What Is The Difference Between Doonas, Quilts And Duvets?


With so many options available in the bedding industry, it can be challenging to determine what exactly you need. This article aims to clarify the differences between doonas, quilts, and duvets, allowing you to make an informed decision and find the perfect bedding for you. Our team of experts is here to assist you, but let’s explore the distinctions between these terms.

What exactly are quilts, doonas, and duvets?

To put it simply, these are all different names for the same product. Quilts, doonas, and duvets are inserts that go inside a cover, which can also be called a quilt cover, doona cover, or duvet cover. Although the terms are used interchangeably in Australia, let’s delve into the slight nuances behind each word.

What Is a Quilt?

Quilts are commonly referred to as bedspreads or coverlets in other cultures. They serve as the insert for your bedding, also known as a comforter.

What Is a Doona?

In Australia, a doona is the top layer of your bed, consisting of a quilted insert that sits inside a doona cover. Typically filled with feathers or other materials, doonas are cherished by many Australians. Notably, the doona is a trademarked property of The Tontine Group, a brand known for producing high-quality quilts.

What Is a Duvet?

Primarily used in Europe and the United States, a duvet is another term for a quilted insert. The term can also be synonymous with a comforter. In Australia, be aware that these words may have different connotations, so it’s essential to clarify your expectations when traveling abroad.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Doonas and Quilts

Fill Material

Different fills offer distinct benefits and impact your sleep experience:

  • Cotton: Lightweight and breathable, cotton quilts keep you cool, making them ideal for summer or individuals with higher body temperatures.
  • Feather and Down: Popular among Australians, these quilts come in various grades from summer to winter. The percentage of feathers affects the warmth, with higher feather content providing a cooler feel and higher down content providing more warmth.
  • Microfibre: Affordable and breathable, microfibre quilts retain more heat than cotton.
  • Polyester: Budget-friendly and suitable for year-round use, polyester quilts are often found in the simply living doona range by Tontine.
  • Wool: Known for warmth and coziness, wool quilts are perfect for cold winter nights.


The weight of your quilt plays a crucial role in your comfort. Consider the following GSM (grams per square meter) recommendations for different seasons:

  • Summer Quilt: 150 – 350 GSM (lightweight)
  • Winter Quilt: 450+ GSM (heavy)
  • All Seasons Quilt: 200 – 400 GSM (light to medium weight)

Dual-weight quilts with detachable sections are also available for ultimate versatility throughout the year.


Choosing the right size doona is crucial for a comfortable sleep. Here are some tips:

  • Upsize your doona to achieve a picture-perfect look and avoid partner conflicts.
  • Consider the size chart below to find the right doona for your mattress:

Doona Sizing Chart


Understanding the differences between doonas, quilts, and duvets will help you make an informed decision when purchasing bedding. Consider the fill material, weight, and size to find the perfect doona for your needs. If you need further assistance or want more information about our range of quilts and doonas, our team of experts is ready to assist you. Contact us via email or phone to find your ideal bedding solution.

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