Quilts are an important part of your bedding, and as the seasons change and get hotter or colder, so should your bedding. Many people find that as the winter cold bites more and more each night and morning, their summer quilts are no longer standing up to the requirements of what they need to stay warm. If you have never encountered this problem before or are just now starting to feel colder than you have in the past, then you need a winter quilt. Here are a few types to help you find the best winter quilts.
Quilts are made of many different materials, and some are quite a fair bit heavier than others. Wool batting has been traditionally used in quilts and that provides a lot more heft than some of the newer, more synthetic fillings you will find in a quilt. If you enjoy the extra weight and find that it adds to the warmth in winter, then look for a quilt made from wool or other, similarly heavy materials. They can be a bit hard to find these days, as the trend is more towards light and fluffy, but they are still out there if you know where to look!
If you find your current quilt too cold, then it likely has pretty poor thermal retention. That can be because it is not densely filled or because it comes from a material that is primarily for summer, such as silk or polyester. During winter, you want to look for materials like cotton, that are fluffy, heat retentive and very, very comfortable. Not only does this make it easier to fall asleep but you wake up feeling nice and warm every time, which is a massive bonus on the cold winter mornings that you are likely to find across many parts of Australia.
Sometimes you don't need to buy a whole new heavy quilt to replace your summer quilt with, but just an extra one that you can add on top. These smaller quilts are less expensive and easier to use because you don't have to swap them in and out of sheets and covers whenever the temperature changes; you just take off the top layer when you don't need it. You also don't need to look for very expensive material, as you won't be directly touching this quilt seeing as it will be the top layer.
Keep this information in mind as you look for quilts.