When Is It Time for New Bedding?
We spend a lot of time in bed… it’s a fact of life that we all need to sleep, and there’s nothing better than being cocooned in beautifully soft, warm bedding. But over time, bedding will start to wear and not perform as it should do.
But how can you tell when it’s time to replace your bedding?
When should I replace my duvet?
A good quality duvet should last several years – the higher the quality, the longer the lifespan. As a rule , we recommend you think about replacing it every five to ten years. Duvets will often outlast pillows because they rest on top of you, and don’t take weight like pillows do.
Here are some signs of wear and tear to look out for to know that it’s time to replace your duvet:
1. If it starts to feel limp, lumpy or develops cold spots, it means the fillings have spread out or become uneven and are not insulating as they should do.
2. Duvets can also discolour and collect dust mites no matter how often you clean it.
3. And if you’re using an anti-allergy duvet and you find yourself sneezing more often or starting to feel allergic, it’s a sign that you should think about a new duvet.
When is it time for a new pillow?
Pillows provide important support for your head and neck and work with your mattress to keep your spine in alignment. We recommend pillows be replaced every two to four years to make sure you’re still l getting the support you need.
Here are a few things to look out for to see if your pillow needs replacing:
1. If you rest a pillow over your arm and it droops substantially, it’s definitely time to replace it.
2. Equally, if you notice your pillow is discoloured, lumpy or flat, or you experience neck ache, then the filling has become worn and isn’t performing as well as it should do.
3. If you’re an allergy sufferer and symptoms reappear, then you should replace your anti-allergy pillow.
How can I make my bedding last longer?
There are a few things to look out for when buying a duvet that will ensure it lasts as long as possible and, lasts well. The higher the quality, the longer the lifespan, so we recommend you look for a duvet that has:
1. A cotton cover – this ensures it’s breathable and keeps you at just the right temperature.
2. A duvet that has a boxed cassette construction – this means the fillings are sectioned into individual boxes across the duvet meaning they can’t move around and instead remain evenly spread.
3. A decent thread count – we work to a minimum of 240 and this helps keep your fillings contained and stops feathers poking through. We use cotton cambric covers which have a specific kind of weave where the threads are tightly woven, helping to keep fillings inside.
4. When it comes to caring for your bedding, it’s recommended that you wash your pillows every other month and duvets at least twice a year. All Feather & Black duvets and pillows are machine washable (excluding our Icelandic Eiderdown Duvet) but we also encourage professional dry cleaning as they can provide specialist care and drying.