Your 5 minute bed 'turning down' ritual

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Developing a bedtime routine can make the world of difference to how you sleep. Making a few easy adjustments before bedtime can not only help you to have a better sleep but also to fall asleep more quickly.

You probably already know that going to bed and getting up at around the same time every day is key, as is keeping your bedroom at the ideal temperature, approximately 18C. But do you know the benefits of this quick 5 minute bed ‘turning down’ ritual?


Imagine you are performing a hotel style ‘turndown service’ for yourself in your own bedroom! This calming bedtime ritual will settle and relax you before bed. Creating an inviting and welcoming bed will really put you in the mood for sleep.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Pre-air your bed: We hope you have been airing your bed (to release any nighttime moisture) during the day by turning your duvet, and top sheet if you use one, right back to the end of your bed. You may have already made your bed or you may like to leave it to air all day.
  2. Remove anything you don’t sleep with: Remove any decorative pillows or throws that you don’t want on your bed as you sleep.
  3. Straighten your sheets: Next, pull your fitted and flat sheets (if using) straight and tuck in the sides if necessary, allowing enough give so that you can easily climb into bed later.
  4. Shake your duvet: Give your duvet a good shake to fluff up the filling. Grab your duvet from the bottom edge and shake it firmly several times, then repeat the process from the top end of the duvet. Shaking it vertically rather than horizontally will allow the filling to spread evenly across each duvet pocket.
  5. Plump up your pillows: Fluff up your pillows to maximum loft so that your pillows invite you to just sink in and drift off when you place your head down. If you think you need a new pillow view our guide on choosing a new pillow.
  6. Warm up your bed: Pop on the electric blanket or fill up your hot water bottle and push it down into the middle of your bed just where your back will lie later.
  7. Turn down your bed: Turn the corners of your duvet (and top sheet if using) down and straighten to expose a triangle of fitted sheet. Or fold your whole duvet over along the top edge to give your partner that ‘welcome to bed’ feeling too.

Go away and prepare yourself for bed, then return to your inviting, fluffy and oh so cosy bed. Drift off and dream you are sleeping on a cloud!


Also, see our top tips on How to get a better night's sleep.


Author: Emily Attwood: :

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Bedding size guide


These are standard UK bedding measurements so if you know your mattress size, you can easily work out which duvet size you need. (Width x length.)

UK sizes Duvet size Mattress size
Single 135 x 200cm (53 x 79") 90 x 190cm (36 x 75")
Double 200 x 200cm (79 x 79") 135 x 190cm (53 x 75")
King 225 x 220cm (89 x 87") 150 x 200cm (60 x 78")
Super king 260 x 220cm (102 x 87") 180 x 200cm (72 x 78")

US/CANADA BEDDING SIZES: Approximate matches to UK sizes are US King/UK Super king, US Queen/UK King,  US Full/UK Double and US Twin/UK Single.

EUROPEAN BEDDING SIZES: Each size - Single, Double, King and Grand king - is a little larger than the UK equivalent.

Measure your mattress to see which size bedding you need: our UK v European v US mattress comparison guide.



Young children can overheat so if they are old enough to use a full size bed, we recommend using a single size 4.5 tog duvet.

 Tog rating Season / heat Feel
2.5 tog High summer / hot sleepers Light thermal insulation
4.5 tog Summer Lower thermal insulation
9 tog Spring & Autumn Cosy medium heat
All season 13.5 tog 4.5 tog + 9 tog Very warm
All season 11.5 tog 2.5 tog + 9 tog Warm
All season 7 tog 2.5 tog + 4.5 tog Lower warmth



Our goose down duvets have high 700 fill power. Fill weight is measured in GSM (grams per square metre). For example view our 9 tog king size goose down duvet for more duvet details.

Fill weight (not total duvet weight)
Single All seasons - 788gsm
9 tog - 486gsm 
4.5 tog - 302gsm 
2.5 tog - 220gsm
Double All seasons - 1168gsm
9 tog - 720gsm
4.5 tog - 448gsm
2.5 tog - 320gsm
King All seasons - 1478gsm
9 tog - 911gsm
4.5 tog - 567gsm
2.5 tog - 400gsm
Super king All seasons - 1671gsm
9 tog - 1030gsm
4.5 tog - 641gsm
2.5 tog - 480gsm



Our pillows come in two sizes and two firmness options. (Width x length.)

Standard  50 x 75cm
King 50 x 90cm



Our fitted sheets are deep fit, up to 40cm / 15.7" mattress depth. And our duvet covers fasten with large, easy to use buttons. (Width x length.)

Duvet cover Fitted sheet Flat sheet Pillowcase (pair)
Single 140 x 200cm 90 x 190cm 180 x 275cm
Double 200 x 200cm 135 x 190cm 230 x 275cm 50 x 75cm (Standard)
King 230 x 220cm 150 x 200cm 275 x 275cm 50 x 90cm (King)
Super king 260 x 220cm 180 x 200cm 305 x 275cm



Our mattress protectors are deep fit, up to 40cm mattress depth. Choose the same size protector as your mattress size. (Width x length.)

Mattress protector size Mattress size
Single 90 x 190cm 90 x 190cm
Double 135 x 190cm 135 x 190cm
King 150 x 200cm 150 x 200cm
Super king 180 x 200cm 180 x 200cm 


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