Do you look forward to climbing into bed every night? When you lead a busy lifestyle with plenty of commitments, a demanding career, passion projects, and friends, it feels good to unwind at the end of a long day. Climbing into bed and letting the day wash away should make you feel comfortable and relaxed. When you’ve got a big, cozy bed with the perfect duvet, you don’t want to leave in the morning. You spend your Sunday mornings curled up with a book and a cup of coffee and you might just stay there all day if you could.
You need to choose the perfect duvet before you can really fall in love with bedtime. A comfortable, fluffy duvet that’s appropriate for the season will let you drift off into la-la-land with ease.
It helps to start with your terms, and there are plenty. While many people use them interchangeably, there are some important differences. A comforter is a down or synthetic bedding topper, either sewn-through or quilted, with a plain stitching. A quilt typically has patterned stitching and it’s made from cotton or cotton blends. A duvet is a comforter that’s un-patterned, white, and filled with down. It’s most often used in a way that also means duvet cover, which is a fabric cover that envelopes the duvet and zips or buttons down one side. A bedspread is long and wide bedding that covers the entire bed, from the pillows down to the floor.
There are several factors that go into the making of duvets and duvet covers that you should know before you make a purchase.
Fills – The duvet fill is all about warmth and breathability, but also something you should pay attention to if you have allergies. Down is often the preferred fill because it’s light but warm and breathable, so it works in both winter and summer. Someone who suffers from allergies would want to look into synthetic fills that feel similar to down. You can also get cotton or wool fills that are heavier and less breathable.
Thread Count – A duvet thread count is a measure of how many threads have been used per square inch of duvet. Generally, a higher thread count means a softer and better-made duvet. Use 200 as a minimum, while over 300 is great. Extremely high thread counts may be the result of manufacturers using a technique that can double or triple thread count without having a real effect on quality.
Fill Power – You may see fill power listed on a duvet or duvet cover as well. This tells you how fluffy the duvet will be. Specifically, it’s a measurement of the space taken up by one ounce of down. It’s also a number that can help you find the right duvet for the season. A lightweight, summer duvet will be 400 or below, while a winter duvet should be between 600 to 800. In between, around 400 to 600 can be used any time of year, depending on your preferences.
A better duvet will give you all the reasons you need to love bedtime. Embrace your bed with a better duvet.