Duvet fillings: the options

Enjoy a great night's sleep with our expert guide to finding the right duvet and pillow for you

* Natural materials tend to feel more luxurious, are more breathable as they draw moisture away from the body and, as a rule, last longer than synthetics. Most are stitched across the outer cover to stop the filling moving about and to create pockets, which help to trap air.

The most basic natural filling is duck feather and down. An affordable option, it tends to be heavier than a pure down duvet – ideal if you like to feel cocooned in a more substantial cover.

Luxurious silk duvets naturally repel dust mites, so are a good choice for people with allergies. Also, as it’s the ultimate breathable material, it helps regulate your body temperature, too.

* Synthetic Fibres are practical if your duvet may need regular laundering, as they’re easier to dry, so can be washed at home in a large-capacity washing machine. A 60º wash will kill off dust mites that can cause allergies.
There are several types of synthetic materials, many of which are non-allergenic. The
Microfibre Light Combination is the best-selling duvet in John Lewis and feels most like down for softness and drape.

If you don’t fancy the idea of lugging your new duvet home yourself, why not buy online and have a mail-order company bring it to your door? Use housetohome’s directory to find a retailer near you, or visit the housetohome shop to buy now!

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