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Washer Meets Duvets: How To Match Washer Capacity With Duvet Size

by Mitchell Chitiz |

Washing a duvet may seem trickier than it looks. They need to be washed a certain way for maximum cleanliness, and the manner in which you do so largely depends on your washer’s capacity and settings. 

It’s advantageous for you to understand the delicate balance between duvet size and washer capacity. In this post, we’ll take a quick look at how you can use your washer appropriately when throwing in a duvet. 

 

Washer Capacity vs Duvet Sizes 


If you really want to get analytical and precise here, you can determine the ideal washer/duvet combo using measurements. Washing machines and duvet covers come in standard sizes, and knowing them will help you determine what you can throw in a washer versus what you can’t. 

With that said, let’s take a look at some measurement standards. 

 

Standard Washer Capacity 


We’ll spare you the hassle of using mathematical equations to calculate your washer size. In terms of washer volume, here are some typical ranges: 


  • Compact Washers: 2.30 to 2.45 cubic feet
  • Standard/High-Efficiency Washers: 3.1 to 4.0 cubic feet
  • Front-Load High-Efficiency Washers: 4.0 to 5.0 cubic feet 

  • In general, the larger the machine, the bigger the size your duvet it can wash unless stated otherwise. Your washing machine will likely have settings that are suitable for your duvet depending on its size and make (material) in its manual or online. 

     

    Standard Duvet Sizes 


    Duvets can vary in size depending on the manufacturer and the location of origin, but you’ll notice that they’re largely within a similar range. 

    Here it goes. 


  • Twin - (Client to provide) 
  • Double - 198 cm x 227 cm | 78” x 90” 
  • Queen - 227cm x 227 cm | 90” x 90” 
  • King - 274 cm x 243 cm | 108” x 96” 

  • Once again, the common sense principle here is that a larger duvet will get a better wash in a larger washer. Remember, too much of a tight fit isn’t ideal. 

     

    Eyeballing It 


    Measurements can get complicated. Since we’re all about making your laundry less of a chore, you can follow this simple “rule of thumb” when it comes to matching your duvet size with the capacity/capability of your washer. 

    Remember, you want there to be extra space in your washer. If you put your duvet into the washer and the fit is super tight, then your duvet is simply too large for your washer. For very large duvets, you would be better off taking it to a laundromat. 

    Going back to the washing sizes mentioned above, a very large duvet can be suitable for at-home washing if your machine is a front-load high-efficiency unit. 

     

    What to Do in a Washer-Duvet Mismatch Situation? 


    Life isn’t perfect and that could mean you may washer-duvet mismatch. In other words, your duvet is the wrong size for your washing machine - the issue usually being that it’s too big for your washer. That can turn frustrating really quick because you need to wash your duvet, but don’t want to force it into a tiny washer. 

    What’s the best option here?

    Well, we mentioned already - take a larger one to the laundromat for now. In terms of convenience, it’s the lesser of many evils - it’s cheaper than buying a new machine and there’s likely to be one nearby in your local area. Laundromats are equipped with industrial-sized machines that can fit considerably bigger loads than what the average home washing machine can support. The alternative to the laundromat is to take it to a friend’s house. 

    Of course, laundromats or washing at a friend’s can get tedious if you do so all the time. So, if you’re on the market for a new washing machine or duvet, here are few pointers to keep in mind:

     

    • Pick Your Washer Wisely - Don’t ignore your budget or the size of your house, but if you’re on the market for a new washer, consider getting a larger one. A high-efficiency washer might be a suitable choice for starters. You can also opt for a front-load high-efficiency washer since these ones support larger duvets. 
    • Rethink Your Bedding/Sofa - A more cost-efficient choice might be to choose a more appropriate bed and duvet combo. While you might be tempted to go with a king or jumbo-sized option, think about the current size of your washer. If buying a larger washer isn’t in the budget right now, remember this: it’ll be cheaper in the long run to buy a smaller bed (and conversely, a smaller duvet). Here at Westex, we carry a wide range of duvets that will be aptly suited to your washing machine’s capabilities.

     

    When it Comes to Washing a Duvet, Size Matters


    Matching your duvet size with your washer’s capacity isn’t rocket science, but it’s easy to overlook standard measurements and make mistakes. So, keep the advice in this post on hand as more of a reminder, rather than it being a lesson. 

    By matching your duvet (and other other bedspreads) correctly with your washer capacity, you will save yourself the frustration of poorly washed blankets. Why make laundry another chore when it doesn’t have to be! 

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