Can a Duvet Cover Be Used on a Comforter?

The short answer: absolutely!

A comforter—as opposed to a duvet—is meant to be used without a cover. A comforter’s main disadvantage? It’s difficult to keep clean. A top sheet will keep the underside protected, but the outer layer is exposed to both your body and the elements. A comforter’s typical fashion fabric exterior may hide dirt and grime, but it’s still there. And many comforters are too large to wash and dry in residential machines.

Enter the duvet cover, which can keep your comforter much cleaner, and is easy to add to the laundry along with your sheets and pillowcases. And there’s no need to buy a duvet to enjoy the benefits of the duvet cover.

An important tip: make sure you find the right size. A comforter is often sized to hang over the sides of the bed, while a duvet is designed to overhang only slightly—giving your bed a more modern, clean-lined look. To find the right size cover for your comforter, be sure to measure the length and width before purchasing. Duvet covers from The Modern Dane are made to fit a range of sizes, and are large enough to fit most comforters.

Confused about what’s a duvet, a comforter, and a duvet cover? Learn more about the difference between a duvet and a comforter, including the pros and cons of each.

Not sure how to get the duvet cover on and off? See our guide to how to put on a duvet cover.