While the right mattress might make for a painless night’s sleep, and the best sheets will keep you perfectly comfortable during that sleep, a duvet cover does double duty — it protects your comforter and adds a design element to your bed. But because a duvet cover isn’t typically what you’re sleeping directly on or under, choosing one is often more about aesthetics and style than fabrication (even though duvet covers, like sheets, can come in a range of materials including cotton, linen, and alternative fibers like bamboo).
To find the best duvet covers, we consulted 20 interior designers — or people who’ve touched and tested more duvets than we ever could and also happen to know a thing or two about creating inviting, stylish bedscapes — and a few other stylish folks (namely ourselves) about their favorites. Read on for their 26 picks, which include both affordable and luxurious hotel-style duvet covers, brightly patterned or colored ones that’ll make even more of a statement, and plenty of linen styles for those who want their duvet cover to match their preferred type of sheets. A note that the prices shown are for queen-size duvet covers unless otherwise noted.
Best under-$100 duvet covers
According to Courtney McLeod, the founder and principal designer of New York City–based Right Meets Left Interior Design, “the Miranda Haus line is a great budget-friendly option for bedding.” Her duvet cover of choice from that line is the Lorenz, which she likes for “its soft hand and nice detailing.” With an embroidered figaro-link pattern in gray against crisp white cotton, it’s the sort of thing that would make any bedroom look a bit more like a room in an upscale hotel. A bonus: The set comes with two matching sham covers.
If brighter, bolder patterns are more your speed, Decorist designer Audrey Margarite suggests trying a floral duvet cover, like this one from Marimekko. She says it has a “whimsical painterly quality” that’ll cheer up any space and add a “quick pattern pop” to a bedroom.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a linen duvet cover under $100, which is why we think this one from Wamsutta that Devin Shaffer, an interior designer at online service Decorilla, recommends is a steal. He loves the vintage look of the Belgian-flax fabric because, according to him, it “spans the spectrum of design styles and can find a home anywhere.” Shaffer adds that the material is also great for “cuddling” because of its natural wrinkled texture. “Washed linen is the way to go for low-maintenance and high-performance bedding,” he says.
“I love cabana stripes,” says Strategist writer (and stripe chronicler) Hilary Reid, who has this striped duvet cover in light blue and calls it one of her favorite things she owns. While cabana stripes are inherently bolder due to their thicker width, Reid says that, “for a bedspread, I prefer them to be a bit subdued,” like they are on this style from Hay. She likes that Hay’s white stripes aren’t pure white — “more like a very light, almost-blue-safe green” — and that the blue is a “lovely shade of periwinkle, which looks equally elegant and subdued as it does beachy/summery.” Made of cotton, the material is “soft and cool” and doesn’t get too wrinkly either, according to Reid. It also comes in a yellow striped version.
Best under-$200 duvet covers
If you’re looking for a duvet cover to complete a quintessential all-white bedding look, it’s hard to beat this one from Brooklinen, the maker of some of our favorite bedding, including (affordable) linen and sateen sheets. The cotton-percale duvet cover comes recommended by interior designer Ghislaine Viñas, who says it will give a bed that crisp hotel look and feel. “We use a lot of white bedding only, so this is a great, easy, and comfy staple we suggest to clients,” she says. (And If you’re looking for a twist on the classic, go with this subtly striped version.)
Unlike the cotton or linen duvet covers on this list, this one from Ettitude is made from organic bamboo lyocell fabric, which has natural thermoregulating (a.k.a. cooling) abilities, making it a great option for folks who sleep hot. It comes recommended by Jess Blumberg of Dale Blumberg Interiors. “It’s modern, minimal, and supersoft,” she says of the silky-smooth duvet cover that comes in summery shades like mint and sky blue. “And it doesn’t hurt that it’s sustainable, hypoallergenic, and relatively affordable too.”
A textured duvet cover, like this one that Havenly staff designer Madison Shoemaker recommends, can add a bit more visual interest to your bed without the statement-making look of a louder pattern. Shoemaker says this style is “subtle and luxurious” thanks to its 100 percent waffle-weave cotton material, which gives it a natural woven look that she calls cozy, comfortable, and sophisticated. Available in white, gray, and midnight blue, the duvet cover is also reversible (its other side has a smoother cotton-percale weave).
Shoemaker also recommends this similarly priced textured duvet cover with a geometric pattern that gives it a slightly different aesthetic than the woven look of the above style. She says that the “raised geometric pattern” makes the otherwise simple, solid-colored cover “unique,” noting that this pattern is also subtle enough that it will stand out in, but not overwhelm, a bedroom. It also happens to be made of 100 percent organic cotton (and is available in a slightly darker gray in addition to the white shown).
