These stylish duvet covers will upgrade your whole room in an instant

A lazy-girl guide to upgrading your bedroom

Best duvet covers from brooklinen, cream in neutral bedroom
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This is your lazy-girl guide to upgrading your bedroom so it looks Instagram-worthy and feels even better when you crawl into bed for the night. Remember how nice that hotel you stayed at was? Or how lovely it was visiting your friend who only invests in luxury linens? Our point: Great bedding is a game-changer. You can ask any design or sleep expert and they'll tell you duvet covers are a worthwhile addition to your bedroom.

We do understand that recreating that a five-star hotel look and feel at home can seem spendy. Egyptian cotton and high thread counts cost a lot, don’t they? Thankfully, you don’t have to overspend for the best duvet sets. In fact, there are plenty of covers in a range of materials that work for all budgets. It’s all about finding the right set for you.

We've tried them all, so you don't have to. Our team members (who have varying design styles and sleep preferences) have all slept under these options. After testing, we found the prettiest duvet covers — from percale to linen — to upgrade your bed in an instant.

While you’re in the market for fresh bedding, why not get a new duvet too? Take a look at our best duvets buying guide. 

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Louise's bed with bedding on that transformed her rental mattress

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Slept under by more than one member of our team, these duvet covers have been tested by different sleepers with different needs — from those who overheat to those who find themselves in need of additional heat. Used for several nights, and where possible, during a variety of weather conditions, we’ve got a good idea of which duvet works best in each season. We’ve put them in the washing machine more than once, and dried, tumble dried, and stored away to mimic everyday use. This is an updated guide, and some bedding sets have remained in their place as top-rated picks, but you might want to check back to see how long they last. 

Here are some comments from the team, about the duvet covers they reviewed as best: 

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Jaclyn Turner

Jaclyn, our previous sleep editor and now ecommerce editor at Homes & Gardens, knows her stuff when it comes to great bedding. She's tested some of the best mattress, duvets, comforters, and more. When it comes to duvet covers, she's tried, tested, and recommended only the best. Her favorite?
The Brooklinen bedding set (opens in new tab), of course.

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Louise Oliphant

Louise is our go-to for sleep content. She's tested plenty of bedding sets and loves the Piglet in bed linen set (opens in new tab) since it's suitable for all year round. "My bedroom needed a little something extra since it's relatively plain with not a lot of decor (yet). The subtle stripes add an element of interest without overdoing it. Oh, and I'm just obsessed with how soft the linen is, not like some other scratchy sheets I've come across."

How to choose a duvet cover 

Choosing the best duvet cover and bedding sets for you is essential to getting a great night's sleep, and for your bedroom to look beautiful. Before buying your next fresh set, it's important to consider a few things: 


It’s worth noting that the best material for bedding is often considered a matter of personal opinion. We spoke with experts at Soak&Sleep (opens in new tab) who suggested that your usual temperature at night is a good starting point for figuring out what kind of fabric will suit you and determining what kind of maintenance you want to deal with. 

To help find what fabric is best for you, here’s a breakdown of the best material options to choose from:

  • Linen: a good choice for hot sleepers, linen has a loose weave that releases heat and moisture as you sleep. The slubby texture means it doesn't feel cold to the touch either, making it a great material to last you all year round. Plus, the nature of linen means it often doesn't need ironing. 
  • Cotton percale: Woven with one thread over, one thread under, percale has a cool, crisp quality that is perfect for summer months. Percale is often used on hotel beds and is usually the closest to that of a luxury boutique feel.  
  • Washed or brushed cotton: Considered the softest bedding material, washed or brushed cotton is perfect for keeping you cosy during cold nights. Washed cotton goes through a pre-washed process that helps it avoid that "fresh out of the packet" stiffness. Brushed cotton, on the other hand, is when the bedding is treated with a coating that gives it a soft, brushed feel.
  • Egyptian cotton: Luxurious by name and luxurious by feel, Egyptian cotton bedding is known for adding opulence to any bed. Fabrics made from Egyptian cotton tend to be softer, finer, and longer lasting than other cotton variants, due to a tighter, stronger weave. So there’s no surprise it usually sits at a higher price point.
  • Bamboo or hemp: Heralded as eco-friendly alternatives to cotton, the manufacturing process of bamboo and hemp fabrics makes them great sustainable options. Less structured than cotton or linen, they will fall around contours and cling to the corners of your bed.

How to care for your bedding

Changing, washing, drying, putting it on, and storing it away, there’s a certain way to do things if you want your bedding to last. We can’t save poor quality duvets from coming out creased or bobbled in the wash, but if you invest in the best there are a few ways to keep your duvet looking its best:

  • Wash weekly: ideally more for pillow cases, but we know most people don't have time to do that.
  • Follow the label: Don't stray from the washing instructions. Most bedding can be washed on your washer's medium temperature setting, though you can wash lower if you use a good laundry disinfectant. A hot wash or above is best for killing bacteria, though.
  • Allow to dry fully: Never put damp bedding away. Air well or tumble dry until fully dry. 

When is the best time to replace a duvet cover?

As the saying goes, nothing lasts forever, and your duvet cover is no exception. While a duvet cover can help prolong the life of your blanket, it's not immune to wear and tear. We recommend replacing your duvet every five years. While you're at it, why not get a new duvet cover to match? That said, duvet covers don't have expiration date. If your duvet cover has obvious wear and tear before the five-year mark, it’s in your best interest to replace it before it’s on its last legs.

What is Oeko-Tex certification?

Oeko-Tex certification guarantees that no harmful toxins and chemicals were used during the manufacturing process. It is recommended that you choose bedding from manufacturers that hold standard Oeko-Tex certification, especially for anyone who suffers from sensitive skin or allergies.

What brand is best for bedding?

If you want a round-up of all the best places to shop for sleep products then our guide to the best bedding brands will point you in the right direction.

Louise Oliphant
Ecommerce Editor

Louise is the Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes, specialising in sleep content so you can wind-down well. With prior PR experience working for a luxury bedding brand, Louise knows the importance of getting a great night’s sleep. Joining the other side of the desk as a full-time journo, Louise brings her bedding expertise to writing sleep buying guides, reviews, and news for Real Homes. Aside from helping readers get essential shut eye, Louise also writes shopping content for homeware items that’ll add a decorative edge to your space. With an eye for design that won’t snooze on style, but a budget that won’t quite stretch, Louise loves nothing more than a modern designer dupe. From coloured glassware to contemporary storage, anything to upgrade the bare space of her rented East London flat. 

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