Duvets are designed to keep you snug in the winter, while in the summer not cause overheating. From tog ratings to the type of materials used, buying a duvet can be a complicated task. Our aim at Guide Me To Bed is to simplify some of the terms you hear and make the whole process an easy task.

Key Information:

Tog Ratings:

One of the main things you’ll come across while deciding on a new duvet cover is something called a tog rating. This is a easy to understand way in which a duvets warmth is measured in. The higher a duvets tog rating, the better it’s ability is keep the heat in. Though what the ideal tog rating is for each person can vary very much on factors such as one’s room temperature, there is a standard guide which can help you decide on a which duvet cover to buy.

Tog Ratings Made Simple

Tog ratings made simple.


There is also all season duvets. These are consisted of two separate tog rated duvets, usually one low, and one medium, which can be separated during warmer months, to make keeping cool easy. During winter they can be clipped together to create the ultimate warm and cosy duvet.

Duvet Cover Sizes:

Duvet covers come in many different standard sizes. For example single. To be absolutely sure you can take the measurements stated on a duvet, and compare them to your own bed, Duvet covers are designed to sit on top of the bed, without the duvet hanging over. This obviously down to personal preference, and some, especially those sharing a bed prefer the extra cover. For this situation, we recommend buying the next size up from your bed size.

The Construction of a Duvet

Believe it or not, the are certain different types of constructions within duvets. This is what affects the cost of a duvet, as well as its warmth.

Baffle Construction:

This construction features strips of fabric within the duvet. These are used to help keep the feathers in place. This construction is mainly found in those duvets with a high tog rating, with this construction being a great way to eliminate cold spots.

Channel Construction:

As the name suggests, the duvet it made up of channels. These are created by seams which run lengthwise up the duvet cover. For some, this is a disadvantage because the filling can move easily, resulting in some spots not offering the best warmth.

Box Construction:

This is probably the most common and popular construction. These duvets are constructed of little squares made up by the use of seams. Each has an equal amount of filling. What makes these so popular is that this clever construction means the warmth is evenly distributed.

The Various Duvet Fillings

The different fillings within a duvet should be considered within your buying decision too. These will affect key areas such as allergies, so it’s an area well worth considering.


These are an excellent filling option. Lightweight, washable and kind to those with allergies, this filling is an excellent solution for anyone.

Wool and Silk:

If you have an allergy to feather, but still want something natural, this is an excellent filling choice.

Down and Feathers:

These types of duvets contain soft feathers great for warmth. The contain feathers from various birds including goose and duck. Goose-down duvets are expensive and often considered luxurious. We highly recommend checking the instructions for washing these duvet types as they vary between different manufacturers. We also suggest those who have allergies to consider avoiding duvets filled this way.

Final thoughts:

We hope this Guide Me To Bed duvet information has been useful. Remember key points such as tog ratings and filling types which will help you get your ideal duvet.


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