In 1979 Bill and Jean Adderley began selling curtains on a Leicester market stall. Within 5 years in 1984 they opened the first Dunelm store in Churchgate, Leicester. Over the next 30 years the brands has gone from strength to strength providing a huge range of products for every home renovation project. The Birmingham Gazette was keen to find out more about this big brand with a local heart and decided to road test one of the most important purchases any homeowner can make for the ultimate comfort – Dunelm’s bedding range.
With dozens of colour schemes to chose from buying natural bedding products involves many decisions that can be quite overwhelming at times. With all the variables involved in natural fill bedding, it can seem like the options are endless. Not so in Dunelm, the bedding is broken down into easy to understand categories from memory foam to duck down and allergy free the choice couldn’t be simpler. Investing in a good duvet and set of pillows is no different to anything else in life. You get what you pay for. A cheap duvet may last a year or two whereas a top quality duvet may still be on the go in 20 or 30 years – so that £200 duvet can end up costing less than £10 a year and giving a far superior level of comfort and happiness every night.
The first thing you should look for at Dunelm is bedding that will provide you with both warmth and comfort. The more you pay for your duvet and pillows, the less weight is typically required for warmth. Also, your bedding will tend to perform better for longer. The UK tog rating is a rather complicated guide to warmth in duvets – operating on a scale from 2.5 tog which is the lightest rating to 15 tog – the warmest.
Dunelm has an excellent range for all tastes and technical specifications – With more than 20 varieties of natural filling duvets and synthetic fibre duvets on offer ranging from light 3 tog to extra warm 15 tog duvets, our expertise and extensive selection are a winning combination for the perfect night’s sleep.
Fogarty, Slumberland and luxurious Dorma available online and in store there’s a wide range of advice to help you identify the size and filling that will allow you to drift off to sleep and stay cosy all night long.
For most people, the choice between natural or synthetic fibre duvets is merely a matter of taste and budget. However, if you or a member of your family suffer from allergies it’s wise to steer clear of natural filings that can exacerbate problems. Synthetic duvets are available for all tog ratings and are non-allergenic by their nature so are suitable for use by the whole family.
Generally thought of as a more luxurious way to sleep, the natural filings of down or feather duvets are able to give a higher level of warmth because feathers are naturally adept at trapping air for insulation. Feather or down duvets do this with less thickness than their synthetic counterparts, though synthetic duvets with the same tog rating tend to have a lighter feel.
Dunelm has an extensive range of over 40 pillow types includes specialist items like memory foam pillows for responsive comfort, orthopaedic V-shaped pillows for support when sitting, and anti-allergy pillows to actively combat dust mites.
Pillow firmness is determined by the type of filling. The aim is to get the correct support for sleep that will
leave you refreshed, and while care levels might be a consideration it all comes down to what is most comfortable for you.
Are natural fibre pillows better than synthetic fibre pillows?
There are great benefits for both kinds of pillow, so it all depends on how you like to sleep. Generally speaking, natural filled pillows offer specialised support, where synthetic fibre pillows can be used to create any level of firmness. If you sleep on your side you’ll benefit from the full head and shoulder support of a memory foam pillow or down pillow to keep your spine aligned.
Front sleepers need to minimise neck strain so down or super soft synthetic fibres will be all you need for undisturbed slumber. Back sleepers are most comfortable with shoulder support, so the medium firmness given by mixed feather and down or medium synthetic pillows are ideal.