What is the best winter quilt on the Market?
Every few days a customer will ask my opinion on which is the best quilt for the winter months. They have one goal in mind—they are looking for a quilt that is warm, easy to clean, not to heavy or not to light and in their price bracket. Considering how cold it has become over the past few weeks it is not unusual that this is our current hot topic and it’s a great one to answer. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most relevant quilts and show you the efficiency of each for warmth.
We have some of the most beautiful bedding in Australia and choice can sometimes become hard with so many options but the most popular quilts are:
Wool: . Wool works for you adjusting your temperature naturally by absorbing excess moisture away from your body so you remain at a comfortable and more even temperature throughout the night. I find it can be a little too heavy for me but some people like this feeling to think warm and snugly. Prices do vary but this can be a very affordable and long lasting quilt.
Feather and Down:
The best down comes from larger, more mature birds. When age and maturity are equal, goose down is better than duck down as it is a much larger bird. The mature down has an extraordinarily high warmth-to-weight ratio. A quilt or sleeping bag filled with this down will be very light and incredibly warm and it will last for decades. Probably the most expensive on the market but a high quality quilt will be long lasting. Here in Australia we mainly have a mix of the two and people who like the light feel will enjoy this quilt. The cons are the down moving during the night leaving you with cold spots.
Alpaca and Alpaca/Bamboo: This is a newer quilt on the market and well suited to our climate as it will also wick moisture away from the body and leave you with an all over warmth and no cold spots as the inner fleece is held in place with internal stitching not the outer “square” stitch. Quilt s can be heavier with the filling and a summer and winter weight can be joined together for those who feel the cold and like a weightier quilt. Well priced easily stored for both season.
Mulberry Silk: I am biased as this is my favourite quilt and I have found over the years I enjoy the more light weight option and the smooth lines of a flat quilt. Silk is warm in winter and cool in summer and has no cold spots or movement of fibre. If you do feel the cold another quilt can be added making it a very seasonable quilt. Again a quality quilt that will last for a number of years and adapts well as we get older and like a lightweight option.
Happy quilt shopping!
Quilt covers are truly a treat to be had in any bedroom set. They make bedding just that bit more desirable.
Duvet covers or as we know them as Quilt covers are truly a treat to be had in any bedroom set. They make the bedding just that much more desirable. There are many reasons why one decides to make the purchase of a quilt cover set. One would be that it keeps the inner quilt safe from any direct spills and dirt.
This can be very important if you spend a whole lot of money on some luxury down or silk quilt. Chances are you do not want to be buying a new one every month or spending loads of money at the dry cleaners every few days. So to prevent this smart person gets a quilt cover to protect that luxury bedding from any harm. Some quilt covers or silk quilt inners also bring many anti bacterial qualities too. For instance some quilts can protect up to an amazing 99.8 percent of bacteria, which is why many smart parents use them to keep their children nice and protected from bacteria causing infections.
One thing that all quilt covers have in common is the ability to protect the quilt from harm. This is probably the most important because believe it or not, some quilts can harbor bacteria very quickly. The reason for this is because when you spill something on a quilt or even wash it for that matter the substance can seep deep into the fabric and stay their between the down or feather. Once it is there, fungi and mold will begin to grow creating a perfect environment to harvest bacteria, making your bed set not the safest place to be. That is why quilt covers play such an important role in the bedroom. With our Coshee sets it is so easy to change the sheet rather than the cover and for most families this saves significant time.
Everyone has their own take on what style and design they prefer. The best thing about our Coshee bedding is you can change your bedding as often as you change your mind about what design style you like, because this bedding is not only affordable but, also it is extremely easy to change in and out. Also as any decorator knows if you are going to change your bedroom décor it is best if you start with a center piece and decorate around it. Coshee quilt covers are a perfect way to make your bedroom that center and change the sheets to when needed. The problem many people have when changing their quilt sets is that they also have to change the rest of their bedding. Now you can buy our Coshee’s in a set and then purchase the co-ordinated sheets to change the look with minimal fuss. I also believe using a king size quilt and cover are best used on a queen size bed because with king covers you can let the it hang and it will eliminate the need for a bed skirt and give you far more fabric and quilt when sleeping at night meaning no more losing your covers when sleeping.
This will save you time and money looking for one that matches and with all beds in your house if you upsize from the even the single to a double cover set you will always sleep comfortably and that is why king covers are best for a queen sized bed.
Silk comes from the cocoons of the silkworm, which feeds off mulberry trees in subtropical climates.
When the cocoon is boiled, the hard cocoon becomes a loose ball of strong, flexible filament measuring over 1,000 meters.
Usually, this ball is uncoiled and wrapped onto a spindle for use in the textile industry making everything from clothing to rugs.
During silk comforter production, however, the silk filament is not unraveled, but rather stretched into a flat tangled web and layered to form silk floss.
The cocoons are first boiled to loosen the sericin holding the filaments together and remove the silkworm. Each cocoon is expanded outwardly by hand on a U-shaped wooden rack, and the ball of thread becomes a sheet of tangled fibers. This sheet is then hand-stretched again on a larger rack along with several other cocoons to make a thick, cottony bundle called silk floss.
It takes hundreds of these bundles to make a silk comforter.
Once enough silk cocoons have been stretched into bundles, the comforter begins to take shape. Workers grab the edges of the bundle and stretch it wide to match the dimensions of the desired comforter, and layer by layer the comforter begins to take shape. It can take anywhere between
100 and 400 of these thin layers to make a comforter, depending on bed dimensions and desired thickness. Since it takes many cocoons to make each layer, a silk comforter may be composed of thousands of silk cocoons.
Once the silk fiber layers are stacked together, they are sealed inside silk or cotton fabrics and the comforter is complete. The result is extremely light-weight despite the silk comforter's thickness. Silk
comforters provide excellent insulating properties similar to down, but tend to be less bulky than down duvets. Silk is a breathable fabric, making silk comforters comfortable in a wide temperature range. Thin silk comforters are used even in the summer.
Silk is a natural insulator: Depending on the temperature, silk duvets either draw heat away from the body, or traps in the warmth. In the winter, the large fibres in silk quilts reduce heat loss from the body, but in summer, the silk fleece sheds surplus heat by wicking away moisture from your body - keeping you cool and comfortable. This also means that one silk quilt will satisfy two sleepers with different warmth needs.
Silk is naturally hypoallergenic: Silk quilts are resistant to dust and house mites, mildew, mould, and rot that attacks other fibres. Sufferers of asthma, blocked sinuses or other hay fever symptoms, can find relief in silk quilt bedding, as well as those with allergies to down or other synthetic material.
Silk is composed of 18 amino acids: The same amino acids that are found in our own bodies. Medical studies have show that this can help blood circulation and your digestion system during sleep. It also helps to reduce the discomfort of itchy skin and aids in preventing vascular sclerosis.
Silk duvets are also suited to children: Their lightweight nature and breathable qualities ensure a
regulated, even, sleep temperature with no added chemicals for a healthier sleeping environment.
Silk quilts provide the same warmth as down quilts: They are comfortable all year round due to their insulating properties. Grams per metre (gsm) are the amount of silk (by weight) inside the cotton casing, on a square metre basis.
So now you know why so many people talk about loving their silk quilts or duvets.
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I am Jane - a mum of 4, lover of dogs and cats, with a passion for stylish items for your home and the environment that don't
cost the earth.
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