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Duvet Guide

Homescapes Duvet Guide

All of Homescapes bedding products are designed with one goal in mind, to improve the sleep quality of the user. We have developed a selection of guides to our products with the sole purpose of helping the user understand which style of bedding will suit their sleeping style and preferences. By selecting the perfect bedding set up, the user can discover new means to achieve that ever elusive perfect night's sleep.



DUVET SIZES EXPLAINED

  Size in Inch Size in cm
Single 54" x 79" 135 x 200 cm
Double 79" x 79" 200 x 200 cm
King 90" x 87" 230 x 220 cm
Super King 103" x 87" 260 x 220 cm

Note: All the sizes above are standard single, double, king and super king sizes in the UK and are also the popular duvet sizes in the continental Europe and all Homescapes duvets adhere to these sizes.

TOG RATING EXPLAINED


The Tog is a universal unit of measurement which is used to denote warmth in duvets. The higher the number of togs a duvet possesses, the warmer it will be.

4.5 Tog
This is a summer weight duvet ideal for warmer climates. Will help to wick moisture away from the body and retain enough heat to keep you the perfect temperature.
10.5 Tog
An autumn/spring duvet, enough warmth to keep you comfortable without being too warm.
13.5 Tog
A winter weight duvet that performs exceptionally well at retaining body heat.
15 Tog
A very warm duvet for the coldest nights of winter. A very useful duvet in colder climates.
13.5 Tog (4.5 + 9) All Seasons
The all seasons duvet comprises of two separate duvets one 4.5 Tog summer weight duvet and one 9 Tog autumn/spring weight duvet. The two duvets combine intelligently to form a 13.5 Tog duvet which is suitable for winter temperatures. This effectively provides a solution for all year round.
15 Tog (4.5 + 10.5) All Seasons
It's the warmer version of all seasons as the combined tog is a warm 15 tog duvet. Like the one above, both the duvets can be used separately and also together depending on the season. The two duvets are attached with a large number of press stud buttons, which allows both the duvets to attach perfectly with each other.


FILLINGS


Duvets come with a number of different fillings which all have their own specific properties. It is important to familiarise yourself with the different properties as the knowledge can be a vital ingredient in improving your sleeping experience.

Natural or Feather and Down Fillings

Feathers are used to fill duvets as their natural properties allow them to mesh together and trap air. The 'fluffiness' of feathers owes a lot to the pockets of air created when duvets are plumped up. One of the main reasons that feather duvets are so popular is that this 'fluffiness' is very difficult to imitate using other fillings. Another biggest advantage is that natural fillings "regulate" the temperature, and you are unlikely to get too hot in a natural duvet unlike a synthetic duvet.

In order to ensure the best possible quality of feathers, Homescapes only use small flight feathers which are 2-3 cm long. This smaller size means that the quills are less likely to snap through being repeatedly lofted. When feathers snap, air trapping properties are reduced to zero and duvets lose loft as the snapped feathers become dust that hangs around in the bottom of the duvet. Smaller quills also mean less irritation and that the quills are less likely to poke through the fabric.

Homescapes feathers are treated in one of the largest factories, which supplies to most famous brands and top hotels. The feathers are all certified to Oekotex standards making them completely hypoallergenic and extremely healthy. This process involves steaming the feathers, killing all dust mites and ensuring they are safe to be used by allergy sufferers.

Research has shown that many people who believe they are allergic to feathers are actually allergic to dust and dust mites trapped by the feathers and not the feathers themselves. Feathers are naturally very good at trapping dust, which explains their use in feather dusters. By ensuring full cleaning of feathers before they are placed into our filled products, Homescapes ensure that all traces of dust and dust mites are eradicated. The feathers are then packed into high thread count cotton fabric. Encasing the feathers in such tightly wound cotton means that dust mites are unable to pass through the cotton, making them some of the most hypoallergenic and allergy friendly duvets on the market.


Natural filling varies on the types of birds, their location and also the age of the birds and the filling can be broadly segregated in the following categories.

♠ Duck Feather

Duck feathers provide an excellent filling for duvets as they're light and lofty meaning they can trap air making them very good at trapping heat underneath the duvet, keeping you nice and warm. The air pockets created mean that duck feather duvets are great at moulding to your natural sleeping position, creating that 'snuggly' feeling. The natural properties of duck feathers also mean that they can hold their integrity after years of being fluffed up repeatedly.


♠ Goose Feather

Goose feathers have a greater loft to weight ratio than duck feathers. Goose feathers duvets are lighter and form larger pockets of air making them 'fluffier'. It is also possible to achieve greater fill power with goose feathers. Goose feathers also provide better insulation as they generally live in colder climates. However, some grades of duck feather especially the smaller feathers of the older birds, provide as much or better support than the Goose feathers.

