Quilts and Duvets: How to Choose a Warm Autumn Quilt
Author: Sarah Shevy Date Posted:18 April 2018
With autumn fast approaching and winter on the horizon, many of us will be turning our thoughts to how to ensure that we’re prepared for the cooler evening temperatures and chilly bedrooms.
One of the best and most energy efficient ways you can make sure that you’re kept warm and comfortable when you go to bed in the evenings is by investing in a new, high-quality quilt cover.
But when it comes to choosing the right quilt, lots of people find themselves staggered by just how much choice and variety there is on the market.
Without some pointers to help you make an informed decision, choosing your new autumn and winter duvet can be quite a confusing and complicated process.
Choosing the Right Filling
To start with, you’ll be faced with two general filling options: natural or synthetic. If you suffer from allergies, synthetic filling is likely to be the best option for you (although some natural fillings such as silk are suitable for those with allergies).
When it comes to natural fillings, down-filled duvets are widely regarded as the best at keeping you warm.
Down is the soft layer of fluffy feathers that lies beneath the larger, coarser feathers in the breast area of ducks, geese and water fowl. Usually taken from birds that live in cold climates such as those of Canada and Scandinavia, down is extremely warm but also very lightweight.
Duvets filled with feathers rather than down tend to be heavier and less expensive. Many people opt for a mix of feather and down in order to enjoy both the warmth of down and the slightly heavier nature of feathers.
Consider the GSM Rating
The GSM rating of a duvet refers to how effective the product is at trapping warm air around your body and keeping you insulated. The weight of a duvet doesn’t indicate its GSM rating; so don’t be fooled by the heavier nature of synthetic duvets.
Because feathers and down have better thermal qualities than synthetic alternatives, less material is required to achieve the same GSM rating – meaning they’ll be lighter but just as effective as heavier options with the same rating.
The scale ranges from 0 to 900 or Light to Dark, with Light being the coolest and dark colours the warmest. Of course, the GSM rating you choose will be determined by whether you tend to get cold at night or whether you’re more prone to kicking the covers off in an attempt to keep cool – and those in regions with milder winters will naturally want to opt for quilts with lower ratings.
But, as a general rule, for the winter months you’ll want to choose a quilt with a GSM rating of 500 or above.
Take Duvet Weight into Account
Whilst it’s important to remember that heavier duvets aren’t necessarily warmer duvets, it is nonetheless true that many people prefer the reassuring feeling of a heavier duvet when the nights start getting colder.
In the summer, most of us can think of nothing worse than a heavy duvet weighing down upon us as we try to get to sleep; but, in the winter months, the cosy, wrapped-up feeling that a heavier duvet provides can be very comforting.
In fact, even though the extra weight doesn’t in itself make your body warmer, it can often serve to make you feel warmer and more sheltered from the elements and the chill.
By taking all of the above points into consideration when you select your new autumn duvet, you can rest assured you’ll feel warm and comfortable every night in the coming cooler months.