Whether you call it a quilt, doona or duvet, this is an important part of your bedding to consider! When buying a quilt you need to think about what suits you. Factors such as warmth, weight, upkeep and other considerations like allergies or asthma will determine your choice. Here is a brief rundown of what you need to keep in mind when buying a quilt and what options might best suit your needs.
GSM - Quilts are measured in GSM (grams per square metre). Generally, the heavier the quilt (higher GSM), the warmer it is.
BLANKET WARMTH - Sometimes people like to rate warmth of quilts by "blanket warmth" the equivalent number of wool blankets that would give the same level of warmth. Blanket warmth uses a scale from one to four, one being cool and four being very warm, however the problem is the warmth of a wool blanket is completely subjective since there are so many types of wool blankets! Blanket warmth ratings should always be used as a guide only.
LOFT - Loft refers to the thickness of the filling inside the quilt. Loft will vary depending on the type of filling and this does not necessarily refer to the warmth of a quilt. However a quilt that keeps its loft over its lifetime is considered important in terms of quality and durability.
QUILT FILLING MATERIALS
Most quilts come with a cotton or cotton blend cover but as our mothers used to tell us, it’s what’s inside that counts. Here is a list of the types of quilt fillings along with their varying qualities and benefits.
Wool is a fantastic option for someone who prefers a natural fibre filling for their quilt. While most people associate wool products with winter and warmth, wool quilts are very breathable and are great at regulating body temperature. So if you’re after a year long quilt or if you’re a warm sleeper this could be a good choice. Allergy sufferers and asthmatics should be aware that wool is not naturally hypoallergenic. However many companies now 'treat' their wool to offer hypoallergenic qualities so you should check the individual product. Wool quilts are usually dry clean only but again, some companies are treating their wool to become washing machine friendly so check the individual product. At Baines Manchester we recommend the Mini Jumbuk Everyday Quilt. This quilt is made in South Australia using only the best Australian Merino wool and is backed up with a 5 year guarantee.
Microfibre is a great option as a quilt filling for people who want something they can throw in to the washing machine at home. Microfibre is also super fast drying which is perfect for washing. If you like the luxurious soft feel of down quilts but not the hefty price tag attached, a Microfibre quilt may be a great alternative for you. Microfibre is also a good option for allergy sufferers as it is hypoallergenic. Check out our Classic Rose Microfibre Quilts, featuring a timeless rose jacquard print cover, with self piping detail, this 400gsm duvet offers style, value and functionality.
Dacron is a trademarked brand of Polyester fibre filling, marketed for its special ‘hollofil’ technology. Dacron quilts are light and fluffy with a filling that is resistant to flattening, making it warmer and more durable. Like all polyester quilts, these are washing machine friendly and hypoallergenic for peace of mind. Our light and lofty Dacron quilt is filled with 100% Dacron Duralife fibrefill from INVISTA which is supported by " The Asthma Foundation". This quilt is great for kids as it is machine washable!
FEATHER & DOWN QUILTS
On a duck or a goose, feathers are the protective outer layer and down is the soft, fluffy feathers with no quills at the base. In a quilt, you may notice there’s a blend of feathers and down used as filling. The higher the percentage of down used in the quilt the softer, lighter and warmer the quilt will be. Feather & Down quilts are super warm because they capture your body heat, just as if you were a duck! You may notice that the filling may move around so it is recommended that you give your quilt a good shake every now and then to maintain loft and freshness. Baines offers a new range of feather quilts designed for your satisfaction
Because cotton is naturally light and breathable, a cotton filled quilt is a great choice if you’re after a lighter quilt for the warmer months. Cotton filled quilts are usually washing machine friendly as well as durable for a longer life. Perfect for the hotter months our Diamond cotton quilts are affordable and cool for the summer months! http://www.bainesmanchester.com.au/collections/quilts/products/cotton-quilt