Material Matters: How to Choose a Quilt for Winter

Material Matters: How to Choose a Quilt for Winter

Summer is truly gone, and winter is upon us. We’ve already started feeling the winter chill.

The colder temperatures disrupt the sleep cycle, and you might experience tossing and turning at night as winter’s freeze takes hold. This calls for cosy bedding to keep you warm and toasty on chilly nights. A comfy, warm snuggly quilt helps you get a better night’s sleep without feeling the chill.

Whether your all-season quilt is not keeping you warm enough, or you’re looking for a new quilt to keep you cosy during the colder months, we’ll help you find the right quilt for your needs.

The materials used in quilt-making are of prime consideration. There are two general categories – natural fibres and artificial fibres. Natural fibres include wool, cotton, feather and down, and mulberry silk, whereas the artificial fibres are polyester and faux mink.

Here’s some basic information about the materials used to make quilts and their unique benefits.

Faux mink

Made from polyester material, faux mink quilts are a great choice for winter,  trapping body heat to keep you warm and toasty. Besides the warmth they offer, faux mink quilts add a touch of elegance to your room. They often come in gorgeous bright colours and can be decorative.

Giselle Bedding’s faux mink quilts have 300gsm polyester filling and 200gsm polyester cover. They’re made with baffle box construction to ensure even warmth distribution. They are available in charcoal, teal, and burgundy shades. The luxurious silvery sheen and soft, smooth touch make them quite desirable.

Benefits of a faux mink quilt:

  • Durable
  • Lightweight and warm
  • Easy to wash and maintain
  • Great for cuddles
  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Elegant and decorative
  • Plush look and feel

Cotton 

Being a natural material, quilts made from cotton are soft, comfortable, and breathable. Cotton is thinner, lighter and breathes more than other materials. If you enjoy a light and warm quilt, you should consider purchasing a cotton quilt. 

Benefits of a cotton quilt:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Breathable
  • Machine washable
  • Natural fibre
  • Lightweight
  • Durable

Microfibre

Need a quilt that’s allergy-friendly? For those battling allergies, a microfibre quilt is an ideal solution. It repels irritants like bed bugs and dust mites and prevents them from infiltrating your bedding. This helps you breathe easy and sleep better. Microfibre quilts are made from polyester and suitable for year-round use. They don’t hold onto sweat or moisture, and offer the same amount of softness and durability.

Benefits of a microfibre quilt:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Machine washable and easy to care
  • Affordable
  • Soft and smooth
  • Enhanced durability
  • Breathable with reduced sweating

Wool

Tried and tested, our ancestors have been using wool for centuries to keep themselves warm. As a natural fibre, a woollen quilt will regulate heat and keep hot sleepers cool and cold sleepers warm, preventing frequent wakeups. Because wool repels moisture, it prevents the growth of bacteria and dust mites. Furthermore, it is also renewable and biodegradable. This makes it a safe choice for both you and the environment. 

Benefits of a wool quilt:

  • Natural insulator
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Sustainable fibre
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Super comfortable
  • Flame resistant

Feather and down quilts

Looking for a fluffy, soft, and light quilt? Then, a duck down or goose down quilt could be an ideal option. Quilts made from this material will keep you warm without adding extra weight. They are so soft and plush that you’ll drift away into a peaceful slumber. 

Giselle Bedding has several options in duck down and goose down quilts. They feature a baffle construction that prevents the filling from shifting and keeps the warmth locked in.

Benefits of a feather or down quilt:

  • Natural fibre
  • Lightweight and warm
  • Perfect for snuggling
  • Soft and breathable
  • Regulates body temperature

In addition to quilt material, the weight of the quilt is also an important consideration. Check for Grams per Square Metre, or GSM, which refers to the weight of the quilt filling. The more filling within the square metre, the warmer the quilt.

Wondering which quilt is suitable for winter – faux mink, wool, feather or down, microfibre, or cotton? Well, that all depends on what you’re looking for. 

Whether you’re a cold sleeper or hot sleeper, we've got something for you. Giselle Bedding offers a plethora of options in quilts, so you’re sure to find the quilt that suits your needs.

Check out our collection of soft and comfy quilts today!


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