Quilt buying guide

A gorgeous quilt is an investment in your sleep health

After a long day, climbing under the perfect quilt is one of the best feelings in the world. Whether that’s a quilt that will keep you cosy and warm when the weather is cool, or a soft, light-weight quilt for security and comfort on warmer nights, you can be sure you’ll find the perfect fit.

We know that choosing a quilt is not always easy. However, finding a quilt to suit your personal preferences is an important investment in your sleep health. The characteristics of a quilt are often determined by the fill they are made up of – such as natural or synthetic fibres – and each type of fill comes with its own unique benefits. Find your perfect quilt fill with our guide below.

Feather And Down

Down clusters grow under the outer protective layers of feathers and are resilient and fluffy with no quill, making them very effective insulators.  As the down clusters trap air, they work together with your body temperature to keep you warm. Down is the most important element in a feather and down quilt as it is responsible for insulation and warmth.  The higher the percentage of down content to feather, the softer, lighter, loftier and warmer it will be.  Down is a three-dimensional cluster that is responsible for insulation and warmth achieved through a process called lofting. The down clusters expand and trap tiny pockets of air within their filaments to create thousands of insulating pockets, resulting in luxurious warmth, without the weight.

When comparing feather and down quilts you must also take into consideration the fill weight. For example, a 95/5% with a 500g weight will not be as warm as a 95/5% with a 900g weight.

Down quilts will be more durable than synthetic quilts which can mat and lump together over time as the down continues to re-loft and molds itself to the body. Down has the ability to breathe and dispel perspiration, reducing the clamminess often experienced with synthetic quilts.

Pillow Talk only carries baffle box construction quilts which keeps the filling even and allows maximum loft – which in turn increases insulation.

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Benefits of a down quilt

  • Natural fibre

  • Breathable

  • Durability

  • Temperature regulating

  • Washable

  • Molds to your body – will follow the contours of your body and movements while sleeping

  • Lightweight

  • Luxurious

Feather and Down Quilts

Care Instructions

  • New down quilts should be aired before use and on a regular basis, especially in the colder months.
  • Airing frequently increases the lifespan of feather and down quilts and also maintains their freshness.
  • Wetting down will not cause damage as long as it’s properly dried within a reasonable length of time.
  • Dry-cleaning is recommended every three to five years depending on how much perspiration has penetrated the quilt. If the cloth is yellowing, cleaning is recommended.
  • Feather and down quilts should be aired every couple of weeks and shaken daily to keep the quilts shape and ensure longevity. If cared for correctly a down quilt can last for decades.

Down itself has no heat. The fluffy filaments of down interlock and overlap to trap a layer of air that surrounds the body. When you are lying under your quilt it is your body heat that is being reflected back.

Goose down is slightly more superior than duck as they are from colder climates and are aged longer.


Wool is a renewable fibre and therefore is a resource that is naturally replenished. Wool is one of nature’s working fibres and its’ key attributes continue to perform even after it has been shorn.  The most beneficial factor of wool is its’ natural ability to breathe and regulate body temperature, regardless of your surroundings. Wool creates a micro-climate which assists in regulating body temperature and humidity, relieving the body of thermal stress and promoting a deeper, more refreshing sleep. Wool quilts can be perfect for couples who struggling to find a quilt suitable for their individual warmth needs.

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Benefits of wool quilts

  • Natural fibre

  • Breathable

  • Durability

  • Temperature regulating

  • Fire-resistant

  • Water-repellent

  • Soft and naturally soil-resistant; stays clean longer

Wool Quilts

Taking care of your wool quilt

As always, follow the instructions on the product care label. Generally, wool quilts can be dry-cleaned and should be aired regularly. This deodorises the quilt and the sunlight will help to kill any dust mites. Spot cleaning is usually fine too. Some wool products are machine-washable. To provide this a shrink-resisting treatment is applied during manufacturing.

NB- If a wool quilt is not machine-washable, then they must not be machine washed. The wool will shrink and clump between the quilting pattern and as it is sewn through, the cotton cover will shrink with the wool.


