What is Hollowfibre? Hollowfibre is so called because of the hollow strands of fine polyester from which it is made. The hollow, air-filled centre running through the fibres traps warm air and gives the duvet a bouncy filling. Hollowfibre duvets are very lightweight, but offer great TOG ratings, so you can keep very warm without having a thick, smothering duvet on your bed.
What is Hollowfibre?
Hollowfibre is a synthetic polyester material used for the filling in duvets and pillows (amongst other things). With a dense structure, hollowfibre has a full, springy feeling that creates lightweight puffy duvets and pillows.
Hollowfibre is a synthetic, or ‘man-made’ material similar in appearance to candy floss. The fibre is soft and bouncy, making it a perfect filling for pillows and duvets. It is durable, long-lasting and fully machine washable, the most popular filling choice for most duvets.
It is also ideal for allergy sufferers. Synthetic, or ‘non-allergenic’ duvets are hypoallergenic – the only real option for those who suffer from allergies to feathers or down, but also those allergic to dust mites. Hollowfibre duvets and pillows can be machine washed at 60 degrees, killing dust mites and bacteria. The hollow, synthetic fibres also take away any sweat and can be washed much more regularly than natural fillings.
Synthetic vs Natural Duvet Filling
There are, of course, a number of differences between hollowfibre and down duvets fillings, but perhaps the biggest is that of price vs. durability. A feather/down duvet could last up to three times as long as a hollowfibre filled duvet, but could cost three times as much.
Synthetic Filling Duvets
- The first thing to mention about hollowfibre and other synthetic duvet fillings is the price. They’re cheaper. Quite considerably. This this value for money, however, can often comes with a shorter lifespan for your duvet, but that isn’t always a bad thing. It means you can afford to replace your hollowfibre duvet more often and, if we’re being honest, there’s nothing quite a nice as brand new bedding! Also, a good quality synthetic duvet, properly cared for, can easily last up to 10 years.
- If you’re unlucky enough to suffer from allergies, eczema, asthma, rhinitis or are sensitive to dust, then hypoallergenic hollowfibre is should be your first choice.
- Hollowfibre duvets are very light, compared to feather and down duvets. Sometimes, natural filling duvets can feel very heavy, which certainly appeals to some, but not everyone.
- Synthetic duvets are considerably easier to look after. They can be washed at higher temperatures (up to 60°) and quickly dried outside on the washing line or in your tumble dryer (assuming it’s big enough!). You don’t need to wash hollowfibre duvets before use, either, something that’s frequently recommended for feather and down filling duvets.
Natural Filling Duvets
- Feather and down filled duvets tends to be more commonly found in the ‘higher-end’ establishments, like five-star hotels. Whether this is any indication of being ‘better’ is a debatable point, but if you’re running a guest house or B&B, your guests might have an experience they consider more ‘luxurious’. This however, means that natural filling duvets tend to be considerably more expensive than hollowfibre.
- Feather and down duvets are more ‘breathable’, meaning they will absorb more of the moisture in the bed. This moisture, of course, can’t just stay there and natural duvets will need airing regularly to release this moisture. Regular airing is precisely the same for synthetic fillings, however the duvet will not absorb as well as feather. Natural filling duvets are a little more difficult to clean and dry, requiring much lower temperatures and long drying times.
- Natural filled bedding is a lot more durable than synthetic. It will accept considerably more ‘wear and tear’ and in some cases, can last up to three times longer than a synthetic filled duvet. A premium quality feather/down filled duvet could last as long as 30 years.
- Feathers are biodegradable, so better for the environment (although the birds contributing their feathers may disagree). Synthetic filling duvets are not biodegradable and need to be disposed of in a responsible manner, like any other synthetic materials.
- A feather/down will need a thorough wash before used, as the feathers can be quite dirty and greasy, until washed properly. Hollowfibre filling duvets can be used straight out of the box (bag/wrapper/etc.). Washing is an all-round pain, compared to synthetic filled duvets.
Duvets from Kerry Linen
When we were kids, we called them ‘Continental Quilts’ and they were the brand new – even a bit posh – thing! Nowadays, a duvet is much an essential part of any bedroom as the bed itself! As of writing this post, we stock only hollowfibre filled duvets, although we’re in the process of finding good value and quality feather/down duvets. While we appreciate the ‘luxury’ element of natural duvets, we’re generally much bigger fans of the hollowfibre ones. They are much easier on the pocket and, if properly cared for, will last a long time. They’re also considerably more convenient when it comes to washing and drying.
We offer three hollowfibre duvets in 4.5 TOG, 10.5 TOG and 13.5 TOG – the three most popular variations. If you’re unsure about TOG Ratings, check our post describing the differences.
