Determining the Right Time to Switch Your Winter Duvet to a Summer One

Posted by Gemma Henry - Content Lead on 20th Feb 2024

Determining the Right Time to Switch Your Winter Duvet to a Summer One

The seasons are changing but our need for a comfortable night's sleep remains. Staying comfortable in bed throughout the different UK seasons can be tricky. And knowing when to switch out your winter duvet for a summer duvet is a key part of maintaining a comfy night's sleep as the seasons change. 

In this article, we will explore the ideal time to make the switch and the importance of tog rating in choosing a duvet. We’ll also explain proper storage of your winter duvet, and provide some helpful tips for selecting and maintaining your summer duvet and winter one alike.

Understanding the ideal time to switch duvets

Slumberland All Seasons 9 + 4.5 TOG Duvet laid out across a divan bed and mattress set.

Switching duvets according to seasons is a significant practice that ensures optimal comfort throughout the year. As the weather changes, our sleep requirements also evolve, and the right duvet can make a noticeable difference in our sleep quality.

The ideal time to switch from a winter duvet to a summer duvet depends on various factors. Typically, it is recommended to make the switch when the temperature starts to rise consistently, and you find yourself feeling too warm during the night. This usually occurs during the transition from spring to summer, when the nights become milder and the need for insulation decreases.

However, it's important to note that everyone has different preferences and tolerance levels to temperature changes. Factors like room temperature, personal body heat, and individual comfort preferences can influence the time to switch your duvet. Some individuals may prefer to switch earlier or later depending on their specific needs.

At Bensons for Beds, we offer a wide range of duvets. And we even have one that’s designed to be suitable for all seasons. This duvet is adaptable enabling it to be a 13.5 tog duvet, a 9 tog duvet, and a 4.5 tog duvet all rolled into one. As a summer duvet, it can provide a lighter and cooler sleep experience, allowing for better airflow and temperature regulation. And when winter comes back around, it can be transformed into a plush, warm duvet that will keep you snug as a bug in bed.

Remember, the key is to ensure your sleep environment promotes comfort and relaxation. By switching to a summer duvet at the right time, you can enjoy restful nights and wake up feeling refreshed and revitalised.

The role of tog rating in choosing a duvet

When it comes to selecting the right duvet for your bed, understanding the tog rating is essential. The tog rating measures the warmth and insulation provided by a duvet, helping you determine its suitability for different UK seasons.

For summer, it's important to choose a duvet with a lower tog rating to ensure a comfortable and cool night's sleep. A lower tog rating means the duvet has less insulation and is lighter, allowing better airflow and preventing overheating during the warmer months.

Typically, a summer duvet should have a tog rating of around 4.5 to 9. This lightweight duvet will keep you comfortably cool, preventing excessive perspiration and promoting a restful sleep.

The tog rating directly affects your comfort and sleep quality. Using a duvet with a higher tog rating during summer can lead to discomfort, sweating, and disrupted sleep. It's important to switch to a summer duvet with the appropriate tog rating to maintain a comfortable sleeping environment.

Proper storage of your winter duvet

A duvet stored in a breathable bag. Some bedsheets are piled neatly next to the duvet bag.

When the warmer months arrive, it's time to switch out your cosy winter duvet for a lighter, more breathable option. But what should you do with your winter duvet during the summer? Proper storage is essential to maintain its quality and ensure it stays in top condition for the next winter season.

Here are some tips for storing your winter duvet:

  1. Clean it before storage: Before packing away your duvet, make sure it's clean. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for washing or dry cleaning. This will help remove any dirt, dust, or allergens that may have accumulated during the winter months.
  2. Use a duvet storage bag: Invest in a breathable duvet storage bag to protect your duvet from dust, moisture, and pests. Avoid using plastic bags, as they can trap moisture and cause mould or mildew (1).
  3. Avoid compression: Avoid compressing your duvet too tightly when storing it. This can damage the filling and affect its loft and insulation properties. Instead, fold it loosely to allow for proper air circulation.

Improper storage can have negative effects on the quality of your duvet. If not stored correctly, your duvet may lose its shape, become lumpy, or develop an unpleasant odour. Mould and mildew can also grow in damp conditions, leading to health issues and the need for replacement.

To maintain the quality of your duvet, store it in ideal conditions:

  1. Cool and dry environment: Store your duvet in a cool, dry place to prevent moisture build up. Avoid storing it in a damp basement or attic where humidity levels are high.
  2. Avoid direct sunlight: Sunlight can fade the colours and weaken the fabric of your duvet. Choose a storage location away from direct sunlight to preserve its appearance.
  3. Air it out occasionally: If possible, take your duvet out of storage every few months and give it a good shake to restore its loft. This will also help prevent any musty odours.

By following these tips for proper storage, you can ensure that your winter duvet remains in excellent condition and is ready to keep you warm and cosy when the colder weather returns.


Choosing the right duvet for your needs is essential for a good night's sleep, especially when transitioning from winter to summer.

When it comes to choosing a summer duvet, consider the tog rating. Tog rating measures the duvet's thermal insulation, with lower tog ratings ideal for warmer weather. For summer, we recommend a duvet with a tog rating between 4.5 and 9, ensuring you stay cool and comfortable throughout the night.

Proper maintenance is crucial in extending the lifespan of your duvet. Regularly fluffing and shaking your duvet helps maintain its loft and prevents clumping. This process also allows air to circulate, keeping your duvet fresh and hygienic.

When it's time to wash your duvet, always check the care label for specific instructions. Most duvets can be machine washed on a gentle cycle using mild detergent. However, larger duvets may require professional cleaning. It's important to ensure your duvet is completely dry before storing or using it to prevent mould and mildew growth.

At Bensons for Beds, we offer a range of duvets suitable for all seasons. Our summer duvets are designed with breathable materials and quality craftsmanship to provideoptimal comfort during warmer nights. Explore our collection and find the perfect duvet to switch to this summer.



Gemma Henry
Content Lead
Gemma finds sleep fascinating and describes the discovery aspect of her role as eye-opening. Her keen eye for detail and dedication to thorough research ensures that Bensons customers get the informative sleep-based advice they're looking for.
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