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Duvets: Everything You Need to Know and How to Choose

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In the setting of sunny Singapore, owning a duvet set may not be a necessity in our everyday lives, especially since it is more of a luxury good than a daily need. On top of that, quilts and comforters may not seem comfortable at all against the city’s hot and humid weather either. 

But contrary to popular belief, a duvet can be a practical blanket investment. Read on as we break down what a duvet is, the pros and cons of duvet covers against other types, and the best duvets in Singapore for a good night’s rest.

What is a Duvet?

Weavve's Lyocell Duvet

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Coming from the French word which literally translates to down (feathers), a duvet is basically a blanket composed of two parts. The first is stuffing made of lightweight fillers which trap body heat to provide continuous warmth, while also remaining breathable. The second part is a separate duvet cover, meaning the outer layer exposed to the elements can be removed and is easy to wash regularly.

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Duvets are commonly used in Europe as an all-in-one bedding solution, combining sheets and other bed coverings that lie atop your bed. However, its convenience and versatility have made duvets a staple in homes across the world. Duvets make making your bed and cleaning effortless. Acting as the top sheets and the bottom layers which interact with our skin the most, duvet covers can be washed like one would a bedsheet. For more style-conscious users, a duvet with cover makes changing up your bed theme simple as well. 

However, the fact that the duvet comes in two parts also means it takes some coordination to get the blanket in one piece - and clumping may still occur while in use. Fortunately, Weavve offers lyocell or cotton duvet covers with back envelope openings, bartacks, elastic bands, and corner ties to keep everything in place.

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Duvet vs. Quilt

A blanket of Latin origin, the quilt is the product of a classic art of stitching together pieces of fabric with padding stuffed in between. The stitching pattern can vary from squares to intricate zigzags. In olden times, a traditional quilt held much meaning as it patched together the story of one’s life - given to people for marriage, having children, or a rite of passage as children grow up. As such, a quilt is a bed accessory which is of high monetary and sentimental value.

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Choosing between a quilt or duvet depends on your need for warmth. While the primary purpose of both the duvet and the quilt are the same, they differ in execution. The quilt padding is much thinner than a duvet, which may shortchange those sleeping in colder climates unless remedied by layering blankets. Because the quilt is a one-piece blanket, this also makes it difficult to launder regularly. Aesthetically, the quilt pattern lends an old-school feel, which may only work for select themes.

Therefore, before deciding to purchase a quilt or a duvet, it is recommended to take note of your room's climate and make the choice from there.

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Duvet vs. Comforter

A comforter is similar to a duvet in its level of fluff and type of stuffing, but the likeness ends there. A favorite of hotels, this blanket is a one-piece accessory usually denoted by a standard pattern of big squares with filling in between to provide warmth. The comforter’s grid pattern ensures that the filling will always be evenly distributed whether the comforter gets moved either which way.

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A comforter is a great choice for something clean and simple that can be easily added in layers to your entire bed. However, it can be less versatile against the flexibility offered by duvet covers. Also, due to its composition and thickness, comforters have a dry clean only washing instruction, which means your proximity to your cleaners matters to get this blanket cleaned on the regular.

Therefore, it is recommended to see if you have access to a dry cleaner before making your decision between a comforter or a duvet.

Duvet insert: Types of Filling for Duvets in Singapore

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Now, let’s help you identify what your ideal type of insulation may be based on your preferences for what makes an excellent duvet:

Down

Down duvet fillings are considered the gold standard in providing natural warmth. Available in duck or goose variants, down feathers are soft and fluffy, durable yet breathable, providing more than thrice the warmth of the average duvet. 

Feather

Duvets with feather fillings are blankets stuffed with feathers from the wings and backs of ducks and geese. These are similar to down, but are larger, heavier, and more structured. This explains why feather pillows and blankets may have sticks poking through the fabric when it’s moved a certain way.

Silk

Silk duvet fillings are durable, lightweight and hypoallergenic. Its coolness as a material also lends well in temperature regulation. However, silk is an expensive material to produce, and tends to lose its natural properties with over-washing.

Wool

With its high-density structure on the backs of sheep, wool duvet fillings are excellent at trapping heat while wicking moisture from the skin. This natural filling is also weighty, but would need a blend of lighter fabrics so as to not overwhelm users. 

Microfiber

Microfiber duvet fillings are a type of synthetic filling which remain breathable while repelling moisture, outperforming even down duvets. This is thanks to its tight weave of thin nylon and polyester fibers, making it easy to throw in the wash when needed.

Lyocell

Lyocell duvet filling is a newer type of eco-friendly fabric which is derived from wood pulp from eucalyptus trees. This material is perfect for sensitive skin as it is cool and smooth to the touch and has excellent moisture wicking properties.

Which duvet works best for Singaporeans?

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Taking the natural vs. synthetic fillings factor out of the equation, let’s focus on a practical choice of duvet for Singaporeans. Given the country’s notable year-long tropical weather, excessively warm fillings such as wool may not be ideal nor suitable for you.

Instead, aim for a duvet that can be used for all seasons - whether it be airy nights greeted by the Singaporean breeze or an arctic chill by the air-conditioning unit. A blend of feather and down duvets can provide this, balancing both blanket weight and warmth.

 

Weavve’s TENCEL™ Lyocell Duvet

Weavve's Lyocell Duvet

Weavve’s TENCEL™ Lyocell duvet is the first in Singapore featuring 100% pure TENCEL™ Lyocell fibres in both its exterior fabric and inner filling, providing you with great thermal regulation properties for maximum comfort and rest.

We designed this product to help everyone sleep better through the night, for both the unpredictable hot and cold weather. Find out more here.

 

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Weavve’s Weighted Blanket

Weavve's Weighted Blanket

However, if you are someone who is looking for deeper sleep, a weighted blanket might just be what you need instead.

Weavve’s weighted blanket is designed with smaller compartments for even weight distribution, which helps you relax by simulating the feeling of being held or hugged. Hypoallergenic and non-toxic with a breathable fabric that is machine and dryer safe.

 

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