The Distinction Between a Down Comforter, Duvet, Quilt, and Blanket

The Distinction Between a Down Comforter, Duvet, Quilt, and Blanket

The Distinction Between a Down Comforter, Duvet, Quilt, and Blanket

Shopping for new bedding can be daunting sometimes, as people often interchangeably use the terms “comforter” and “duvet.” Adding to this confusion are other similar items, such as quilts and blankets–and the search for bedding can get even more frustration.

And while the difference between quilts and blankets may not be obvious to everyone, even though they look different. Investing in bedding means that you have to know what you need. Are you looking for warm, light, or heavy bedding? It would help if you also considered why you need one and not the other. Whether it’s to add beauty to a room or a multifaceted piece of fabric, you need to make the right choice.

So to demystify the process of buying great bedding, including down comforters, duvets, quilts, and blankets, we’re going to discuss some of the features of each.

Down Comforters

Comforters are usually one-color pieces of bedding with two pieces sewn together. Comforters come in matching sets. They are made in a three-dimensional shape and in a grid where each grid has fluff fillers from ducks and geese. The fluff adds a cozy feeling to the comforters and thermal insulation. Warm goose down comforters come in handy for colder nights.

And unlike the duvet, comforters don’t need pairing, are bigger than duvets, and hang over the sides of the bed. Unlike duvets, down comforters are ready to use without installing any covers. They offer more durability from the quilted edges.


Duvets are generally plain white and filled with down, wool, or feather. Sometimes this is called a comforter, but in fact a true duvet comes in two pieces; an insert and a cover.

The difference between comforters and duvets is that duvets need to be shoved inside a cover. In contrast, comforters don’t require a cover. Duvets are made to fit the exact size of the mattress.


Blankets are made up of only one single piece of fabric without fillers. The fabric can be cashmere, fleece, polyester, acrylic, polyester, polyester and cotton, and many more. Cotton blankets are great for people whose skins are delicate, like babies. Blankets are rectangular and have a smooth texture.

For additional warmth, blankets lie between the flat sheet and bedspread. Blankets are versatile and can also be used in picnics and camping. Down To Basics has a gorgeous and luxurious down blanket, as well as a handy four-in-one travel blanket here (which doubles as a pillow and down comforter).


Quilts consist of three layers; the top layer, the batting, and the bottom layer stitched together. Traditionally quilts were handmade and included patchwork designs. The top layer is the only one that has the patchwork. Modern quilts are sewn with machines, and the patchwork is dyed onto the fabric. The batting has fillers of wool, down, or polyester.

Quilts are brightly colored and add an aesthetic appeal to a room, but aren’t typically used for everyday sleeping. They can be quite beautiful.

Key Takeaways When It Comes To Shopping For Bedding

Quilts, duvets, down comforters, and blankets all serve the great purpose of keeping warm, but each has unique characteristics. It would help if you went with comforters for cold nights because they are bigger and offer more insulation from all the fluff. If you need a more versatile look, go for the duvets because you can change the cover. If you are still looking for versatility, go for blankets as you can use them on the bed and go camping and picnics with them. If bright colors excite you and you want a rustic look, then the quilts are for you.

Contact Down To Basics in Red Bank, NJ to get quality down comforters. For over thirty years, Down To Basics has been specializing in providing luxury down comforters. Our high-quality down products are designed to last many years and give you the best sleep.

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