On The Problem With Duvet Covers

On The Problem With Duvet Covers

Sarah Rae Smith
Mar 9, 2011

Hi, my name is Sarah Trover and I have a problem with duvet covers. They've always felt like this unicorn of bedroom linens. They either sport patterns, textures or prints that would be impossible with pets or are priced so high that having more than one seems gluttonous and plain old ridiculous.

That said, I do own several duvet covers, though I've never paid more than $75 for them (King Bed and amazing clearance for the win!) and I had guilt for weeks after purchasing them. While I understand that saving to make grownup, or adult purchases for your home is just part of the game, there isn't much to investigate before purchase. Let's say you're buying a sofa for your home. It's a big purchase, so you'd go sit on it, check it out, see if anything felt loose.

With duvet covers that isn't really an option. You don't take it for a test drive on your bed to see if your pup will pull out the fancy tucks and stitching that has gone into it, you don't get a chance to take it on and off your bed and comforter 30 times to see how it will hold up and there isn't really a cult following in a specific brand to put your trust in even though you've never used their product before.

Although you can easily sew two sheets together to make your own duvet cover and create whatever look you want, that doesn't mean I'm not left all sparkly-eyed after flipping through retailers Spring catalogs. Duvets always feel like the cocktail dress of the evening world. They dress up something that's typically plain jane and are supposed to be affordable enough to change out as the seasons come and go, but when they can be upwards of $300 a piece (or more), then that maybe I realize I'm not ready to be a grownup.

At some point in time the cost you've spent on your linens outweighs what you spend on a mattress. Sure there are less pricey options available, but being a King bed owner, most still hover around the $100 mark with extreme ease.What's your take on duvet covers? Do you love them? Hate them? Think the price is as ridiculous as I do? Or have you just learned to bargain hunt with the best of them? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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