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Bed & Bath

Quilt Covers

Dreamy designs to decorate your bedroom with more than classic comfort

How to buy the perfect quilt cover

A quilt cover is so much more than a pocket for your plush quilt insert. It's about expressing your personality through pattern and colour, and brightening your whole bedroom. And hey, it's cosy too.

But quilt covers can be more technical than you think. Think about specific weaves as well as washing maintenance and durability. And if you’re in a couple or buying as a gift, there’s design taste to consider!

Choosing the material that’s right for you

Quilt covers are commonly woven from cotton or linen, and oftentimes are a blend of both. Cotton is naturally breathable so is great for all-year-round use no matter how hot or cold your house is.

Both cotton and linen are natural fibres so they’re fairly durable, but linen has an oh-so-soft fabric feel that’s lovely to snuggle into. Egyptian cotton is considered an exceptional material for bedding due to its long fibres and resilient weave.

What is a thread count?

Thread count is the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric.

High numbers are generally up to 1000 thread count and are described as ‘hotel’ weight; the more threads found in the smaller area results in a tighter, crisper weave. Lower thread counts of around 350 to 500 have less thread per square inch and a looser, softer fabric feel.

The thread count you choose depends purely on your comfort preferences. Higher does not necessarily mean better, and it’s all down to the quality of materials used.

What’s included in a quilt cover set?

Many iconic Australian bedding brands, such as Linen House, KAS, and Aura by Tracie Ellis (as well as many more) sell quilt covers in sets.

Quilt cover sets in king, queen and double sizes include one quilt cover and two standard size pillow cases (that should fit over your existing pillow inserts). Kids quilt cover sets, which are for single beds, usually include only one pillow case, unless otherwise stated.

For a complete bedroom look, don’t forget to style with decor accessories. Layer your bed with European pillow cases, cushions, and throws.

Is it a quilt cover or a duvet cover?

Ah, the age-old debate! While we’re not here to argue the proper usage of the terms quilt cover and duvet cover, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that they’re both valid. In fact, they mean the same thing!

On Zanui, we prefer to use ‘quilt cover’. But if you’re a duvet cover fan, that’s OK too! We hope you can find something pretty to brighten your bedroom in our extensive range.

How to put on a quilt cover (the easy way)

And now, for a quick how-to tutorial 😉 If getting your quilt into the cover is a serious struggle, check out our cheat’s way:

  • Turn the quilt cover inside out
  • Put your arms inside the quilt cover and your hands neatly into the two far corners
  • With your hands inside the cover, grab hold of the two corners of your quilt insert
  • Flip and wriggle like crazy (or get a friend to help pull the quilt cover down)
  • Voila. Bed made!