What Is a Duvet Cover? And the Best Ones to Buy Now

What is a duvet cover? That's the exact question a whopping 18,000 people ask each month when searching for bedding inspiration, so we thought it was about time we provided an answer. The word “duvet” apparently comes from the French wordВ for “down,” and it's a cover or sack that encases your comforterВ (the cover itself does not provide warmth). Although its origins can't be pinpointed, the home good first became a household name in the 1970sВ when Sir Terence Conran began selling them at the Habitat shop in London. (The duvet was advertised as “the-10-second bed”-since you didn't use a top sheet with it, you could make the bed faster). Nowadays, duvet covers are a simple way to change up your dГ©cor without having to replace your comforter. Plus, they make laundering a breeze. So we've rounded up some of our favorite duvets-from ruffled to printed to bloom-embellished. Scroll through to see our top picks.В

Urban Outfitters Eyelet Stripe Duvet Cover $229Shop

Dainty eyelet stripes fancy up a basic duvet.В

Urban Outfitters Willow Fringe Duvet Cover $179Shop

The season's tassel trend makes its way onto a dusty rose duvet cover.В

H&M Home Cotton Percale Duvet Cover Set $60Shop

Traditional white bedding gets a modern update with chevron stripes and polka dots. Bonus points that the set comes with matching pillow covers.В

Parachute Home Percale Duvet Cover $189Shop

This duvet's luxe Egyptian cotton is hand-spun at a family mill in northern Portugal.В

CB2 Marbleized Duvet Cover $119Shop

This bedding doesn't just have a dip-dye effect-it's real. A traditional hand-dipping technique is used to create this unique marbled print.В

Anthropologie Georgina Duvet $398Shop

This gorgeous cream duvet has pops of cotton voile blooms on top of delicate ruching.В

H&M Home Duvet Cover Set $80Shop

This set is all about style and function. It uses pretty bow ties as closures to keep your duvet insert in place.В

Anthropologie Floral Trellis Duvet $268Shop

This cotton percale cover has a raised floral trellis pattern that resembles lace from afar.В

Anthropologie Oleada Duvet $288Shop

There's nothing prettier than a crochet-and-tassel trim.В

Pottery Barn Alexa Watercolor Duvet Cover $299 $239Shop

This bold watercolor linen duvet looks best paired with stark white accent pillows.В

Which duvet cover is your favorite? Up next: how to arrange your bedroom furniture.В

Opening Image:В Sarah Sherman Samuel