Editor’s Note: From time to time we entertain guest articles. Today’s guest article was written by Chad Harwood – Jones.
You may not fully appreciate it, but your duvet cover really is the key to getting a good night’s sleep. If you’ve got one that you like then it is likely that you don’t notice it, but get a bad duvet cover and it will ruin your night. There are so many different options out there which make it hard to know where to start choosing your new cover, but the best thing to do is decide on the type of material that you want. Different people opt for different fibres, but once you discover the one that suits you the best, there will be no looking back!
Probably the most popular material for duvet covers, cotton will be your safest bet if you don’t know what to go for. Cotton is a natural fibre so won’t trigger any allergies – good news if you are the sensitive type. It also comes in a variety of different weights to suit your taste, although you shouldn’t go too heavy in a duvet cover as this could easily be too much.
Cotton also takes moisture away from the body, making it good for people that tend to get very hot at night, but also keeping those warm who tend to get quite cold. Cotton duvet covers can vary drastically in price, from the very cheap to the very expensive. But while a high quality Egyptian cotton duvet being the most desirable, retailers such as Sainsbury’s offer great value on good-quality bedding.
Traditionally the preserve of the very wealthy, silk bed linen has become much more affordable in recent years but still conjures up images of luxury. Like cotton, silk is a natural fibre, and as you would expect, provides excellent insulation without making you sweat. Silk is available in a wide variety of colours to match your décor, but can sometimes spoil in harsh sunlight or particularly humid conditions, so must be treated gently. It tends to be more expensive than cotton, and the feel is not to everyone’s taste, so consider it carefully before making a purchase.
Not everybody’s duvet cover material of choice, man-made fibres (especially microfibres like ultra suede, microsuede or faux suede), have increased in quality and popularity in recent years. The advantage of man-made microfibres is that they come in a wide variety of colours and textures, making it much easier to match with the overall look of your bedroom. Microfibres are also very easy to take care of, as they are easy to clean and tend not to stain.
The best material for a duvet cover comes down to personal preference, and should match the feel of your room. Whatever you choose, make sure that it’s comfortable – you’ll be spending a lot of time under it!
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