Faded Bluebird

It’s finally here…..DUVET SEASON!!!  If you don’t know what a duvet is , well after I’m through with you, you’ll want to run out and get one, or two…..three if you want to stay happily married.

A duvet is just a fancy French word for a down comforter.  They’re a fluffy, uber comfy, plushy pile of downy goodness contained in a cotton ticking. But, if you don’t have one and want one how do you choose?

Here is my advice, I have 3…..YES 3, I’ll tell you why later, but for now let’s talk about how to pick a duvet.  First thing you need to consider is what you want the fill to contain.  Down is warmer and it whisks your body’s moisture away keeping you comfy, but if you suffer from allergies you may want to go with a synthetic.  If you choose down, here are a couple of things to keep in mind.  First, the higher the down content the better the quality, Down is heavier than a mixture of down and feathers and if you have a high quantity of feathers in the fill you will want a high thread count of 300+.  The higher thread count helps to keep the fill from pushing through the ticking, otherwise the thread count of the ticking doesn’t matter in my opinion because you’re going to want to put a cover over the duvet….. trust me! The Best quality of down is Hungarian Goose Down, it is the Porsche of duvets. It is lighter, fluffier and WAY MORE EXPENSIVE! Goose down is lighter than duck, but I think duck down totally rocks and is easier to find in the US.

I have owned several duvets and I consider the best construction to be waffle and box stitches.  Check to see if the box stitch goes all the way through, the boxes help to keep the down filling in place and not continuously sliding to the bottom of your ticking.

Now, let’s talk Tog Count.  This is the warmth rating of your duvet a Tog Count of 3 is for a light Summer duvet, 13.5 is highest and gives the most warmth for Winter.  My husband and I tend to be on the warm side, so I prefer to use a 9 during the winter and use a heavy duvet cover to add additional weight if needed, 13.5 is way too warm for us. So, if you’re like us and absolutely die using flannel sheets stick to a number close to 9, if you love flannel sheets check out the higher tog numbers.

Duvet Covers are becoming easier and easier to find, but even easier to make if you can’t find the style or color you’re looking for, simply sew two flat sheets together! Think of it as a overly large pillow case. Duvet covers allow you to change the look and style of your bed, they protect your duvet and well, they just look beautiful.  When it comes to duvet cover closures I prefer the snaps, but usually you will find button or even ties.

So I promised I would tell you why I have 3 duvets.  The first one is my Spring/Summer duvet, it is a lightweight synthetic.  The other two are my Fall/Winter Duvets, I have two so that my husband and I don’t have to play tug of war every night.  He has his, I have mine and this is keeping us out of marriage counseling.  The best thing about my Duvets????  I found each of them at either Goodwill or Salvation Army for less than $20.   A quick clean and instant lushiness on my bed. Speaking of cleaning a duvet, you can find my tips HERE.  There is a bad side to owning a duvet.  Every morning when we shake it out to make the bed, I really, really, really want to climb back in, temptation thy name is Duvet.

This is the perfect time of year to haunt thrift stores for duvets, look for rips, tears or loose seams when buying a used duvet, and don’t forget to check the label to see what you’re getting. I take my Sunday nap times VERY seriously, and I look forward all year to my fall naps…..windows open, crisp cool breezes snuggled up under my duvet.  I lock the door and hang a sign that says, “IF it doesn’t concern exposed brain matter…DON’T KNOCK ON THIS DOOR.
Happy Napping
-Chris

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