♠ Feather and Down

The down of Bird is a layer of fine feathers found under the tougher exterior feathers. Down is the soft feather like substance that protects the body of waterfowl allowing them to swim in cold waters. Down therefore has an amazing softness that is difficult to replicate. The lack of a quill means that down offers exceptional loft for very little weight. The higher the percentage of down in the duvet provides higher insulation at a lighter weight. This means that the duvets with a higher down content will feel softer, weigh less but will still provide more warmth than the duvets with a lower down content.

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Synthetic (Man Made) Fillings

Synthetic fillings are made out of polyester and provide a feather free sleeping solution. Due to their being no feathers to source, most synthetic fabrics are usually cheaper to manufacture, however, there are some synthetic fillings like our super microfibre filling, which replicates the characteristic of real goose down is dearer than some natural fillings.

Synthetic fillings provide the best possible solution for allergy sufferers. Some of the duvets can be washed at 40 Degrees more frequently without damaging the softness, shape or performance. Washing at 40 Degrees will kill all dust mites therefore reducing the effects of any dust or dust mite allergies.

Synthetic duvets are easier to wash, so sometimes families with smaller children prefer them over the natural ones. Homescapes super microfibre duvets provide most goodness of natural filling whilst being a synthetic duvet as they are a true replica of real goose down duvets.


Homescapes synthetic fillings for duvets are available in two variations; Hollowfibre and Super Microfibre.


♠ Hollowfibre

Hollowfibre duvets provide a high value solution for allergy and asthma sufferers and those who find themselves washing bedding repeatedly. Hollow fibre duvets are a good budget solution. Although Homescapes hollow fibre duvets are better than most other similar available online or on the high street in terms of the material and make up, but due to the nature of this filling hollow fibre does not retain its loft or softness over a longer period of time. If you like to change your duvets periodically then hollowfibre offer a good value. If budget is not a very serious constraint, then the value addition of comfort can be greatly enhanced by opting for the Homescapes natural duvets or the Homescapes super micro fibre duvet.


♠ Super Microfibre (5 Star Luxury)

Our Super Microfibre duvets were originally designed as a replacement for feather products in 5 to 7* hotels. The goal was to replicate the comfort of feather products but without the cost of real goose down or the associated (perceived) allergy issues. Super Microfibre is Homescapes finest quality synthetic filling developed and is washable at 40 degrees without losing its shape, loft or comfort. This filling is probably the closest man- made fibre can get to the real goose down. Homescapes super microfibre is much superior grade than what is mostly found online and on high street as of late "Microfibre" has been very rampantly misused by manufacturer and retailers to sell a slightly refined hollow fibre filling in pillows & duvets. True super microfibre product will have the softness of goose down and will retain this characteristic for a long time. Homescapes super microfibre pillows (and duvets) are well known for their soft touch, quality and comfort and is finest and the best synthetic duvet ever developed by Homescapes.




CONSTRUCTION & FABRICS EXPLAINED


♠ Natural Duvets

All of Homescapes natural duvets have casing with the following properties:

1.
100% cotton down proof fabric.
2.
Very high thread count, with a minimum thread count of 233.
3.
Anti dust mite fabric for a very healthy and allergy free sleeping experience.

And all natural duvets boast double stitched edges and continental baffle box construction. Baffle box is a technique of stitching the filling into place to prevent clumping and cold spots in the duvet. As a result, the filling is even distributed in pockets and in between each pocket is a dividing wall which prevents the movement of feather and down, leaving no cold spots and hence a blissful 5 star sleeping experience.

♠ Super Microfibre Duvets

100% very soft and tactile microfibre fabric is used for these duvets with anti-allergenic properties. The thread count is very high and is anti dust mite.

Like natural duvets, super microfibre duvets also have a baffle box construction. Since super microfibre filling is just like goose down, the filling can travel but for this construction which ensures that there is uniform warmth in all pockets (sections) of the duvet.

♠ Hollow Fibre Duvets

Homescapes hollowfibre duvets are made in the UK using polyester cotton blend of fabrics which is cotton rich. The hollowfibre is kept in place by uniform quilting process which ensures an equal spread of the fibre. Due to the nature of the fibre and the quilting process, this is most suitable method of ensuring that the duvet provides universal warmth to the user.



