Buying a duvet can be a great responsibility. You require a duvet which is not only comfortable throughout the year but also lasts long. How can you be sure that the money you spent on the duvet is worth it?
Here are some tips that you should keep in mind while buying a duvet.
1. Check the Warmth Rating of the Duvet
No matter how much the filling or the weight, the warmth of the duvet is not related to it. The warmth of a duvet is measured using a type of rating called the TOG. The warmth provided by the duvet is directly proportional to the TOG rating. If your TOG rating is:
- 3.0 and 4.5 – this duvet is appropriate for use in summers
- 6.0- this duvet is perfect for use in warmer houses during spring and autumn. You can also use it in summer if you get cold in bed.
- 9.0- this duvet is also for use during spring and summer, but in cooler houses.
- 10.5- you can use the duvet of this rating during winters if your home is fairly warm
- 12.0- this is also a winter duvet for slightly warm houses.
- 13.5- this is a duvet which is used in cold houses during winters.
You can choose to combine two separate TOG ratings to get a warm duvet, so you can use the duvets separately depending upon the season.
2. Choosing the Appropriate Material
Duvets are available in plenty of materials such as cotton, silk or blends. The best option for all cases is always cotton. Apart from being affordable, cotton duvets are also extremely comfortable. This is why most duvet shells are made of cotton.
3. Filling: More or Less
The type and amount of filling makes an impact on how you must use your duvet. If the fill in the duvet is more, it does not necessarily mean it will be warmer, That depends on the characteristics of the fill material. In case of down fill, material with higher fill power is actually lighter and flufflier, but such a duvet does not necessarily provide more warmth.
If you are prone to allergies, you could get hypoallergenic fills as an alternative to down fills.
4. The Right Duvet Construction
There are 3 basic kinds of duvet construction for you to choose from.
- Sewn through
These duvets have seams which go through it, and pinch both sides of the shell together. These are more apt for warm weather and are affordable since the construction is fairly easy.
This construction involves strips of fabric inside the duvet. These strips form internal walls, which keeps the down in place. They are by far the warmest, but are slightly expensive.
The most common type of construction, box involves seams running perpendicular ro each other across the duvet, keeping the fill in place.
Here the seams run parallel to each other and the down can shift to different parts, so you can shift to different sides depending on whether you are cold or warm.
5. Get the Right Size
Ensure the duvet you choose is the right size, i.e. it is at least as big as your bed. You can get a bigger duvet in case you need extra snuggle room. It is better to get a large single duvet for a double bet instead of two single duvets.
Your turn now. What factors do you consider while buying your duvet?
Author bio: This article has been written by Azzam Sheikh, duvet consultant at Absolute Home Textiles, UK.