What Are Duvet Covers and Shams?

Are you wondering what shams and duvets are? Well, we have the answers to your questions.

Duvet Covers

A duvet cover is a protective fabric for your down comforter. It's usually used to protect the comforter from becoming dirty or stained. It can also help keep your bed linens together and easier to make during the morning routine.

If you are looking for one that will fit your comforter perfectly, then you should know that there are numerous types of duvet covers available on the market. Don't get stuck with one or two options. The following list contains everything you need to know about the different covers available, so you can choose which best suits your needs.

Linen Duvet Cover 

Linen is a popular choice for duvet covers because it has a luxurious and expensive look. It's available in natural and dyed colors, so you can easily find something that will match your bedroom decor. A linen duvet cover also has the advantage of being hypoallergenic. Therefore, dust mites won't be attracted to the fabric.

However, it does have a few drawbacks. Linen wrinkles easily, and the fabric is on the thinner side. So if you buy a linen duvet cover, be sure to use an iron regularly to keep your bed looking great even when it's not being used as a couch!

Organic Cotton Duvet Cover

A second popular choice for duvet covers is organic cotton. Like linen, it's available in natural and dyed colors but has the added advantage of being incredibly soft to the touch. It will make you feel like you're sleeping on a cloud all night long!

Furthermore, organic cotton duvet covers are usually made from renewable resources that come from sustainable farming practices. They're also comfortable in both winter and summer, so that you can use them year-round. Duvet covers can come without pillow shams if you already own them or want to use different ones. They are often sold in sets with one duvet cover and 2, 3, or 4 shams.

Depending on the size of your down comforter, you may need a King, Queen, Full/Double, or Twin size duvet cover set. It's recommended that you get them all in the same size for the uniform appearance of your bed linen ensemble.

When buying a duvet cover, keep in mind that it should be at least 10 inches longer than your down comforter to provide adequate coverage when tucked under the mattress on each side. To help it look neater and last longer between washes, choose a model with button closures or ties along the bottom edge so you can attach it to sheets to prevent it from shifting while you sleep.


Bedding shams are pillowcases, usually square in shape to fit traditional pillows. They cover the pillow and close with an overlapping flap to keep the pillow inside. Bed sheets come separately from the bedding sham. The usual practice is to have two or more shams per bed. Some beds may also require a bed skirt.

They are usually used to finish the appearance of your bed linen ensemble along with decorative pillows. But they can also help keep your comforter clean and tidy.

For instance, if you have a striped or patterned duvet, then using plain white pillow shams will help tone down the visual effect of this design, so it looks more neutral in the color scheme of your bedroom decor.

It's easy to find one that matches perfectly with other bed linens because there are many colors to choose from, including pink, blue, yellow, or green, depending on your preferences. The exact measurements will depend on which size of comforter you own.

You will find that pillow shams vary in the number of cushion cases they have. For example, some have two 20 "x26" cases with a single opening at the center or side, while others have two separate zippered openings on each end for easier access to the pillows inside.

If you want something elegant and made out of natural silk fabric, There is a King Size Silk Duvet Cover Set available with one duvet cover and 4 matching pillow shams measuring 22" x 32".

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