Bedding serves as the focal point of your bedroom décor. You’ll want to find bedding that captures attention and that creates the right look and feel for your master or guest rooms — a clear style that you can build on with complementary pieces.

The search for bedding can be a lot of fun, but it can also lead to questions. For example: What’s the difference between a comforter and a duvet?

Unfortunately, the part-time employees at most home décor stores don’t have an authoritative answer to this question. And, if you’re shopping online, the information available to you is even more limited.

So we’re here to help. Here’s a look at the answer to your pressing question: What’s the difference between a comforter and a duvet?

When you’re shopping for bedding, you’re looking for products that fall into 3 different categories. You need sheets: the fitted sheet, a top sheet and pillow cases. You need pillows: sleeping pillows, throw pillows, etc. And you need a bedspread: either a comforter or a duvet most likely. That’s what we’re looking at here — the difference between the two (and which will work best for your needs.


Comforter: Defined

A comforter is like a mega blanket. It’s typically thick and soft, and it’s likely filled with some sort of synthetic fiber.

Most comforters include stitching throughout the surface. This stitching ensures that the synthetic fiber always remains distributed throughout the comforter — no bunching, which can be annoying (more on this in the duvet section).

Also, you can often find comforters in bedding sets. This is bad in that it takes away some of your ability to mix and match sheets and pillows and bedspreads. But it’s good in that it makes decorating easy — you don’t have to stress about the mixing and matching, and you spend zero time second-guessing those mix-and-match decisions.

Most comforters are also machine washable, which makes taking care of them incredibly simple.


Duvet: Defined

A duvet is shaped like a comforter, but it’s actually a soft container that is filled with feathers or down (or alternative material).

Unlike a comforter, there’s no stitching. This means that the feathers or down can at times bunch in one end or in one corner of a duvet, which requires attention.

Duvets typically do not come in bedding sets. In fact, you never actually see a duvet when it’s in use. That’s because duvets require duvet covers, which are more decorative and stylish. A duvet cover is to a duvet what a pillow case is to a pillow, if that makes it easier to understand.

Duvet covers are typically machine washable, though you’ll most likely need to dry clean the actual duvet, if needed. That said, you should rarely need to clean your duvet.

Many people use a duvet interchangeably with a comforter. That is, they use duvets in tandem with sheets and other bedding. But others choose to use a duvet and duvet cover without sheets. It serves as a single thermal insulator that requires no sheets at all. In fact, you can choose more than one duvet that works with your décor, and then simply wash one duvet cover and use the other on a week-by-week basis.


Which is Best?

I highly recommend duvets over comforters. Why? Mostly because of the insulating material. There’s a higher-quality look and feel to a down- or feather-filled duvet than there is with a synthetic-filled comforter.

Also, a duvet allows you to quickly (and affordably) change the décor in your bedroom. Replacing a duvet cover is relative simple, though it often requires new matching pillows, too.

The one area where a comforter bests a duvet is in the bunching. It can be infuriating at times to get the feather or down evenly distributed throughout a duvet. And even getting a duvet cover on and off a duvet can be frustrating.

But, for me, it’s worth it. I would recommend investing in some high-thread count white sheets and a nice duvet — I pass on the duvet-only approach (no sheets), because it can get hot enough where I live sheets are enough. Then, simply find the duvet cover and throw pillows to match, and you’re ready to go.


Final Thoughts on Comforters vs. Duvets

I firmly believe that you should love where you live, the way your home looks and the way it feels. That certainly includes your bedroom, where you likely spend a ton of time.

With that in mind, find the bedspread that helps you fall in love with your bedroom. Whether it’s a comforter or a duvet, go with the option that looks great and that makes you feel best at night — on during perfect Sunday afternoon naps.

What’s your preference? Comforter or duvet? Let us know in the comments section below, or send us a message via our contact form.