MAR 01|4 min read
Here's everything you need to know to build your best bed ever.
We’ve done the work for you and served up a range based on the way you like to sleep. Explore our range of quilts by their warmth rating and composition to invest in a better night’s sleep, whether you’re a hot sleeper, a cold sleeper or prefer a quilt that is light or lofty.
Firstly, consider what climate you want the quilt for; is your quilt for summer or winter? Or do you live in the kind of climate that never gets particularly cold? With temperature ratings from cool to extra warm, our range of quilts suits all seasons and climates.
The next thing to think about is allergies; is your new quilt for someone who has sensitivities? Along with what temperature rating you need, allergens will also factor into your choice of filling.
Additionally, you’ll want to consider who your quilt is for. Kids will benefit from durable quilts that won’t soil easily, while a mid-temperature quilt is perfect for the guest bedroom, so you can use it for all seasons.
If picking the perfect quilt still feels a bit complicated – or you feel overwhelmed by choice – keep reading as we break down everything you need to know about bedding.
The first thing you’ll notice when you start researching quilt types is that the words ‘loft’ and ‘GSM’ appear in almost every description. Put simply, the loft is how thick a quilt is, while GSM refers to how much filling the quilt has. Loft is primarily used for aesthetic purposes; the higher the loft, the bigger and fluffier the quilt will look. Loft does not have a large impact on warmth but will instead affect how it feels to be bundled up under your quilt. A high loft quilt is usually about as thick as three blankets.
GSM stands for “grams per square metre” and is one of the ways warmth is measured. Your typical winter quilt will be at least 500 GSM, while an autumn quilt will be between 300-350 GSM, and a light summer quilt will be 250 GSM or less. If you prefer a heavy quilt opt for a higher GSM.
Buying the right size quilt seems straightforward – surely a queen-size quilt is made for a queen-size bed? However, we always recommend purchasing a quilt one size larger than your mattress.
A larger quilt will luxuriously drape over the sides of your bed, creating a sumptuous look that helps cover your mattress. A larger quilt will also keep you warmer, as it will stop draughts from getting in, cover more of you when you’re in bed, and is perfect if you have a partner that likes to steal the covers. Plus, buying one size up from your mattress means you don’t immediately need to buy a new quilt, should you upsize your bed.
Bed sizes are not standard, internationally. If you have an Australian mattress, we recommend buying your bedding and bedlinen from Aussie stores like Adairs, to make sure the dimensions match your bed.
Animal-derived fibres like feather and wool have been known to cause reactions in those with sensitivities. You might be having a reaction to your bedding if you regularly wake up to a stuffy nose, sneezing, a cough, or even itchy eyes. You may also experience poor sleep quality if your quilt filling isn’t letting you breathe easily. If this sounds like you or someone in your family, try out an allergen-free filling like cotton, bamboo, silk, or synthetic material. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that dust mites cause reactions just as often as animal fibres. A good, dust-mite-resistant mattress topper and frequent laundry is a must if swapping your filling hasn’t provided any relief.
We know that quilts keep you warm – but how? When you slide into bed, the warmth from your body begins to warm the filling; as the fibres expand, they trap 1,000s of tiny pockets of air. These pockets of insulation warm up from your body heat, creating a soft layer of comfort. As such, quilts are a far more effective insulator than blankets, which simply provide a barrier between your body and the cold air.
The right filling is all about how you personally like to sleep; do you want something breathable or extra warm? A heavy quilt or a light quilt? Is moisture wicking important for you? We explore the benefits of each filling below.
Allergy sufferers rejoice, bamboo is here to help you sleep well. Naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, bamboo won’t cause a reaction in people with sensitivities – meaning you’ll wake up feeling fresh, not stuffy. Naturally anti-bacterial, bamboo also won’t allow bacteria, fungus, mould, or other nasties to grow, for a better night’s sleep. Breathable and moisture-wicking, bamboo will feel good in all seasons. Plus, bamboo is an eco-friendly choice.
Hot sleepers love cotton! Renowned for their breathability, cotton-filled quilts are the ideal choice for summer - or anyone who finds themselves regularly kicking off their quilt in the middle of the night. With excellent moisture-wicking properties, a cotton quilt can absorb a lot before you’ll begin to feel damp. Opt for a quilt with a cotton-rich cover too and enjoy the cool feeling against your skin. Plus, cotton is not a known allergen, so you’ll breathe easy and sleep easy.
The classic quilt filling, feather and down provides plenty of warmth. Down provides the most insulation, while the feather provides weight. The most opulent quilts have a higher percentage of down to feather and are some of the warmest on the market. A quilt with a high percentage of down to feather will be warm while still being lightweight. Feather and down quilts are durable and lofty, making them a great all-rounder.
If you’ve got lots of beds to cover, synthetic is a great choice. Modern polyester is excellent at mimicking the high loft of down at a much more affordable price point. With an easy-care construction, you’re able to wash a synthetic-filled quilt more often than other kinds. This regular washing (bye, dust mites!) and allergen-free material makes synthetic an excellent choice for allergy sufferers.
Silk and summertime are the perfect pairing. A natural fibre, silk is incredibly breathable and thermoregulating - making it ideal for hot nights. Silk quilts tend to be lightweight yet are some of the most durable on the market. Even better than that, silk doesn’t draw moisture out of your skin and hair, which will help keep sensitive skin types happy. Those with dry skin, eczema, or sunburn will love how silk feels, night after night.
Another classic, wool is a favourite amongst families. Incredibly durable with soil-resistant properties, wool is a great choice for kids. Just like it does when it’s on the sheep, wool provides temperature regulation and is super breathable - meaning it’s ideal for hot sleepers or year-round use. The moisture wicking properties make it the right choice if you’re trying to avoid those clammy, sweaty nights. Plus, wool is a renewable resource so you can feel good about your filling.
Once you’ve found your perfect quilt, make sure to follow the care instructions on the tag to keep it in good condition for years to come. Some quilts are dry clean only, while others are machine washable. Keep drying time in mind – a quilt can only go back on your bed once it’s completely dry.
If you’re packing away a seasonal quilt, we recommend using a zippered storage bag to keep the unused one safe and giving it a fresh spritz of Aroma Wash before it goes in the cupboard.
From breathable Bamboo to luxe Feather and Down, there’s an Adairs quilt for everybody and every season.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the difference between ‘loft’ and ‘GSM’, head in-store and let our expert team provide tailored advice.