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Summer Duvets

Summer Weight-Cotton-Duvet

When is the right time to get out your summer duvets?

The most anticipated warmer weather is officially here but you would be hard pressed to know it.

Most of us are still clinging onto our warmer and much heavier weight winter duvets and it would take some force to get them off us while it is so freezing cold.

Well here is hoping that this cold snap is soon over and we can all enjoy the coming summer months but if you are feeling the heat already then here are a few temping offers from Bedlinen Direct that will help you through the hottest months.

Our sumptuous range of super light weight natural and synthetic summer duvets and pillows will help you get the best night’s sleep without all the fuss of tossing and turning or kicking the duvet off while you sleep.

It is well documented about the benefits of a good night’s sleep and how it can improve our daily lives. All this quality and comfort does not have to be expensive as we will prove to you all with our latest offers.

We would always recommend natural fillings over manmade fibres when it comes to duvets and pillows as they breathe more naturally and allow trapped warm air to pass through the fillings more efficiently and with more ease.

This is essential when selecting a summer weight duvet or a lighter fill pillow. Most duvets come in a tog rating, normally 2.5 tog up to 4.5 tog is the most popular options in the middle of summer but we do have a pure cotton duvet which is filled with cotton fibre and is fully machine washable.

What we have on offer…

Summer Weight Cotton Duvets are sumptuous and extremely lightweight, ideal for a travel duvet or just to replace a night blanket. Made from pure cotton and with a 3.0 tog rating. Premium quality Cotton outer covers and 100% Cotton Filling guarantees to make this duvet NON ALLERGENIC, ideal for children and adults.

Also the Premium duvet has covers that have been upgraded to 250 thread count cotton for that extra special feel and quality.

Canadian and Hungarian Summer Duvets

If you want something more along the lines of a conventional duvet we would recommend goose down or duck down fillings and our superb range of summer duvets include the best quality downs from the Canadian, Hungarian and Siberian regions.

Pure down duvets are preferred over feather and down duvets due to the extra weight you get from feathers, this type of filling is less likely to rise sufficiently which prevents the release of trapped warm air.

Pure down with a good fill power rating of over 600 CBI will be clean and light enough to offer this essential loft and releases the warm air under the duvet when you get hot. 100% pure down is also considered to be mite free and better for allergy suffers as mites can live in the base on the feather shafts if they have not been sterilised properly.

Best summer duvet companies

Choose a reputable duvet made in the UK from companies such as Euroquilt or the Fine Bedding Company and European duvet manufacturers such as Die Zudecke as they will ensure the best quality and that the strict UK and EU guidelines have been adhered to.

They may cost more but you can be assured that you are getting a safe and quality product which is the reason why you choose a pure down duvet in the first place.

Many duvets and pillows produced in the Far East use chemicals that can be harmful, not just to the environment and you cannot be sure that they are farming the down sustainably and humanly.

Choosing a summer duvet

Siberian Summer Goose Down Duvet

One of the most important factors in choosing a good quality summer duvet is the casing, pure cotton cambric which is woven to over 233 thread count is preferred as this is tight enough to stop any leakage of the feathers and the cambric cover is also one the strongest and will last much longer under normally daily use.

The best quality cases have cassette stitching which is doubled up in the corners for added strength and durability, this is essential if you want the duvet to last for 10 years or more.

Why internal baffle is important

Internal baffle walls are essential when using a summer weight duvet as there is less filling in the square cells. If your duvet does not have this engineered into the cells the filling will just go to one side or just fill the corners leaving the middle of cells open and not keeping you warm at all.

Internal baffle walls are like large internet sails that redistribute the filling back into the centre of the square every time you move while sleeping. Squares and channelling are the stitching methods that are used to keep the goose down in place in the duvet.

Channeling refers to parallel rows that are sewn down the length of the duvet. This prevents the down from shifting across to any one side of the duvet.

Blocking is a more expensive option and entails sewing a grid across the whole duvet, trapping the goose down in square cells which ensures an even spread of the down and uniform warmth under the duvet.

Summer Bedding

Luxury Summer Weight Duvets

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.

Egyptian Cotton Duvet Covers

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.

Have a look at our summer weight duvets, there are plenty to choose from.

A good way of injecting some colour into the bedroom is with cushions and bed runners or throws, cheap and very effective and won’t cost you the earth if the shade or hue is not just right.

Cotton or polytcotton

Cotton is preferable over polycotton during the summer months as the wicking effect you get from cotton is second to none (and you wouldn’t believe the science that goes into this wicking effect!).

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.

Browse our Egyptian cotton sheet range as well as our other cotton sheets for ideas on colours and choice.

What TOG rating?

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.

If you want the low down on TOG rating have a read of this Wikipedia entry.

Manmade microfibres, natural feather and down or pure wool?

Luxury Microfibre Duvets

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.

We’ve got a large selection of Dacron Comforel options worth considering.

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.

Pure Down

Luxury Pure Down Summer Weight 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!

Our pure down duvets can be found here.

Fill power

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.