Choosing The Doona Thats Best For You
Author: Halcyon Dreams Date Posted:6 June 2018
It’s almost wintertime again which means it is time to bring out the hot chocolate for those cold winter nights. Speaking of those cold nights, do you have the right bedding to stay warm? If not, we’ve put together a handy little guide to help you choose a doona that’s perfect for your needs.
What is a Doona, Quilt, Duvet, Comforter?
Essentially, they are all the same, it’s just different terminology. Australians typically use the word doona or quilt, in the UK they use duvet and in the US they use comforter. For the sake of continuity, we will use doona for this guide.
What Kind of Filling Should I Choose for My Doona?
There are several options for what type of filling you can choose for your doona and different types of filling will provide different levels of warmth. The materials used inside can be split into two main categories: natural or synthetic. Some may even offer a blend. The type you need depends on how warm you want to be, how long you want it to last and also on how well you fare with different types of materials in terms of allergies etc.
There are many options for natural doona fillings, and each one offers different levels of warmth and features. There are traditional down fillings that are made from goose or duck feathers. Wool, alpaca, silk, bamboo, and even eucalyptus can be used! Most natural fillings are more breathable than synthetics, and cotton and eucalyptus are also hypoallergenic.
In most cases, natural fillings will cost more than synthetic however the benefits more than justify the investment. A well-made doona with a natural filling can last for decades and help you to get a better nights rest by keeping your body temperature regulated.
Synthetic fillings are man-made fibres. Some common synthetic fillings are microfibre and polyester. If up-front cost of natural fibre quilt is an issue, synthetic is the next best choice for people who suffer from allergies and sensitive skin. Microfibre fillings allow you to sleep easy, knowing you won’t have a reaction. It is a lightweight material that provides good warmth. Synthetic can also be washed more frequently than natural doonas, making them a viable choice for children’s bedding.
Pros & Cons Of Each Type Of Doona Filling:
Wool Pro: An eco-friendly natural filling that regulates your body temperature. Wool is a breathable fibre that can let air out or keep it in – like a built in thermostat. Great for asthma and allergy sufferers.
Con: Wool is a little heavier and flatter than feather and down quilts
Feather and Down
Pro: Soft and fluffy with higher loft than other natural fibres. Traps heat inside your bed so if you are someone who really wants to sleep at a high temperature then consider feather and down options.
Con: Doesn’t breathe so can cause overheating and restlessness. Not recommended for asthma and allergy sufferers as can be a breeding ground for bacteria.
Pro: Initial price is cheaper than natural fibre product. Microfibre option can provide decent warmth. Non allergenic option.
Con: Typically don’t last as long and do not have the benefits of natural fibre quilt options.
Doona Thickness Suggestions for an Australian Winter
Once you know what kind of filling you need for your doona, it’s time to think about what thickness will work best for you. Different thicknesses will provide distinctive levels of warmth and breathability, which allows you to take warmth out of the equation when you’re choosing a filling.
If you prefer a filling that provides less maximum warmth, choose a doona that is thinner. Need a filling that is very warm? Get a doona that is thicker. Thickness is usually defined by GSM which is an acronym for Grams Per Square Metre. The higher the GSM, the more filling the doona will have and the warmer it will keep you.
Doona Manufacturing Quality
The quality of a doona can vary significantly based on the materials used and the manufacturing standards. As with most things in life, you usually get what you pay for but it is important to compare the specifications if you are comparing doonas from multiple vendors. Here is a checklist of the main specification to compare:
Filling: Make sure you check exactly what has gone into your doona and if there is any filler product used.
Cover: Ensure that good quality cotton is used to ensure durability and longevity
Manufacture: Manufacturing standards vary widely and they play a large role in the lifespan of your doona. The last thing you want is a doona with stitching falling apart after 6 months! Look for small squares or diamond patterns to ensure that the filling cannot move around and affect warmth distribution. We recommend double stitching for added strength.
What’s Your Style?
Now that you know more about choosing the right doona for winter in terms of filling and thickness, it’s time to decide on what bedding accessories you’re going to use to make it look good!
From the necessary underlays and pillows to duvet covers, blankets and throws, take some time to find your perfect bedding accessories that will help your new doona keep you warm and snug this coming winter.