Buying a quality duvet is a great investment. Since you still spend a lot of time sleeping, you should have bedding that you are comfortable every night. In order to choose the right comforter for you, there are many factors you will need to consider.
For example, you’ll need to decide whether you want a natural or synthetic fill, as well as which warmth rating or insulation rating is right for you.
By discovering your different options, you will be able to choose a duvet perfectly suited to your needs. Does all this seem complicated for a simple duvet? Indeed, choosing a comforter can be a daunting process. To help you with your choice, here are our tips and advice on how to choose your duvet.
1. The different types of duvet
You will notice that there are several types of quilts and in different price ranges. On the market, we mainly find duvets with synthetic filling and duvets in feathers, down, wool or silk.
They all have their advantages and disadvantages. Here are the main advantages of synthetic duvets, down, feathers, wool and finally cotton duvets.
The advantages of a synthetic duvet
One of the advantages of synthetic duvet is that it is often much cheaper than a duvet with natural filling.
It may also be more suitable for people with allergies and it is also machine washable. However, its main disadvantage is that it does not have any insulating properties and therefore, it is always warm and does not breathe as well. It is also the lightest duvet. Note also that it tends to be less durable than a natural duvet.
The advantages of a down duvet
Although it is more expensive, if you want the ultimate in the comforter, there is nothing that beats the down comforter.
Among its many advantages, the down duvet adapts to the contours of the body as well as its needs for warmth. In addition, since it breathes well, it does not accumulate moisture.
The advantages of the feather duvet
The feather duvet does not have a lot of advantages, as it does not have as many insulating properties as the down duvet.
As it is the warmest duvet, it may be suitable for someone who is very cautious, but less so for those who suffer from the heat.
The advantages of the woolen duvet
Although it is a little more rigid than a down duvet, and therefore does not adapt well to the contours of the body, the wool duvet regulates body temperature very well.
The advantages of the cotton duvet
The cotton duvet is heavier than all other duvets and may be suitable for those who like to feel the weight of the blankets.
However, it has the disadvantage of not being very hot.
2. How to choose a down duvet?
As you now know, the down comforter is the best choice you can make! On the other hand, all down duvets are not created equal! Here are our tips for choosing the right down duvet.
Comfort levels for down duvets
When choosing a comfort level for your down comforter, you have three options: summer, 4 seasons, and winter. Each has a different basis weight which is based on the amount of down per square meter: the higher the basis weight, the warmer the quilt. This is the first criterion to look at before choosing your summer duvet or choosing your winter duvet.
Please note that a heavier weight doesn’t necessarily mean more comfort, just more warmth. If you prefer to sleep in a warmer environment, a thicker filling will be more comfortable, but if you prefer a cooler environment, a light filling will suit you better.
The quality of the materials of a down duvet
Once you choose your comfort level, you now choose the quality of the materials for comfort and longevity. There are 2 main factors to consider:
- Fill power (CUIN): The higher the CUIN in the quilt, the higher the percentage of total down clusters. This makes the down stronger, more durable and provides more comfortable warmth.
- Shell Thread Count: A higher thread count fabric is generally thinner and lighter, providing more comfort and lightness to the sleeper. It also offers a tighter weave which provides additional protection to prevent down from passing through the fabric.
- The type of down: We mainly find goose or duck down duvets, the one coming from the goose being of better quality, unless you opt for a duvet of eiderdown, a duck prized for its own .
- The cover: Preferably, you will choose a duvet whose cover is made of 100% cotton with at least 260 threads per square inch, in order to prevent the down from passing through the fabric. The advantage of cotton is that it breathes, allowing you to sleep well in a warm and dry place.
A white goose down duvet, 100% down!
3. How to choose the size of my duvet?
To choose the dimensions of your quilt, you need to take a few things into account:
- The size of your bed: single, double, queen or king
- The desired fallout on either side of your bed
- The size and number of people occupying the bed
You will mainly find these standard sizes of the duvet on the market:
- 140 × 200 cm for a single bed with a width of 80, 90 or 100 cm, or 200 × 200 cm for a single bed of 120 × 190 cm
- 220 × 240 cm for a double bed 140 × 190 cm or 140 × 200 cm
- 240 × 260 cm for a large bed (Queen) of 160 × 200 cm
- 240 × 280 cm for a king bed (180 × 200 cm)
Depending on your needs and preferences, you can choose the specific size for your bed, or decide to go with a larger dimension duvet if you want it to go lower on the sides of your bed, or that all occupants of the beds are comfortable.