HOW TO CHOOSE A QUILT
Gainsborough sleep experts can help you choose the right quilt to keep you at the best temperature to enjoy deep and restorative sleep. One of the first things to think about when buying a quilt is the type of filling.
A GUIDE TO FILLINGS
When it comes to quilt filling, it really is a personal choice. Do you like lighter or heavier quilts? Do you prefer natural fibres? Do you have any allergies to consider? Are you a warm or cold sleeper?
Natural fillings are fibres such as wool , cotton, duck and goose down, that are favoured for their natural softness, loft and breathability. A quilt with a natural filling has great thermal and insulation properties . A natural fibre posssesses the unique ability to trap air, making natural fillings perfect for the colder months. Natural fillings also allow your skin to breathe and transport body moisture away from your body, keeping you comfortable over a wide range of conditions. Natural fibre quilts are highly resilient and will last for years if cared for properly.
FEATHER AND DOWN
As down clusters grow under the outer protective layers of feathers, they are resilient and fluffy with no quill making them very effective insulators. Down is very light so you get wonderful warmth without having a heavy weight on you. The higher the percentage of down content to feather, the lighter and warmer the product will be. The softness of down allows the quilt to snuggle around your body and drape well on your bed.
Soft and cosy, a wool quilt regulates itself to individual body temperature to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. The unique cellular structure of wool fibres allow them to creates millions of air pockets to trap warmth. Wool fibres breathe for winter warmth and absorb your body’s moisture so you don’t feel hot or clammy in summer. Wool is naturally hypo allergenic and resistant to dust mites, mould and mildew. Wool is extremely durable, long lasting and a natural sustainable product.
Cotton is known for its lightweight warmth, comfort and softness. Great for warm environments and warm sleepers, a cotton quilt is breathable and absorbs moisture away from the body to create an even heat distribution throughout the night.
Alternative and man made fillings are fibres such as Microfibre, Polyester and Sustans Fibre, that deliver similar benefits to natural fillings at a more affordable price. Alternative fibre quilts offer good warmth, and are the best choice if you're sensitive or allergic to natural fillings, or if your duvet is likely to require frequent washing.
A great alternative to a natural fill quilt, microfibre quilts are lofty and plump with a lovely
'bounce back' quality. They can provide great comfort and all seasons warmth at an affordable price. Because they can be washed frequently and tumbledried, microfibre quilts are durable and are easy to care for, making them a great practical choice.
Sustans is a bio based fibre sourced from the corn plant that produces a luxurious easy care quilt that is the closest in feel to feather and down. The Sustans quilt delivers down like warmth without weight, high loft, incomparable softness and extraordinary washing stability and resilience.
The finest luxury alternative to feather and down. without the allergens or hefty price tag.
Gainsborough quilts feature box-stitch construction and down proof covers to keep an even distribution of filling and to prevent the filling leaking from the quilt. Our quilts have a neat piped finish for extra strength.
TIP: Airing frequently increases the lifespan of quilts and maintains their freshness.