Am I best going for cheap bedding that I can replace, or bedding that is going to last?

Terry Baskeyfield | Updated

There are many factors that go into the manufacturing of quality bedding. As a consumer, should you look for the most expensive duvet cover or bedding that is going to last or go for the cheaper option?

Differences in material

Duvet covers can be found in a variety of materials. Here are a few:
  • Cotton and Cotton/Polyester – Cotton and cotton/polyester fabrics provide the best protection against dirt and stains, maintenance, and cost.
  • 100% Cotton – Durable and soft 100% cotton has the ability to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
  • Silk – Silk is costly and snags easily. Although the feel of silk is luxurious, it does not absorb water. This can cause it to retain body odours, causing costly repeated dry cleaning.
  • Flannel – Perfect for cold winter nights, flannel is inexpensive and washable. It is also lightweight and comes in a variety of prints and colours.

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More costly is not always best

There are many manufacturers that use cotton/polyester or flannel as their material of choice when making duvet covers. Never confuse this with quality. The durability and easy care of these two fabrics makes for a perfect choice when looking to buy duvet covers. However, always check the seams for quality workmanship in stitching.

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Natural thread vs. synthetic thread

Natural 100% cotton thread is more costly and does not always perform as well as a cotton/polyester blend. Cotton thread tends to pucker after several washings, while cotton/polyester has more flexibility. This feature is not always noted on a duvet cover package, but give the fabric the stretch test and you will soon know. Cotton thread will be unyielding and cotton/polyester will have a certain amount of give. If you want 100% cotton, Egyptian cotton is a good choice if it has a high thread-count.

This type of cotton is soft, durable and relatively inexpensive, giving you the best of both worlds, however, to keep it looking it best and be smooth to lie on it needs to be ironed after washing. If you see duvet covers that have an inexpensive price tag, don’t assume that the quality is missing. In fact, this could prove just the opposite.

Today's manufacturing processes enables bedding to be produced en-masse making it less expensive. The selection in colours and patterns is also greater. Having a large selection of duvet covers that are inexpensive gives you a simple way to update a bedroom's appearance, making it easy to keep abreast of the current interior design trends and colour schemes without making a huge dent in your budget.

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