The temperature is dropping fast and for those households who do not have the luxury of central heating, keeping warm is not just about flicking a switch to turn on the heat. In some parts of the world, a duvet is called a quilt or a doona, but the advice that follows is equally relevant to households in those countries as here.
Buying the right duvet will keep the winter chills away at night and help give you that all-important eight hours of deep sleep. If you are an allergy sufferer, the right duvet can make a massive difference to your general health and wellbeing. Throws, electric blankets, and comforters are not only for the cost conscious but also for those of us who enjoy winter for the ‘snuggle’ effect.
Shop for the Right Season Duvet
Duvets come in a variety of weights. Depending on the country that you live in they will either be rated merely as ranging from light to heavy or in togs – the higher the tog number, the warmer the duvet. When you are shopping around check the weight of the duvet, a light one might not provide enough warmth during winter. There are duvet packs available that contain more than one, a light and a medium and they can be buttoned together for extra heat in the winter months. These are more expensive than buying a single duvet but are a great investment. I bought a bed with storage, which is ideal for storing out of season duvets – here you can find wide range of Ottoman beds with end lift options, which will serve perfectly for this purpose.
There are many stuffings to choose from. Synthetic fill, usually polyester or microfibre, is durable and machine washable. These duvets provide good warmth without too much weight, and are good for allergy sufferers. Silk is also a good option. Wool fillings feel heavier on the body than synthetic, but are ideal if you like to feel snug in bed.
Feather and down are still popular choices because they provide light but enveloping warmth. If you want extra warmth, look for a higher percentage of down. It is best to dry clean wool and down duvets. Cotton filled duvets are the lighter option and best for summer or for those who like to stay cool at night. If you like to feel cosy in bed, there is now a range of heated duvets and comforters available, in addition to traditional electric blankets.
If you cannot find the right weight or warmth, buy two duvets for the different seasons. Using a light duvet in the warmer months and a heavier one in winter will extend the life of both and can help provide a restful sleeping environment.
Good quality duvets should last from five to 10 years, but replace yours if it no longer feels warm enough or if the filling has started to feel lumpy or uneven.