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What Is A Duvet? All You Need To Know Before Buying

If you're living in tropical countries like Singapore, owning a duvet set may not be a necessity in your everyday lives. It is often considered more of a luxury than a bedding essential. On top of that, quilts and comforters may not seem comfortable at all against the city’s hot and humid weather. 

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Featuring Weavve’s Lyocell Duvet

But contrary to this notion, a duvet can be a practical blanket investment wherever you live, especially if it has temperature-regulating properties. Read on as we break down what a duvet is, its pros and cons against other types, and how to choose the best duvets in Singapore for a good night’s rest.

What Is A Duvet?

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 fitted 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 covers and the best 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 cover is a bed accessory which is of high monetary and sentimental value.



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Choosing between a quilt vs 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.

Meanwhile, the versatility of modern duvet covers, owing to them being easily changed and washed, can fit any bedroom design. You can quickly switch up the look of your bed by a mere change in covers.

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

Duvet Vs Comforter

A comforter is similar to a duvet in its level of fluff and type of stuffing, but the likeness ends there. One of the favorite hotel bedding items, 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 their composition and thickness, comforters have a dry clean only washing instruction.

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 In Singapore: Different Types Of Duvet Fillings

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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. However, they may not be the most gentle on the skin and you will later find out that there are other down alternative inserts which can offer the same quality and breathability, if not more. 

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.



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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. 

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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.

TENCEL™ 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.

Folded TENCEL Lyocell duvet
Featuring Weavve’s TENCEL™ Lyocell Duvet

What Is The Best Type Of Duvet To Buy?

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 breeze in Singapore 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.

Person using Weavve's Lyocell Duvet
Featuring Weavve’s TENCEL™ Lyocell Duvet

How To Choose A Duvet

When buying new duvets or choosing any bedding set, take into consideration the following factors:

  • Weather. Choose cooling bedding if you live in regions with warmer climates
  • Blanket material. As previously discussed, there are different types of fillings. Consider their pros and cons before making a purchase
  • Your sleep needs. Are you a hot sleeper? If so, opt for breathable fibers such as TENCEL™ Lyocell or silk
  • Budget. Synthetic fillings may cost less than natural ones but the latter is known to be superior in terms of quality and durability
  • Your preferences. Finally, it all boils down to how your blanket would feel like - whether heavy or lightweight, warmer or cooler, etc.

The Best Place To Buy Duvet In Singapore

Weavve offers high-quality duvets and other bedding products such as duvet covers, weighted blankets, bed sheets, pillows, pillow cases, and more. 

Shopping online can be daunting for some. But here at Weavve, we are fully committed to making exceptional products and our 100-day free return policy makes it easy for you to take the leap of faith, especially for first-time users.

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TENCEL™ Lyocell Duvet

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Featuring Weavve’s TENCEL™ Lyocell Duvet

The first in Singapore to feature 100% pure TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers in both its exterior fabric and inner filling, our duvet is of premium quality. It is designed to offer impressive thermoregulation properties to help you sleep better through the night for both the unpredictable hot and cold weather.

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Weighted Blanket

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However, if you are someone who is looking for deeper sleep, our weighted blanket might just be what you need. It promotes relaxation by replicating the sensation of being held or embraced. This is mainly due to its smaller compartments that create an even weight distribution. Moreover, the material is hypoallergenic, non-toxic, breathable, plus machine and dryer-safe.

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