How to choose my duvet ?
How to choose my duvet ?
Choosing a duvet request to ask the right questions before making a purchase. There are many things to consider such as size, materials, weight and thermal power. Moreover, you can find duvets in specialized stores or in supermarkets, duvets that are more or less similar, with a quality apparently equivalent and with large price differences. As much to tell you that it can quickly become a real headache. That’s why we have written some good tips to help you choose THE duvet that will accompany you during your sweetest nights and that you will be able to keep many years without having to renew it.
What size of duvet for my bed?
To know what size duvet you should choose for your bed, there are basically two things to consider: the size of your mattress (width, length, but also height) and the fallout you want to have on each side of your bed.
Generally, in the European countries, bedrooms are equipped with standard beds and standard bed linen in terms of dimensions, but this is not the case everywhere in the world. In Europe a single bed is normally 90x190cm wide. More and more stores are offering beds in 90x200cm since the measurements of the size of the population have a strong tendency to increase. For single beds, we recommend a 140x200cm duvet that will allow you to easily tuck it. For double beds this is more complicated since nowadays more and more people do not want a bed of only « 140cm » wide which corresponds to the standard size for a double bed. Indeed, there are now more and more beds available in 160cm and 180cm also called respectively Queensize and Kingsize beds.
Here is a summary of the size correspondences between your quilt and your mattress that we recommend to have a fallout on each side of your normal bed and that allow you to border your duvet cover easily:
Single bed or 90cm wide: 140x200cm duvet
Standard double bed or 140cm wide: 200x200cm duvet
Queensize double bed or 160cm wide: 240x220cm duvet
Double bed Kingsize or 180cm wide: 260x240cm duvet
We give you these dimensions as an indication, if you have a very thick mattress or if you want a big fallout (be careful not to put too much that can be unsightly) provide an extra width. Conversely, if you have a very thin or very low mattress, as is the case with futon type beds in particular, you may be able to reduce a little, the width of the duvet.
Which duvet material to choose?
Choosing the material of your duvet amount to decide the choice of a duvet with synthetic or natural padding. The so-called « natural » duvets essentially include duvets filled with feathers and down. There are other types of upholstery such as wool, cashmere and silk. Depending on the subject, the thermal power of the quilt varies greatly. A down comforter holds a lot warmer than a cotton duvet. If the natural duvets have better reputations thanks to the heat they provide it is true that its prices are also more expensive. Moreover for ethical reasons, related to the condition of the animals that are used for the realization of duvets some people prefers to opt for a synthetic duvet. Note that there are many labels such as the trusted textile certification Oeko-Tex Standard 100, which ensures that the quilting process is animal-friendly. Synthetic duvet produces heat almost equivalent to natural duvets, but also lighter quilts that can be enjoyed during the warm seasons from spring to summer but also in more temperate regions. They will be more suitable for people who are sensitive to some allergies and are also easier to maintain since they are often machine washable.
Which duvet cover is ideal?
The cover of a duvet has an important role in the comfort of your duvet, but it will also affect its durability and cost. For duvets of good quality it is very often percale cotton which is used for its strength and softness. It is also easy to maintain. Avoid choosing a duvet with a fabric envelope too thin or weave tight that will be weak and be sensitive to breakage.
Other criteria to consider before buying your duvet
Weight or density: the density of a duvet is not necessarily a guarantee of quality, but between two duvets of composition and similar size, it can make the difference on the thermal power. Moreover, some people simply have a preference for the weight of their quilt. Indeed, some do not support a too heavy duvet that can recall the heavy comforters of your childhood.
The season or the insulation of your home: Some will choose to have a summer duvet and a winter duvet, others will opt for a 4 seasons duvet that will satisfy you completely if you are in a well insulated house cold and heat. In a house in which the temperature varies little, the thermal power of your quilt will not necessarily be taken into account.
Some allergies: Some people are allergic to feathers, so it will be better to choose a synthetic duvet. There are also duvets treated against mites, whose allergy affects many people.
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