People say that your body is your temple, and if that’s true, then your bed is definitely your sanctuary.

We’ve all seen the movies were the hero kicks off their shoes and starfishes down into a big, cloud-like bed, and we’ve all had envy of that moment of complete bliss. Here’s the secret: a truly comfy bed has to look the part. You eat with your eyes first, right? Up your bed game with our ultimate duvet cover guide.

The Basics

The first thing to figure out is also the easiest thing to figure out, and that’s what size duvet cover you need. Luckily bed/sheet/duvet sizing is pretty standardized. Match your bed size to your sheet size and voila, you know what size duvet cover you need.

The next thing to consider is how your duvet cover opens, and how easy it will be to put your comforter back inside it. If you sleep with a top sheet, you won’t have to wash your duvet cover as often as those who sleep euro-style, or without a top sheet. But whichever your bed-making preference, you’ll still have to wash your duvet cover (regularly), and choosing a cover that’s easy to fit a comforter inside is a plus. Zippers and snaps tend to be the easiest closures to work with, while buttons tend to be more of a struggle.

Choosing a material for your duvet cover is also important. However, if you have warm enough blankets and a warm enough comforter, your duvet cover material isn’t a make or break (unless you live somewhere really, really cold). Still, it can be fun to swap out your duvet covers with the seasons, even if the material isn’t changing and just the colors are… which brings us to the next point….

Colors! Patterns! Design! Oh My!

The most fun part about picking your duvet cover is picking well, all of the above! Your bed is the focal point of your room and as a result, getting a new duvet cover becomes the new foundation piece for your room design.

Light colors are always appreciated because they make the room look and feel a lot bigger. However, light colors also show more dirt and stains. If you’re thinking right now that you don’t get in your bed dirty, think about the damage that a smudge of mascara can do to your pillow. With that in mind, a dark duvet cover may be better option for your lifestyle. If you’re torn between a light and dark colored duvet cover, get both and swap them out seasonally.

When choosing your duvet cover aesthetic, it’s also important to consider your sheets and how you make your bed. If you fold your top sheet over your duvet cover, do you want their to be a subtle contrast, a loud color pop or a perfectly matching combination?

If you just pull the whole duvet cover up and hide your sheets, the only thing that you really need to think about is how to match (or not match) your pillows and throws. If you have a loud throw pillow or blanket on your bed, it may be best to stick with a subtle duvet cover, or vice versa.

The most important tip to buying a duvet cover is not to take the hunt so seriously. Your duvet cover can be your room design staple for months or get swapped out every other month for a new look.

Written by Melia Gresska

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