almost any other fabric and is available in a variety of different and unique designs.

  • Flannel 

Flannel is a breathable fabric. The fuzzy texture of flannel traps warm air. Because flannel is looserly woven than cotton, it is naturally warmer. When you want to keep your body warm, choose flannel.

  • Silk 

Silk's natural properties make it ideal for humid climates, keeping you warm without making you feel claustrophobic. Because of its dust-repellent properties, silk is an excellent choice for people who suffer from allergies or asthma.

  • Wool

Wool has a natural tendency to keep you warm, so people who live in cold climates will appreciate the coziness of woolen duvet covers. However, wool may be too harsh on the skin and not as soft as other fabrics. With wool duvet covers, you will wake up sweaty in the summer.

When shopping for a new duvet sets UK, many people prefer cotton. The premium option is 100% Egyptian cotton, which combines durability and comfort. The length of the fibers in Egyptian cotton gives the fabric strength and helps it retain its shape. Egyptian cotton is also highly absorbent, which helps with color retention and brightness.

Linen is also a popular choice, particularly in warmer climates, because it keeps you cool while lasting forever.

Poly-blend sheets provide an easy-care approach to bedding at the budget end of the market, with minimal wrinkling and a lower price point.

Meanwhile, sateen allows for a luxury look on a budget, whereas silk provides the real thing.

Design and pattern

What good is all this luxury if you don't like the overall look of your bedding set?

We recommend closely inspecting the pattern and color of your chosen duvet cover and comparing it to the décor of the room you are purchasing. There are a few questions to consider here: will it clash with existing décor, or will it blend in seamlessly? Do you intend to redecorate? Do you want something bold or something more understated?

Whatever your requirements, this is one of the most important factors to consider, yet it is easily overlooked when sifting through more technical information.

Bed quilt covers are an essential component of any bedroom's decor. They can make your space more comfortable by adding color, pattern, and texture. When selecting a quilt cover, keep in mind both the style of your room and the colors you intend to use. If you have plain walls, a quilt cover with a bold pattern can add much-needed visual interest.

Plain duvet covers have only one color and are ideal for a simple and serene appearance. Patterned pillowcases or decorative cushions and throws can liven up a plain duvet cover. Duvet covers with patterns range from classic stripes and pretty florals to beautiful botanical and tropical, leafy designs.

 

Choose the Correct Color

While the size of the quilt determines the level of comfort, selecting the right color will ensure that the space looks visually appealing. Choosing the right color quilt cover will either transform and improve the aesthetics of your bedroom or detract from it. As a result, you must consider the style of your bedroom, as well as the color of the bed frame and the wall.

  • Consider using a plain white quilt cover to make your bedroom appear brighter and more airy.
  • If you want to incorporate different colors into your bedroom, purple might be a good choice.
  • You can add depth to your bedroom by using a block color such as navy or black.

This is a matter of personal preference. You can't go wrong with classic white, but if you prefer a more daring look, experiment with deeper or brighter colors to suit your taste and the seasons. Cooler tones like blues and greens are ideal for summer, while warmer tones like biscotti and natural are ideal for winter. Duvet covers come in a variety of colors to match any interior design scheme. If you want to create a luxuriously comfortable space, choose a bed quilt cover in a rich, solid color.

Type of Closure

When it comes to duvet cover closures, you can choose from buttons, zippers, or ties. These closure mechanisms keep the duvet inside the cover and prevent it from slipping out.

 

  • Buttons can be sewn onto the cover's opening to make it easier to fasten and unfasten.
  • Zippers offer a more convenient and efficient closure because they allow you to simply zip up the cover to enclose the duvet.
  • Alternatively, ties can be used, in which fabric ties are attached to the cover and tied together to securely close the duvet cover.

 

Thread Count

The number of threads per square inch of fabric is known as the thread count. To generate an overall number, the measurement is calculated both lengthwise (warp) and widthwise (weft).

The higher the thread count, in general, the softer the material. The basic premise is that weaving finer threads together results in a more luxurious feel.

  • 120-180 Thread Count

Suitable for basic use, such as decorating a rental property or a spare bedroom that will not be occupied every day.

  • 200 Thread Count

Ideal for summer, this produces a light and airy fabric that is also of high quality. A 200 thread count cover is an excellent choice for those on a tight budget who want to get a good night's sleep.

  • 400 Thread Count

This thread count is soft while also being durable, and it is frequently used by major hotel chains to promote good sleep. The fabric is still cool enough to wear all year, but it is a little cozier than a 200-thread count.

  • 600 Thread Count

This thread count produces the ultimate smoothness at the higher end of the market. Many opulent hotels use this thread count in their linens to help promote their exclusivity, and it's also considered one of the best commercial thread counts for recreating a similar feel at home.

  • 800-1000 Thread Count

This is the pinnacle of luxury, with full fabric and robustness that will last for generations.

Some manufacturers have been known to inflate their own thread count in order to remain competitive, as a higher thread count is regarded as a sign of quality and is more in demand.

