What are the different types of quilt fillings?
1. Wool Doona: Wool doonas, as their name suggests, are made of naturally sourced wool. They are heavier than the average quilt but still have high breathability. Wool doonas are naturally hypoallergenic and low-maintenance.
2. Cotton Quilts: Cotton quilts have cotton as the filling, and this natural fibre makes this quilt lightweight. Like a wool doona, the cotton quilt is ideal for people with allergies and offers comfort and breathability.
3. Feather Quilts: Feather quilts, or feather doonas, are packed with feathers and are on the heavier side. They are fluffy and provide a lot of warmth. This makes them an excellent choice of doona for cold weather.
What are the other types of quilts?
1. Summer Quilts: Summer quilts are the lighter alternative to the thick and warm winter quilts. They are cool to the touch and ideal for use when the temperature drops at night during summers or if you sleep with your aircon on.
2. Winter Quilts: Winter quilts are designed to provide the most warmth for colder seasons and climates. They are made of wool, feather or down. The warmth rating is measured by the filling weight or GSM (grams per square metre). The higher the GSM, the warmer the quilt.
3. All-season quilts: All-season quilts are bed quilts with medium warmth ratings, which makes them ideal for use in all seasons. These quilts are made of a variety of materials ranging from synthetic fibre to Australian wool.
What to consider when buying a quilt, duvet or doona?
Different quilt fillings offer different feels and qualities.
i) Wool: A natural material, wool is breathable, which helps regulate your temperature. This means it keeps you cool in summer but warm in winter. It has a heavy feel and a range of warmth ratings, making it suitable for different seasons and heat preferences. It’s also good for allergy sufferers.
ii) Feather and Down: Feather and down are also natural materials with a high warmth rating. Which means it’s suitable for cold sleepers. Look for a higher percentage of down for a warmer quilt. Feather and down retain heat and insulate well.
This gives a warm feeling without the heaviness of wool. Goose down provides more warmth than duck down. Check the feathers and down are ethically sourced.
iii) Microfibre: Microfibre is manmade. It offers medium to high warmth, making it good for cold sleepers. It’s designed to mimic the properties of feather and down without the animal product and potentially ‘pokey’ feel. Microfibre quilts have a light and lofty fill.
They look great on the bed because the filling is evenly distributed. Microfibre is also suitable for allergy and asthma sufferers.
iv) Cotton: Cotton is a naturally breathable fibre. It’s low warmth, so good for hot sleepers. Cotton is suitable for allergy and asthma sufferers and is easy to care for as it’s tumble dryer safe.
v) Bamboo: Bamboo provides moderate warmth. Naturally breathable, it helps to regulate your temperature. It’s also hypoallergenic and antibacterial.
2. Heat retention:
The quilt material determines its heat retention. If you’re a hot sleeper, choose wool or cotton. Wool is breathable and regulates your temperature. Cotton doesn’t retain much heat, so it’s a good summer option. Feather and down or microfibre quilts retain heat by providing warm insulation, so they are best suited for cold sleepers. Wool quilts with high warmth ratings are also suitable for cold sleepers.
If you have allergies, you’re best with a wool or microfibre quilt. Wool is hypoallergenic, and the best ones should be chemical-free. Microfibre will give you a light and lofty feel while also being safe for you. Steer away from feather and down, especially if you suffer from hayfever.
When you have two people in a bed, it can be more difficult to find a quilt that suits both people perfectly. This is where natural fibres work best. This is because natural fibres absorb warmth from one person and either expel it or evenly spread it across to where it’s needed.
5. Easy care:
The ease of care of a quilt depends on the quilt filling. Quilts with a natural fill cannot be washed often as it affects their quality. They are best refreshed by airing on the clothesline in the sun (or partial sun) for a few hours each week. Microfibre or polyester quilts, on the other hand, can be washed often and are easy to care. So, if you are buying quilts for small children, a quilt with synthetic fill would be best.
Buy a quilt that is compatible with your season, climate and region. While the people of Tasmania and Brisbane would need heavier wool and down quilts, the people of Queensland and South Australia would require a lighter wool filling, bamboo, or cotton quilts.
7. Weight – Lightweight/Heavy:
One of the most crucial factors is the weight of the quilt. While heavy-weight quilts are ideal for cold winter nights, lightweight quilts are most suitable for summertime. Since quilts are also commonly described as light-, medium-, or heavy-weight, you can refer to a quilt’s density through the listed GSM (grams per square metre) and choose the one that best suits your needs and your climate.
The one thing that makes quilts a great addition to your room is their wide variety of colours and designs. There are quilts that are plain and made from just one fabric, and then there are quilts available in intricate designs. Choose a design that best complements your home decor.
A quality doona is dust-resistant, hypoallergenic, durable with a high thread count, and has a superior loft. Be sure to check these features when you buy a quilt.
The quilt sizes available in Australia are given below. This will help you understand which size would match your bed the best.
What is the difference between a Duvet, a Doona and a Quilt?
1. Quilt: A quilt, popularly known as bedspreads/coverlets in other cultures worldwide, is a bed covering that renders warmness. It is filled with a wide range of materials, such as down, feather, silk or wool, concerning various advantages.
2. Doona: A doona is the top layer of your bedding and is commonly referred for quilts or duvets in Australia. They are typically filled with manufacturing materials, while the term became a trademarked name for a bedding manufacturer in Australia.
3. Duvet: Duvet, which is the french for ‘down’, is often referred to as ‘comforters.’ However, they mean the same as a quilt or doona in Australia. These terms can be used interchangeably, but usually, you will need a quilt cover for it.