Your guide to the perfect duvet

Cold, blustery nights are setting in – now’s the time to ditch your light summer bedding and opt for something that will keep you cosy. But what to choose?

Filled bedding products come with a number of different fillings which all have their own specific properties and can affect the quality of your sleep. Here’s a guide to some of the different types available.

Synthetic products

Today’s synthetic bedding ranges have been developed to offer exclusive benefits that are unachievable in natural fillings. The non-allergenic and washable properties of synthetic bedding ranges make for a practical alternative for those who are sensitive to natural fillings.

Hollowfibre

This synthetic filling is a thread of fibre with a hole running up the middle. This traps air more effectively than a solid fibre and so makes a duvet warmer. Similarly the hollowfibre shape is harder to bend and so provides structure and loft in a pillow.

Natural fillings

These are naturally breathable and have superb thermal and insulation properties. Each natural-fill duvet has its own Fill Power Rating, which is a measure of the quality of feather and down. The higher the fill power, the better the duvet.

Down

This word describes the soft clusters found on the breast of a duck or goose. Down is very good at trapping air and so keeps you warm. It has no quill in it and so is very soft. The lightest and most luxurious duvets contain a high percentage of down.

Feather

Feathers keep a bird warm without weighing it down, so they make excellent light fillings for duvets. Bigger feathers provide structure and support for pillows and mattress enhancers, and extra weight for duvets.

Percale

Closely woven and smooth-finished, Percale is a by-word for luxury. It has a high thread count, giving a cosy feel in winter and a crisp coolness in the warmer months.

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