How To Select The Right Quilt

How To Select The Right Quilt - Home Direct Australia

The quilt: one of the biggest investments you will make for you and your bed and often one of the hardest to get right! Whether you’re a hot or cold sleeper, prefer lightness overweight or natural materials over synthetic…. there is a quilt for you.

Feather and Down Quilts

Warmth without weight

Down is the soft and fluffy clusters which grow under the outer layer of the Goose and also the Duck to protect them from the cold. Down is lighter and has greater insulation capabilities than just normal feathers. The more down content usually the better the quilt will be for warmth, insulation, and comfort.

Advantages of Feather and Down Quilts

  • Warmth without weight
  • Light and Fluffy –  Insulates and breathes
  • Drapability and softness
  • Durability and long-lasting
  • Ability to breath – Wake up refreshed
  • Washable and dry cleanable

There are many different blends of feather and down, however, to simplify into three main categories. The three main combinations are; 50/50 duck (down/feather) warm, 80/20 duck (down/feather) warmer and 80/20 goose (down/feather) warmest.

When selecting your quilt please consider:

  • That the weight is up to a comparable standard to other quilts in the marketplace – you get what you pay for.
  • Ensure the product has not been made to a price point and the manufacturer and or retailer is skimping on the fill quality or quantity to lower the price.
  • The quilt is constructed correctly.
  • A cassette or boxed construction ensures the fill remains in place eliminating any cold spots and unnecessary movement of the fill
  • The cover is a high thread count japara eliminating the migration of down or feather quills needling through the cover slowly emptying itself in the bed, and on you.

Always follow the care instructions.

Feather and down quilts should be aired every couple of weeks to keep the shape of the quilts and ensure longevity.


Great for the warmer months.

Cotton is a natural material known for its durability, comfort, and softness. Cotton is considered much cooler than other quilt materials; it is thinner, lighter and breathes more than synthetic materials. Although cotton quilts come in different weights they are considered a cooler product and are normally manufactured as a summer weight or for individuals who prefer light-warmth quilts.

Benefits of Cotton Quilts

  • Natural fibre
  • Durable
  • Machine washable
  • Non-allergenic-so ideal for people with allergies
  • Draws away moisture from perspiration for a more comfortable night sleep

Care for Cotton Quilts

Always follow your care instructions. Most cotton quilts are machine washable or hand washable depending on the brand (see the product care label)

Bamboo Quilts

It wicks away moisture

Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, odor resistant, chemical-free, making it a great choice for allergy suffers. Bamboo is also a great quilt option for the summer months, as Bamboo wicks away moisture and breathes to keep you cool in summer. Bamboo breathes even better than cotton and is also three times more absorbent. Bamboo is also used in, sheeting, towels, pillows, mattress protectors, and also apparel. 

Care for Bamboo Quilts

Always follow your care instructions. Cool machine wash, tumble dry on low, do not iron.

Wool Quilts

Warmth with weight.

Wool fibres absorb body moisture and eliminate the humidity away from the body so you don’t feel hot and clammy during the warmer months.

The fibre also traps and retains air keeping you warmer in winter.

Wool quilts insulate and provide warmth with weight, and have a very tailored flat neat presence on the bed. Our Australia Wool Quilts come in a 350gsm option (warm) and a 550gsm option (warmest) and contain the high quality certified ‘Downs’ wool.

Advantages of wool Quilts

  • Wool is a natural insulator
  • Use all year round
  • Summer – absorbs your body moisture so you don’t feel hot and clammy
  • Gives even heat distribution of warmth
  • Wool is environmentally friendly
  • Wool is safe – non-flammable
  • Looks neat and tidy and sits tailored on the bed
  • Quality Japara cotton cover retains the fill
  • Soiled areas may be sponge cleaned
  • Dry cleaning is recommended

Care for Wool Quilts

Always follow your care instructions. Wool quilts will have different care instructions depending on the manufacturer. However, most are machine washable. Wool should be aired regularly.

Synthetic Polyester Quilts


Hypo-allergenic, easy-clean synthetic quilts are often anti-bacterial and ideal for allergy suffers.

Synthetic microfiber quilts can imitate Feather and down products and are light and fluffy, however usually more affordable.

Synthetic materials are very warm and retain heat. Microfibre quilts although synthetic provide some insulation, however, they are noted for their value, durability, and anti-allergenic properties.

Benefits of Synthetic Quilts

  • Low-cost option
  • Soft, lofty, and light providing warmth without weight
  • Machine washable and durable
  • Non-allergenic
  • Ideal for children as a light quilt option

Care for synthetic Quilts

Always follow your care instructions.



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