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Are Duvet Covers Heavy? (All You Need to Know)

Duvet covers are the casing that is put over duvets. There are several materials of duvet covers and few different types. The primary question, however, is whether duvet covers are supposed to be heavy?

Are duvet covers heavy?

Duvet covers are not heavy at all as they are simply made to be a covering for the duvet itself, more like a pillowcase. Duvet covers are made of cotton, silk, and polyester-cotton, with silk ones being the lightest. On average, the weight of duvet covers carries from 800g to 1500g.

Much like a pillowcase over a pillow or a cushion cover over the cushions on your couch, duvet covers are simply meant to be an enclosed protection for the duvet on your bed.

Depending on the size of the bedding and the duvet that is to be inserted, the duvet cover also becomes bigger or smaller. With single bed duvet cover weighing less than king-sized ones.

Duvet covers are also thin, and hence they cannot be heavy. The thin covers are made so for ease of use and maintenance. If you have thick duvet covers, it would be very difficult to change the covers, let alone put them into the washing machine.

Duvet covers, much like a duvet are popular for being light on the feel and yet warm enough. For heavyweight feeling, people often choose comforters.

You can also choose a heavyweight duvet cover, over a lightweight duvet cover for a heftier feel on your body as you sleep.

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Is a duvet cover thick?

If you are one of those readers who is here to understand whether a duvet cover is thick, you may want to ask yourself one question that could clear your confusion in the simplest way.

“Are pillow covers thick?” Once you have the answer to that, you already know that the pillowcase on the pillows of your bed, especially the ones you sleep on is similar to duvet covers.

Duvet covers are mostly thin, whatever the fabric of the cover it is made of. You can find cotton duvet covers that can be the thinnest compared to standard silk duvet covers and polyester or mixed duvet covers.

Premium quality silk covers can be as light as feather and are known for their airy feel.

The reason that many people think that duvet covers are thick is that they confuse a duvet and a comforter with a duvet cover.

The protective fabric layer is only for duvets, but not comforters. Moreover, when the duvet covers are used in duvets, no top sheets would be required as opposed to comforters that always need a top sheet.

Duvet covers are not made thick so that you can replace them most easily. These covers are also machine washable and hence a thick one would make it difficult to wash them.

Last but not the least, duvets are already thick, if the covers are thick, they would add more weight to the duvet and make them uncomfortable during sleep.

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Why are duvet covers so thin?

There are good reasons why duvet covers are made so thin, but to understand that, you may first have to understand clearly why duvet covers are used in the first place.

By now you might have already guessed that duvet covers are thin and light.

Since the duvet is the primary insert that goes into the duvet cover, the main purpose of the duvet cover is to simply add a thin outer protection to the duvet itself.

The duvet cover makes sure it takes all the dirt, scratches, and stains and saves the duvet from the outside environment.

This is one reason that makes it favorable for duvet covers to be thin. Unlike the duvets, you can take out the duvet covers and wash them easily.

If they were thicker, as some people would guess them to be, it would become very difficult to wash them regularly.

Another purpose of duvet covers is decoration and aesthetics. With the basic duvet inside, many people change the look of their bedding and duvet sheets, every occasion and every season.

Since duvet covers are light, they are easy to take off and put on to the duvets, without requiring any hard work

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How much does a duvet cover weigh?

Although duvet covers work like a top protective, fabric sheet on the duvets and are considerably thin, they do carry some weight of their own. How much these duvet covers would weigh and how heavy they would be, depends on two major factors.

The bigger the size of the bed, the bigger would be the size of the duvet. In turn, the weight of your duvet cover will also increase, although not too significantly.

You may also want to note that duvet covers come in double design which is meant to cover the duvets in a double bed. Likewise, you can find single duvet cover, king size, queen size, or even super king size duvet covers designed for beds with the respective sizes.

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How heavy is a double duvet cover?

Double duvet covers where you insert a duvet that covers a double bed can weigh approximately 1000g only.

On average, the weight of cotton double duvet covers is slightly more than a can wight about 1300g or 1500g.

How heavy is a king-size duvet cover?

A king-size bed would be approximately 7 feet by 7 feet and have a duvet of the same size. The duvet cover weight for these beds can be anywhere from 1400g to 1600g.

Duvet Size Duvet Cover Weight
Double1000g- 1300g
King Size1400g-1600g
Super Kingsize1600g

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Heavyweight vs lightweight duvet covers

Heavyweight and lightweight duvet covers differ significantly. From duvet weight to tog to the feel of the duvet covers, it all depends on what you personally prefer.

The preference of whether anybody would want heavyweight or lightweight duvet covers depends on seasons and climate as well.

 Here are a few main differences between duvet covers that as heavyweight and lightweight.


The very first difference that we are going to mention is a no-brainer. You may have already guessed from the terms heavyweight and lightweight duvet covers.

Lightweight duvet covers feel light on you, which means as you sleep on them or have them on yourself, you cannot feel much weight of the cover. These are super soft and can often feel like a cloud on you.

On the other hand, heavyweight duvet covers carry certain heftiness. When they are on your body, you could feel as if you have been hugged and comfortably weighed down by the duvet cover.

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Weather usage:

As we have already mentioned, other than the “feel” of the duvet covers that make them different when you use them is another difference.

Heavyweight duvet covers are best used during winter when you want to feel the cover wrapped around you more. As for other seasons, particularly summer, the light, cloudy duvet covers provide an airier feeling overall.

However, you should not be confused with the tog of duvet covers with weight. Tog is how much warmth the duvet covers provide and is usually in the range of 13 to 15 for warmer ones.

Heavyweight duvet covers and lightweight covers can have higher or lower tog numbers, hence the tog number is more important.

What is the lightest weight duvet cover?

Although there are several lightweight duvets covers to choose from, the single duvet cover made of cotton is one of the most lightweight ones.

Other than that, Smart fill Duvets and Goose down duvets are the lightest-weight duvet covers. This duvet cover contains 60% goose down, which means they would almost feel like a cloud on you.

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What is the lightest material for a duvet cover?

The lightest material for the duvet cover should be silk. Cotton is also thin and allows air to pass through. However, you can also find light silk or polyester cotton duvet covers.

To put it in a straight way, all duvet covers are mostly light in weight. If your duvet uses natural duvet fillings, it is bound to be one of the lightest as well.  

What’s the best material for duvet covers?

There is no fixed answer to which duvet cover material should be best. However, we always recommend cotton duvet covers.

Cotton duvet covers are light and soft. Other than that cotton covers are the most affordable as well. What’s better is how there is no fuss in trying to maintain, wash and clean cotton duvet covers.

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Is a duvet heavier than a comforter?

Duvets are not heavier than a comforter. Whatever the material of the filling inside, comforters are mostly made to be heavier than duvets.

Although the duvet has a cover to go with, comforters only use a top sheet. Even with the covers, the duvet is still much lighter than a comforter.

Final Thoughts:

Duvet covers are as light and as thin as the cover on your cushions and pillows. As they are meant to form a protective fabric, they are made thin. Cotton or silk duvet covers are both lights, but you may want to note that all duvet covers are made thin. This is particularly for ease of use.