What Is a Duvet Cover? And the Best Ones to Buy Now

Updated 06/12/17

What is a duvet cover? That’s the exact question a whopping 18,000 people ask each month when searching for bedding inspiration, so we thought it was about time we provided an answer. The word “duvet” apparently  for “down,” and it’s a cover or sack  (the cover itself does not provide warmth). Although its origins can’t be pinpointed, the home good first became a household name  when Sir Terence Conran began selling them at the Habitat shop in London.

(The duvet was advertised as “”—since you didn’t use a top sheet with it, you could make the bed faster). Nowadays, duvet covers are a simple way to change up your décor without having to replace your comforter. Plus, they make laundering a breeze. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite duvets—from ruffled to printed to bloom-embellished. Scroll through to see our top picks. 

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Urban Outfitters Eyelet Stripe Duvet Cover $229

Dainty eyelet stripes fancy up a basic duvet. 

Willow Fringe Duvet Cover
Urban Outfitters Willow Fringe Duvet Cover $179

The season's tassel trend makes its way onto a dusty rose duvet cover. 

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H&M Home Cotton Percale Duvet Cover Set $60

Traditional white bedding gets a modern update with chevron stripes and polka dots. Bonus points that the set comes with matching pillow covers. 

what is a duvet cover
Parachute Home Percale Duvet Cover $189

This duvet's luxe Egyptian cotton is hand-spun at a family mill in northern Portugal. 

what is a duvet cover
CB2 Marbleized Duvet Cover $119

This bedding doesn't just have a dip-dye effect—it's real. A traditional hand-dipping technique is used to create this unique marbled print. 

what is a duvet cover
Anthropologie Georgina Duvet $398

This gorgeous cream duvet has pops of cotton voile blooms on top of delicate ruching. 

what is a duvet cover
H&M Home Duvet Cover Set $80

This set is all about style and function. It uses pretty bow ties as closures to keep your duvet insert in place. 

what is a duvet cover
Anthropologie Floral Trellis Duvet $268

This cotton percale cover has a raised floral trellis pattern that resembles lace from afar. 

what is a duvet cover
Anthropologie Oleada Duvet $288

There's nothing prettier than a crochet-and-tassel trim. 

what is a duvet cover
Pottery Barn Alexa Watercolor Duvet Cover $299 $239

This bold watercolor linen duvet looks best paired with stark white accent pillows. 

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