A duvet cover is like an envelope for your comforter. It protects the comforter, adds visual appeal, and can be removed and cleaned. Choosing the best fabric for this cover is a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer comfort to style, while others want something easy to care for. From natural fibres to man-made synthetics, the fabric choices, pattern options and weaves are nearly endless.
Cotton is a natural, plant based fibre commonly used throughout the world for textile purposes. It's a durable fibre that can be sewn and cleaned easily, is not likely to cause an allergic reaction, and comes in a variety of weaves. From flannel, to percale, to sateen weaves of cotton, the choice is yours depending on personal comfort and how much money you want to spend. Cotton fabric can be a good choice for a duvet cover because it's a breathable fibre, which wicks away moisture, good for someone who becomes too warm while sleeping, yet keeps you warm if you get too cold. One downside to a cotton fabric duvet is that is wrinkles easily, but it can sustain the temperature of a hot iron. A cotton duvet that is blended with a synthetic fibre like nylon or polyester should reduce wrinkling.
Silk is also a natural fibre, extracted from the cocoons of silkworms. Silk is an elegant fabric that has been used for centuries. Like cotton, it's a strong fibre, although sensitive to certain elements. Silk can weaken or yellow if exposed to too much sunlight, perspiration and extreme heat from an iron. Silk is available in various weaves, such as charmeuse, chiffon and organza. A duvet covered in silk would not only have a luxurious look and feel, but it would also be comfortable for all seasons because the fabric is breathable. Silk fabric, depending on the place of origin, embroidery detail and kind of weave can be a relatively expensive.
Satin fabric is well known for it's shiny, smooth finish, and use on bridal gowns, shoes and lingerie. Originally derived from silk, today it is woven with synthetic fibres such as polyester, nylon, and rayon. Satin lies flat, which is ideal for a duvet cover on a bed, although if you allow pets on your bed, satin can snag easily. There are different types of satin; duchesse, crepeback and jacquard. Satin has an expensive look without the expensive price tag. Read the manufactuer's label for the recommended way to properly clean satin fabric.
Ultra suede, microsuede or faux suede are all synthetic fabrics from the microfiber family of textiles. According to Tom Chianelli, writing on fabrics.net, microfibers have increased in popularity within the garment and upholstery industries because of their strength and durability and an ability to repel moisture. An appealing quality to microfiber fabric is that it is easy to clean and maintain. It's also incredibly soft, has a contemporary look, and rather inexpensive.