Tips from the International Down and Feather Bureau
Bregenz, Austria – An essential component to getting a good night’s sleep is choosing the bedding which matches your individual needs and preferences. Too many people do not get the sleep they need to thrive during their day. The best way to combat this is to ensure that you fitted with proper bedding.
Not only comfortable and stylish, down and feather comforters and pillows are an effective way to help get a good night’s rest. The International Down and Feather Bureau (IDFB) has put together a few tips to help you choose, and care for, the bedding that’s right for you!
Know your Firmness Preference – Would you prefer to feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud, or do you want a little more support? Compare the ratio of down to feathers. Pillows with a high percentage of down are the softest, a greater blend of down and feathers will provide a more firm sleeping surface, and all-feather pillows will deliver the most support.
Check out the Insulation Quality – Fill power measures the insulating ability of down comforters. Comforters with high fill power will keep you warmer with less weight.
Choose a Construction Type – In a comforter, look for sewn-through boxes or baffle box construction. In those that are sewn-through, the top and bottom fabric are stitched together, preferably in a box pattern. Baffle box construction features three dimensional boxes created with strips of fabric. Both of these construction types prevent shifting of the filling, keeping you warm and cozy.
Fluff – If your featherbed, duvet or pillow is looking flat – just fluff it up – the down bounces right back into shape. A daily shake will restore the product’s loft, and will help increase its performance.
Tennis Ball Trick – To further enhance your down or feather product, try this: Place your down comforters and blankets, as well as down or feather pillows, in a dryer set on low heat; then put a few tennis balls into the dryer to help fluff up the product while it tumbles around.
Storage – When not in use, down or feather duvets, pillows and featherbeds should be stored in breathable bags. A breathable bag will allow your down or feather product to better retain all the natural attributes that will provide you an exceptional sleep experience for years to come
These simple purchasing and care tips will ensure that you enjoy a comfortable and warm sleep for years to come.