Choose your Down Duvet in 4 Simple Steps

Step 1 - Duvet Size

First and foremost, you need to know what size down duvet will best fit your bed. Do you have a single, double, king, super king or emperor sized bed? Take a look at this chart to find the down duvet size you'll need, depending on the size of your bed:

Size Imperial (inches) Metric (cm)
Single 54 x 79 135 x 200
Double 79 x 79 200 x 200
King 91 x 87 230 x 220
Super King 102 x 87 260 x 220
Emperor 114 x 92 290 x 235

For a double bed, we suggest a duvet that covers the entire width of your mattress, plus a few additional centimetres. If you have any doubt about the right duvet size, opt for one that is wide enough to make sure you are well covered during the night.

More information about duvet sizes

single or double duvet?

Step 2 - Tog Rating

The thermal classification is measured by how well a duvet insulates. In the UK, this is known as a Tog Rating.

British duvets are sold in increments of 1.5 tog – from 3.0 tog (high summer) up to 18.0 tog (extra-warm). The stated values are minimal and actual values may be up to 3 tog higher. Notice that these tog values assume that there is no duvet cover added that can trap air, and that the sleeper is unclothed. Sleepwear and such other layers can make a significant difference for the lower tog values.

There are many different factors to consider when choosing a tog rating of your duvet, for example:
- Do you easily get too hot or too cold?
- What time of year is it?

To learn more about which tog rating is best suited to your needs, please visit our Choosing the Right Tog page for more information.

Many people choose to have two duvets at home - a light duvet for the warmer summer months and a thicker duvet for the colder winter months. However, if you only want one duvet due to storage or budget limitations, we’d suggest going for a Spring/Autumn duvet which provides the best of both worlds – it can be used during the summer and winter months.

Tog values on range from 4.5 tog to 15.0 tog. To help you in your duvet tog selection, we’ve created this helpful chart:

4.5 Tog: Summer duvet

6.0 Tog: SummerPlus duvet

9.0 Tog: Spring/Autumn duvet

12.0 Tog: Winter duvet

15.0 Tog: WinterPlus duvet

Step 3 - Down Quality

The higher the quality of the down, the better insulation it will provide. The quality is determined by both its size and its elasticity.

A light duvet that is still able to keep you warm is the most popular choice, which is why we exclusively offer down duvets that contain at least 90% down.

Read more about fill power or about down varieties

down and feather

Step 4 - Ticking

Ticking is known as the cover of the duvet itself. It’s important that a ticking is strong and light, whilst supple enough that your duvet falls smoothly around your body to ensure a comfortable and great night's sleep.

The most commonly used ticking material on down duvets is cotton. Close woven cotton allows for air ventilation and doesn’t leak down.

Duvet ticking quality is provided in Ne. Ne 1 equals one pound of yarn weight, to 840 yards of yarn length. The denser the thread of the duvet, the higher the Ne value. We’re renowned for selling only the highest quality down duvets and all our duvets have a ticking of between Ne 60 and Ne 160.

You may wish to read more about ticking here.

Down Duvet Buyers Guide

Choose your duvet in 4 simple steps

  1. Duvet size: Which duvet size do I need?
  2. Tog: Choose the right tog
  3. Fill power: What is Fill Power?
  4. Duvet fabric: Good down belongs in a good fabric

Compare all down duvets by duvet price, size, season, brand, fill power, fabric and down.

Do you have any questions? Let us know!
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