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 šŸ˜‰

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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