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What Tog Duvet Do I Need? - Sleep Easy With Our Duvet Guide
We all know how important it is to get a good night's sleep. Getting a full eight hours can work wonders for your mental and physical well-being, and as we spend a third of our lives in bed, your bedding is an important investment.
There are plenty of things to consider, and (while we think there's nothing better than plush bedding) today we're discussing the fundamentals. Buying a duvet can be surprisingly difficult, so we're breaking down the different togs, fillings, and more. Our duvet-buying guide has all the info you need to get your best night's sleep ever, with handy tips on finding your dream duvet.
What Duvet Size Do I Need?
Firstly, it's important to find the right fit for your bed. If you're unsure what size you need exactly, measure your mattress length by width and match the duvet size accordingly.
If you want to create that boutique hotel feel, or simply need some extra coverage, opt for a size larger than your bed. Our range of comfortable duvets comes in a selection of sizes, which includes:
135cm x 200cm
200cm x 200cm
225cm x 220cm
260cm x 220cm
Your Duvet Filling Options
Once you've decided on the right size for your duvet, you can move on to selecting the perfect duvet filling. Here at Taylor's on the High Street, we have a wide range of options available, and the material you go for can impact how you sleep.
Natural Duvet Filling
- Light And Breathable
- Natural Insulation
Organic duvet fillings are usually down or feathers from Geese and Ducks, and are one of the most popular options for sophisticated sleepers. Down is a fantastic natural insulator that helps regulate your temperature and keep you cosy as you sleep. While traditionally the least affordable, the unbeatable quality and long-lasting durability of goose-down duvets make them the best investment for your bedroom.
As down does the insulation work on their own, natural-filled duvets don't require as much filling to get the same duvet tog rating - giving them a lightweight feel. While these duvets are light and comfortable, they are wonderfully durable and provide plenty of heat to even the coldest of rooms.
Synthetic Fibre Duvet Fillings
- Perfect For Allergies
- Can Be Washed Frequently
Synthetic duvets are usually made from microfibre or polyester, and many brands like The Fine Bedding Company are utilising recycled PET. This process takes waste plastic bottles and spins them into breathable polyester fibres, which is a far greener process than using virgin plastic.
Synthetic duvets are a go-to for anyone suffering from wool or dust mite allergies, as they can be washed frequently right at home. Hollow fibre polyester is incredibly soft and lightweight and offers the same warmth as natural duvets. The only difference is that duvets with synthetic fibres require more filling to achieve the same tog rating as natural duvets.
These duvets are often constructed with temperature regulation in mind - after all, nobody likes to wake up too warm or too cold. Modal and Smartfil use breathable fibres to prevent overheating, and work to keep your body at the perfect temperature.
What Are The Different Duvet Togs?
"Tog Rating" is often the main talking point when it comes to considering the right duvet, but understanding what it means can be tricky. Essentially, the tog rating quickly lets you know how warm the duvet is and how much insulation it has to offer. Whether you swap out a summer duvet and winter duvet or need a certain temperature to sleep, understanding the tog rating will help improve your sleep.
The tog rating scale starts at a cool 1.5 tog to a cosy 15 tog. To put it simply, the higher the tog the warmer the duvet. The scale has plenty to choose from, and knowing which tog will suit you best can be tricky.
What Tog Duvet Do I Need For Summer?
One of the most common reasons for lost sleep in the summer months is overheating. Spending a restless summer night tossing and turning is the last thing anyone needs, and we've covered some of our easy tips to stay cool on our blog before. Having the right duvet can make all the difference - and a 2.5 to 4.5 tog duvet is the ideal choice.
While these togs are excellent for the summer months, naturally warm sleepers will benefit from a lighter tog option all year round.
Spring And Autumn Duvets
While warm sleepers may struggle during the hotter part of the year, the chillier months are harder for anyone that feels the cold. 4.5 tog to 9 tog duvets are the best options to keep you cosy through the colder nights of spring and autumn. If you use heavy blankets or have a well-insulated home, these togs can last even into winter.
What Tog Duvet Do I Need For Winter?
We all know how important it is to stay warm through the winter, and one of the quickest ways to keep toasty is by changing your duvet. A 10.5 tog to 13.5 tog duvet is a must-have for the coldest months of the year and is guaranteed to keep you warm even in the coldest environments. A 15 tog duvet is the warmest tog for winter out there, but should only be used in seriously cold parts of the world, or if struggle to stay warm.
All Season Duvets
If you're low on storage or simply don't want to switch out your duvet throughout the year, a 3-in-1 duvet is the most versatile choice. The best way to regulate your temperature no matter the weather, these duvets include two separate duvets of different togs that can be used either together or as an individual duvet. This means you can choose between three different togs, and always have the best option for the season and your personal preference.
A generally more cost-effective option, these duvets can be quickly fastened together for extra convenience. They're also the ultimate choice for versatility - a must for the unpredictable British weather!
How To Choose A Duvet For Children
When choosing a duvet for your little ones, it's important to remember that young children overheat much more easily than older kids and adults. The best choice for children is a 4.5 tog single size duvet for those old enough to use a single bed.
How To Care For Your Duvet
While the Sleep Council recommends changing out your duvet every five years, taking proper care of your duvet can make it last even longer. Different duvet togs and filling require different upkeep, so make sure you always follow the instructions on the care label.
It is recommended to wash your duvet once every six to twelve months, however, synthetic duvets can be washed more often for those with allergies. The best practice to follow is machine washing your duvet using a small amount of non-bio detergent and setting your machine to 40°.
Ensure the duvet is fully dry before placing it back into the duvet cover and to refresh the duvet in between washes, hang it outside and let it air out.