Summer, winter, or an all-purpose quilt?
1. Summer quilts: Summer quilts are a great alternative to thick winter quilts when you wish to lay down on a warm-weather quilt that renders cool touch. Usually, summer quilts are used as a bedspread or comforter if you need to keep yourself warm during the night when the temperature drops. But, it is an excellent alternative if you sleep under air conditioning due to high humidity levels in your region.
2. Winter quilts: Investing in a good winter quilt that features three layers – the top layer, batting, and the bottom layer to provide the most comfort and warmth. It entirely depends on your needs and preference for the selection of a winter quilt, be it the filling material, its weight, or the thread count. A good winter quilt renders the right amount of insulation so that you receive the warmth required for a good night’s sleep.
3. All-purpose quilt: However, if you are someone who prefers buying a multi-purpose quilt, especially for partners who prefer different warmth levels during the night, then you can go for natural fibre.
What to consider when buying a quilt, duvet or doona?
Different quilt fillings offer different feels and qualities.
i) A natural material, wool is breathable, which helps to 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 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 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. They’re also suitable for allergy and asthma sufferers.
iv) 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 provides moderate warmth. Naturally breathable, it helps to regulate your temperature. It’s also hypoallergenic and antibacterial.
2. Hot or Cold sleeper?
Whether you sleep hot or cold will determine the best quilt for you.
i) If you’re a hot sleeper, choose wool or cotton. Wool is breathable and regulates your temperature. It’ll keep you cool but a partner warm. Cotton doesn’t retain much heat so it’s a good summer option. Feather and down or microfibre quilts will retain heat by providing warm insulation so you’re best to avoid them.
ii) If you’re a cold sleeper, choose feather and down, microfibre or wool. Feather and down and microfibre quilts retain a lot of heat, making them great for winter. Although wool will regulate your temperature well, if you’re a cold sleeper choose one with a few layers of wool for extra warmth. Cotton doesn’t retain heat at all so that won’t work for you.
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. As a very general rule, women are often much cooler than men. 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.
Which natural fibre you choose is a very personal choice but wool, feather and down, bamboo and cotton are all great choices.
5. Easy care:
How often your quilt needs to be laundered is an important factor to consider. Quilts with a natural filling should be laundered sparingly as each time you do you’re reducing its lifespan. Quilts with a natural fill are best refreshed by airing on the clothesline in the sun (or partial sun) for a few hours each week.
If you’re buying for your child, choose a synthetic quilt because they’re easy to wash if an accident happens.
Consider buying 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 made quilts.
8. 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.
Think about your home’s decor and room’s aesthetic before finding an option that complements it.
10. Heat retention
The material you choose also has an impact on heat retention. While you may like a quilt since its material retains heat, keeping you warm and toasty, on the other hand, your partner may like a lightweight and more breathable quilt, especially when it’s summer. Hence, choose accordingly.
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.