Sleep tight in softness and warmth
The perfect duvet can make all the difference to a great night’s sleep. The two main elements you need to consider are the type of filling and the tog rating.
Duvets with natural fillings mould beautifully around the body, creating a soft, cosy feel; they also ‘breathe’ more effectively than synthetic fillings. All our natural duvets are made with a box construction, ensuring the feathers or down are encased in individual squares so that the filling stays in place, spreading warmth evenly, and all are machine washable.
Our range of natural duvets spans a number of options. Duck feather is a great value filling that is heavier than down, so perfect if you like to snuggle up; white duck feather and down is a softer, lighter option with a pure cotton cover, while pure duck down is the lightest of the three, yet offers the same amount of warmth. For a truly sumptuous duvet, we also offer Pyrenean silver goose down, an exceptionally light yet superbly warm filling inside a 280 thread count, down-proof cover. For anyone who wants a natural filling but is allergic to feathers, we have a wool filled duvet which is dust mite free and helps to keep your body temperature stable.
Soft, light and warm, our synthetic fillings are ideal for anyone who is looking for a non-allergenic duvet which is machine washable and easy to care for.
Our range of synthetic duvets includes Outstanding Value hollowfibre, a great everyday choice with a recycled polyester filling; our supremely washable soft touch duvet, a light non-allergenic choice– ideal for bedding that requires regular laundering; and anti-allergy soft touch, which is scientifically proven to provide effective protection against dust mite allergies wash after wash. The supersoft microfibre duvet features exceptional quality microfibre, so soft it feels like down, in a pure cotton cover.
Tog rating indicates the duvet’s ability to trap warm air– the higher the rating, the warmer the duvet will be. Choosing the right tog is important because if you are too hot or too cold in bed, this will affect the quality of your sleep. The tog you choose is very personal, and the best duvet for you depends on many factors, not least how warm your bedroom is. This chart should help with your choice:
|3 to 4.5 tog||For use during the warmer summer months or for warmer climates.|
|9 to 10.5 tog||Ideal for spring and autumn use, or for year-round use in a centrally heated home (or if your bedroom is warm).|
|13.5 tog and above||Suitable for cooler months or for those who prefer a really warm and snug duvet (or if your bedroom is cold).|
|All seasons||Our All Seasons duvets make it easy. They are made up of two separate duvets– a 4.5 tog and a 9 tog– clipped together. You can use the 4.5 tog through the warmer summer months and the 9 tog during the fresher autumn and spring months. In winter, simply clip the two duvets together to make a 13.5 tog duvet.|
Children tend to feel warmer in bed than adults, as duvets trap more air around their small frames. For this reason, we recommend a lighter duvet– a 10.5 tog is ideal, and babies should not use a quilt above 4 tog. Children’s duvets also tend to require more regular laundering than adult’s duvets, so you may well want to consider a synthetic filling (see above).
Wake refreshed with the right pillow
The right pillow is essential for a good night’s sleep, ensuring you wake up refreshed and rested. Finding what works for you depends on your sleeping position.
Your pillow won’t last as long as your duvet, because heads are heavy and they flatten the filling for long periods at a time. Pillows with a feather or down filling will last longer than man-made ones, but whichever type of pillow you prefer, you should remember to plump it up daily. All our pillows can be laundered in a large capacity washing machine– except for the memory foam pillows, which have washable covers only. We also recommend the use of a pillow protector to extend the life of your pillow.
This is a highly personal choice, but one of the most crucial things to bear in mind is how you sleep.
If you sleep on your side, you will usually find that a firm pillow will provide the best support for your head and neck, as it will help to keep your spine straight. If you have broad shoulders, you may find you need two pillows– a firmer pillow on the bottom and a softer one on top– to achieve the right level of support.
If you sleep on your back or front, you head is much nearer to the mattress, so you will probably want a soft pillow that will gently support your head and neck, keeping your back in its most natural, slightly curved position.
Down and feather pillows mould to the head and shoulders. Bear in mind that the more feathers there are in a pillow, the firmer it tends to be, while down adds softness. Most of our feather and down pillows offer soft to medium support, but we have a duck feather and down pillow that comes in medium or firm support options– the firm version is ideal for people who sleep on their side– and we also have a specialist duck feather and down box wall pillow with a deep-sided construction that is designed to retain its fullness.
Our synthetic fillings are ideal for anyone who is looking for a non-allergenic pillow which is machine washable and easy to care for. Some of our synthetic pillows offer firm support, making them perfectly suited for people who sleep on their side.
If you suffer from neck or back problems, we offer a large range of speciality pillows that are designed to support these areas. Our collection includes four types of memory foam pillow, which are specially formulated for superior support.
Choose a pillow from our range, by selecting your usual sleeping position and the level of support that you like and seeing which pillows fulfil both those preferences.
Pyrenean goose down
Duck feather & down
Outstanding Value hollowfibre
Supremely washable soft touch
Anti-allergy soft touch
So soft moulded foam
Anti-allergy soft touch
|Cluster fibre box wall
Duck feather & down box wall
Duck feather & down side sleeper
|Firm||Memory foam 3-way contour||Hollowfibre foam core
Memory foam back sleeper
Memory foam 3-way contour
|Supremely washable soft touch
Anti-allergy soft touch
Hollowfibre foam core
Cluster fibre & memory foam
Because children have much smaller frames than adults, they generally require less support– a soft pillow is often ideal. A pillow with a synthetic filling is good for children suffering from allergies, and offers great value for money; it will be easier to launder than a feather pillow. Babies should not be given pillows until they are 12 months old.
Protectors keep bedding fresh and clean
Treat your mattress and pillows with the care they deserve. Our protectors are designed to prolong the life of your bedding, keeping it in perfect condition, while our enhancers add an extra layer of comfort.
We offer a number of pillow and mattress protectors that will keep your bedding fresh and clean, and our waterproof and anti-allergy protectors also provide an extra barrier against dust mites. All of our protectors are quilted, adding extra comfort as well as protection.
For those who prefer a natural filling, we have cool cotton and wool protectors, while our synthetic range includes an outstanding value hollowfibre protector as well as an anti-allergy protector and a supersoft microfibre version that has the feel of down. We also offer a completely waterproof protector– an ideal choice for small children.
Thicker than a mattress protector, our enhancers add a layer of superb comfort, cushioning pressure points to encourage a deeper night’s sleep. They are also a brilliant solution if you are finding your mattress a little too firm. We offer two options: a supremely washable enhancer, which stays soft wash after wash, and a memory foam enhancer, which moulds to your shape for individual support. To prolong the life of your enhancer, use a mattress protector on top of it.