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Pillow & Mattress Protectors, Pillows and Duvets – Stock is limited, but lots more coming very soon!
Essentials Hollowfibre Pillows
Protectors & Toppers
Cotton Pillow Protectorsper Pair.
Protectors & Toppers
Waterproof Quilted Pillow ProtectorsEach.
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Mattress Protectors, Quilted€18.99 – €24.99
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Waterproof Mattress Protectors€21.50 – €26.50
4.5 TOG Hollowfibre Duvet€17.00 – €28.00
10.5 TOG Hollowfibre Duvet€22.00 – €34.00
Cotton vs Polycotton – which is best? That’s a difficult question and all depends on what you want. Cotton is more expensive, but polycotton is way more durable and long-lasting. Cotton tends to be softer, but polycotton brings a crisp and clean feel to your bedding.
Cotton vs Polycotton
It’s all a matter of preference! Cotton feels softer on your skin, but polycotton feels crisp and fresh on your bed. Cotton is less strong and more likely to tear, whereas polycotton is a much stronger material, less likely to tear.
Cotton is also notoriously awkward to keep clean. It requires lower temperatures, meaning a less thorough wash and is considerably more difficult to iron. Polycotton however, can be washed a temperatures up to 60°, meaning a much cleaner wash. It can be tumble dried without any problems and is much easier to iron. Combining cotton and polyester makes the garment less prone to piling and static. One of the main advantages of the cotton-polyester blend is that it is more wrinkle-free.
Hotel Stripe Polyester Cotton Bed Linen
Satin Stripe (or ‘Hotel Stripe’) Pillowcases & Duvet Covers in Double or King Sizes. Made from durable, 200 thread count polycotton (50% cotton, 50% polyester), these stylish Satin Stripe (sometimes called ‘Hotel Stripe’) duvet covers and matching pillowcases bring a touch of hotel luxury to your home, guest house or B&B.
They are a perfect fit for our Duvets and have coordinating pillowcases in ‘Housewife’ and ‘Oxford’ styles. Mix and match this range for a beautifully coordinated, luxury hotel look!
Buy Cotton Bedding in Ireland
Cotton has been the staple of bedding for many a generation and offers warmth, softness and a cozy feel. All good! The problem is, it’s a bit pricey and takes some effort keeping it clean and fresh.
Cotton vs Polycotton, it’s a big decision! On average, we spend about a third of our lives in bed. It’s so important to make sure our sleeping time is as restful as possible. The range of 100% cotton bedding from KerryLinen.ie gives you a cozy nights’ sleep at a very affordable price! Whether you’re looking for just a cotton pillowcase or a matching cotton bedding set, you can be sure you’ll find just the right bedding, right here!
We stock 100% cotton bedding perfect for your home, also for you guest house, B&B or hotel. We like simple white cotton bedding. Crisp, clean and fresh, few things feel quite as 100 cotton bedding. Treat yourself (or your guests) to a better night’s sleep!
Polycotton is Strong & Durable
Polycotton is a highly durable material as Polyester contains strong plastic-like substances, making it far less likely to rip or tear. The durable nature of Polycotton makes it an very popular choice in commercial situations such as hotels, where bed sheets are often changed often.
Polycotton is a blend of natural cotton and synthetic polyester. Both Cotton and Polycotton bed sheets are easy to care for, both types of fabric can be washed on normal cycles in your washing machine and can be dried in the dryer. It is advised to wash cotton at lower temperatures (around 30° or 40°) however Polycotton can be washed at higher temperatures – up to 60° – for ultimate cleanliness. Washing natural fabrics like cotton 60 degrees may (most likely, will) cause them to shrink, however polycotton will not. That said, there are a number of types of cotton and polycotton, so always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when washing and drying your sheets and bed linen.
Monochrome wall art photography prints of beautiful Ireland. Classic black and white photography of Irish landscapes for modern contemporary décor. With black and white prints you can never go wrong, they are timeless and will keep your bedroom looking elegant and stylish. Create an eye-catching gallery of monochrome landscapes of the stunning Kingdom of Kerry. The contrast of traditional décor and contemporary art prints is a wonderful juxtaposition. Buy stunning monochrome artwork prints from LoveBeautifulIreland.com.
Individual framed prints look great, but a set of four or five, tastefully arranged on your wall looks incredible! Most prints are approximately 11½ by 16½ inches, all with bold frames in black or white and white inset card. Overall measurement approximately 17½ by 22½ inches.
Bring a real touch of contemporary elegance to your home, guest house or hotel with these stunning monochrome prints of The Kingdom! Discounts for Kerry Linen customers, too!