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Warm for Winter: Comforters and Duvets


Woman smiles underneath white duvet cover on her bed

The best thing for winter nights is a warm, cozy bed. While there are many ways to create the optimal sleep space in Winter, your choice of comforter or duvet can make a big difference. In this article, we’re taking a closer look at how comforters and duvets can warm your nights.

The Difference Between a Comforter and a Duvet

While people often use the words “comforter” and “duvet” interchangeably, they’re not the same thing. A comforter is thinner than a duvet, and its filling is a permanent part of the product. A duvet, on the other hand, consists of a cover and replaceable filler. Comforters tend to be flatter, and they conform more to a clean, tidy look. Duvets are puffier and give your bed a plush, welcoming look. 

The advantages of a comforter include being part of a matching set, flatter look if preferred, and little chance of the filler bunching. The advantages of a duvet include a replaceable cover, interchangeable fillers, and much plusher feel. Though a traditional duvet can develop bunches in the filling, many modern duvets are made to minimize this effect. Also, a duvet allows you to change your look without changing your favorite filling, simply by replacing the cover with a different style.

Comforter and Duvet Filling

Comforters and duvets are usually filled with goose down or a down alternative, such as microfiber. In addition, some duvets and comforters are filled with wool. Down is generally warmer than wool, since it traps body heat, while wool thermoregulates by storing heat and releasing it slowly. Down alternative filling is a wonderful option for sleepers who like the feel of down, but whose allergies don’t agree! 

Comforter Options

One of the more popular choices for comforters is a comforter set, which includes matching pillow shams and other bedding for a complete look. Madison Park’s Stratford Embroidered Microfiber 8-Piece Comforter Set is a great example of this, with one comforter, two pillow shams, two euro shams, one bed skirt, and two decorative pillows. Besides Madison Park and Madison Park Signature, City Mattress also carries comforter sets from 510 Design, Harbor House, INK + IVY, and N Natori. A comforter set allows you to choose a comforter that fits your style and preferences, while also decorating the rest of your bed accordingly.

Individual comforters come in a variety of styles and fillings. The Beautyrest 500tc Damask Stripe Cotton All Season Hungarian Goose Down Comforter is the height of comfort in this category, with hypoallergenic 100% U.S. grown cotton in the outer shell. For down alternative, the Martha Stewart Tencel Fabric And Fill Blend All Season Down Alternative Comforter provides all-season warmth, while remaining kind to your allergies. In wool, the Sleep & Beyond Mycomforter® Washable Wool Comforter offers excellent thermoregulated comfort, with 100% natural wool inside, and 100% natural cotton percale on the outside. An individual comforter adds much needed warmth to your bed, while allowing you to decorate the rest of your bed separately.

Duvet Options

When shopping for a duvet, it’s important to remember that duvet covers and duvets are often sold separately. Again, the advantage to this is that you can change your look with a new duvet cover, while keeping your favorite duvet insert. Start with your preferred duvet material, such as our Sferra Buxton Goose Down Duvet for goose down, Sferra Arcadia Down Alternative Duvet for down alternative, or Down Decor Lanadown Organic Wool Duvet for wool. 

Once you have the duvet material you want, you can choose from a wide variety of duvet covers and duvet cover sets. A duvet cover set includes pillow shams and other bedding, similarly to a comforter set, for a more complete look. Ann Gish’s Embroidered Scroll 3-Piece Duvet Cover Set is a great example of a duvet set, including one duvet cover and two matching pillow shams. City Mattress carries many duvet sets to give you more options to complete your look. Individual duvet covers are also available, such as the Rizzy Home Isabella Jacquard Linen Duvet Cover. City Mattress offers several individual duvet covers to choose from, so you can select your favorite duvet insert and multiple looks to suit your mood.

Keep Warm with City Mattress

Ultimately, your choice of comforter vs. duvet is a matter of personal preference and style. City Mattress is proud to provide a plethora of options, so you can get the look and feel for your bed that’s perfect for you. Our Sleep Experts are happy to answer your questions and guide your decision, in-store or online. Get warm for Winter with City Mattress today!