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big­ger than the bed.

Ig­nor­ing the cheap­est and dear­est, the sec­ond de­ci­sion is fill­ing. Man­u­fac­turer York­shire Linen says there are three ba­sic types.

Hol­low­fi­bre is a syn­thetic with mil­lions of strands to trap air and warmth. The fill­ing is anti- al­ler­genic, and is ma­chine wash­able at 60 de­grees, killing dust mites. Syn­thetic is cheaper but won’t last as long.

Duck feather and down is the cheap­est nat­u­ral du­vet fill­ing – the down is the best bit as the feath­ers are nei­ther as soft nor as good in keep­ing you warm.

Goose down is lighter but of­fers the same level of warmth. Geese from colder cli­mates, such as Hun­gary and Siberia, pro­duce down in big­ger clus­ters and this fill­ing is con­sid­ered the most lux­u­ri­ous. Goose down du­vets can last for 20 years.

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