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How Long Should Duvets Last?

How Long Should Duvets Last?
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How Long Should Duvets Last?

Have you ever found yourself not feeling as cosy as you should at night and found yourself thinking, ‘how long should duvets last?’ According to The Sleep Council, a duvet is ready to be retired and replaced after five years. This may sound excessive, but when you consider that humans sleep for an average of 26 years of their entire life, it makes a lot more sense! 

At Bedding Comfort Store, we don’t think it’s as simple as just buying a new duvet after a set amount of time. Instead, many contributing factors affect how long we can make good use of our duvets. Keep reading to find out how you can tell when it’s time to say goodbye to your duvet and invest in a new one!

Is it time to replace my duvet?

If this is a question that you must ask, it may be time to choose your new luxurious bedding. If your duvet is not offering the right level of comfort, you stand to suffer in many ways, one of the main being an impaired immune system which 43% of adults suffer from.

If you have noticed any of the following when making your bed, then we recommend investing in something new:

  • If you find that your duvet is not completely padded throughout. 

premium cotton duvet in good form should offer you complete padding from your head to your toes. Should your duvet have empty spots, or the wadding feels unevenly distributed, it’s time to get a new one. 

  • If you are not able to re-plump your duvet to its former glory.

One of our top tips is always to let your duvet breath when you are changing your bedding. This is vital to ensure any dampness dries and for letting air circulate the lining. If you are wafting, patting, and punching your duvet with no extra fluffiness being created, it sounds like it has seen better days. A premium duvet in great condition should feel as good as new when it has been left to aerate. 

  • If it starts to smell or does not seem clean even after washing. 

We appreciate that washing a duvet is a cumbersome task, but it needs to be done. 36% of people in the UK say they only wash duvets and blankets once a year. This is not ideal as it means that you’re bedding with not last for long at all!

If you have been washing your duvet (well done) and it still doesn’t seem clean, it is time to get a new one. If you use a dirty duvet for too long, you will experience a build-up of germs and bacteria that affect your mattress and other areas of your bedroom. No one wants to deal with dust mites, do they?

  • If it does not provide you with the right warmth or ventilation when the weather changes. 

When looking at how long a duvet should last, it is not just about the actual lifespan of the product. 

Seasonal duvets are a great way of enhancing your sleep as they are made to enhance comfort. If you are using a duvet for the intended season, you are likely to have a couple of options that last you much longer compared to one that has had to deal with each form of weather. 

For colder seasons, a winter duvet is designed to offer you additional warmth thanks to the thicker tog rating. This ensures you do not become victim to any cold-based viruses and don’t need to worry about paying for expensive heating sources, as you will be snuggly enough when in bed. If you used your same winter duvet when the seasons changed, you would find that the thick padding becomes worn and flat over time as you are likely sweating on it! You should swap out for a summer duvet when you kick off the covers a bit too much

By using your duvets wisely, you can keep them both in brilliant condition and find that you must pay less for this bedroom essential. Another option is to choose an all-season duvet which works like magic to keep you both cool and warm depending on the weather. These normally cost slightly more but see you through all the seasons. 

How long will a good duvet last?

How often you need to change your duvet depends on the quality of the product you choose to buy. If you scrimp when making a new purchase, you will likely find yourself needing a replacement in sometimes less than a year!

All our duvets are made to last even longer than the industry recommendations as we consider usage and effects when making new products. Only using the best materials and production techniques can ensure that duvets stand the test of time and don’t give up after a few months. Our products can last years and years if they are looked after properly, meaning you don’t have to worry about spending more when you least expect it. 

How can you refresh a duvet?

Duvet will only last a decent amount of time if you look after them. Many people don’t realise the extra work that goes into achieving cloud-like comfort every evening!

Want your duvet to last longer? Follow our top tips:

Wash that bedding! 

Shockingly, 33% of people only wash their bed sheets once a year. We know that laundry is not the best chore, but your duvet will be seriously affected if you are not placing fresh, clean covers on it. Simply adding a fresh cover is enough to ensure your duvet remains clean.

Let it air

It is not just humans that need air to function, but also household items! Letting your duvet air between changing sheets will mean that it can naturally fight any bacteria build-up and come back to life. 

Use a fabric spray between washes 

Washing your duvet can be tricky, so when not, use a fabric freshening spray between full washes to still clean your duvet. 

Place it in a tumble dryer on low heat

Giving your duvet a 20-minute blast with low heat is enough to re-fluff the wadding and leave your duvet feeling as good as new!

How do I know what type of duvet is right for me?

There are many options when choosing a new duvet for you, making investing easier as your needs can be exactly met. 

It would help if you considered what season you need your duvet for, as this will dictate the tog that you purchase. For winter duvets, anything from a 10.5 to a 15 tog is ideal for keeping you warm no matter how cold it gets! Typically, people want to know what the difference is when it comes to winter duvets. If you want to choose between a 13.5 or a 15 tog design, check out this blog for more information. 

If you find that your 15 tog duvet is too warm, you can shop for a summer duvet which is normally available in anything from a 1.5 to a 10 tog design. 

Allergies may also be something that dictates your purchase. In this circumstance, you can select a hypoallergenic design that ensures no issues arise. Our anti-allergy duvets are designed to stop nasties from getting in and allow air to flow for ultimate comfort and support.  

You can also choose your duvet based on other factors, such as ones that have a hotel-quality duvet feel, soft touch duvets for added comfort, or all-season duvets, which will ensure you sleep perfectly every night of the year. 

 What do I do with an old duvet?

If you have read our blog and realised it is time to part ways with your package duvet, it doesn’t mean it won’t be a much-appreciated addition for someone else. 

You could donate your old duvet to an animal shelter to offer a place of warmth for an animal in need. Likewise, you could also use your duvet for your own pets at home as they work brilliantly in the base of a dog or cat bed. Other uses include using your duvet as crafting material, donating it to a homeless charity or using it as materials to support wildlife nesting. 

Just because your duvet doesn’t offer you a luxury night’s sleep anymore doesn’t mean it won’t do the same for someone else in need. 

How long should duvets last

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As we have covered in this blog, a quality duvet should last up to five years. However, with the proper care and attention, you can extend that but another few years, which will save you money in the long run. 

We have made it our mission to only provide the best quality products as we know just how important a good night’s sleep is. From improving your concentration to ensuring your general health is better, the possibilities are endless.

Click here to view our full collection of duvets, which will improve your sleep and ensure you never get caught needing a new duvet when you least expect it!

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