Snuggling under our duvets at night is one of life's pleasures. But what if your duvet no longer feels cosy? Read our guide and find out if it's time you updated your duvet:
- The Sleep Council recommendations
- Not keeping you warm?
- Lost its spring?
- No longer cleans like it should?
- Falling apart?
- Can I recycle my old duvet?
- Make your duvet last longer
The Sleep Council recommendations
The Sleep Council recommends changing your duvet every five years, although this depends on the quality of your duvet and how well you look after it. Apparently, the average person keeps their duvet for too long; on average around 7 and a half years.
So how do you know when you need to change your duvet?
Not keeping you warm?
Yes, it might sound obvious but if you start to feel a bit chilly at night and your sleep is being affected then it’s time to get that higher tog duvet. Most people sleep best when their body stays at a cool to normal temperature, around 18C / 65F with a duvet designed for that season:
The scooms all seasons duvet comes with two duvets, a 4.5 tog and a 9 tog, that can be easily fixed together when the nights get colder.
Lost its spring?
Over time, the filling in your duvet will lose its ability to trap air. Instead of feeling light and springy, it will feel flat and deflated. The lack of air could prevent you maintaining a comfortable body temperature. This is one of the main signs that it needs replacing.
Hungarian goose down if well cared for, retains its loft (fluffiness) for up to three times longer than most synthetics.
No longer cleans like it should?
Duvets should be washed every few months or at least twice a year to get rid of those pesky dust mites. Check the label for any specific washing instructions. If your duvet filling starts becoming a bit lumpy or compressed after washing, give it a good shake. If this doesn’t bring the filling back to how it should be, then it’s probably time to invest in a new duvet!
If the filling is starting to leak out due to the seams splitting or the casing becoming thin, then it's definitely time to buy that new duvet!
Can I recycle my old duvet?
Duvets are not widely recycled, though you could check with your local council. Instead of throwing your old duvets away though, ask your local animal shelter if they would have any use for your old duvets or pillows.
Make your duvet last longer
It's a fact, better quality duvets will last longer. Do your research and make sure the duvet you buy has:
- A 100% cotton cover - cotton is breathable which means you won't sweat as much!
- A good thread count - choose 246 or higher for a tighter weave which prevents the filling poking out. scooms duvets are covered in 300 thread count cotton with a special tight weave so they are both down and dust mite proof.
- Careful construction - look for box stitch and baffle box construction which keeps the filling evenly distributed and makes the duvet more durable.
Look after your duvet carefully:
- Don't over wash your duvet - wash it once every 6 to 12 months and refresh it in between if possible by airing it outdoors.
- Use good quality bed linen - a duvet cover will protect your duvet from body oils, fluids, hair, etc. Wash it once a week to keep your linen and duvet fresh.