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by Chandler Warnick
Comforter covers come in so many different colors, designs and styles that it can be easy to say, "ah, forget it," and use your down comforter as is, but don't give up too fast. There are several reasons that finding the right comforter cover is worth your time and your money, and if you keep in mind a few important facts, it can be a simple process.
Comforter covers are a simple, inexpensive way to redecorate. With a comforter cover, also known as a duvet cover, you can give your bed an entirely new look without buying a whole new bedding set. If you want to change your bedding with the seasons, if you remodeled your bedroom and need bedding to match or if you just want a change, you can avoid buying a new down comforter and get plenty of great ideas by browsing the comforter covers in our bed and bath department.
Comforter covers protect your comforter. They look great, but they also protect your down comforter from the wear and tear that comes with normal use. Also, they will protect your comforter from spills. While a high-quality comforter is wonderfully cozy, it often is not machine washable. Fortunately, comforter covers are; if you spill a little, just slip it off and throw it in the wash.
Comforter covers save you money. It may sound strange, but spending money on a comforter will save you money in the long run. Down comforters are usually pricey, and being able to wash or replace a comforter cover instead of your down comforter can save you big bucks.
Comforter covers work great as bedding during hot months. While comforters always keep you warm and snug, they can be a little much when the summer months roll around. If you live in a hot and humid area, an empty comforter cover on top of your bed sheets can be just the right amount of bedding.
Some comforter covers are hypoallergenic. Down has a lot of great properties, but it's a fact that a down comforter can agitate allergies. Some comforter covers are made of hypoallergenic materials that can form a barrier between the comforter and you, so if you have allergies, you can enjoy the warmth and comfort of a down comforter.
Sizes vary by manufacturer. A queen-sized duvet cover made by one brand may be smaller than a duvet cover made by a different brand. Product details usually list the actual dimensions of comforter covers, so for the best fit, find out the actual dimensions of your down comforter and buy a cover that's roughly two inches larger than your actual comforter. After you wash it a couple times, it should be the perfect size.
Lots of comforter covers come in matching bedding sets. Finding the right pillow cases and sheets to match your new duvet cover can take time and can cost you a lot of money. Many duvet covers come in sets with matching sheets, pillow cases and shams. Keeping your eye out for deals like that can save you time and money.