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How Often Should You Change Your Duvet?

How Often Should You Change Your Duvet
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How Often Should You Change Your Duvet

There is no denying that changing your duvet is conducive to a good night’s sleep, but is there a rationale we should be paying attention to when it comes to making the change? We clearly love our beds in the UK, with the British bedding industry being worth £1.3 billion in 2022.

Whether you are looking for a cushioned wonder to keep you warm during winter nights, are on the hunt for a breathable summer cover, or need to change due to allergies, we have got you covered in this complete guide!

How often should you change your duvet?

At Bedding Comfort Store, we look at this question from a few different perspectives. Let us tell you more!

If you want the expert’s opinion, it is widely reported that the Sleep Council say duvets should be changed every five years. This is just based on standard bedding though so if you invest in a premium duvet product, the lifespan is likely to be even longer.

We think that when considering how often you should change your duvet, it’s important to consider the reason why as this gives you a better insight into how your sleep could be improved with the right bedding. With 67% of adults saying they suffer from disrupted sleep, getting your cosy setup just right is essential.  

Summer sunshine can cause havoc on sleeping patterns.


Whilst 32% of Brits say that summer is the best season, as many as 50% of people say that sleeping is a nightmare at this time of year. That is why we recommend that a great time to change your duvet out for lighter weight is at the start of the summer months. It’s best if you make the duvet change before the weather heats up so that your sleep does not have a chance to become interrupted. 

The Solution: Any of our summer duvets are ideal for use in this situation. For the lightest weight cover, you can try the 1.5 Tog duvet, which still boasts hypoallergenic, premium padding but without the unwanted heaviness. Even the thicket of summer duvets, which would be our 4.5 Tog duvet, is still ideal for swapping out at this time of year.  

Swapping out a duvet due to heat would mean you swapped it out twice a year in line with the UK seasonal changes. This also means the lifespan of your product would be even longer as you are only using it for the six months of the year, meaning it offers much better value for money. 

More sleep and less to spend, win-win!

Winter cold spells need a heavy-duty duvet.

Just like the undeniable heat that the summer graces us with, the winter is also a season of weather change that reflects the need to make a duvet swap. When choosing the best winter duvet for you, it is essential to consider that it’s not just about comfort but also a way to ensure you don’t get ill during the colder months. Cold homes are bad for our health but due to the increase in the cost of living, having costly heaving is not a luxury that everyone can afford.

Winter duvets range from 13.5 to 16.5 tog and allow a way to improve sleep in the colder months. We recommend changing your duvet to a colder suitable version at the end of September, as this will ensure you don’t suffer from any winter chills.

If you are looking for a lower weighted winter duvet, our 13.5 Tog Egyptian cotton design is perfect for you. It provides a warm surround ideal for snuggling, and the cotton washes incredibly well, making it easy to keep in great working order. 

Want to go straight for the heavy-duty option? Then our 16.5 Tog duvets are perfect as they offer ultimate comfort. 

Just remember to swap your duvet back out in the spring so that you aren’t left overheating as the seasons again change! 

Allergies can commonly be lessened with a new duvet.

If you suffer from allergies, you will know how uncomfortable something as simple as sleeping can be. Finding the ideal anti-allergy duvet is the most cost-effective way to manage this need, as it means you do not have to constantly replace bedding.

Our collection of hypoallergenic bedding is all made from high-quality materials that are designed to protect against both seasonal and household allergies. You can also choose to invest either in all year around hypoallergenic duvet or a seasonally specific one, depending on how thick you want your duvet to be. 

The benefit of choosing an ant-allergy duvet is that you don’t have to keep commonly replacing it to keep it safe for use. It is also advised that anyone with an allergy washes their bedding every week. When you invest in a cheaper duvet, you will likely need to go through the annoying task of also washing that portion of your bedding. However, with a hypoallergenic design, this is not needed.   

Whereas someone who suffers from allergies may have needed to pay out to change their duvet more frequently with a traditional design, our anti-allergy duvets mean they will last just if someone does not have the same issues. 

What can you do to invigorate your duvet and help it last longer?

Whilst we have proven that you can extend the recommended five-year lifespan of a duvet if you manage your needs properly, there are also other tricks you can implement to keep your cosy accessory lovely and plump for longer. 

Our top tips are:

  • Keep your duvet clean and fresh by regularly washing or dry cleaning it. The lightweight design of our duvets means that you can easily wash them as you would other household linens to keep everything fresh and hygienic. 
  • When you change your bedding, it’s also important to let everything air before you put your fresh bed linen Letting your duvet aerate is a great way to keep it cushioned and fresh for longer.
  • You should also use mattress protectors and premium sheets to keep everything fresh. If the rest of your bed is working effectively to combat germs and nasties, then your duvet will be given the best chance at doing the same. 

What’s the main benefit of looking after your duvet? It means you will find yourself having to invest in a new one much less.  

What can you do with old duvets?


Sometimes you just must admit that it is time to say goodbye. If this is the case, you are probably wondering how you can get rid of it! There are some brilliant uses for old duvets, which are better than just chucking it away, never to be seen again. 

You could donate your old duvet to an animal shelter. In the UK, an estimated 2.7 million animals are in shelters, which all cost lots of money to keep safe and well. Rescue centres are always looking for animal bedding accessories, so your old duvet could act as the perfect bedding for a dog or cat in need. You can also consider donating to a homeless shelter, as just because your duvet is not up to your own standards anymore doesn’t mean it can’t offer some relief from the elements for someone else. 

How about getting crafty? Your duvet may be too thin and lifeless to give you a good night’s sleep, but it could be repurposed into anything from a camping base to a quilted picnic blanket. One man’s trash, after all, is another’s treasure so ask around to see if anyone has a project coming up. 

You could also use the inside of your duvet as wadding for birds’ nests or animal boxes, as they offer a great way to keep animals warmer during the colder months. If you are unsure how to set this up for yourself, chat with your local animal charity, who can advise you on the best action to take.

Finally, if none of the above works for you, you can recycle or compost your own duvet, depending on the material that it is made from. We think that all these options beat just popping your old duvet in a black bag.

Are you ready to make a duvet change?

As one of the best bedding shops in the UK, when you choose to invest in premium bedding from us, you benefit from the following:

– A wide range of duvet options that will ensure you benefit from amazing sleep all year round.

– Speedy delivery so that you can enjoy your new duvet as soon as possible.

– Clear definitions as to what bedding is suitable for allergies and which isn’t so that you don’t have to test the waters and find out the hard way that your new duvet is not great for you. 

How often should you change your duvet? The consensus is that your duvet should be changed at least every five years, but with care and ongoing attention, you should be able to keep your cushioned investment going for much longer!

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