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Which duvet should you choose? The ultimate guide

This guide gathers all our best advice on how to buy a new duvet and how to choose the best duvet for your specific needs. One of the key tips on sleeping is ensuring you have a duvet that lets you sleep comfortably without getting too warm or cold. 

The guide focuses on the most important elements to consider when choosing a new duvet. It covers everything from materials, sizes, and properties – all factors that will impact your sleep. We also offer some specific guidelines that may help you determine which duvet is right for you. 

    1. What characterises a good duvet?

    A duvet is not just a duvet. How well you sleep at night is highly dependent on whether you have chosen a duvet that fits your specific needs. It's important to consider all the following factors: Size, fill, weight, how often you replace your duvet, and how much you want your duvet to surround your body while you sleep. 

    In the following chapters, we'll take a closer look at all these factors in order to make your duvet selection easier. 

    2. How to choose the right duvet size

    The first step in choosing a duvet that will help you sleep better is to keep your height in mind when considering your options. As a rule of thumb, the duvet should be 20-30 cm longer than your height.

    When should I consider changing the size of my duvet?

    Larger duvets come in a variety of sizes, e.g. single, double, king size and super king size and fit different bed sizes and personal preferences. 

    Selecting the best size for you is largely a matter of how you plan to use the duvet. For example, if you plan to sleep alone and want to utilise the extra width to tuck the duvet under you, a double duvet should be just fine. But if you are looking for one duvet for both you and your partner, the extra 20 to 40 cm in width could be very useful. 

    What size duvet should I buy for my child? 

    An adult duvet will be too big for most children under school age. If you have young children, you should consider a baby duvet or junior duvet instead. Both are made with younger children in mind. 

    Your child's height will influence when you should switch from one size to the next. But changes in their sleeping patterns can also reveal when it's time for a larger duvet.

    A duvet of 100x135 cm will fit a child from 9 months and up to school age. 

    3. Weight, fill power and temperature

    When it comes to a duvet's temperature, at JYSK we divide our duvets into three categories: cool, warm and extra warm. Which type you choose depends on:

    • When in the year you plan to use it – summer or winter
    • If you prefer to feel warm or cool at night
    • Your own body temperature while you sleep

    The temperature of a duvet with natural filling (e.g. a feather/down duvet), is determined by its fill power. The higher the fill power, the better the duvet is at maintaining warmth.

    A duvet with low fill power needs more filling to feel warm, while a thinner duvet can hold heat and keep you warm if it has a high fill power. 

    Fill power is determined by three factors: 

    • The duck/goose species
    • The quality 
    • The proportion between feathers and down

    Should you buy a weighted duvet? 

    A weighted duvet is an extra heavy duvet you can sleep with at night. Many people experience a calming effect when they sleep with a weighted duvet. This makes weighted duvets popular in the health and wellness sectors. 

    The most distinctive characteristic of a weighted duvet is, yes, its weight. A standard fibre, feather or down duvet weighs one to two kg. A weighted duvet is significantly heavier. 

    Weighted duvets are filled primarily with small glass pearls. These small glass pearls account for as much as 95% of a weighted duvet's filling. The pearls make the duvet extra heavy and allow it to form itself to your body. If you try a weighted duvet, you will immediately notice how it clings to your body. 

    The right weighted duvet depends on your weight. A rule of thumb says that the duvet should be 10-15% of your own weight. If you weigh between 50-70 kg, a 7 kg weighted duvet is probably right for you. If you weigh between 70-90 kg, a 9 kg weighted duvet may best suit your needs. 

    Read more about how a weighted duvet can help improve your sleep here.

    4. How much does a duvet cost?

    At JYSK, we have duvets for every need and budget. The price of a duvet depends on its materials and its quality. The first step in finding a duvet that matches your budget is to understand our three quality ranges we use here at JYSK: BASIC, PLUS and GOLD. 

    Single duvets

    Fibre filling

    Natural filling 

    BASIC

    PLUS

    GOLD

    Double duvets 

    Fibre filling

    Natural filling 

    BASIC

    PLUS

    GOLD

    How does the duvet's filling affect its price? 

    Quality and price go hand in hand. To make sense of a duvet's price, it's important to know about the most common types of filling in natural and fibre duvets. 

    Natural filling 

    There are different types of natural filling. 

    Feathers

    Feathers are an affordable natural material with low insulating power. A high share of feathers results in a relatively heavy duvet which is preferred by some people. 

    Duck down

    Duck down has better insulating power than feathers. 

    Muscovy down

    Muscovy down is smaller than duck down and has good insulation ability. 

    Goose down

    Goose down has a high insulating power and contributes to a nice and airy duvet.

    Eiderdown 

    Eiderdown is considered one of the warmest and lightest natural materials in the world. 

    Fibre filling 

    Fibre filling is available in different qualities. 

    Two-dimensional fibre

    Standard fibre filling is what is known as two-dimensional fibre in the bedding business. It is an affordable product. 

    Three-dimensional fibre

    Three-dimensional fibre is also called hollow fibre. At JYSK, our hollow fibre comes in three versions: one-hole, three-hole and seven-hole. The holes are filled with air and thus increase the filling's insulation power.