WASHING INSTRUCTIONS


Step 1: Machine wash at 40 degrees unless specified on the care label using a small amount of liquid soap. This should be done on a 'delicates' setting if possible with no other items in the washing machine. There is a likelihood that bleaches or fabric softener can leave a residue affecting the fluffiness of the duvet when you come to use it again.
Note:For larger duvets, a Laundromat is recommended as the larger washing machines assure that the whole duvet can be cleaned

Step 2: Gently squeeze out any excess water from the duvet before drying. Homescapes recommend that down duvets are put through at least two rinse cycles to prevent residue and ensure maximum comfort throughout the lifetime of the duvet.

Step 3: Tumble dry on a low heat setting separately to allow adequate space for drying. Using dryer balls helps to ensure the filling is effectively separated and dried equally during the drying cycle (Homescapes do not recommend using tennis balls as the dye can transfer onto the duvet). Do not leave duvets in the dryer for long periods of time without checking as they can scorch. Between cycles, remove duvets and shake out to ensure duvet is adequately dry throughout. The drying cycle should take 2-4 hours depending on the thickness of the duvet.

Step 4: When not in use, store in a dry, well-ventilated place to avoid mildew.



FEATHER AND DOWN DUVET FAQS


Why choose feather and down duvets?

The natural air trapping properties of meshed feather mean that they provide a warm fluffy duvet that moulds around your body providing luxurious bedtime comfort.

What is the difference between feather and down fillings?

Down feathers are the fine layers found underneath the tough exterior feathers of waterfowl allowing them to swim in very cold waters. Down feathers don't have a central spine, which improves air trapping properties and pliability. Most duvets will have a combination of down and regular feathers for optimum warmth and comfort.

What is the difference between Goose and Duck feather duvets?

Duck feathers provide an excellent comfortable sleeping solution due to their natural properties. As Geese are generally bigger birds, their feathers provide better fill power, making Goose feathers a premium filling.

How do I wash my down duvet?

Step 1: Machine washable at 40 degrees unless specified on the care label using a small amount of liquid soap (if your washing machine is too small you should take it to a Laundromat with larger washing machines). This should be done on a 'delicates' setting if possible with no other items in the washing machine. There is a likelihood that bleaches or fabric softener can leave a residue affecting the fluffiness of the duvet when you come to use it again.

Step 2: Gently squeeze out any excess water from the duvet before drying. Homescapes recommend that down duvets are put through at least two rinse cycles to prevent residue and ensure maximum comfort throughout the lifetime of the duvet.

Step 3: Tumble dry on a low heat setting, using dryer balls (Homescapes do not recommend using tennis balls as the dye can transfer onto the pillows) to ensure the down is effectively separated and dried equally during the drying cycle. Do not leave down duvets in the dryer for long periods of time without checking as duvets can scorch. Between cycles, remove pillows and fluff. The drying cycle should take 2-4 hours depending on the density of the duvet.

Step 4: When not in use, store in a dry, well-ventilated place to avoid mildew.

 

Why is my duvet still clumpy after washing?

Too much soap or inadequate drying time can cause residue to stick to the feathers reducing the feathers' natural loftiness. If this does happen, Homescapes recommend repeating the washing cycle, allowing more time for drying.

 

What happens if down gets wet inadvertently?

When down becomes wet, the air trapping properties are virtually eliminated. If a down duvet does get wet, the best solution is to wash it following our care instructions and ensure it is dried throughout before using.

Can I line dry my down duvet?

Down duvets can be line dried to remove most of the moisture from the feathers, but line drying can cause clumping. The spinning motion of a tumble dryer combined with the gentle heat provides the best solution for even drying.

How often should I wash my down duvet?

In order to increase the lifespan of down duvets we recommend that they are only washed once every two years but should be aired on a washing line to remove dust mites every 6 months.

How should I protect my duvet?

Covering your duvet with high quality bed linen will mean it stays dust, dirt and oil free for as long as possible. Homescapes also recommends regular washing of bed linen to prolong the life of the duvet and minimise the effects of dust mites.

What do I do if my down duvet starts to smell?

As down duvets are made of natural filling, smells are inevitable from time to time regardless of quality. In order to minimise this effect, it is recommended that you place the duvet in a dryer with some dryer balls on a low setting for 2-4 hours, stopping every hour to fluff and reshape. Also leaving the duvet to 'air' in a warm dry room should help minimise this effect.

Are the feathers likely to penetrate the duvet cover?

With cheaper made feather duvets this can be an issue. However with our high thread count duvet casings; this should not be an issue, however if it is, the effect can be minimised through using high density cotton bedding and 'fluffing' the duvet on a weekly basis to redistribute the feathers.

How long should a feather duvet last?

A high quality duvet should last between 10-12 years if properly cared for.





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