Bedding Buying Guide

Handmade Duvets and Pillows

Goodness, what a minefield it is out there, togs and feathers galore!

Unlike picking your bed linen where all you really need to think about is the colour, pattern and whether it goes with your Aunt Sally's patchwork quilt, buying duvets and pillows can be utterly mystifying. That's why we've made sure we're experts on the subject (so you don't have to be!), curating a small but perfectly formed collection that won't overwhelm.

Plus, a browse of this Bedding Buying Guide will provide you with all the know-how needed for making a sound decision on what duvet and pillow will give you the soundest sleep.

How to Choose a Duvet

How to Choose a Duvet

Hotel Quality Duvets for Your Home

As with our bed linen, the quality and provenance of our duvets and pillows is really important to us. We want you to have the best products, made by people and businesses that care, which is why we chose to work with a Scottish based, family-owned bedding manufacturer who’ve been delivering sweet dreams for over 29 years. These guys and girls seriously know their baffle-box from their channel stitching, crafting duvets, pillows and mattress toppers from high-quality materials and first-class fillings to create long-lasting, much sought-after sleep companions.

As you know, good things come to those who wait, which is why our bedding can take up to four weeks to arrive at your door. That and the fact our factory manufactures all products by hand, as ordered. This means, instead of storing items for months on end or having them shipped halfway around the world, they're made ‘fresh’ and especially for you. Don't you think that's worth a few extra days under your old duvet?

Of course, we’ll keep you updated on the progress of your order, and if you have a deadline, let us know and we’ll do all we can to help. Also, if you order bed linen at the same time, we’ll send everything together so you can enjoy dressing your bed up in all its new gear.

Which Duvet Filling is Best?

When shopping for a new duvet the first thing to consider is the filling. There are two main types, natural and synthetic, but, the one you choose largely comes down to personal preference. Here’s a little more info on both options to help you pick:

Natural Fillings:

  • Our natural duvets are filled with either feather, down or a blend of both, from ducks or geese. No matter the one you go for, they all create super soft, long-lasting duvets that allow your skin to breathe more easily than those filled with synthetic materials.
  • Unlike feathers, downs main purpose is to provide insulation. One of nature’s little miracles, these fluffy plumules are made up of thousands of soft fibres radiating in all directions from a central quill point, similar to the head of a dandelion. These contain countless tiny air pockets that trap heat between the individual hairs and absorb moisture, keeping the bird's body warm and dry at high altitudes and in chilly water, and it works exactly the same on your bed. It's these properties that make down such a coveted choice, especially that sourced from the coldest corners of Europe like our 100% Siberian Goose Down Duvet, as the snuggly stuffing boasts extra loft and keeps you extra toasty.
  • Although feathers have similar insulation properties to down, they’re larger, stronger and more robust, creating a heavier feel ideal for those who like a closely hugging duvet. A mixture of the two fillings is a great compromise for sleepers who want the weight of feathers with the warmth of down.
  • All of our products that contain natural fillings are Downafresh certified, ethically sourced in Europe and fully traceable. The feather and down we use is actually a by-product of the food industry (so if it wasn't making your bedding nice and cosy it would end up in a landfill!) and is collected and processed to strict European standards (and actually significantly exceeds them) in terms of cleanliness and animal welfare.
  • Also, the fabric used for casing our natural products has been tested to check it complies with industry standards and has earnt a NOMITE classification from the European Down and Feather Association (EDFA). This means the case is so tightly woven dust mites are unable to penetrate the surface, making our feather and down bedding safe for allergy sufferers too. Winner, winner!

