Duvet do’s and don’ts

Duvet do’s and don’ts


Posted 16th Apr 2013

Having the appropriate bedding can be the key to a great night's sleep but can also be a big investment.


To help you make the right decision, we asked the experts from milkandhoney for their do's and don'ts when choosing a duvet:


Duvet Do's


Weight
Do remember weight does not equal warmth. Some of the warmest duvets are also the lightest due to their filling being quality goose down. The higher the feather content (as opposed to down) the heavier the duvet will be and the greater the use of good quality down, the warmer the duvet. As a guide, for warmer months a 4-tog should suffice while in winter an 8-tog should be perfectly adequate.


Temperature
Do consider the temperature of your bedroom in different seasons - can you make do with one duvet for the whole year by layering it up with a throw or do you need duvets that offer different warmth for summer and winter?


Feathers
Do choose a duvet with a cover that is woven tightly enough to stop any feathers or down escaping - they can be surprisingly annoying and scratchy. For example, all milkandhoney duvet casings are made from superior quality, tightly-woven down and feather-proof material that even the finest feather or down cannot escape.


Size
Do opt for a duvet one size larger than your bed if your partner regularly ‘steals' half your share while asleep! So, if your bed is king size go for a super king duvet.

Duvet Don'ts


Washing
Don't wash your duvet more often than you really need to - it will eventually reduce its ability to trap air and keep you warm.


Cost
Don't scrimp on your duvet, going for the cheapest option can be a false economy. For example, a really good quality duvet, filled with Class 1 white Canadian snow goose down, might easily cost £400 but it can last so long that it may work out costing as little as 5p a night! Always make sure that a duvet meets the European Feather & Down Association's highest standard.


Synthetic fillings
Don't choose a synthetic filling if you are susceptible to draughts - natural down will drape around you much more closely than synthetic fillings.






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