As the most commonly used fabric worldwide, it’s no surprise that cotton is also frequently used for bedding. A cotton duvet covers set is a great, inexpensive option that is readily available. Cotton holds colour well, so duvet covers are available in every colour and in a variety of patterns to suit any room or location.
Cotton is generally a soft fabric and is easy to take care of. However, low-quality cotton tends to get a pilling effect and duvet covers will need to be replaced every 1-2 years. It is also not as breathable as higher quality cottons and fabrics and is susceptible to harbouring allergens.
A grade above all other types of cotton, Egyptian cotton is known for luxury. It is incredibly soft and extremely smooth thanks to the extra-long staple cotton fibres it is made with. Unsurprisingly, Egyptian cotton is an expensive choice for a duvet cover.
The breathable fabric, smooth texture and high quality tend to justify its price. However, it can be prone to wrinkling and is damaged by hot washes. The cotton industry is also questionable, and it can be difficult for consumers to purchase Egyptian cotton ethically.
Fans of durable fabrics often decide on linen as their duvet covers. It has incredible absorbency and is resistant to stains so will remain fresh and cool throughout its lifetime. Linen is also incredibly strong and is unlikely to tear or wear down.
The downside to linen is that it often lacks a luxurious feel and instead feels stiff and crisp, particularly at first. Linen is also very expensive and wrinkles easily.
Silk has been the staple choice of bedding for luxury and refinement for thousands of years. It’s a natural fibre made from silk worms that has a smooth satin feel. It is notably hypoallergenic, breathable and soft and a healthy, relaxing choice of duvet cover. However, silk is easily damaged and very expensive to buy, clean and repair.
Production of silk is less than ideal. It uses a lot of energy and water to cultivate the right growing environment and involves the boiling of millions of silk worms every year.
Polyester is a widely used, man-made fibre that is cheap and easy to find. Since polyester on its own is stiff and scratchy, it is typically sold as a cotton-polyester blend. It can be repeatedly washed and is resistant to wear and tear, but the quality of the fabric will be significantly lower than others available.
Polyester is not very breathable, and users will find they are more likely to wake up feeling sweaty and damp.
Tencel™ is the newest luxury fabric to make an entrance. It combines ethical practices, sustainable production and a high-quality feel. Tencel™ is made from sustainably sourced wood pulp harvested from responsibly governed farms. It is durable, soft, naturally hypoallergenic, and extremely hygienic due its single cellular structure.
The smooth texture of Tencel™ duvet covers is unmatched and its breathable qualities means users will be kept cool and comfortable throughout the night.