Which style is best?
Azra adds that when choosing a doona, it’s also important to look at how it is stitched.
“A box-stitched design keeps feathers or filling in specific areas of the quilt – it spreads the filling evenly, so you don’t get fillings collecting in the corners. The smaller the boxes the better,” she says.
For the ultimate in luxury sleeping she recommends choosing a goose down doona with a box design. Feather and down doonas and Australian wool doonas are more expensive than those filled with cotton and synthetic fibres
“Goose down is the finest feather filling. It is soft and light but very warm,” says Azra. “For a good-quality doona, you have to pay more and goose down is expensive because those feathers are less common – it’s like buying raspberries at a supermarket versus apples.”
Can you wash a doona?
“I remember my grandmother in Europe taking out her feather doonas in the summer to air them. She would beat the feathers with a stick to spread them out and keep them fluffy,” says Azra.
“During summer weather it is a good idea to hang your doona in the sun – sunlight helps kill any germs and keeps your doona smelling fresh.”
Shake out your doona every day when you make your bed to keep the filling spread evenly.
Ideally, doonas should be washed or dry cleaned every six months to get rid of any stains, sweat or other nasties, such as dust mites. Check the label to see whether your doona can go in the washing machine.
“To keep your doonas fluffy, wash them in a machine with a couple of tennis balls. As the balls beat the doona it helps keep the filling fluffy,” says Azra.
When is it time to buy a new doona?
It’s time to buy a new doona when stubborn stains won’t shift and when the compartments filled with feathers or fibres begin to feel empty.
You can donate old doonas to organisations such as the RSPCA (rspca.org.au) or the Lost Dogs Home in Melbourne (dogshome.com).