Those looking for a duvet cover that’s slightly bolder than the patterned styles above should consider this floral-print option that Tavia Forbes and Monet Masters of Atlanta-based interior-design studio Forbes+Masters recommend. While eye-catching, they say the print is still relatively subdued for a floral pattern. “What I love about this duvet are its bold lines and neutral tropical-inspired scheme,” says Masters. The front of the two-tone cover features a gray-and-white botanical pattern printed on linen, while the back is made of cotton.
If you followed along with our obsessive linen-sheet testing, you know we’re big fans of the natural, breathable fabric. Still, as we’ve noted, it can get pricey. While a bit more of an investment than the linen duvet cover further up on this list, Emmanuelle Bernard, the founder of Hoem, recommends this style as another relatively budget-friendly option. One thing she likes about this duvet cover is that it comes in a range of colors, for those who like to change it up each season. “Linen duvet covers in pastel hues are my favorite because they give a boho sort of look to my bedroom,” says Bernard. “Stonewashed linen brings a vintage look to your bed, it’s very comfortable and fresh, and it comes even more natural with some wrinkles.” She particularly likes the baby-pink shade and suggests pairing it with contrasting pillows to achieve a Scandinavian look.
An embroidered pattern of subtle florals is what sets this duvet cover recommended by McLeod apart, according to her. “I adore the delicate details,” she says of the duvet from Bloomingdale’s Sky collection. You can choose from a few options that feature the pattern in different muted shades (like blush and gray), and the duvet cover comes with two matching shams, making it an even better deal.
For something decadent and totally different, Forbes and Masters recommend this velvet duvet cover from Williams Sonoma. Forbes calls it “so classic” and great for “year-round use” because its cotton-velvet exterior is backed with natural flax-hued Belgian linen (so you’re not actually sleeping beneath velvet). It’s available in seven jewel tones, including dark green, navy, gray, and ivory, and you can purchase matching shams separately if you want a more cohesive look.
Here’s another velvet duvet cover that came recommended by Shaffer. Instead of a smooth finish, this one has a crushed fabrication, which he calls more “avant-garde.” He says the added texture of the crushed finish makes this a bit more luxe and glamorous than the above style. Made from a viscose blend with cotton backing, the duvet cover is available in blush, stone, and blue, in addition to the platinum shown.
Best duvet covers under $300
We’ve written before about how sweaty sleepers love Parachute’s linen sheets for keeping cool, so it’s not too surprising to hear that the brand’s linen duvet cover comes highly recommended by four of our experts: Vanessa Alexander of Alexander Design, designer Tina Rich, Shoemaker, and Sean Juneja, the founder and CEO of Décor Aid. “I almost always choose linen because I love the laid-back look,” Rich told us. Juneja adds, “Parachute products boast timeless design and terrific quality.” Plus, you can branch out from basic white or flax-colored linen with Parachute’s saturated indigo or smoky-gray shades. Shoemaker calls this duvet cover “casual and comfortable,” especially for those who sleep either cold or hot, “as the linen is breathable and provides more insulation than cotton.” She also notes that the brand uses 100 percent European flax, “which starts out soft and only gets softer over time.” Another feature that she likes is that this duvet cover is great for pets: “It’s an easy-to-clean material that resists dog hair,” Shoemaker says.
This writer (Lauren Ro) owns Snowe’s percale duvet cover (in slate blue) and adores the way it looks on her bed. It’s a worthy option for achieving that hotel-style look (white-bedding purists should know it’s available in that shade and a handful of others), and its higher price is in part due to its higher thread count of 500, the highest thread count of any comforter on this list. And after a year of everyday use, the duvet still looks more or less like new — making its price seem even more worth it.
For another colorful linen option, Rich likes the “amazingly soft” linen from Cultiver that’s prewashed and woven from European flax. “I’m such a fan of this linen duvet cover,” she says, naming olive, sage, and dusk as three of her favorite colors it comes in. (There are an impressive 14 total colorways to choose from!) Mother-of-pearl button closures add a luxe touch to this duvet cover, and you can buy matching pillowcases separately should you want everything to match.
If you’re looking for prints, designer Ariel Okin recommends Texas-based Biscuit Home as a great source for duvet covers with interesting designs. Options range from more traditional florals and splatterware to neon cacti and tiny constellation prints. The covers are made from cotton sateen, and matching sham covers are also available to purchase separately.
