Fabric looks and feels high-end
Soft, silky feel
Subtle design adds visual interest
Certified organic and Fair Trade cotton
Only three color choices
On the pricey end
West Elm TENCEL & Cotton Matelasse Duvet Cover & Shams
We purchased the West Elm TENCEL & Cotton Matelasse Duvet Cover & Shams so our reviewer could put it to the test in her home. Keep reading for our full product review.
Duvet covers bring as much comfort and style to a bedroom as their quilt and comforter counterparts but are much easier to care for since they take up less space in a standard washer and dryer. Plus, you can control the amount of weight and warmth depending on the type of duvet insert you use.
I made the switch from bulky quilts and comforters to an organic cotton duvet cover from West Elm several years ago and have never looked back. When the chance to review the TENCEL & Cotton Matelasse Duvet Cover set from West Elm presented itself, I couldn’t turn it down. Here’s my experience.
I received the duvet cover and sham set in size full/queen. I originally intended to use this duvet cover in a spare bedroom for an upcoming visit from friends, but as soon as I felt the fabric, I couldn’t make my bed up fast enough.
From the second I opened them, this set impressed me—and not just because of the ribbon packaging. The dusty blue color is rich, yet earthy. The top of the duvet is made from a blend of organic cotton and tencel lyocell with a matelasse weave. Since I already owned an organic cotton duvet cover from West Elm, I expected it to be soft, but the tencel lyocell adds a silkiness that feels extra luxurious.
The duvet cover never wrinkled even after several weeks of use. Any creases or rumples were easy to smooth out by hand when I made the bed each morning.
Lyocell is a lightweight and breathable fabric that’s made from eucalyptus. It’s known for moisture-wicking properties that can help keep hot sleepers cooler and more comfortable at night.
The weave gives the top of the duvet cover a subtle textured design and a tiny bit of sheen that adds visual interest without overpowering my small bedroom as a larger print would.
The back of the duvet cover and shams are made from 100% organic cotton in the same color without the woven design.
I washed the set before making my bed. The fabric dried quickly, turned out wrinkle-free, and still felt super soft when I pulled it out of the dryer.
Putting the duvet cover over my duvet insert was pretty straightforward. Each corner has a tie to keep it securely attached to the insert, and the open end of the cover has hidden-button closures to keep everything looking neat and tidy. The shams have an envelope back.
If you’re someone that loves a neat and smoothly made bed, you’re going to absolutely love this set. The duvet cover never wrinkled even after several weeks of use. Any creases or rumples were easy to smooth out by hand when I made the bed each morning.
The shams tended to crease a bit, but I suspect that’s because I was using standard pillows, and they’re sized to fit queen pillows. A bigger pillow should fill them out better and help keep the fabric from bunching and creasing.
Both the duvet cover and shams are generously sized, so there’s no need to worry about it being too short. The full/queen had plenty of overhang on the sides of my queen mattress.
The duvet cover isn’t heavy, but it felt luxuriously thick, plush, and substantial each night when I climbed beneath it. I tend to run warmer at night, but I never woke up drenched in sweat, and the duvet cover stayed dry.
The top of the duvet is so soft and comfy, sitting in bed became my new favorite spot to work from home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a duvet insert included?
No. A duvet insert must be purchased separately if you don’t already have one.
What sizes does this bedding come in?
West Elm sells the duvet in two sizes: full/queen and king/California king. The duvet cover can be purchased on its own or as a set with two shams. Two-pack shams are also available for separate purchase.
What’s the thread count?
The cotton/lyocell front is 280-thread-count, and the cotton back is 200-thread-count.
Does the duvet cover have ties to attach to a duvet insert?
Yes, there are four ties—one in each corner—on both the full/queen and king/California king duvet covers.
Does this duvet cover wrinkle?
I found the fabric barely wrinkled, and the manufacturer notes that the matelasse weave helps prevent wrinkling. Any creases that appeared were easy to smooth out by hand, and I never had to steam or iron my duvet cover.
How do you wash this bedding?
The care instructions recommend washing the duvet cover and shams in warm water with like colors, then tumble dry on medium heat.
The fabric isn’t prone to wrinkling, but it can be ironed or steamed if needed.
Is this set worth the price?
The price is a bit of a splurge, but I think this duvet set is worth the investment if it fits your style. The fabric feels high-end and luxuriously soft and has a substantial weight that feels like it will last for years to come. It’s also easy to wash and keep looking good since the fabric resists wrinkles.
Organic cotton costs more than regular cotton bedding, which is part of the reason this set costs more. But opting for organic cotton ensures the fabric is free from pesticides, insecticides, and other potentially harmful chemicals.
West Elm TENCEL & Cotton Matelasse Duvet Cover & Shams vs. Parachute Sateen Duvet Cover
Parachute is an online retailer of premium home linens and offers a full collection of bedding. Their Sateen Duvet Cover is made from long-staple Egyptian cotton, which is considered a superior species of cotton. It feels luxuriously soft and smooth, and owners of the duvet cover say it only gets softer with time.
The duvet cover can be purchased on its own or as a set with two shams. The full/queen duvet cover will run you $190 and $259 as a set. It’s also available for twin/twin XL and king/California king mattresses. Like the West Elm duvet cover, it’s only available in a few earth tones.
This is bedding worth treating yourself to.
If you want a duvet cover that feels and looks high-end, West Elm’s TENCEL & Cotton Matelasse Duvet Cover & Shams does not disappoint. It’s a little pricey and only available in three colors, but it’s made from premium materials and is easy to care for.
- Product Name TENCEL & Cotton Matelasse Duvet Cover & Shams
- Product Brand West Elm
- Price $269
- Color Cream, lake, mid blue, pastel mint, shell pink, silver sand, sunlight, vapor gray, and white
- Material Front: 52% organic cotton and 48% TENCEL™ Lyocell, Back: 100% organic cotton
- Sizes Twin, full, queen, king, and california king
- Warranty 1 year return policy for full refund