When we speak of synthetic fibres, we are referring to those that are man-made. At Pillow Talk we use two main types of synthetic fills – microfibre and down alternative. Our synthetic fibres are an affordable and easy-to-care-for option for your new quilt.

The differences between our synthetic quilts are:

Microfibre – Most of our synthetic quilts have a microfibre fill. However, we blend different denier fibres to provide both loft and softness in different quilts to suit personal preferences. Microfibre is a practical choice if you suffer from allergies or your quilt is likely to require frequent washing.

Down Alternative – Down alternative fibres are a finer denier than standard polyester fibres. They provide more loft and have a luxurious ‘down-like’ feel. This premium-quality quilt will provide incredible comfort and warmth on cold winter nights.

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Benefits of synthetic quilts

  • Afforable

  • Durability

  • Soft, lofty and light providing warmth without weight

  • Easy Care – machine washable

  • Hypo allergenic – Great for allergy sufferers

Synthetic Quilts

Care of Synthetic Quilts

Air and shake regularly. Wash either by hand or machine. Do not dry-clean. See the product care label.

NB: When washing your quilt in a domestic washing machine please ensure that its able to take the cubic capacity of the quilt being washed. Alternatively, a Laundromat should have a larger-than-normal washing machine available.


Cotton is a natural fibre, renowned for its comfort. Cotton is much cooler than synthetic fibres because it breathes. Cotton quilts come in varying grams per square metre (gsm) fills. They are mostly considered a summer-weight quilt and are suited to those who enjoy a light, warm quilt. As a guide, a fill of 280gsm is perfect for spring and summer months, while 350gsm is ideal for autumn and winter.

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Benefits of cotton quilts

  • Natural fibre

  • Breathable

  • Durability

  • Absorbs moisture

  • Hypoallergenic – great for allergy sufferers or skin allergies

  • Machine washable

Cotton Quilts

Taking care of cotton quilts

Depending on the brand, they may be either dry-cleanable, machine or hand-washable. See the product care label. If machine or hand-washing, be sure to square the quilt on the line to keep it from drying out of shape.


Bamboo is a eco-friendly, light-weight fibre which has natural temperature-regulating and antimicrobial properties, allowing it to keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. It’s natural resistance to dust-mites, mold, bacteria, fungus and odour increases longevity. Bamboo has superior moisture-wicking abilities that actively draw moisture away from the body, increasing absorbency.

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Benefits of bamboo quilts

  • Natural fibre

  • Breathable

  • Durability

  • Temperature regulating

  • Hypoallergenic

  • Eco friendly

  • Bamboo/Viscose – soft/silkier feel

Bamboo Quilts

Taking care of bamboo quilts

Depending on the brand, they may be either dry-cleanable, machine or hand-washable. See the product care label. If machine or hand-washing, be sure to square the quilt on the line to keep it from drying out of shape.


Silk is another one of nature’s wonder fibres – it has the ability to regulate body temperature, resulting in a deeper and more peaceful sleep. Irresistibly luxurious and extremely breathable, silk has amazing hypoallergenic properties as it is less hospitable to dust mites which trigger allergies.

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Benefits of silk quilts

  • Durable

  • Suitable for all year round

  • Silk is a natural fibre

  • Hypo allergenic – Great for allergy sufferers

  • Drapability

  • Luxurious

Silk Quilts

Taking care of silk quilts

  • Fluff and air frequently
  • Follow individual care instructions
  • Do not expose to harsh sunlight for extended periods of time
  • Spot clean any stains immediately with warm soapy water and air dry immediately

Why size is important

If you find you and your partner are often competing for the quilt, or you like the look of a quilt overhanging the bed, we suggest selecting a quilt the size above the dimensions of your bed. E.g. should you own a double bed, buy a queen size quilt.

Size Quilt Size Bed Size
Cot 90 x 120cm
Single Bed 140 x 210cm 92 x 190cm
Double Bed 180 x 210cm 137 x 190cm
Queen Bed 210 x 210cm 152 x 203cm
King Bed 240 x 210cm 182 x 203cm
Super King Bed 270 x 240cm
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