Have you got the formula to your perfect nights sleep down to a T? It’s key to consider the many factors that contribute to you ensuring your full 8 hours of undisturbed visits to dreamland. Did you know one of them is duvet filling? Everyone is different, from how much they feel the hot and cold, to their preference on texture, as well as health perks found in certain fillings. With the life span of a duvet marked at 5 years before you should be looking to change, our duvet filling guide will answer all those burning questions you have before committing to your new duvet.

Synthetic Duvets

Synthetic fillings are split in two with a choice of microfibre or hollowfibre fillings, both made from spun polyester, which proves as the cheapest duvet filling. If your preference is to dive head first into an inviting plump, cushioned duvet, hollowfibre will be an appealing filling.

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With springy qualities, made with bigger gaps between each fibre, hollowfibre is ideal for capturing and retaining heat. Microfibre offers a softer touch and is less dense. Buy separately or get the best of both with duvets using a combination of the two. Due to their lack of natural materials, synthetic duvets are also far easier to wash and are non-allergenic.

Anti-Allergy Duvets

You might think that as an allergy sufferer simply buying a synthetic duvet is the way to go. However, if you want something that really goes above and beyond to fight against your symptoms, browse specific anti-allergy duvets at retailers like Soak & Sleep and My Duvet & Pillow using Discount Promo Codes.

Although allergic reactions can happen from natural materials like feather and down, it could be that you’re actually sensitive due to exterior factors like the dust in your house. Anti-allergy duvets are therefore made to fight against house dust mites and bacteria, treated in order to provide lasting freshness.

Feather and Down Duvets

You can find feather and down duvets both separately and with duvets using both fillings. Generally categorised by their rich quality, choose feather and down duvets for maximum cosiness. Whilst feathers can add weight to your duvet, the use of down creates small pockets of air to trap warmth and find a happier medium between light and heavy. It’s worth noting that if you like to regularly clean your duvet, naturally filled duvets are better off being professionally done in order to properly dry the filling and avoid taking from the quality.

Wool Duvets

Wool duvets are ideal if you’re shopping for a duvet for you and your partner. The properties of wool mean it is not only great throughout the seasons, regulating your body heat depending on if its hot or cold, but it can also adapt to two different body temperatures. It’s properties also allow it to wick away moisturise, meaning it absorbs and releases it back into the air, avoiding discomfort and boosting Rapid Eye Movement sleep.

Silk Duvets

Similarly to wool duvets, duvets made from silk are ideal for those who overheat in bed and are prone to hot flushes. Getting rid of moisture, silk is also a cooling, more breathable option. Don’t be fooled, though. Although it has a more drape-like quality to it, silk is in fact quite dense and will keep you warm. Admittedly, silk duvets are an expensive option in terms of duvets. With starting prices of £85 on Soak & Sleep alone, this is a huge difference in comparison to the synthetic choice starting at as low as £9.

So how can different duvet fillings improve your sleep? Well, it all comes down to exact science. Determine what you need out of your duvet, from texture to weight and whether you’re more likely to get overly hot or cold whilst between the sheets. Duvets should be a 5-year investment, so it’s important to consider these factors sometimes despite price. After all, you want a duvet of quality that will last the years and do its job.

Save The Planet In Style!

By knitting your own phone cover, you are reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in landfill.

We are all looking for small ways in which we can be environmentally friendly, and cutting down on our use of plastics is one of the best ways to do this. When we look at how often we use plastic in our day to day lives, it quickly becomes apparent how incredibly reliant on it we are. While carrier bags, water bottles and other single use plastics are some of the most obvious culprits, things like plastic phone cases are things we can live without too. Instead, protect your smartphone and save the planet with a stylish knitted cover.

Cutting down on plastics

You may think that your phone cover isn’t making too much of an impact on the environment. After all, you don’t buy a new one every week do you? Well, even if you only buy two or three in the space of a year, that soon adds up over the course of, say, five years. With millions of other smartphone users doing the same, it soon becomes clear just how many discarded smartphone covers are ending up in landfill. Ditching these plastic covers is one of the easiest ways to become a more environmentally conscious tech user. All you need to do now is get creative with some Deramores knitting supplies!

Sewing your cover

When you make your own phone or tablet cover, you are in total control of how it looks. With an endless combination of colours and finishes for you to choose from, the only limit is your own creativity. Perhaps you’ll opt for classic monochrome, or go all out with some bold rainbow hues. If you’re looking for some patterns to get you started, then the Tech Covers in Stylecraft Classique Cotton are your best bet. With the patterns showing you how to make a tablet cover, an e-reader cover and a mobile phone cover, you’ll be able to kit out all of your devices in no time at all.

Getting started with knitting is easy

New to knitting and crocheting? Then don’t worry! There are so many online tutorials out there, as well as knitting blogs, books and magazines for you to read through and take inspiration from. Social media is full of knitters keen to show off their creations and expand their knowledge, so don’t be afraid to strike up conversation. If you want to learn with the guidance of a teacher in a group environment, do some research to see if there are any classes being run in your local area. You’ll soon be an expert, however you choose to learn.

A stylish and green option

Knitting your own phone covers won’t just allow you to get in touch with your creative side, but it will help you to lessen the impact you have on the world around you too. Once you have built up your confidence, why not knit some covers to give to your family and friends as gifts? They make great Christmas and birthday presents; and all the while you’ll be improving your skills, which will massively boost your confidence. What’s not to love about that?