When you are buying a doona there is a few things you should keep in mind. There are so many different types of fillings and styles available that it can often be hard to decide which one is best suited to your needs. Here, we’ve explained everything you need to know about the different types of doonas, so you can make an informed decision that will help you sleep in optimal comfort:
Goose down is often the preferable filler for winter quilts when you want to retain maximum heat. Down is lighter and softer retaining more air, making it warmer when it’s needed, without feeling extra weight. Down is fantastic also in the sense that it can be shaken out and plumped to get its shape back. Many synthetic fibres lump together over time, leaving cold spots in the doona which cannot be fixed.
Wool is also another favourite option for many people when it comes to buying quilts. Because wool is a non-allergenic fibre it’s great for asthmatics and because it’s a natural fibre, it’s able to breathe, meaning it can keep you warm in the colder months and will draw away excess heat in the warmer months. It’s a much safer option than synthetics too as wool is naturally fire retardant.
Silk is another fibre that doonas are often made from. Not only does it feel great, but silk actually has a number of benefits, especially for those who suffer from a range of allergies, asthma or arthritis. Because it’s a natural fibre, it breathes, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer and it also doesn’t require any chemical enhancements. If you have had trouble in the past with dust mites and other things living in your bed linen, silk is ideal because dust mites don’t live in it.
Cotton doonas are ideal for summer. Cotton is also a natural fibre so once again allergy sufferers can purchase a cotton doona without hesitating, thinking about how it will affect their sleep. Cotton also absorbs moisture so if you’re tired of waking up in a sweat between the sheets, a cotton doona could be just the sort of quilt you need.
While synthetic doonas are much cheaper than quilts filled and manufactured using natural fibres (like the ones listed above), you really need to consider what you will be needing the doona for and whether or not you want something that is going to last you for many, many years or something just to tide you over. Natural fibres are always better for allergy sufferers and tend to be the most effective in keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Once you know a little bit about the different types of doona’s available it should be easier to identify which one is best suited to meet your needs. I hope our list of descriptions has given you some useful insight into the different types of quilts available and how each one has it’s own unique set of advantages.