The Fall is approaching, so you're dutifully stowing away your summer clothes and pulling out the coats, sweaters, and other layers that will help you survive another winter. Naturally, it makes sense that you do the same for your bed - with sets of sheets and comforters that change with the seasons. Silk comforters help make this bedding swap a snap.
Silk is the light, strong filament that protects the silk moth chrysalis during its metamorphosis - what better material to use for you own winter nighttime cocoon of warmth and comfort? Since silk is able to retain your natural body heat while still breathing and absorbing excess moisture, many consider it the perfect material for bedding, and it has been used for natural bedtime comfort for thousands of years. From silk pajamas, to silk sheets and silk-filled comforters, from the Far East to the rest of the world, silk has been the facilitator of countless nights of blissful sleep, all year long. In recent years, it has seen a resurgence in popularity and growing global renown.
Silk comforters are especially practical for all-season comfort. Available in a range of weights (all of them very light), they lend themselves to this simple strategy: buy one very thin and one thicker comforter. As the weather changes, simply add or remove the layers as needed, just like you do with clothing. Because they are so thin and light, storage of the unused layers is quite easy. With the use of a duvet cover, care for the comforter is equally easy, with occasional airings all that is necessary.
Not all silk products are the same, of course. High-quality silk comforters are filled with Mulberry silk (the highest grade), and also have a silk shell. Lesser products will use a cotton shell or unspecified types of silk filling. Look for comforters that have some way (typically buttons and loops) for attaching them to a cover. Dimensions vary widely across manufacturers, so make sure you measure you bed before shopping for one. Unlike down, there is no industry standard for silk warmth like "fill power," so make sure you check out the fill-weight of the silk to get a good idea if two comforters are comparable.
Silk has a number of advantages over the more common down, while being just as warm. It does not bunch or clump, so baffling is unnecessary, and cold spots are virtually impossible. Silk is also naturally hypoallergenic (down requires cleaning to remove dander), silk won't leak through its cover, and a silk comforter conforms to your body, so no excess cold air gets trapped under it when you roll over. Blue Stone Home® has a great silk comforter comparison guide that gives more details about how silk comforters compare to other types of comforters.
Silk comforters are usually sold in their natural creamy-white color, and then used with a cotton or silk duvet cover. This cover protects the comforter and allows for frequent laundering. It also lets you forgo a top sheet, further simplifying bed making. Duvet covers also allow you to change the look of your bedroom quickly and easily, without having to buy a whole new blanket.
A silk comforter can help you hibernate through the winter and rest easy in the summer. It's the ideal year-round bed covering.