As with any linen I purchase, of course I washed this beautiful set once before using.Note that you HAVE to wash on a gentle cycle as well as dry on gentle cycle. The packaging suggests to not fully dry on dryer and let air dry, but of course i'm too busy a person to not let the machine do its thing. LolAfter the wash I did put everything together, which, I should note, ended up looking super cute in my small apartment, just perfect!This picture is after the FIRST night I slept in it. I slept like a baby, of course I made sure my duvet inside was of high quality (purchased online on Target) but as far as covers and diverse colors on competitive prices go, of course I came to Amazon.Overall I give this beautiful piece a 5 star considering the price. Sizing was just perfect for my Twin bed. Comfort over the roof considering I can most times sleep like a baby (specially with just-washed bedding).I recommend for you getting a duvet cover that goes with the colors and setting of your bedroom for that satisfaction of it feeling it fits right into your needs.Consider it is not the SOFTEST material, as advertised, of course cotton is never THAT soft.