Shopping for a wool duvet? You’ve made the right choice and you are a step closer to better sleep! Did you know that wool keeps your heart rate lower during sleep? The lower heart rate is an indication of deeper, more peaceful, and more restorative sleep. The causality between wool fibers and heart rate was established in a study done by scientists at the Polytechnic Institute of Wales. In an experiment, they researched the heart rates of groups of sleepers who slept with wool comforters and other kinds of comforters. While wool comforters lowered the heart rate of the participants, the other comforters either maintained the same heart rate or made it higher.
That is just one of the magic tricks wool has in its portfolio of benefits! What else? It’s breathable, hypoallergenic, dust-mite repellent, biodegradable. And it controls your body temperature like no other natural or man-made material – keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. So, what’s not to love about wool and wool comforters?
You just have to pick the perfect wool duvet insert for you. We’ll navigate you through the process and through the different options we have for you.
Step 1: Choose the size of the duvet insert
Believe it or not, the size of the duvet is important for comfort and sleep experience. Longer and wider duvets make your bed look better, but also add a bit of comfort – allowing you to freely toss underneath.
When choosing the duvet insert, consider the size of the mattress and the size of the bed frame. Also, make sure to take into consideration the position of the bed – is it next to a wall, or is it free standing? A free-standing bed could be beautifully styled with an oversized duvet and duvet covers. If it’s next to a wall, however, an oversized duvet won’t be that practical.
We have standard sizes, but we can also create a wool duvet insert in a custom size. Just drop us a line if that is the case.
Step 2: Choose the weight of the duvet insert
What is the temperature of your bedroom most of the time? That is one of the first things you should consider when choosing the weight or the thickness of your wool duvet. Ours come in three weight options: Summer, Winter, and Extra Warm. That doesn’t mean that you are limited to just 3 weight options, however, since we do have a paired alternative.
One of the main differences between the three main weights is… the weight itself and the warmth it provides. So, if you feel comfortable under heavy comforters and sleep in a cold room, then the Extra Warm duvet insert option would be perfect for you. If not, you might want to consider our lighter options.
Still not sure what weight to choose?
We’ve got you covered with our paired duvet inserts set. This is a very practical option. It allows you to tie together two duvets and use them as one when in need. Feel free to mix and match the weights as much as you wish! You can combine different thicknesses and cover fabrics (preferably 100% Unbleached Cotton or 50% Linen / 50% Cotton) as you feel most suitable for you.
Step 3: Choose the fabric of the duvet insert
Choosing the fabric of your wool duvet is the next step you’d have to go through. We have selected fabrics that will maximize the performance of the wool batting inside our duvets. But if you have other preferences, you can always have a look at our fabric swatch and request a custom fabric for your duvet. We mostly recommend our 100% Cotton (lightweight), the 50% Linen/ 50% Cotton Blend, and the 100% Virgin Wool Fabric.
100% Organic Cotton, lightweight
Cotton is extremely breathable and the softest to the touch of our fabrics. It’s lightweight and is perfect for people who do not like heavy comforters.
Linen resists stains like no other fabric, so it is very easy to maintain the fabric clean. The higher the linen percentage in a fabric, the more durable it is.
Wool is amazing at regulating body temperature and moisture. It keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Wool has anti-microbial properties and is dust-mite repellent. Wool is also our heaviest fabric and thus it is perfect for people who prefer heavier comforters. A wool comforter with a wool fabric has a feel like a heavy/ weight blanket.
Questions and Tips
What is the difference between Home of Wool Oeko-Tex certified wool duvets and Home of Wool GOTS certified Organic wool duvets?
The difference is in the name of the certificate and in the pricing that is also based on the certificate itself. At Home of Wool, we focus on making healthy wool mattresses, bedding, and home décor items out of the most natural and pure materials available, using only wool, linen, cotton, and silk. We never use finishes, flame retardants, synthetics, and chemicals of any sort.
Oeko-Tex is one of the oldest and most reliable standards out there. Although less recognizable by customers outside of Europe, when you see it on a product you can be certain it’s been tested for hundreds of chemicals and harmful substances. These include substances in the ready product but also substances that are activated and become harmful during the normal use of the product. Oeko-Tex Standard 100 includes regulations regarding prohibited azo dyes, formaldehyde, nickel, etc. Chemicals harmful to health are also tested if they have not yet been statutorily regulated.
GOTS is one of the most recognizable organic certificates, and specifically in North America. The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, trading, and distribution of all textiles. It evaluates all chemicals used in the processes, to meet basic requirements on toxicity and biodegradability and does not allow the use of toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and their enzymes, no chlorine bleaching, no azo dyes, phthalates, and PVC.
Is it difficult to care for a wool duvet?
Use duvet inserts inside washable covers. Spot cleaning is recommended. Washing is possible but will cause shrinkage. Use gentle cycle and water temperature up to 90º F or 30° C. Do not tumble dry. Let air dry completely, preferably on a flat surface.
Is there an option for customizing the duvet inserts with ties or loops?
Yes, you can order ties or customize the duvet insert in any way you want.
Should I always use a cover with a wool duvet?
Yes, always use duvet inserts inside washable covers. A washable cover will not only make you more comfortable but will also prolong the life of your duvet insert.