If you've found the perfect duvet, you're half-way there! But you're not at the finish line just yet. Although appearance is extremely important for the theme and tone of a bedroom, it's just as important to find the right feel and texture. Have you ever heard the saying, "It's what's on the inside that counts?" There's an important lesson there that goes beyond beauty.
Duvet inserts are everywhere and the options seem endless. With so many choices, it can start to feel overwhelming. Here are some ideas to help point you in the right direction so you can find the perfect fit for you and your duvet cover.
Know your duvet size. A duvet insert that doesn't fit can make even the nicest comforters go south and feel sloppy. It's crucial to stick with your exact size (unless otherwise mentioned), which means don't buy a full duvet and use a twin insert you found on sale (you know who you are). The duvet insert is really your foundation, as it gives you the option to change your covers out with the days of the week, if you so choose. So if you have a queen size duvet, purchase a queen size insert.
Being hot or cold blooded will likely affect your duvet insert decision. If you're looking for something lightweight, avoid a heavy fill of pure down and go for an ultralight down or a synthetic, down-alternative. If you're looking for a warmer, bulky comforter, you'll most likely gravitate toward pure down with a heavy fill to give you that hotel luxury touch. Keep in mind that down adjusts to your body temperature, so as long as it's not heavy filled down, it'll be perfect for all seasons.
Caution: Be extra attentive to the label when dealing with allergies for you or anyone in your household. Comforters contain a variety of fiberfill ranging from goose feather to down. It's also a good idea to know what's in your guest room duvet in case they have allergy concerns.
Most feather duvets are sensitive and should be dry cleaned, while almost every other fiber comes machine safe. Of course, always check the label to be sure. Keep in mind that although a Twin duvet can easily fit into your washing machine, a King comforter may not fit in standard machines. Weigh all these factors as you narrow down your choices because you don't want additional extra maintenance.
Microfiber is a cooler option, soft to the touch, and a great alternative for those with allergies. As with any comforter, the fill determines the weight and warmth; so if you're looking for a plush, luxurious feel, just increase the fill count.