Duvet vs Blanket vs Throw ... What's the difference?

What is the difference

between a Duvet, a blanket & a throw?

Ever wondered why bedrooms, sofas and armchairs just look that much more comfy and cosy? 

Simple touches make a Big difference. 

Image Credits here.

Duvets (A.K.A. Comforter or Quilt) 

Technically, Duvets, Comforters and Quilts are all different in their own way, but we are not going to go into that in this post. What makes this category different from Blankets or Throws are the layers and its use. 

A Duvet is thicker and often includes more than just one layer. Its' use is aimed at providing warmth for the user, especially common in countries that experience winter. For us here in Singapore, we use it more for the warmth against the sporadic cold rain weathers along with our rather strong air conditioning 😏

Image Credits: HipVan Bedsheets & Duvet Covers.


Blankets are Single layer covers. For those of us who do not use the air conditioning as often (or at all), Blankets are our go-to solution for colder nights or just for that added cosy feels to fall into a much-needed beauty sleep at the end of a hard day at work. 

And I know you get what I'm saying when I tell you that the blanket is also used to fend off those pesky mosquitoes from reaching your legs as you sleep! 

In tropical weathered countries like sunny Singapore, blankets fall in-between not being too hot as a Duvet and breathable to an extent, whilst providing you with that full body length coverage. 

Image Credits (Left to Right)H&M, FinnInterior Design & Pier 1.


Finally, Throws are in fact, exactly the same as blankets. They are Single layer covers as well, but the Main difference from the blanket is its' size! Throws are smaller than blankets and are not enough to cover your whole body. So why do we need throws? 

Throws serve the same purpose as a blanket but in a subtle way, you'll find throws to be used in two main ways together, an aesthetic piece added to your sofas or armchairs and even on top of blankets. Whether you're getting ready for a TV show or a movie on the couch or in the bedroom, throws offer another choice for users who don't need a full sized blanket. 

It is most commonly used in the living to give users an additional choice of comfort and also easy to keep, fold or display by laying it over your sofa or armchair. 

Image Credits (Left to Right): Left & Centre Camille Knitted Throw Blanket - Grey, Right Willie Throw - Grey.

Quick Tip

There is the common way to do it, but really, IT'S YOUR OWN PREFERENCE! 

If you and your partner prefer to snuggle under a blanket on the couch but use the throw as a decoration piece over your Duvet, that's brilliant too! 

Mix it up every once in a while and you'll be amazed at the different styles you can create with just mixing your blankets and throws! 

Check out HipVan's Throws & Blankets here

Thanks for reading!

By: Theodore from HipVan


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