Australian Doona, Duvet, and Quilt Buying Guide

Australian Doona, Duvet, and Quilt Buying Guide

There’s more to buying a quilt than just choosing what looks good.

This is not to say, of course, that aesthetics aren’t important. They absolutely are! But your quilt shouldn’t just look good, it should also feel good. Besides, quilt covers can help you get the look you crave while allowing you to choose a quilt that meets your comfort needs, such as weight and warmth. The following are points of consideration to keep in mind when shopping for a quilt.

Who is the Quilt for and where will it be used?

Your first consideration should be who the quilt is for and where it will be used. Is the quilt for an adult or child? Adults are likely to prefer a heavier quilt while children will usually be comfortable with a lighter weight quilt. And speaking of children; care is especially important when choosing a quilt for a child since you’re more likely to have spills and other messes to contend with.

What's your next consideration?

Your next consideration should be where the quilt will be used and the environment. What part of the country are you in and what’s the climate like? Do you need something for mostly warm weather or cold nights? Perhaps you want something in a material that will keep you or your child warm in the winter and cool in the summer? You can choose something season-specific or a 2-in-1 quilt. Is the room heated/air conditioned? These are also factors to consider.

What is the difference between Quilt, Doona or Duvet?

It can be a little confusing to know what’s what when it comes to quilts, doonas, and duvets. This is because they are used interchangeably to refer to a cloth bag filled with feathers or fibres that you place on your bed to keep you warm. At the end of the day, all three names are usually used to refer to the same thing, but for the sake of interest, here is a little history on each:


A quilt is often called a “Doona” in Australia, which is a trademarked brand name registered to bedding manufacturer, The Tontine Group.


The word “Duvet” is French for “down” and is the term most commonly used in Europe and the United States, where they are also referred to as “comforters”.


In modern British English, the word "Quilt" can also be used to refer to an unquilted duvet, comforter or doona.

What is the best quilt filling?

Frequently Asked Questions

How to choose the right weight and warmth

To make it easier to choose the right weight and warmth, the density and height are calculated by GSM and Loft.


Which stands for Grams per Square Metre, refers to the weight of the quilt filling (more precisely the number of grams of filling per square meter - the more filling the warmer). The following will help you to better understand what GSM is best for your needs:

To make it easier to choose the right weight and warmth, the density and height are calculated by GSM and Loft.

  • 240 GSM is best for Summer
  • 350 GSM is best for Autumn and Spring
  • 500+ GSM is best for Winter
  • Four Seasons: Comes with 2 quilts - 1 x light weight (Summer) and 1 x medium-weight (Spring/Autumn) - attached together is ideal for Winter


Loft is another measure of a quilt’s warmth based on its height/thickness. To give you an idea:

  • Light Loft is the equivalent to 300 GSM or two blankets
  • High Loft is the equivalent to approximately 450 GSM or 3 blankets
  • Super Loft is the equivalent to 500 GSM or 5 blankets

Along with GSM and Loft, the type of fill will also determine how warm or cool a quilt is. Dual-Warmth Quilts are also an option for those looking for versatility or for couples who, like most, have differing temperature preferences when they sleep. Dual-warmth comforters offer two weights without looking any different for a seamless aesthetic.

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Brands and Manufacturing

It’s no secret that some brands offer higher quality than others. Investing in the best brand that you can afford offers you the most bang for your buck now and in the long run. Consider where a quilt has been manufactured too, as local materials and manufacturing means that the quilt spends less time compressed in transport so that you get a warmer quilt.

Allergy Considerations

Though we have covered the different materials already, it is worth stressing that those with allergies should consider quilts that are made from hypoallergenic materials, such as Tencel and microfibre.

How does the construction impact warmth?

The way a quilt is constructed impacts warmth because of the way it allows the fill to move or keeps it in place. The two main constructions are:

Boxed refers to seams that create “boxes” of feathers or filler are fully sealed so that they can’t move around and leave cold spots. This provides an even weight and warmth across the entire quilt.

Channel construction means the seams run parallel the entire length of the quilt so that the down or filling can shift to different parts. This offers the versatility of moving the fill around so that you get more/less warmth where you want it. This can also cause the filling to shift and bunch when you don’t want it to.

Care guide/ Longevity:

Caring properly for your quilt is key if you want to get the most out of it. Be sure to read labels and follow care instructions. Shaking out your quilt daily will help keep it free of dust and also allow the feathers or fill to stay evenly distributed.

You can prolong the life of your quilt by following the manufacturers recommended care instructions, as well as covering it with a quilt cover which protects it while allowing you to match it to your décor.

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