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When is the best time to start looking for some new summer bedding?
Winter is nearly gone and the heavy weight winter sheets will need to be put back in the linen cupboard but do you need some new lightweight or summer weight duvets, duvet covers or luxury cotton sheets?
When the sun is shining we all want to add a splash of colour or style into our bedrooms so what is the best fabric to use in order to get the best out of our bedding?
Should it be polycotton or Egyptian cotton for our duvet covers? Or should it be microfiber or natural down for summer weight duvets?
At Bedlinen Direct we know how hard it can be to find the right bedding at the right price, cheap bedding is not always the best way to go but we still want value for money when spending our hard earned cash.
Which duvet covers?
Let’s start with some luxury, Egyptian cotton duvet covers. These sumptuous duvet sets were normally just sold in plain colours like white, ivory or cream but as the demand for better quality fabrics increased so the cost price decreased and resulted in more choice.
Famous brands like Peter Reed, Belledorm, Sheridan and Helena Springfield now range some of the best quality cotton duvet cover sets you can buy. They use the best quality fabrics and design them in a way that just oozes style and sophistication.
They employ the best designers to create some awesome masterpieces for your bedroom, elegant use of materials and colours to create the perfect ambience.
So whether it is Egyptian cotton, Pima cotton or Cotton sateen you are sure to receive a premium quality product. All you need to do now is choose which designs suit your bedroom the best, most bedding manufacturers are getting adventurous in terms of design and colour.
Cotton sheets just get softer with each and every wash so they are certainly the best choice not just for spring or summer but also the colder months too.
Polycotton duvet cover sets from companies such as Belledorm offer great value for money, good design and expert craftsmanship bring you a very good product that is both easy to wash and even easier to iron.
During summer just try and avoid heavy fabrics such as taffeta and jacquards as they do not allow the body to breathe as effectively as lighter fabrics like cotton and silk.
Now we have decided which fabric we are going to use for our summer duvet covers and pillowcases we have to select the right filling for our summer duvets and pillows.
Most manufacturers offer a vast selection of Togs ranging from a superlight weight 2.5 TOG duvet which is ideal for the warmest months, right up to the heavy weight 15.0 TOG duvet which can keep out an arctic winter but let’s just keep the choice to the summer options which go from 6.0 TOG to 2.5 TOG for now.
Manmade microfibres, natural feather and down or pure wool?
The two main choices are between manmade microfibers which can be known as many different brands but is essentially still the same filling or natural feather and down like duck, goose or more recently pure wool.
Microfiber duvets offer good levels of insulation and the filling is inherently anti allergy so this option is great for those who still get chilly on a warm night or for children and the elderly with mild allergy symptoms like house dust mite issues.
However they are not as effective at releasing trapped warm air as a natural filling but the cost benefits can sometimes outweigh the need for absolute body regulation you get from a pure down duvet. If you want a natural alternative there are just as many options for you to choose from starting at the goose feather and down duvets.
Just as good as a man made duvet and just as comparable in quality and costs. Feather and down is heavier than pure down and offers just the same in terms of temperature regulation as the man made duvets.
If you want the best quality and money is no object, then go for a pure down duvet, you will not regret it. Just like Egyptian cotton is reserved for the very best bedding, Siberian, Canadian and Hungarian down is considered to be a premium product.
Pure down is very light and soft which is just what you need to keep you cool during the summer months, Fill Power is a vital measurement of quality when choosing this type of duvet.
The higher the rating the cleaner and more refined the down is, less impurities make the down lighter which when warmed with your body makes the down rise and release trapped warm air.
This process allows your body to cool down effectively and helps you maintain a consistent and healthy temperature whilst you sleep. When they say it is like sleeping under a soft fluffy cloud – they mean it!
The average duvet has an approximate 450 fill power rating, good quality and good value for money pure down duvets should have a fill power rating of between 600 and 800, do not accept a down duvet that has less than this as the chances are the down is not very clean and as good as you may think it is.
To give you a more clear idea, eider down is considered to be the best in the world, this handpicked down is very hard to come by and has a consistent fill power of over 1200.
You can expect to pay well in excess of £1000.00 for the genuine article so this can give you a gauge of what you should expect to pay for a more reasonable luxury down duvet.