Weighing in on Wool vs. Down Duvet… 8 Months Later

Weighing in on Wool vs. Down Duvet… 8 Months Later

Way back in June of last year I posted about the wool duvet we bought, and wondered whether we would end up wishing we’d of stuck with a down duvet instead. You might remember that post, and if not, you can catch up on it here.

I have to say I’m surprised at how much interest that article got, and continues to get. So I decided to weigh in on our decision now that almost a year has passed.

But first, here’s a little DIY revamp I made to the duvet cover.

See the rings on the corners?

Well, I sewed those onto the duvet. There’s actually 8 in total including the ones sewn onto the middle of each side.

The cover came with ties sewn to the inside, which you’re supposed to tie to the duvet to hold it in place.

But when I tried this it didn’t work that great.

The duvet wanted to bunch up in some sections, and then there seemed to be more cover than duvet in other sections, even though they’re both the same size.

So I decided the rings would be the perfect solution to hold the duvet in place inside the cover.

The corners and middles were secured on 3 sides, and then the whole ensemble had to be flipped right-side-out so the last 3 ties could be secured as well, and the duvet cover zipped shut.

No more bunching or extra fabric in all the wrong places!

Don’t mind the wrinkles! The cover just came out of the dryer… and I didn’t quite get to it in time 😉

But once it was on the bed I gave it a quick touch-up with the iron.

See, not bad for wrinkles now!

After the rings were added, the duvet and cover fit together perfectly… and stayed that way. What’s really missing with the wool duvet is the fluffiness of a down duvet, which is why the cover seemed so much bigger at first.

So weighing in on the apparent pros (as mentioned in my first post):

  • Naturally hypo-allergenic
    • we read up on this, and it appears to be so
  • Provides relief from allergies
    • we don’t have any allergies, so have to trust this one
  • Has a natural resistance to dust mites
    • sure hope so, but we are careful to stay on top of laundering, etc.
  • Breathes to control body temperature, humidity and comfort
    • definitely true
  • Transfers moisture away from your skin, to maintain an even body temperature throughout the night
    • again, true
  • Warm in the winter and cool in the summer
    • true, but I like more covers in winter, so added a throw for myself at night – hubs did not
  • Fire resistant
    • that’s wool in general
  • Renewable, sustainable, 100% natural and biodegradable
    • yup!

In the end, we kind of miss the cozy look and feel of the down duvet, but we don’t miss the down itself. No more feathers flying around every time we wash the cover!

So would we go back to a down duvet? In one word, no. We are super happy with our wool duvet.

How about you? Have you got any of your own feedback to share?

I hope you had a nice weekend. Ours seemed to go so fast, but it was good. We got outside for some fresh air… and the sun was even shining! No work in the yard, but we enjoyed a quick trip out to Blue Grouse Estate Winery, and a little stroll around Cowichan Bay. And now we’re ready for what this week has to bring!



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12 thoughts on “Weighing in on Wool vs. Down Duvet… 8 Months Later”

  • This post was made for me! I never buy duvets, ever, becuase I hate the uneven bunching all over the place! The rings are such a great idea. I can sew those on easy and especially the ones in the middle! Genius! Thanks to you, I may begin to look at duvet covers again. 🙂

  • We moved to a coverlet because we were too darn warm with the down duvet, now I know that the wool duvet would work much better and is breathable – that is excellent information to know. And my husband actually bought clips before we were married so that the corners would stay in the duvet cover (they didn’t work – and they actually sort of looked like chip clips – your method with the rings looks so much better and clever too!).

  • Love the idea of the rings. I have these little clips that I bought that work pretty well but they are metal which isn’t the coziest thing for a bed.
    I traded my down duvet for a silk one which I love, love, love. Again it’s not as fluffy as the down but it is quite warm, breathes very well and is very light. It is supposed to be for the three seasons but we use it all year round, we both find the down is too hot, even in the winter.
    I’ll be considering a wool one for the cottage as the down one has been sent there and it’s already driving me crazy.

  • If you have not tried a silk duvet certainly give a chance. Keeps my husband warm and me cool. It is better than sliced bread! Hope to get them as Christmas presents for the kids. eBay has some decent priced ones.

  • i am looking for a wool duvet and hoping not to get one that sheds as a commenter mentioned on your original post. can you identify the brand that you got? Costco doesn’t seem to have them on their website any longer. Also, i am hoping not to use a duvet cover at all. Do you think without a cover, you would have any other complaints about the wool duvet?

    • Hi Ruth,
      After a few years now we are still loving our duvet! If I had a complaint it’s that the duvet doesn’t stay put inside the cover… but that’s what spurred on my mini project, and now our duvet stays in place without any trouble. And my personal thoughts – without a cover would be just fine.

  • I work in a down rendering plant and also card wool for a living in Port Moody Canada.

    Now this is all good information. To have no problem with bunching do not use Merino wool.Jacob Sheep or Churro lay better. Merino is a disaster if used in a duvet.

    The stitching distance with wool is 8.5 inches. So with wool pattern stitching is the only way to go. Box is not the way. Box stitching is a old fashion way of doing it and people are think about Norwegian Down Duvets .
    It is really hard to get people out of that mind set.

    The tensile factor of sheep’s wool is 134 according to F.H. Bowman of the British Wool board so sheep’s wool is not that strong so that is why you have problem with wool duvets lasting.

    Alpaca is 365 tensile value so it makes the best duvet and the stich patter can be up to 18 inches so that why it last for 50 years. Do not use Suri Alpaca is only to be used in Garments

    The ties on the picture were in right place but you use them with to put on mattress tape . The Textile Handbook which is published since 1891 which can be found in a good university library has a lot of information on making a wool duvet. It is an 600 dollars to have site license for it but if you talk to Science librarian or you know a University Student you can access it.


    • Hi Brenda,
      I got the rings at a sewing store… they come in different sizes, and these ones are about a 1/2″ in diameter. I hope you are able to find some, because they really do make a difference!!

  • it always surprises me that, in the wool vs. down debate, no one ever mentions the fact that wool comes from a live animal who shouldn’t be harmed in the process, while down comes from animals who are killed for their feathers. It seems like it would be enough to sway many of us. Am I missing something?

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