Ostania aktualizacja postu : 19 January 2023
Duvet guide: if you choose a good duvet, it will keep you warm and cozy in winter, but not too hot and heavy in summer.
Number of threads in the quilt
The outer cover of a duvet is usually cotton and, as with cotton sheets, is referred to as the thread count. This number indicates how many threads are in a square inch of fabric. Higher thread count means softer material. This is an important factor. The denser the weave, the better the duvet keeps the down. Our quilt should have at least 300 threads, but we don’t have to spend a lot of money to have more.
If you want to choose a light, warm duvet that breathes well, you can choose one filled with down. After all, ducks and geese are warm in cold water. That’s why we can choose a duvet that provides good insulation and cozy warmth. When choosing a down duvet, look for the words 100% down, pure down or completely down. If a duvet is only described as down, it may, for example, contain 30% down and 70% feathers. Feathers do not insulate as well as down, but they are much cheaper. Therefore, a down quilt is more expensive.
Duvets with duck or goose down are warm, but goose down is more fluffy. That’s why it’s used in cheaper quilts. If you are allergic, look for a duvet with cleaned, sterilized down. Thanks to this, we get rid of most allergens, and the down quilt will still be warm. If you are allergic to feathers, choose a duvet with an alternative filling. Most often, these are synthetic materials, in particular polyester, which have properties similar to down. We can also find cotton or wool quilts. They are all hypoallergenic and less expensive, but tend to be heavier and less breathable.
Down filling power
On the packaging of a quilt, you can often find the fill power of down. It basically refers to how much one gram of down takes up. The better the quality of down, the greater its filling power and the thicker, more insulating quilt.
The amount of down (in grams) in a duvet is its fill weight. In general, with a high fill power, a duvet will not contain much down. Therefore, it will be warm and light. It is perfect because we sleep best when we are neither too hot nor too cold.
Choosing the perfect duvet
Choosing a duvet can sometimes give us a headache. First of all, let’s focus on comfort. This way we will sleep better. When choosing a quilt, pay attention to the following options: for summer, 4 seasons and for winter. Each of these quilts has a different filling weight. Specifies the amount of down per square meter. The greater the filling weight, the warmer the duvet. Keep in mind that a higher filling weight does not directly relate to more comfort, but simply provides more warmth. If you prefer to sleep warm, a larger filling will be more comfortable, but if you prefer to sleep when it is cooler, a light filling will be a better solution.
The 125 g/m2 quilt is perfect for summer. It will also be great for people who sleep in a warm room, it is warm in their home and prefer a warmer duvet for winter and a cooler one for summer. The 165 g/m2 duvet is perfect at any time of the year (4 seasons). It provides comfort all year round. It is ideal for people who are too warm only on hot days. It will also be perfect for people whose home has a moderate temperature throughout the year. The 205g/m2 duvet is ideal for those who have used extra blankets in winter so far. It will be perfect when the house temperature is lower. You can choose it when you have a cooler duvet for the summer and a warmer one for the winter.
Having chosen the level of comfort, we can now consider the quality of the material. In this way, we will increase the comfort and durability of the quilt. There are three factors to consider: mattress height, thread count, and budget. Let’s pay attention to the fact that the quilt is resistant, durable and provides comfort and warmth.
The number of threads is also very important. The higher the thread count, the thinner and lighter the quilt. In this way, we gain comfort and lightness during sleep. It also provides a tighter weave, and thus provides additional protection against the penetration of material through its surface. We also need to pay attention to our budget. If we take into account the lifespan of a duvet, even the highest quality duvet will be affordable.
Feathers and down
Feathers and down are not the same. Feathers are flat and two-dimensional, they are heavier in the middle. They are also not good insulators because they cannot hold air. They provide good support, which is why they are often used in pillows. Compared to them, down is three-dimensional and holds air. A thick layer of the quilt perfectly insulates the sleeper from the colder environment.
Basically, there is no difference between gray and white down. It’s just that some ducks and geese are gray and others are white. There is a greater demand for white down on the market, which is why such duvets are more expensive.