duvets 101

a quick guide to our fabulous duvet collection

duvet just for you—or two.

All our duvets are crafted for a sound and healthy sleep. Whether you sleep solo or prefer tug of war, we've got the perfect duvet for you. Whatever your choice of size and warmth, and whether you prefer goose down or a natural or fibre fill, we have a selection of duvets to suit your needs.

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The basics..

Let's break it all down — a duvet contains a couple of important components: the filling, the fabric and construction, and it's warmth rating.

This refers to the fill used in the duvet. This can be down (from goose or duck) which is wonderfully light and fluffy, or feather which is warm and a heavier fill. Alternatively, a synthetic fill such as micro- or hollow-fibre is an affordable option that's hypoallergenic and great for sensitive sleepers. Natural fills such as silk or wool are an increasingly popular option.

The cover (or 'shell') is the fabric casing that keeps the filling in place. This is usually made of cotton, which is soft, supple and breathable; budget duvets often feature synthetic fibre casing.

Finer duvets will usually feature 'baffle-boxes' which keep the filling in place and prevent it from shifting and clumping leading to cold spots. Our duvets also feature double-stitching along the edging for superior durability and longevity.

Tog is an indicator of the level of warmth and insulation that the duvet provides. The tog ratings tend to range from 4.5 tog (for warm nights) to 13.5 tog (for colder nights).

sizes

Our duvets are available in the following sizes (in cm):
Single - 135 x 200 // Double - 200 x 200 // King - 230 x 220 // Superking - 260 x 220

filling 101

Popular fills are down (or feather), as well as synthetic fibre options, and natural options such as silk.

Feather and Down - sourced from duck or goose - is considered some of the finest insulation. It's both warm and lightweight, offers great longevity and is easy to maintain. There's a range of blends available - pure down, feather and down blends, or feather-only. Pure down is the finest of the fillings, and offers superior lightweight warmth and loft (plumpness). Feather duvets are heavier than pure down duvets.

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Down (and feather) is sourced from various regions across the globes, each unique in their qualities. Canadian (Hutterite) goose down is sought ofter thanks to its relative scarcity and consistency, whereas Hungarian down is widely available, and in a wide range of qualities. The combination of light-weight, breathability and superior insulation makes goose down some of the most sought after fill - the perfect choice for a winters night, as well as for warmer seasons. 

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Synthetic and natural fillings are becoming increasingly popular thanks to their affordability and improvements in quality. We have a range of 'down-alternative' duvets, which feature fibre fills for an affordable and comfortable duvet. Silk, a complete natural fibre, is another down-alternative fill for a luxury natural option.

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The most widely used qualitative metric is 'fill-power'. Fill power (the higher the better) is a volumetric specification that measures, in cubic inches, the amount of space an ounce of down occupies when allowed to reach its maximum loft. For example, one ounce of 800 fill-power down will occupy 800 cubic inches when compressed. Larger clusters of down have higher fill-power that is fluffier and loftier, and offers better insulation (and thus allows for a lighter duvet as less filling is required to achieve the same or better warmth and insulation than lower quality down).

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For a comfortable sleep, our duvets are NOMITE and OEKO-TEX certified.

Sourcing is an important factor when considering a down duvet, and we're pleased that our feather and down is ethically sourced - you can read more on our welfare policy here ➞

fabric 101

The casing (sometimes referred to as the 'shell' or 'cover') is another important component of the duvet. Superior duvets feature pure cotton casing, and high thread-count casing ensures a supple and soft fabric (which doesn't make any 'rustling' noises). As an alternative to pure cotton, some budget duvets may feature casings made of synthetic materials.

Our down duvets boast double stitched edges and baffle box construction. Baffle box is a technique of stitching internal squares in the duvet to ensure filling remains evenly distributed in its place to prevent clumping and cold spots in the duvet.
*Please note, the norm for 4.5 tog duvets are to be stitched through (as opposed to internal walls) due to the lower amount of filling used in the duvet.

tog 101

The filling plays the most important role in determining warmth and insulation; whilst tog is a great warmth indicator, a down duvet will offer superior insulation than an equivalent tog microfibre duvet.

In simple terms, tog indicates the warmth the duvet will provide; the higher the tog (and thus usually weight of duvet), the greater the level of insulation provided by the duvet. Choosing a duvet of course depends on your needs and the weather. Following is an indicator of warmth recommended for the seasons. 

Summer - 4.5 tog // Spring & Autumn - 10.5 tog // Winter - 13.5 tog // All-seasons (9 + 4.5 tog ) - duvets that fasten together (using button along sides and edges) to form one duvet (13.5 tog equivalent), or can be separated and used individually. 

Care for it..

Taking care of your duvet is vital to keep it in tip-top shape for (many) years — read on for care instructions and tips.

— Fluff up your duvet daily (by giving it a good shake)
— It's a good idea to allow it to air out when changing your bedding
— For minor stains or spills, we recommend just spot-cleaning with warm (mildly soapy) water.

Down Duvets
— Professional laundering is recommended - most competent launderettes offer a 'feather/down duvet' speciality cleaning service. Do not dry-clean.
— For machine washing, ensure your washer and dryer have ample space. Use minimal gentle detergent (no softeners, or cleaning agents), and run on a 30/40°C gentle cycle. Duvet must be thoroughly dried on low heat (use drying balls to aid drying process, and remove occasionally to fluff up). Remove promptly when dry.

Synthetic Duvets

— These duvets are machine washable. Ensure your washer and dryer have ample space. Use gentle detergent (no softeners, or cleaning agents), and run on a 40°C cycle. Should be thoroughly dried on low heat (use drying balls to aid drying process). Remove promptly when dry.
- Can be professionally laundered - most competent launderettes offer duvet cleaning services.

Silk Duvets
— Professional laundering is recommended.

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