There is no doubt that a good quality quilt is important and can not only enhance your comfort in bed, but also deliver health benefits. The issue is that with so many different varieties of quilts available, understanding and comparing the features of good quality quilts is not always easy and finding the right quilt for your needs can be difficult.
With winter nearly upon us and temperatures falling around the country a quilt is essential. I for one would not be able to survive the Blue Mountain Winters without a quilt to keep me toasty warm.
Friends and family will probably give you their thoughts and recommendations on good quality quilts. Australian wool quilts, such as those made by brands like MiniJumbuk, are not only popular, but widely regarded for their exceptional quality. When comparing different types of quilts and ascertaining the most appropriate one for you, pay close attention to the features, benefits and limitations that set particular types of quilts apart.
Arguably the most influential factor in defining a good quality quilt is the materials and filling used.
Wool quilts: Because wool is a natural fibre, it is incredibly effective in the way that it naturally insulates. Wool quilts are appropriate for use in winter and summer – in cold temperatures wool breathes with your body, while in the heat of summer it is able to reduce feelings of being hot and sweaty by drawing heat away from your body. Combining both insulation and thermal qualities, wool can prevent ‘hot spots’ while simultaneously creating a sleeping environment that is dry, effectively ventilated and with a regulated temperature.
Essentially, wool can provide you with a superior night’s sleep and is characterised by incredible resilience and endurance. You will generally get a long life out of your quilt and this makes investment in a good quality wool quilt both sensible and wise.
It’s helpful to understand the range of weights available, for wool and other types of quilt. Weights are identified by ‘gsm’ (grams per square metre). Wool quilts specifically designed for use in summer are 350gsm or less, winter quilts are 600gsm and 500gsm wool quilts are suitable for use all year.
Microfibre quilts: Microfibre quilts are typically light-weight and characterised by impressive loft and thermal properties, making them appropriate for use throughout the year. Many microfibre quilts are hypoallergenic and can be laundered in the washing machine. Microfibre quilts are especially popular with those who battle allergies and for children whose quilts require frequent washing. These quilts are also available in a range of weights, with particular types best suited to use in summer, winter or year-round.
Feather and down quilts: The benefit of feather and down quilts is that they provide warmth without a heavy weight. These quilts will become flat over time, but airing them outside can be an effective way to ‘re-fluff’ them.
Cotton quilts: Because they are made from the natural fibre of cotton with no impurities understood to be present, cotton quilts are often favoured by allergy sufferers. Cotton is also effective in soaking up as much as 30 per cent of the moisture from the human body and is therefore a good choice for those living in warmer locations and during summer.
To ensure that your bed is comfortable, hygienic and healthy, selecting a good quality quilt is always recommended. Because so many different quilts are available, it’s useful to understand the differences and features that separate them, and choose a quilt that will serve your needs now and in the years to come.