Down and feather bedding products such as featherbeds, duvets and pillows are designed with the sleeper in mind. These products come in various types and styles, to give a sleeper the comfort and heat that is best for them.
Care for your Down and Feather Bedding
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. 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.
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.
Featherbed and Duvet Construction Types
In this design, the top and bottom fabric of the product are stitched together, helping to prevent the down from shifting. A product with sewn-through construction may have boxes, channels or other patterns. While all sewn-though constructions help prevent the down from shifting, a multiple-box construction generally will prevent more shifting than an end-to-end channel construction.
Baffle Box Construction
In a baffle box construction, the product has boxes sewn into it; but the boxes have vertical strips of fabric sewn to the top and bottom fabrics, creating baffled walls between each box. The baffles allow down to move into the boxes initially, but help prevent the down from shifting from the boxes later.
About Down and Feather Bedding
A featherbed adds a layer of comfort, softness and warmth to a sleeper and their bed. Featherbeds go on top of mattresses to make them softer, and to absorb some of the wear and tear that mattresses typically endure. It will not necessarily prolong the life of a mattress, but it will make a lumpy or hard mattress far more comfortable, so that a consumer may delay purchasing a new mattress.
Cover your featherbed with a special featherbed cover, manufactured for that purpose. This will keep stray feathers from leaking into your bed. An additional mattress pad can also create another layer of protection and comfort.
Since one of the main benefits of down and feather is its natural breathability, purchase a cotton cover, not a waterproof cover. A cover will protect the featherbed topper from typical dirtying and body perspiration. Also, the cover the be easily slipped off and cleaned, instead of having to clean the featherbed topper several times during the year.
Duvets & Comforters
Duvets are large flat bags filled with down and feather. They go over the sleeper in bed, to avoid the need for multiple sheets, blankets and quilts. Duvets are similar to comforters, but when they are filled with down, they are commonly referred to as a duvet. A fill power of 500 or higher is the range to start looking for in a duvet if you live in a colder climate. Also, look for a thread count of 230 or higher to ensure that your duvet is sufficiently “down-proof.”
A duvet cover serves as a pillow case for your duvet, to keep the natural fill from leaking out, and also to keep it clean.
Feather pillows are typically weightier than pillows made of just down. They are more easily scrunched up and folded into your preferred sleeping position.
Down pillows are filled with down clusters and are typically lighter than feather pillows. The higher the fill power of a down pillow, the firmer it will be.
- Firm density pillows are recommended for side sleepers. The denseness of the pillow will keep your neck and head in alignment by allowing you to sleep on an even surface.
- Medium density pillows are recommended for back sleepers. A pillow with a medium density will limit the space between your head, neck, and shoulders allowing support for your spine’s natural curvature.
- Soft density pillows are recommended for stomach sleepers. As a stomach sleeper’s head is turned during sleep, a softer pillow will make sure it is not in an unnatural position.