QUILT FIBRE GUIDE
Find the perfect feel for you.
Making sense of various quilt fibres, weights, and sizes, to land that ideal combination that’ll yield maximum zzz’s can be a less than sleep-inducing experience. According to The Home’s Head of Buying, Stacey Kastrounis, think first about fibre content and weight: the two most important factors when shopping for a new quilt.
down – wool – alpaca
For weight-free warmth, choose a quilt with a high down-to-feather ratio. The loose structure of down conforms to the body and traps heat, keeping you cosy while feeling light and fluffy. Stacey recommends a boxed cassette construction to ensure even fill distribution. Wool is another excellent natural insulator, with a less lofty appearance and heavier feel than down. Its honeycomb-like core traps body heat and absorbs moisture, keeping you dry, warm and regulating your temperature.
With superior properties to wool, and a smoother, silkier texture, alpaca fleece is a more luxurious option. The fibre’s unique semi-hollow structure makes it lighter and warmer than wool, and highly absorbent. Unlike wool, alpaca fleece is lanolin free and requires less or no chemicals during manufacturing.
FOR HOT SLEEPERS
cotton – bamboo – silk
If you live in a warmer climate or tend to overheat easily through the night, choose quilts filled with cotton and bamboo fibres for their lightweight, low-loft, breathable and absorption properties. Favoured for its many environmental and health benefits, bamboo’s inherent resistance to dust mites, moulds and bacteria make it a great option for sensitive sleepers too.
Silk is a luxurious alternative, and, depending on the weight and your climate, can be an excellent year-round quilt. This fine gossamer fibre is usually layered rather than stuffed, resulting in a lightweight fill of low loft and good breathability.
FOR SENSITIVE SLEEPERS
Asthma and allergy sufferers should opt for a good quality microfibre or synthetic quilt that has had an anti-allergy treatment applied. Advancements in fibre technology are also seeing more synthetic quilts emulating the properties of natural fibres. ‘Good quality synthetic fibres will keep you dry by transporting moisture away from the body. They also tend to stay light and fluffy without much extra care required.’ Regular washing and airing in the sunlight will also help keep the dust at bay.
WEIGHT & SIZE
While quilt weight can vary from brand to brand, summer-weight typically starts at 200GSM, and winter-weight comes in at the 400 to 500gsm mark. If your region experiences great temperature differences between seasons, Stacey recommends investing in two quilts and switching as needed.
Sizing can be as simple as pairing queen with queen, however if you find your quilt on the floor in the morning, consider up-sizing. “The next size up will give the quilt more weight on each side of the bed to keep it in place.” And don’t forget details. “Look for finishing touches that exude decadence such as black piping, classic striped, embossed or jacquard cover designs. Just because a quilt cover goes over your quilt doesn’t mean it can’t look and feel like luxury!”
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