Duvet vs Doona vs Quilt – How to Choose a Quilt

Duvet vs Doona vs Quilt – How to Choose a Quilt

Published on 26/08/2022


  • So, what's the difference between doona, quilt or duvet?
  • Other Bedding Terms
  • How to choose a quilt or duvet
  • Final thoughts


When it comes to bedding, there are many different terms that are used interchangeably. Duvet, doona, and quilt are all common terms that can be used to describe the same thing – a type of comforter or bed covering. In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between these three types of bedding and walk you through how to choose the perfect quilt for your bedroom.

So, what’s the difference between doona, quilt or duvet?

Duvets, doonas, and quilts can all be used interchangeably. The main difference is in the terminology. In Europe & the United States, quilts are more common than duvets or doonas. In Australia/New Zealand, duvets and doonas are more common than quilts.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s take a closer look at each one.

What Is A Quilt?

A quilt is a type of bedding that is typically made up of three layers: a top layer, a middle layer, and a bottom layer. The top layer is usually made of cotton or another type of fabric, the middle layer is typically made of batting or insulation, and the bottom layer is usually made of a different type of fabric.

Bed quilts can be made from a variety of materials, including cotton, wool or synthetic fibers. Quilts are held together by stitches or ties, and they can be either hand-sewn or machine-sewn. Quilts are often used as bed covers, and they can be used on their own or layered with other bedding products, such as blankets or sheets.

What Is A Duvet?

A duvet (pronounced doo-vay) is a soft flat bag filled with down or other soft material and it is protected with a removable cover. The term duvet is typically used in Europe.

What Is A Doona?

The word duvet is also known as a doona in Australia because it was first introduced to the country by the Dooneen Company. The company began importing duvets from Europe in the early 1900s and eventually started manufacturing them in Australia. Since then, the doona has become a popular choice for Australian bedding.

Other Bedding Terms

What is a quilt cover?

quilt cover

A quilt cover is a decorative cover for a quilt and it is typically made of fabric. Quilt covers are used to protect quilts from dust and dirt, as well as to add an extra layer of warmth. A doona cover can be used on its own or with a quilt. When using a quilt cover by itself, it is typically layered with other bedding products, such as bed sheets or blankets. A duvet cover also makes it easy to change the look of a room by simply changing the cover.

What is a coverlet?

A coverlet is a type of bedspread that is made from lightweight materials, such as cotton or linen. It is usually thinner than a duvet or quilt, making it a good choice for warmer climates.

Coverlets can be used in place of a duvet or quilt, or they can be used as an additional layer during colder months. They are also perfect for those who live in warm climates and want a lighter option for the summer months.

To use a coverlet, you can simply place it on top of your bedding and tuck it in around the edges. You can also use it as a throw blanket to keep you warm on cooler nights.

How to choose a quilt or duvet

When it comes to choosing a duvet or continental quilt, there are a few things you’ll need to consider, including: the type of filling, the weight, the size, and the style. Each of these factors will help you choose the right duvet or quilt for your needs.


The type of filling will affect the softness, breathability and heat insulation of the duvet or quilt. Popular choices for fillings include cotton, feathers and down, polyester and wool. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages in terms of cost, comfort and allergies.

Cotton quilts

Cotton is a popular choice for duvets and quilts because it is soft, breathable, and hypoallergenic. Cotton is also easy to care for – simply machine wash on a gentle cycle. However, cotton duvets and quilts can be heavy, so they may not be ideal for those who prefer a lightweight option.

Feather and Drown quilts

Feather and down fillings are often considered the best choice for duvets and quilts because they are extremely soft and comfortable. Feather and down fillings are also very good at insulating heat, making them ideal for use in colder climates. However, feather and down fillings can be expensive and they may not be suitable for those with allergies.

Microfibre quilts

Microfibre is a synthetic fibre that is often used as an alternative to feather and down. Microfibre duvets and quilts are usually less expensive than their feather and down counterparts, and they are also hypoallergenic. However, microfibre fillings can sometimes be less breathable than natural fillings like cotton or wool.

Polyester quilts

Polyester is another synthetic filling that is often used in duvets and quilts. Polyester is usually less expensive than microfibre, but it is not as good at insulating heat. Polyester duvets and quilts may also be less comfortable than those filled with natural materials like cotton or wool.

Wool quilts

Wool is a natural filling that is often used in duvets and quilts. Wool is an excellent insulator and it is also very breathable. However, wool can be expensive and it may not be suitable for those with allergies.

So, which type of filling is right for you? If you’re looking for a soft and comfortable duvet or quilt, feather and down may be the best choice. However, if you’re looking for a more affordable option, microfibre or polyester may be a better choice. And if you live in a colder climate, wool may be the best option to keep you warm at night!


The weight of the duvet or quilt is measured in grams per square metre (GSM). A heavier quilt will trap more air and be warmer, while a lighter quilt will be cooler. The right weight for a duvet or quilt depends on the climate and the time of year.

The recommended GSM for summer is lower, around 150-300, while the recommended GSM for winter is higher, around 450 – 700. For all seasons, a medium GSM of 300-400 should be sufficient.


The size of the duvet or quilt is also important to consider. Quilts come in a range of sizes to fit different bed sizes. The most common sizes are single, double, queen, and king. However, there are also quilts available in larger or smaller sizes, depending on your needs.

Choose a size that will fit comfortably on your bed and leave enough room to tuck it in all around.


Finally, you’ll also need to choose a style for your duvet or quilt. Duvets and quilts come in a variety of different styles, including:

Classic style

A classic style duvet or quilt is simple and timeless. It features a solid colour or a simple pattern and it can be used in any bedroom setting.

Contemporary style

A contemporary style duvet or quilt is more stylish and modern. It often features bold patterns or bright colours, and it can add a touch of personality to any bedroom.

Hotel style

hotel style

Hotel style duvets and quilts are often made from luxurious materials like silk or satin. They often have a sleek, polished look and they can be a great choice for those who want an extravagant bedroom setting.

Floral style

floral style duvets

Floral style duvets and quilts feature pretty floral patterns. They are perfect for those who want a feminine, romantic look in their bedroom.

Rustic style

Rustic style duvets and quilts feature earthy colours and textures. They are perfect for those who want a cosy, cabin-like feel in their bedroom.

Final thoughts

So there you have it! In conclusion, a duvet, doona and quilt are essentially the same thing. The main difference is just the terminology used in different countries.

When it comes to choosing a quilt, be sure to keep in mind the filling, weight, and size that will suit your needs. And finally, don’t forget about style! Choose a pattern or design that reflects your personality and brings some life into your bedroom space.

With all of these factors in mind, you’ll be sure to find the perfect duvet for your bedroom! We hope this information was helpful – thanks for reading!

italian cashmere blankets in wide rib
naturalsandoysterpale greymochacharcoal

Wide Rib Italian Cashmere Blankets

Designed in Australia and made in Portugal.

From $2,490.00USD

ripple blankets

Ripple Blankets

Designed in Australia and made in Portugal.

From $374.00USD

italian cashmere scarves - new range

Italian Cashmere Scarves

Designed in Australia and made in Italy.

From $324.00USD

you deserve a cosy home.

subscribe and get 10% off your first order