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Duvet and pillow guide

Find out which bedding is the best for your sleep style with our guide to togs, fillings and more.

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Duvet and pillow guide.

How to choose a duvet

From picking a tog that suits the season to deciding between a natural or synthetic filling, there are lots of things to consider when choosing a new duvet. To help you decide which one is best for you, we've put together some tips on what to look for.

Single duvets

Width 135cm, length 200cm

Double duvets

Width 200cm, length 200cm

Kingsize duvets

Width 225cm, length 200cm

Superking duvets

Width 260cm, length 220cm

Duvet tog guide

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What does tog mean?

Tog is the unit of measurement used to describe a duvet’s ability to trap air and retain heat. As a rule, the bigger the tog value of a duvet, the warmer it will be. One popular misconception about tog ratings is that they relate to the weight of the duvet - but this is not the case. The weight or thickness tends to be determined by the filling inside.

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    What tog duvet do I need?

    Most duvets in the UK are rated between 4.5 tog and 15 tog. Many people prefer to have a higher tog duvet in the winter and then swap to a cooler, lower tog duvet when the temperature rises. There are, however, duvets that can be used all year round. These all-seasons duvets usually come in a 10.5 tog.

    Tog ratings

    4.5 tog duvet

    A lighter weight duvet, perfect for use during the summer months.

    10.5 tog duvet

    For spring and autumn use, or when the temperature isn’t too hot or cold.

    13.5 tog duvet

    Warm and cosy, just right for keeping you warm in winter.

    15 tog duvet

    An extra warm duvet to keep you toasty on even the coldest nights.

    Choosing a duvet filling

    Can’t decide on a natural or synthetic filling? Here’s our lowdown of everything you need to know.

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    Synthetics vs naturals

    Duvets are generally filled with either natural or synthetic materials. Synthetic fillings are usually warmer, heavier and easier to wash. Natural-filled duvets, in contrast, are more resilient and long lasting, and tend to have a more luxurious feel.

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    Washing a duvet

    Duvets don’t need to be washed as often as other bedding, but it's a good idea to wash them at least once a year. Before you wash a duvet, it's important to check the care label to see whether it should be machine washed, put in the dryer, or dry cleaned.

    Types of duvet fillings

    Super soft

    Comfortable, cosy and machine washable.

    Anti-allergy

    Packed with special fibres to fend off dust mites and bacteria.

    Feels like down

    All the benefits of natural-filled bedding but with an affordable price.

    Natural

    Feathers and down provide a warm and cosy finish.

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    Pillow talk

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    Which pillow is best for you?

    It is important to know your sleeping style before buying new pillows as this will help determine the degree of firmness you need. Pillows come in varying densities, from very soft to firm, so you’re sure to find something that supports your head and neck correctly.

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    Washing pillows

    Over time, pillows will collect dirt and grime so it is advisable to wash them every six months. Most pillows can be put in the washing machine on a gentle cycle, but if you’re unsure, check the care label first. Once the pillow has been washed, use your hands to fluff it back to its original shape.

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    Responsible Down Standard (RDS)

    All feather and down products from Argos are certified as Responsible Down Standard. This voluntary standard safeguards the welfare of ducks and geese used in the gathering of down and feathers. It also provides full traceability along the supply chain, validating where the down has originated from.

    Standard pillows

    Standard pillows measure approximately 48cm tall and 74cm long. They are sized so that two can fit comfortably on a double bed.

    Kingsize pillows

    A few centimetres longer and deeper than their standard sized counterparts, these pillows are designed for use on wider beds.

    Body and bolster pillows

    These pillows provide a high level of support, making them an ideal choice for expectant mothers and people who experience back pain.

    V-shaped pillows

    With a distinctive V-shape design, these pillows offer orthopaedic support and additional comfort around the back and sides of your neck.

    How firm should your pillow be?

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    Best for side sleepers

    Pick a firm pillow to aid in spine alignment.

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    Best for back sleepers

    Go with a medium pillow that provides gentle support.

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    Best for front sleepers

    Choose a slimmer, softer pillow to avoid neck strain.

    Pick from natural, synthetic or adaptable memory foam.

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    Natural filled

    These are ideal for those who love the comfort and luxurious feel that natural materials like feathers and down bring.

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    Synthetic filled

    Man-made fillings such as hollowfibre and microfibre are non-allergenic, making them ideal for people who are allergic or sensitive to feathers.

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    Memory foam

    Pressure-relieving memory foam gently moulds itself to the shape of your head and neck, allowing for a more comfortable and restful sleep.

    Nursery bedding

    Create the perfect sleeping environment for your little one with snuggly duvets and soft, supportive pillows.

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    Nursery duvets

    At 120cm x 150cm, these kid-friendly duvets are designed to fit any toddler bed. They often have anti-allergy properties, so your little one can snuggle in without any discomfort or irritation.

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    Nursery pillows

    These toddler-size pillows provide excellent support to little heads and necks. Most are machine washable and dryer safe, making it easy to clean up any messes your child makes.

    More help and inspiration

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