The Basics of Duvets

The Basics of Duvets

The basics of duvets

Regardless of the filling material, duvets are specially designed for certain seasons or purposes due to their design. Insulating duvets are ideal for the cold months. Ceilings with an average thermal effect are used in the so-called “transition period”, while particularly light versions ensure the best temperature compensation in summer.

Types of duvets in comparison

  • Light duvet:This is a thin duvet with a low filling weight, mostly quilted in small squares, which is particularly light on the skin. Due to the low thermal insulation, it is the ideal summer duvet.
  • Combi duvet:This 4 seasons duvet combines a mono duvet (transition) and a light duvet (summer), which can be knotted together to form a warm winter duvet using buttons.
  • Mono duvet:In terms of warmth, the classic transitional duvet lies between a light and a duo duvet. But it can also be used as a year-round duvet.
  • Duo duvet:Similar to the combination duvet, two single duvets are combined with each other, but the duvets are firmly connected to each other. This creates a winter duvet with a particularly high warming effect.
  • Travelduvet : These duvets are comparable to particularly light and thin summer duvets, which can also be stowed in travel luggage to save space.

Quilting types for bedspreads with loose filling

  • Balloon bed : This duvet shape is the only one without quilting seams. The entire filling is loosely in an undivided envelope. Compared to modern flat ceilings with fixed quilting, classic balloon beds are becoming less and less important.
  • Check quilted bed: Straps sewn in alternately lengthways and crossways restrict the movement of the duvet filling, but do not completely rule out wandering. This step part offers advantages, especially when filling duvets, as each chamber does not have to be filled individually. The filling can be evenly distributed again at any time by smoothing it down and shaking it up.
  • Coffered ceiling (strut ceiling):Here the duvet is stitched into any number of squares of the same size using sewn-in struts. Subdivisions into 3 × 4 or 4 × 6 completely closed chambers, which prevent the filling from slipping, are common. Depending on the desired thermal insulation, the bar height can vary between 2cm and 15cm. In addition, the bars ensure a continuous thickness of the cover with optimal fill power of the filling. Cold bridges are thus prevented.
  • Duvet:This type of quilting is preferably used for light summer blankets. Many small squares without sewn-in bars divide the blanket and ensure that the filling is very evenly distributed. Since the upper and lower fabric are directly connected to one another during quilting, excess heat can be dissipated in the best possible way.

Quilting types for duvets with fleece filling

  • Check quilting:The number of quilted squares can vary depending on the filling material and the desired fill power. The larger the quilted squares, the more voluminous the blanket. This quilting part is often found in duvets with long-fiber nonwovens such as polyester.
  • Diamond quilting :The squares that run diagonally across the bedspread also hold the filling in place excellently, but the number of stitching seams is significantly higher than with a square quilt. This type of quilting is mainly used for short-fiber fillings, such as silk, in order to guarantee the cohesion of the fleece.
  • Circle quilting :This type of quilting is typical for camel hair duvets. The blanket is particularly cuddly thanks to the circular quilting seams.
  • Duvets with quilted edge roll:A circumferential edge roll encloses the inner area of ​​the duvet. With this unstitched, voluminous “tube”, the duvet envelops the sleeper on all sides and is flush with the sleeping pad. An edge roll is preferably found on warming winter duvets and ensures the best insulation.

Filling materials for bed covers

Whether a duvet is more suitable for people with high heat requirements or guarantees optimal moisture transport for people who sweat is determined by the filling. With the right filling material, the sleeping climate can be individually tailored to the seasonal classification.

Filling materials for bed covers

Merino wool:
duvets filled with merino wool are characterized by excellent heat and cold insulating properties.

This is the most valuable and finest natural hair that is used for duvet fillings. The material is particularly warm and therefore ideal for people with very high heat requirements.

Duvets that are filled with high-quality down are characterized by good moisture permeability. Goose down and duck down as well as feathers are used in the production of down comforters. The warming effect of a down duvet depends on the country of origin of the down: Siberian down is significantly more warming than European. In terms of quality, the best goose down is significantly better than the best duck down. The most valuable and expensive down that is used as a filling in duvets is “eiderdown”. Nowadays, allergy sufferers can also sleep in down comforters, as these are now available in particularly mite-proof designs and are also washable up to 60 degrees.

Duvets filled with wild silk are ideal for people with little heat requirement, as wild silk balances temperatures very well and can absorb a lot of moisture.

The washable filling is ideal for allergy sufferers and offers an ideal sleeping environment for people with a medium heat requirement. The fiber with a high cellulose content is characterized by very good moisture transport.

Hollow fibers made of polyester are primarily used for the production of synthetic duvets. Modern duvets with synthetic fiber filling are extremely light and offer good thermal properties. Compared to down comforters, duvets with synthetic fiber filling have poorer moisture permeability properties.

Camel fluff:
This high-quality filling material is the all-rounder among duvet fillings. The soft animal hair is ideal for people who sweat a lot as well as for sleepers who need a lot of heat thanks to its excellent thermal properties and very good moisture management.

Cotton: The warming effect of duvets filled with cotton is usually rather low. When buying a duvet with a cotton filling, you should definitely pay attention to the certified organic (controlled organic cultivation), as otherwise there is a risk of insecticide contamination.

The basics of duvets