Where can I buy a duvet

Buying and cleaning duvets: that is what you should know

For a good night's sleep, the temperature must also be right. So that you don't sweat all night or wake up freezing at some point, the right duvet is crucial. The selection of duvets is huge, as is the price range. How to find a suitable duvet, what to consider and how to best care for your bedding - six tips on how to optimally clean your duvet.

For many people, the bedroom needs to remain unheated even on the coldest winter nights. After all, there are warm duvets. But they don't always warm enough. Or they heat up so much that sweat flows and sleep is out of the question. Hardly anybody has the same temperature sensation as their partner. Therefore everyone should have their own duvet that warms them optimally. But if you want to stock up, you can choose between various filling and cover materials - tailored to your own temperature perception.

More than a quarter of a liter of liquid per night

The ceiling question has probably evoked quite a few marital quarrels. While the husband is already sweating, his wife still has cold feet. "If the woman generates 60 watts of energy at night and the man 100 watts, these individual requirements are met today with different blankets," advises Martin Auerbach, managing director of the Association of the German Home Textile Industry (Heimtex) in Wuppertal. But a blanket has to provide more than just warmth. It has to absorb moisture and release it again. "The body loses at least a quarter of a liter of fluid every night, and 80 percent of it ends up in the duvet," explains Auerbach.

How do i sleep How is my temperature perception? These are the questions that consumers have to ask themselves when buying blankets, recommends Friedrich Verse from the Association of the German Down and Feather Industry (VDFI) in Mainz. But it also counts whether you leave the heating on at night or whether you like to sleep with the window open. The properties of a ceiling depend on the filling in question.

Down, synthetic fibers or natural hair as a bedding?

There are mainly three fillings: down, synthetic fibers and natural hair. "It's still warmest with down," explains Verse. "They are more supple and warmer than synthetic products." Goose down is gentler than duck down, the noblest and most expensive is the down of the eider, a sea duck from Scandinavia.

Usually down comforters are sold with added feathers. But it is only possible to speak of down comforters if the filling has a proportion of 60 percent or more down. "In fact, more 80 or 90 percent down comforters are being bought again than they were years ago," says Verse.

Synthetic for allergy sufferers

But the industry has come up with something: "High-quality functional fibers are now able to imitate almost all properties of down," says Barbara Schmidt-Zock from the Association of the German Home Textile Industry. They are also sometimes even lighter than the down comforters. But there are big differences between the various synthetic fibers.

Synthetic fiber fillings have a big advantage: They are washable - sometimes even in the boil wash, which is useful for those who are allergic to house dust. Because only high washing temperatures can affect the allergens in the excrement of house dust mites. However, today many down comforters can also be washed at 60 degrees. Coverings - so-called encasings - offer really safe protection against mites.

Cashmere wool and camel hair as a noble duvet filling

Sheep's wool is a good alternative to down and synthetic fibers. It can absorb moisture particularly well. High-quality and therefore expensive natural hair is also popular. The exotic camel hair, for example, is considered to be temperature-regulating. Fine wool from the undercoat of the cashmere goat is even more noble. But both have a disadvantage, says Müller: "Neither cashmere wool nor camel hair can be washed. You have to go to the dry cleaner with that."

Clean the duvet properly

No matter what material a duvet is made of, it should be aired regularly - preferably daily. This is especially important for animal hair fillings that cannot be washed. Feather and down beds, on the other hand, are now mostly allowed in the washing machine. However, you should strictly follow the manufacturer's washing recommendations so that the blanket and pillow do not clump together. After washing, the duvet must dry completely so that no clumps remain. A dryer is helpful for this. To make the filling more airy, just put a few tennis balls in the dryer.

Four season beds unsuitable

The ceiling model is also crucial. Expert Verse advises against four-season blankets, which can consist of several layers depending on the season. "There are four layers of fabric on the sleeping person, and that makes the blanket heavy." Auerbach also recommends sleeping under light blankets: "The greater the pressure, the worse you sleep." According to Verse, duvets with a heat-insulating layer of air separating the layers are lighter and therefore more comfortable.

Bed linen also affects whether you are cold or sweaty. For sheets and covers, flannel is a good choice in winter, advises Schmidt-Zock. "Biber is particularly recommended." The dense, flannel-like cotton fabric, which has nothing to do with the fur of the rodent of the same name, is roughened on one or both sides. "It feels warmer and softer when you sleep." In summer, the expert advises on smoother cotton qualities, satin, batiste, silk or seersucker. The latter is a fabric mix of smooth and gathered rows of fabrics, which is particularly popular for one reason: It does not have to be ironed.

Store summer duvets correctly in winter

If you have different blankets for summer and winter, you should make sure that the packaging is dustproof when storing. The bedding should not be packed in a plastic bag or wrapped in foil. Better is an air-permeable bag - such as an old bed cover or a linen sack, advises Juliane Hedderich, managing director of the Association of the German Down and Feather Industry in Mainz.