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"How do I choose the right duvet for me?" It's a question we hear all the time at The Fine Bedding Company. We understand that selecting the ideal duvet can be quite overwhelming, so we decided to make the decision-making process a little easier for you! After all, investing in the right duvet is essential, considering we spend a third of our lives cosying up in bed. 

In this guide, we'll help you ensure you are making an informed and confident choice by unfolding the mystery behind a duvet tog rating, the benefits of different duvet fillings, and tips on how to clean it. So, let's dive in and help you discover the perfect duvet. 

Choosing the Right Duvet Sizes

Selecting the appropriate duvet size is crucial for both comfort and aesthetic appeal. A duvet should generously cover the mattress while providing enough overhang to keep you warm and add a decorative touch to your bedroom. Here are some key considerations:

  • Match the Mattress: The first step is to match the duvet size to your mattress size. Standard mattress sizes include Single, Double, King and Super King. However, it's always best to check specific measurements as these can vary by region. Alternatively, you could always size up for a more luxurious and draped look.
  • Sharing the Duvet: If you’re sharing a bed, consider upsizing your duvet. Opting for a size larger than your mattress can prevent the duvet tug-of-war and ensure both individuals have adequate coverage throughout the night.
  • Consider the Overhang: Ideally, a duvet should hang over the sides of the mattress to ensure warmth and comfort throughout the night. A little extra width and length can make a significant difference, especially if you tend to move a lot in your sleep or share the bed.
  • Seasonal Considerations: You might also want to consider having different duvets for different seasons. A lighter weight, lower tog duvet might suffice for summer, while a larger, heavier one could be better for winter warmth.
  • Personal Preference: Some people prefer a more draped look, or extra coverage, while others might like a duvet that fits neatly atop the mattress. Your personal preference should guide your final choice to ensure maximum comfort and satisfaction.

Duvet Tog Rating

When it comes to choosing the right duvet Tog, consider the season and your comfort needs. For summertime, opt for a lower Tog, typically around 4.5. As spring and autumn bring varying temperatures, a slightly higher Tog ranging from 7 to 10.5 is ideal. For the chilly winter months, you may want to go even higher with a 13.5 Tog duvet.

If you're seeking more information on duvet togs, we've prepared a dedicated Duvet Tog Guide just for you. In it, we demystify what the tog rating means and guide you on selecting the best rating for each season.


Lightweight vs Heavyweight Duvets

Finding a duvet that is the right weight for you is one of the key steps for getting a better night’s sleep. Check out the comparison between lightweight and heavyweight duvets:

Lightweight Duvets

A lightweight duvet will feel soft and snuggly, with no weight bearing down on your body, for a ‘cloud-like’ feeling when you’re drifting off to sleep. If  this is the type of duvet you are looking for, have a look at our Breathe Duvet.

Heavyweight Duvets

For those who prefer the cosy, enveloped sensation while falling asleep, heavyweight duvets are the perfect choice. A denser duvet, such as our Return To Nature Duvet, offers that down-like cosiness and tucked in feeling.


How to Choose the Best Duvet Filling For You:

Once you've settled on the perfect type, size, and duvet Tog rating, the next decision is selecting the right filling. Synthetic fibre-filled or natural? Your choice can greatly impact your comfort. The Fine Bedding Company has a wide range of materials and technologies in its duvets to appeal to everyone, but they generally fall into two categories: synthetic materials and natural materials.

Benefits of Synthetic Fibre-Filled Duvets

  • Anti-allergy properties ideal for allergy sufferers.
  • Easy to wash at home.
  • Ideal for those who prefer lighter duvets.
  • Offers technical benefits such as added breathability.
  • Often cheaper than natural counterparts

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Benefits of Natural Duvets

  • Highly breathable.
  • Long life span.
  • Ideal for those who prefer a heavier duvet.
  • Keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

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The Right Size Duvet For a Child

It is important for parents to have a proper understanding of which duvet children should be using at certain ages. For instance, children under the age of 12 months should not be using a duvet due to the risk of overheating and suffocation. Instead, they should be using a cot quilt.

For children above 1 years old, their first duvet should be light, within the range of 3-4.5 tog, leading up to a tog rating of 7.5-9 as they get older. You can gradually keep on increasing the tog count and allow your children to regulate their temperature on their own.

If you would like to know more about which children’s duvet is the best, you can read our full expert guide here!

How to Clean a Duvet

If you're wondering about the best way to wash your duvet, we've got you covered with our step-by-step Easy Cleaning Guide. Inside, we provide comprehensive instructions on properly and safely washing duvets of different kinds.

Find Your Perfect Duvet

Now you know how to choose the right duvet, you can start exploring our duvet collections. Take advantage of our free mainland UK delivery on orders over £75.

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April 24, 2024 — Greg Potter (PhD, MSc, BSc)