Autumn is officially here, and the arrival of chillier nights calls for the perfect doona to keep you warm. Before you buy, consider these 6 top tips.
With various types of quilts on the market, it's important to choose one that suits your needs. Stacey Kastrounis, Head of Buying at TheHome.com.au, shares 6 of the most vital things to consider when picking the perfect doona.
1. Down for down
If you easily get cold, opt for a feather and down quilt. Down has the highest fill power of all quilt fillings available, so look for a quilt with a higher percentage of down for ultimate comfort. Wool is also a favourite for cold sleepers, and offers a heavier weight. The insulating qualities of this natural fibre will keep you warm, but still allow your skin to breathe.
2. Hot blooded? Go natural
If you tend to overheat easily, or live in a warmer climate, natural fibres will absorb any moisture and keep you cool as you slumber. A cotton quilt is an excellent lightweight option, and fibres such as tencel or bamboo are not only ultra-absorbent but have a luxurious feel.
3. Synthetic for sensitive sleepers
Synthetic fabrics such as microfibre and polyester are the obvious choices for allergy sufferers, and some brands offer quilts that have had an anti-allergy treatment applied. Good quality synthetic fibres will also keep you dry by transporting moisture away from the body. They also tend to stay light and fluffy without much extra care required.
4. Air regularly
Quilts build up dirt, dust, dead skin cells and dust mites over time. Regular airing in the sunshine will keep your quilt fresh and avoid dust mite infestations – this is especially important if you suffer from allergies.
5. Weighty matters
If you find your quilt on the floor every morning, consider purchasing the next size up to give it more weight so it stays in place. Many people have a winter weight and a summer weight quilt they change according to the seasons.
6. The finishing touch
For the ultimate bedroom indulgence, don’t stop with your quilt. Look for finishing touches that exude decadence such as black piping, classic striped, embossed or jacquard cover designs. Just because a quilt cover goes over your quilt doesn’t mean it can’t look and feel like luxury!