I can hardly believe I’m sitting here in a t-shirt writing this. The snow a couple of weeks ago is happily a distant memory already and I’m rocking the ‘shades-on-top-of-my-head look’ as I’m optimistically typing away inside a dark room (!)
If you’re anything like me, with temperatures rocketing into the mid twenties this week, you’ll need a cooler duvet but also one that won’t let you freeze if the Beast from the East decides to try and return.
So our best advice for spring duvets?
Here’s Duvet Advisor’s guide to maintaining the right level of comfort with your bedding on the warmer nights to come.
- 7.5 – 10.5 togs are the best spring duvets
Look at the TOG rating of your duvet. Those 13.5 Tog plus duvets are only really any good for the coldest nights. Unless your room faces north and has no central heating or double glazing, you’ll want a lower TOG duvet for warmer spring evenings. Try a 10.5 Tog this time of year, or a 7.5 Tog if you often get a bit sweaty in bed or won’t be parted from your PJs. Click here for more on Spring duvets.
- Kids spring duvets – choose a lower tog for children’s duvets
Children and toddlers aren’t so good at regulating their body temperatures. They get hotter than adults and will often be the first to cast off their covers on balmy Spring nights. Then they’ll wake you up with strange dreams when they’re chilly at 3am – especially little boys in my experience! The best duvet solution for children is a light duvet and a pair of pyjamas. with that combination they won’t overheat and they’re comfortable regardless of what’s going on with your thermostat. 4.5 tog duvets are good spring duvets for kids in double-glazed rooms or 7.5 tog duvets in cooler or older houses. Always remember advice about age: duvets shouldn’t be used with babies and toddlers younger than 12 months. Read reviews of children’s duvets.
- Natural fillings are best
If temperatures vary, natural fillings are better in duvets as they’re more breathable and don’t make you sweat as much if you get hot. Cheaper duvets with polyester / microfibre (synthetic) fillings can be super warm during the winter but can get nasty with spring and summer temperatures. Remember that wool and silk duvets as well of course as pure down duvets are often best at insulation and temperature control, but if you can’t afford those, a feather and down mix duvet will still be better than a synthetic one at keeping you comfortable in bed. Read the best feather and down duvets reviews or the best wool and silk duvets reviews.
- All seasons duvets are really useful
If you’ve got one of these you’re pretty much sorted throughout the year however warm it is. As all-seasons duvets normally come in 7.5 tog + 4.5 tog combinations, you’ll probably have had them both fastened together during the winter, but now just use the 7.5 tog duvet for the next couple of months and save the 4.5 tog one for mid-summer scorchers, or as a quick extra layer if the ‘Beast’ blasts us with a cooler night or two. Go straight to reviews of the best all-seasons duvets.
- Partner duvets can solve problems
So we’ve written another article about these here. And they’re brilliant to stop you and your partner fighting over the duvet or the thermostat. With one side warmer than the other, they’ll allow you still to share a bed and stay the temperature you need to be, helping to avoid night sweats and divorce (well, maybe that’s going a bit far!).
Our final bit of advice is don’t forget your central heating. If you’ve turned off your heating, you might actually be colder at night time especially if it’s a clear night and the temperatures plummet. Having a couple of duvets with different tog ratings is always a good idea.
Keep cool, keep cosy and enjoy the sunshine!