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Quilt Buying Guide







For maximum warmth, loft and softness, you canít beat a good quality quilt.

Synthetic quilts are relatively cheap and easy-care, but donít offer other benefits of natural fills.

The popularity of wool quilt is on the rise - pure or mixed with other natural fibres.

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If youíre allergic to house dust mites, bedding that can be washed frequently and tumble-dried on high might be your best choice or if you prefer a quit, use a dust-mite proof cover.

Some manufacturers make quilts or blankets for couples with different warmth requirements, where the two sides are made of different materials (such as cotton and wool) or contain fills with different weight and warmth factors.

Some manufacturers make quilts or blankets for couples with different warmth requirements, where the two sides are made of different materials (such as cotton and wool) or contain fills with different weight and warmth factors.

Size

Measure your bed before you buy a quilt. Some manufacturers cut corners by lumping together a mix of sizes such as "Full/Queen" or "King". Better quilts are made specificially for each size bed and will be marked with the finished size. Compare this to your own bed's measurements.

Filling

Quilts are generally filled with layers of polyester batting. The "loft" of the filling will determine the physical size of the comforter as well as the insulating ability. Stitching patterns or quilting helps secure the filling inside the quilt and helps it stay evenly distributed. A wool or polyester quilt looks smooth and crisp, even if youíve sat or lain on it, whereas a down quilt needs some fluffing up.

Details

Look for dressmakeer details that add to the designer look. such as welting, fringes, ruffles, buttons, contrasting borders, etc. However, if you use your quilts as a blanket then make sure any buttons, ties, and ruffles are located away from the top of the comforter and your face as you sleep.

Versatility

Many quilts are made with contrasting fabrics on each side. Use this feature to get a summer and a winter look for your bed by just reversing the quilt.