Like Frette (which we’ll get to in just a bit), Italian fine-linens company Bellino is known for its fancy bedding and bespoke options, with hundreds of possible fabric-and-embroidery combinations to choose from. But Bellino sells a far more affordable (non-bespoke) line at Bed Bath & Beyond, which comes recommended by Steve McKenzie of McKenzie Interior Design. “They use the highest-quality cotton that feels sumptuous,” he says of the brand’s less expensive duvet covers, which include this one with simple — but noticeable — embroidery in the form of three brown lines.
Best duvet covers under $400
Some will say that to truly give your bed a timeless, high-end hotel look at home, you simply can’t go with anything other than Frette’s minimally designed bedding. As Juneja says, “We’ve outfitted bedrooms with duvet covers from just about every trusted brand around, and nothing beats the ultimate luxury of one from Frette.” Besides lending an air of elegance to your bed, Frette linens are also famously comfortable. “The fabric is of the highest quality: durable yet soft as silk to the touch, which is important because, with a duvet cover, the breathability of the fabric has a direct effect on how restful your sleep will be,” says architect and interior designer Campion Platt of Campion Platt Interiors. But Frette bedding can be expensive, which is why we were thrilled to learn about its diffusion line, Frette At Home, that Decorist’s Margarite told us about. This duvet cover, which is about $100 less than Frette’s classic hotel-style duvet cover and looks pretty much identical, is made from percale and is embellished with two subtle lines of satin-stitch embroidery. It still has that “crisp and tailored” look of a “boutique hotel room,” according to Margarite.
Matteo’s sheets are among the softest linen sheets we’ve tested, so it comes as no surprise that its duvet covers came recommended by two of our panelists. Alexander told us she “tends to incorporate a lot of linen duvets in my designs,” and that her “absolute favorite is Matteo bedding” because its fabric is “really luxurious, all made in L.A., and perfect without being fussy.” Designer Leanne Ford agrees: “Matteo has incredible soft fabrics and textures in gorgeous, rich colors.” Matteo’s duvet covers are made with zipper closures and come in 13 different colorways including clay, black, and pine green.
When you need a very specific shade of blue or mauve to complete your bedroom vision, Flaneur will custom-dye a Supima-cotton duvet in a sateen weave just for you. “Flaneur is my go-to for duvet covers because of the amazing quality and color-customization option,” says designer Sasha Bikoff. “In a bedroom, the duvet’s purpose is to either introduce a burst of a new shade or to perfectly match the rest of the existing hues, so Flaneur allowing clients to choose from any existing Pantone color is an amazing option.” The company also offers some ready-to-order duvet covers in unique colors like rich burgundy, neon green, and goldenrod yellow, and each one comes with a zipper enclosure.
For block-print purists, Les Indiennes’ duvet covers are printed on organic cotton using traditional methods in southern India. “They’re beautiful and lend a sophisticated bohemian look to a bedroom,” says Alex Papachristidis of Alex Papachristidis Interiors. “They’re fresh but still have an antique textile feeling, and they complement both modern and traditional interiors.” Choose from the dozens of prints in its fabric library for a custom creation.
While it doesn’t have that crisp white look, we love that the seersucker material on this duvet cover recommended by Juneja makes it seem like something you might find in a small-town boutique hotel. In addition to the seersucker stripes, it features hand-embroidered trim. According to him, “Serena & Lily’s range of bedding has a lighthearted, California-cool air.”
Best splurge-worthy duvet covers
This duvet cover from Matouk — which several of our designers recommend for luxurious bedding — features the brand’s signature chain pattern to make it a little more interesting. Margarite admits it’s expensive but calls the duvet cover “perfectly classic,” adding that the embroidered chain design is “timeless and will never go out of style.” Okin also often uses the Chain Duvet for her clients’ projects. Scott Sloat, a partner at David Kleinberg Design Associates, is a third fan of Matouk’s luxury linens — though his favorite style is the Lowell, a pricier (by about $200 bucks) option with a thicker, sateen-stripe border that he says is “refined and modern,” adding that it “comes in a whole range of colors that makes it very versatile.”
Coyuchi is another linens-maker we’ve written about before: The brand produces some of our favorite towels and jersey and linen sheets, so we again were not too surprised to hear that Ashley Goldman, the founder of the Gold Hive, is a fan of its chambray, heathered-linen duvet cover. While pricey, “all of their products meet strict standards,” she says. “They also have a program for recycling linens, so the product is never sent to the landfill.” When you’re done with it, send it back, and Coyuchi will renew, upcycle, or recycle it. In turn, you get 15 percent off your next purchase.
If you love the feel of linen and want to mix it up with a pattern, try this striped duvet that Goldman uses in her own bedroom. “The natural linen is so soft, comfortable, and pretty,” she says. —Additional reporting by Karen Iorio Adelson, Alexandra Ilyashov, and Lauren Levy
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