Duvet Construction:

Learn about various construction methods of duvets and how they help keep down in place.

A bed with the pink Mariposa duvet set

Duvet construction is something that people don't really think about. There are different ways that a duvet can be constructed and both serve to keep the down in place. Without some sort of construction the down would all collect at the bottom and sides of the duvet! Baffle duvets tend to be the warmest because they keep the down in place. Sewn-through or box stitch duvets can lead to thin spots in the down.

A baffle box duvet has thin strips of material sewn between the top and bottom cover in a checkered pattern. The baffles are usually between 6-15" in size and have an equal amount of down in each. This allows the duvet to have an even amount of down and an even distribution of warmth. Baffle box is usually the best choice for heavier duvets that are used in colder climates.

A box stitch, or sewn-through, duvet is also sewn with a checkered pattern but rather than using small strips of material to separate the top and bottom cover, they are sewn together forming boxes. Boxes serve the same purpose as baffles, they keep the down evenly spread out across the comforter. However, this construction can sometimes allow tiny bits of down to escape through the needle holes and makes for cold spots if you allow the duvet to settle. A box stitch is usually the best choice for lighter weight duvets that are used in warmer climates.

Now that you are a familiarized with the different constructions you can use this to purchase your duvet. Remember, both serve the primary function of keeping the down from shifting or bunching up in the corners. Box stitch is probably the better choice for duvets under 30-40 ounces of down fill and baffle box is the smart choice for heavier and warmer duvets above 30-40 ounces.

Now that you are a familiarized with the different constructions you can use this to purchase your duvet. Remember, both serve the primary function of keeping the down from shifting or bunching up in the corners. Box stitch is probably the better choice for duvets under 30-40 ounces of down fill and baffle box is the smart choice for heavier and warmer duvets above 30-40 ounces.

Read more about the tog unit of measurementhere.

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