Synthetics Fillings:

  • Synthetic duvets tend to wick away sweat better than natural bedding, can be washed more regularly and have a lighter feel, ideal for those who tend to wriggle around a lot when snoozing!
  • Manufactured by Dacron, world leaders in artificial fibres, our two synthetic filling options are hollowfibre and microfibre. As their name suggests, hollowfibres have a hollow centre, giving duvets greater loft and springiness. These thick, wire-like fibres are hardwearing, yet still warm and snuggly. Microfibres are much finer (six times as fine as hollowfibres to be exact!) and don't have hollow centres, instead, this super supple stuffing is intended to imitate the luxury of natural down, therefore, delivering outstanding softness.
  • All of the fabrics, synthetic and natural fillings, and 100% cotton cases used to make our bedding are certified Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Compliant, meaning they’re free of harmful chemicals, as well as being down-proof and flame retardant.
Which Tog Duvet to Buy?

Tog ratings act as a guide to the insulation property of a duvet, measuring the thermal resistance of its construction. In English, this means the higher the tog the toastier you’ll be. Our tog’s range from a 4.5 (ideal for the Summer months and sweaty sleepers) to a 13.5 (perfect for keeping warm in Winter). If you don’t have the space to keep a second duvet on hand for when the weather changes, we also offer an All Seasons option that will see you comfortably through the year.

As well as having a tog, feather and down duvets are rated by their fill power. This is because natural fillings have better thermal properties than those stuffed with synthetics, meaning you don’t need as much filling to achieve the same tog rating (remember, tog means warmth not weight!). The higher the fill power, the larger each individual piece of down will be, resulting in a loftier, fluffier duvet, that provides better insulation.

Rather than sewing through the casing with a box stitch that's easy to rip, we go one step further by fitting our duvets with baffle box pockets. These are created by sewing extra strips of material between the top and bottom layers of the casing to ensure each square has an equal amount of filling that’s distributed evenly across the duvet, preventing cold spots.

Which Duvet Filling is the Best?

How to Choose a Pillow

What is the Healthiest Sleeping Position?

Bad days often start with a crook in your neck, which is why picking a pillow that will properly cradle your head and allow for a natural spinal curve is so important. To prevent waking up on the wrong side of the bed, you’ll need to work out your preferred sleeping position. If you sleep on your back, go for a medium fill pillow so as not to throw your head too far forward. For side snoozers, choose something a little firmer to keep your spine and neck aligned and place a pillow between your knees to ward off lower back pain. If you kip on your front, opt for a softer pillow and consider tucking another one under your stomach for added comfort. However, having a choice of more than one type of pillow thickness might be the answer if you tend to switch positions throughout the night.

Which Pillow Filling is Best?

Once you’ve worked out your typical sleep position, it’s time to have a think about fillings. If you're looking for a natural pillow, remember feathers feel firmer than down, especially goose down from colder climates as these birds produce bigger, fluffier clusters, ideal for snuggling into. We also offer two feather and down combination pillows, our European Duck Feather & Down pillows and Hungarian Goose Feather & Down pillows, for those who like a bit of support with their softness.

Synthetic pillows are easier to wash and dry than those containing natural fillings and are completely odourless. We have two options to pick from, the Good as Goose which is filled with Dacron® Comforel® Hollowfibre, siliconized polyester ball fibres that cluster together to create the feeling of down, and The Big Softie which contains Aerelle® Softflex Microfibre. This new high-tech stuffing retains a soft and springy form, and the pillows bounce back to their original shape almost instantly, no matter how much you plump, puff or sit on it.

All of our pillows are Nomite and Downafresh certified, meaning the fillings have been made to the highest welfare and hygiene standards, and the covers (woven from high-quality 100% cotton with a sateen piped edge for added durability) are impenetrable to dust mites.

How Many Pillows Should You Sleep With?

Even if your mattress provides all the right support and your duvet's a dream, resting your head on worn-out pillows is guaranteed to ruin your sleep posture and have you waking up with aches and pains. To tell when your pillows have seen better days, try folding them in half, if they don’t spring back to their original shape, it’s time to treat yourself. The average pillow should be replaced every two years; however, natural fillings tend to have longer lifespans than synthetic varieties.

Although we're positive nothing will go wrong, all of our duvets and pillows are guaranteed against defective workmanship for 365 days.