Life and Style present a simplified guide to getting your winter bedding for Winter 2017.

How to Choose the Right Winter Bedding

We spend around one third of our lives sleeping, therefore we have to choose our bedding choices with utmost detail. During the cold winter months we must prepare for the chilly nights and what better way than hiding under the covers?

The first and most important part of a good night’s sleep is having a quality mattress. If yours is over ten years old, it could be time to upgrade. Unfortunately, there are confusing aspects of choosing the right bedding, luckily Life and Style have a put together a simple guide to choosing the right winter bedding for you below:

Which Duvet Is Right For Me?

What Tog Duvet Do I Need?

A key consideration in duvet shopping is its warmth, you’ll notice that duvets have a tog rating splashed across the packaging. It’s a simple system: the higher the tog, the warmer the duvet, with a scale ranging from 1 (coldest) to 15 (warmest).

Naturally, the changing of seasons determines your tog requirements, as you’ll want to be warmer for the summer months than during a cold snap. The George bedding guide has the following useful advice for your seasonal needs.

What Does the Tog Rating Mean?

For year-long comfort an all-seasons duvet provides the best of both worlds. These sets cater for all climates and usually contain a low and higher tog duvet that can be buttoned together to brace cold weather. While in milder temperatures, the lighter duvet can be used separately for a cooler night’s sleep. Even better, you will now have a spare duvet for guests. For easy storage put the unused duvet into a vacuum bag.

Climate Tog Why
Hot 4.5 Ideal for summer
Medium 9/10.5 Ideal for autumn
Cold 13.5 Suitable for all year round use
Very cold 15 Ideal for very cold winters

What Duvet Filling Is Best?

Choosing the right pillow is a matter of personal preference akin to deciding the hardness of the mattress. George pillows come in three varieties that offer soft, medium and firm support. Each is designed with sleeping position in mind to provide maximum support:

Sleeping position Pillow needed
Front Soft
to minimise neck strain
Back Medium
to provide additional shoulder support
Side Suitable for all
year round use

Which Pillows Should I Get?

What Pillow Filling Is Best?

As with duvets, pillow filling is generally natural or synthetic, we have a break-down of the differences:


Natural

Synthetic
Soft, comfortable and supportive Comfortable, lightweight and warm
Helps your skin breath more easily Easy care – machine washable
Can be unsuitable for allergy sufferers Great for allergy sufferers
FEATHER & DOWN
Combines weight of feathers with the softness of down for a luxurious nights sleep
HOLLOW FIBRE
Soft, lightweight fibres with a hollow centre to trap warm air
MICRO FIBRE
Fine ‘feels like Down’ filling – a great alternative for allergy sufferers
MEMORY FOAM
Moulds to your shape for exceptional support and pressure relief


Natural
Soft, comfortable and supportive
Helps your skin breath more easily
Can be unsuitable for allergy sufferers
FEATHER & DOWN
Combines weight of feathers with the softness of down for a luxurious nights sleep


Synthetic
Comfortable, lightweight and warm
Easy care – machine washable
Great for allergy sufferers
HOLLOW FIBRE
Soft, lightweight fibres with a hollow centre to trap warm air
MICRO FIBRE
Fine ‘feels like Down’ filling – a great alternative for allergy sufferers
MEMORY FOAM
Moulds to your shape for exceptional support and pressure relief

After deciding on the core elements of your bedding, it’s time for the fun bit; shopping for bedsheets and pillowcases. Express your personality with a duvet cover that showcases your favourite colours. If you have children, they’ll love to get involved in picking their own bedsheets and George have a great selection of kids’ bedding and accessories featuring vibrant designs with all their favourite characters.