With winter conditions hitting much of the United States before Thanksgiving this year, the slow preparation for the winter season has escalated into a mad dash. For a lot of us that means pulling out the heavy bedding such as a down comforter. But what if that comforter doesn't match the décor of your bedroom or bed set? Key the duvet cover! So what is a duvet cover? As a pillowcase is to a pillow, a duvet cover is to a comforter. A duvet cover is a protective cover that slips over a duvet/comforter, has a closure such as buttons or a zipper, and can be constructed from a number of different materials. Now that we know what they are, why should you use a duvet cover? If you have ever tried to wash a comforter, especially down, you know they can be difficult and expensive to clean. Duvet covers, on the other hand, are easily removed and usually machine washable. A duvet cover is also much cheaper than a new comforter. Therefore, a duvet cover is the perfect insurance plan for that expensive comforter. [caption id="attachment_233" align="alignright" width="300"] The Humble Duvet Cover[/caption] Many of us live in climates with varying temperatures. Here in the Midwest we deal with hot, humid summers and long, cold snowy winters. Thus, that heavy down comforter you use in the winter months may be too much for those hot summer nights. By using a duvet cover, you have the ability to use the seasonally appropriate comforter without changing the look of your entire bed and bedroom. What if you don’t mind a change to the look of your bedroom from time to time? A duvet cover is perfect for you as well! A duvet cover has the ability to change the entire look of your bed or bedroom. We often change the color of our sheets, walls, or furniture to match our mood or season. So what if you make a change and your bed doesn’t quite fit? Instead of buying an entire bedroom set, you can purchase a duvet cover set to match the look you are seeking. At eLuxury, our duvet cover sets include two pillow shams and a duvet cover. You can choose from either Egyptian cotton in a variety of thread counts or eco-friendly bamboo. Both materials offer an array of colors and sizes to match any of your needs.