Weighing it up: The best heavy quilts for winter
It's winter, and when temperatures dip, picking the right kind of quilt can make all the difference between slumbering soundly or shivering the night away.
In this edition of The Linen Club, we're here to help you weigh up the ins-and-outs of heavy quilts, so you can find the ultimate comfortable, cosy and compatible sleeping partner. We'll help you find the warmest quilt for winter.
WOOL. THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS.
The ultimate renewable resource, wool is a natural fibre and insulator that flows with the seasons. Warm in winter, cool in summer, wool breathes and wicks moisture away from the body, allowing for an even warmth and a more comfortable sleeping experience. Available in several different weights, a thicker wool quilt tends to sit flatter and feel heavier than a down or microfibre quilt. This provides a supreme nights sleep for cold sleepers and those who love a comforting weight in winter.
Insider tip: If you've ever had the struggle of finding a quilt that suits two different individuals' warmth needs, wool has the natural ability of creating a microclimate, helping to regulate body temperature and reduce hot spots to assist in a well-ventilated bed.
For all-seasons: pick a 250 - 350gsm wool quilt
For a warmer winter: pick a 400 - 500 gsm wool quilt
FLOAT IN FEATHERS
Birds of a feather flock together and in winter, it's easy to see why. Feather and down from ducks and geese are the lightest natural insulator known to man. It's all down to a magical process known as lofting. The super soft, super fine down traps tiny pockets of air within their filaments to create insulation, whilst the bigger, stiffer feathers provide bulk, support and structure. This makes it the perfect insulating material in quilts. It all adds up to a lighter alternative to wool and a luxurious way to slumber through, whatever the winter weather throws your way.
Insider tip: Goose and duck down quilts come in several different blends but a good rule of thumb to remember is that goose down is considered warmer, loftier and superior to duck down. Also, the higher the ratio of down there is to feather, the greater the loft and warmth.
FIND A DEEPER SLEEP
Everybody sleeps differently but what we all long for is an undisturbed, restful sleep. So, whether it's the heavier, comforting wool quilts, or the cloud soft, feather-light down quilts that makes your rest more restorative, find one that works for you and stick with it. Get rid of those multiple blankets for Winter and remember to invest in the very best warm quilt you can afford. Given the quality of our waking life is so heavily influenced by the quality of our sleep, it really does pay to find the best bedding you can afford.
And here at Harris Scarfe, our complete range of quilts and bedding means it's easy to find heavy sleep heaven.