Thread count has also become entwined with clever marketing, and it's far from the only thing to look for when shopping for doona covers king size. Because there is no real way for you to measure thread count for yourself, our best advice is to take it into account but never underestimate the many other factors that contribute to a long-lasting and high-quality product.


The Advantages of Purchasing a High-Quality Duvet Cover

A duvet cover, like pillowcases, is a visible protective element in bedding. Despite their widespread acceptance, duvet covers require careful thought. They are simple to replace, machine washable, inexpensive, and comfortable.

Although they may appear to be unnecessary, they serve multiple functions and are frequently used with down comforters or duvets.

  • Keep Your Inner Duvet Clean

First, the duvet cover should keep the inside duvet clean, dust-free, and in good condition. This is especially important for down-filled duvets, which are more expensive and of higher quality.

  • Maintain the life of the duvet

Although the inside duvet should be cleaned on a regular basis, the cover is machine washable and simple to care for. The outer layer of the duvet cover, which can be replaced, extends the life of your inner duvet.

  • Make a Decor Statement

The duvet cover adds flair to the room by serving as the focal point for the rest of your decor. A duvet cover is an excellent way to personalize a space or to serve as a blank canvas for a more distinct style.

  • Adapts to Seasonal Variations

Having multiple covers also allows you to select different fabrics to provide your blanket with varying degrees of warmth. You can use a flannel cover in the winter and a lighter cover in the summer, or you can use a premium material like silk.

 

Washing Instructions for Duvet Covers Tips for Maintaining and Cleaning

On the care label of the bedding sets king size UK, follow the manufacturer's washing instructions. Most duvet covers can be washed in the washing machine on a gentle or delicate cycle. Use a gentle detergent instead of bleach or harsh chemicals.

  • Stain Removal Methods

Spots on the duvet cover should be treated as soon as possible. Spot cleaning with a mild detergent or specialized stain removers are gentle stain removal methods. To avoid damaging the fabric, always test any cleaning product on a small, inconspicuous area first.

  • Guidelines for Drying and Ironing

After washing, tumble dry the duvet cover on low heat or air dry it if the manufacturer recommends. To avoid excessive wrinkling, avoid over-drying. Iron the duvet cover on a low heat setting if necessary, following any specific ironing instructions provided.

Pro Tips and Advice to Select the Best Quilt Cover

  • Research and buy from reputable brands with a long history of selling quality quilt sets.
  • Consider the materials used in the quilt set to ensure maximum comfort while sleeping.
  • Look for a quilt set that fits your needs and preferences, rather than just focusing on price.
  • Explore different color options to find one that matches your room's aesthetic and existing decor.
  • Make sure to choose the correct size of quilt set to avoid unorganized or uncomfortable bedding.
  • Don't forget to consider the ease of cleaning the quilt set, as some can be more difficult to maintain.
  • Invest in a good quilt set, as it is something you will benefit from every day.

Final Thoughts

Personal preference and the style of your current space play a role in selecting a new duvet cover. Of course, you'll need to choose a color or pattern that complements your existing décor, but you'll also need to select a suitable material. Of course, budget will play a role in material selection, but the type of room in which the duvet cover will be used will also play a role. Rooms that are not intended for daily use, such as a spare bedroom, can use a less expensive material.

Thread count is also an important consideration because it determines the level of luxury and quality. If you want to create a five-star hotel experience at home, invest in the highest thread count you can afford.


Kensingtons Luxury Bedding and Quilts always goes above and beyond to ensure that our customers achieve the aesthetic and comfort they desire. We hope you found this guide to selecting the perfect king quilt cover useful, whether you're looking for a timeless aesthetic, something more dramatic, or want to keep your colors and fabrics light and airy. 

Qrequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose a quilt cover for my bed?

Quilt covers serve a dual purpose by protecting your quilt from dirt and stains while adding style to your bedroom. They are essential for both practicality and aesthetics.

 

What factors should I consider when selecting a quilt cover?

Consider the size, material, design, and closure type of the quilt cover. The size should match your bed, and the material should suit your preferences and the climate. The design and colour should complement your bedroom's decor, and the closure type can vary with options like buttons, zippers, or ties.

 

How do I choose the right size for my quilt cover?

Ensure the quilt cover is one size larger than your mattress for a stylish appearance. If you want a neat finish, you can match the sizes. The quilt cover size should also correspond to the size of your quilt, ensuring a warm and comfortable fit.

 

What are the best materials for quilt covers?

Materials like cotton, linen, bamboo, and polyester blends offer various qualities such as breathability, durability, and softness. The choice depends on personal preferences, climate, and desired comfort levels.

 

How do I care for and clean my quilt cover?

Follow the manufacturer's washing instructions on the care label, typically using a gentle cycle with a mild detergent. Attend to stains promptly with gentle stain removers. Dry the cover on low heat or air dry as recommended, and iron on a low heat setting if necessary.