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What sort of doona/comforter'duvet for an allergy sufferer?

 
 
msolga
 
Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 05:41 pm
I ask because I'm considering buying a new doona (to replace my old, rather clapped out one) soon.

What would you recommend for a person who's prone to allergy irritations (plus owns a cat ) ?

Duck down, feathers, cotton, wool, or a combination of fillings, or ...?

I like the idea of wool, because (from what I've read) it's light weight & it's a good insulator. Also, I'm not crazy about synthetics & prefer avoid them if I can. However, if they're the best option ...

If you're an allergy sufferer, what sort works for you?

 
dyslexia
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 05:43 pm
@msolga,
what's a doona?
sozobe
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 05:44 pm
@msolga,
(Note to Americans, doona = comforter!)
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 05:45 pm
@msolga,
What on earth are you talking about?
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 05:49 pm
@sozobe,
Thanks, soz. (Note I changed the thread title accordingly)

By "doona" I meant one of these here things. (Though I don't think gold is my colour of choice for the cover, necessarily. Wink )

http://www.thedownstore.com/images/duvetlinen%20images/finochameusesilkmed.jpg
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msolga
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 05:51 pm
@ossobuco,
Quote:
What on earth are you talking about?


See new thread title, plus soz's post, osso.

It seems we call the very same things by many different names, depending on which part of the planet we live in.

I think "doona" is rather nice, myself! Smile
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 05:52 pm
@msolga,
I had to look up doona, MsOlga .
Outside of Australia, it's called a comforter or duvet Very Happy

I am a semi-allergy sufferer and given that we have in southern California
more warm days as cold ones, I opted for synthetic fiber. It's just easier to clean
and inexpensive, which translates to buying a new one more often.

I do have all natural fibers (cotton) as duvet covers though. I also use a wool
blanket on top of the duvet, should it get really cold in the winter (seldom).
Dto. for pillows: synthetic and frequently replaced.

For our climate, I would never use down or feathers. Wool and cotton definitely, but as I said, I'd rather replace the bedding more often and synthetics are easier
to wash.
sozobe
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 05:52 pm
@msolga,
Can be called a duvet, too.

What kind of allergies do you have?
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 05:52 pm
@CalamityJane,
While I wrote, everyone else came in.... Very Happy
sozobe
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 05:54 pm
@CalamityJane,
Ya beat me with the duvet thing!
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msolga
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 05:59 pm
@CalamityJane,
Ha ha, Jane.
Please note the new amended thread title! Wink

( just know some Estonian will turn up here & call it something else! Razz )

I think your climate sounds similar to mine, so I'm listening carefully. PLUS you're an allergy suffer. We are on the same page! Very Happy

OK, you'd recommend cotton, or wool, then? Any "down sides" to either of those you're aware of?
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 06:00 pm
@msolga,
but wait, how did you change a thread title?
sozobe
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 06:01 pm
@ossobuco,
Within the five-minute editing window, I'd guess....?
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 06:04 pm
@sozobe,
Quote:
What kind of allergies do you have?


Allergies of the nasal variety, soz.
I'm a constant sneezer & blocked nose sufferer.
Of course, it doesn't help that I live in an old (late 1890s) house, which is rather prone to dustiness.
But I can't change the house. I don't really want to because I like it. But the doona/comforter/duvet is something I can control! Smile
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msolga
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 06:05 pm
@CalamityJane,
Quote:
While I wrote, everyone else came in.... Very Happy


You did, & they did, Jane!
You guys are quick! Smile
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 06:11 pm
@ossobuco,
Quote:
but wait, how did you change a thread title?


You can do it if it's a very short time after you originally posted it, osso. By editing the first post.
I see that in my haste to beat the time limit, I've inserted an apostrophe (instead of a forward slash) between comforter & duvet.

Now you're going to ask me what a "forward slash" is, aren't you? Laughing
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 06:13 pm
@msolga,
Down duvets come in different weights.

You could get a nice light-weight down duvet (1 - 2 pound) - and keep it inside duvet covers - best made of very very tightly woven cotton in your climate - 800+ thread count.

In warmer weather, you can just use the duvet cover as a bed cover, without the duvet inside.
msolga
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 06:20 pm
@CalamityJane,
Quote:
For our climate, I would never use down or feathers. Wool and cotton definitely, but as I said, I'd rather replace the bedding more often and synthetics are easier
to wash.


That's another thing to take into consideration.
I'd rather not take my doona/comforter/duvet to the dry cleaners for "washing".
So cotton, then? Or perhaps wool?
Or a 50/50 combination of one of those & a synthetic filling?
Which is the easiest re maintenance?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 06:22 pm
@sozobe,
thanks, I didn't know that.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 2 Oct, 2010 06:23 pm
@msolga,
no, no
 

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