Ah, curtain lengths, the bane of all attempts to renovate your home. How do you even get started? It is a well known fact that curtains can either make or break a room. They might lighten up the space, and suit your windows wonderfully or they might darken it and make it feel cold or even depressive.
There are many elements to choosing the best curtain for your needs. Let us set aside style considerations, for a moment, and let us focus on function. It all starts with finding curtains of the right length. And to do that we need to know how to measure curtains.
We cannot overstate the importance of measuring curtains. Whether you are opting to buy easy to fit and ready made curtains or are commissioning them to be custom made from scratch, you need to be exact and precise in your measurements. We heavily encourage you to use a metal tape measure to increase your accuracy and decide beforehand where you wish the drapes to end – this will allow you to determine their “drop”.
Before you start any measuring, you should have already installed your curtain track in place. Fit it approximately 6 inches above your window recess and center, making sure you have around 6 to 8 inches on either side of the window.
Another important element to measure is a curtain’s “drop”. Assuming you’ve used a curtain track, you should measure from the top of the track to your chosen end point. The same holds true for curtain poles.
As for the curtain length itself, you have pretty munch three options. If you are interested in a sill length, the curtain should end around half an inch above the windowsill. To get your second option right, the below sill curtain length, you should expect the curtain to end about 6 inches below the windowsill. Finally, the third option – and our personal favorite – the floor length curtain means you should measure it to end just half an inch above the floor.
A word of caution. Neither windowsills nor floors are always completely level. You should probably measure at least 2 or 3 different points and use the smallest measurement to make you get the best fit.
Curtains are what will make your home complete. They help you control the light, add privacy, warmth to your space and can affirm your style by adding your favorite texture and color. We will follow up this short guide by a few tips you should use to maximize their various benefits.
We mentioned this before, but we will state this again: Don’t go too narrow. Select a curtain that is wider than your window. This will ensure that the window gets covered at all times. As a great side bonus, this also tricks our eyes into thinking the window is even larger than it really is.
You want your curtains to feel full, and luxurious, do you not? So please, do you use enough fabric. You really do not want your curtains to look skimpy. This cheapens the impression they make heavily. As a general rule of thumb, curtains should be around two times the width of the window.
While you are at it, choose the appropriate fabric type. This largely depends on your personal goal. Do you wish the room to feel formal, private? Then try something like heavy velvet. Do you want your space to feel light, and warmer? Go for a lighter blend. Linen is exceptional for this. For a nice middle ground, you should try cotton and cotton blends, or season-less wool and wool blends.
Things go wrong often in two things: Color and prints & patterns. Our article would not be complete without addressing these two factors adequately. Let us start with the easier one, color. Have you ever chosen the wrong color in your clothing? Maybe an outrageous colored pair of shoes, or a hat disconnecting from the rest of your accessories? Now take that feeling of wrongness you felt and multiply it up to eleven. This is how it will feel if the color of your curtains is wrong.
Without knowing your idiosyncrasy it is unfortunately impossible to make your choice for you. What we can, however, is show you how you should make the choice. It comes down to one thing: Do you wish the curtains to blend in with the environment or to do you wish them to pop out and draw attention? For blending, try curtains a few shades darker than your wall, or another non-dominant subtle color. To pop out, consider your curtains the same way you would an exclamation mark. Bright blue? Red? These are all viable. Just keep in mind that the sun might infuse the room with their color.
Despite often going wrong, the right print or pattern choice in your curtain can be daring and quite spectacular. We firmly believe these should be about you, your personality. Thus, we will offer general rules only. Feel free to deviate from our guidelines and follow your own instincts. A pattern, in most cases, should not be a cacophony. More than likely, you will be best served by subtlety. Thus, use low-contrast patterns. An overly “busy” patterned curtain more often than not ends up feeling old-fashioned more than anything else. Thus, we encourage you to make the pattern something that won’t compete with the focal point of the room.
This article covers it all. Which is the best length for your curtains? How do you measure it? What are the most important do’s and don’ts of hanging curtains? How can you express what you want to express through their color? And finally, a word on patterns. By now, you should be fully armed and capable to go for curtain shopping. Make sure your measurements are precise, and you consider all our advice: Your home will look amazing.
What makes for the ideal sleeping experience? A soft pillow, a quality mattress, a nice blanket to keep you warm and cozy and then the bed sheets. Lacking any of these essentials is practically selling your sleep comfort short. When it comes to sheets, things have changed since way back, when cotton was the sole fabric that came to mind. Today there are options. Blends of bamboo are increasingly getting more popular as years pass, and they do represent the future in bed sheets for lots of people around the world.
So how do cotton sheets compare when pitted against bamboo sheets? In this article, we will explore this showdown in detail, and weight all the pros and cons of these two options. Ideally, by the end of your read, you will have gained a better understanding of the two types of bed sheets and hopefully, you will be able to confidently lean towards one or the other in your future purchases.
Well, as mentioned, cotton bed sheets have been used far and wide for a considerable amount of time. In fact, until recent years, cotton was nearly uncontested when it came to bed sheets material. Surely, there must be a reason for it to be so. The benefits of using 100% cotton sheets include the following:
There has been a surge in the popularity of bamboo sheets the past few years that can be largely attributed to their eco friendliness. Bamboo sheets, however, have many other benefits than that:
A clear downside of bamboo sheets is clearly their price. As a general rule of thumb, they are much more expensive than cotton sheets.
Directly pitting one type against the other shows up the following clear conclusions:
In all honesty, you can not really go wrong with bamboo or 100% pure cotton sheets either. If you are looking for excellent bed sheets and want to improve your rest quality and sleeping experience, both types of sheets will perform more than adequately and certainly much better than mixed blends who use other, less desirable materials.
For most people, softness and breathability should be the defining factor. In this regard, it seems that bamboo sheets are coming first by a slight margin. People who used cotton sheets before report that bamboo leads to a relatively cooler and drier experience.
Also, if you consider yourself ecologically aware, bamboo sheets do have a distinct advantage compared to cotton made bedding. This, however, might not ring with as much importance as the more expensive price tag attached to them. If you are not willing to invest as large a budget in your sheets, you should probably lean towards cotton sheets.
At the end of the day, the best and safest way to really know which type of sheets suits your personal preferences bests is to experience them both first hand. In such case, we recommend you give these excellent products a try:
Flannel is a type of soft woven fabric that is particularly suited to those who like feeling cozy and covered during periods of great cold and chilling temperatures. Flannel is mostly used in sheets and typically consists either entirely of cotton or a cotton and poly blend. It is available in many colors, prints and patterns.
Like all things under the sun, flannel sheets have both a set of advantages as well as their fair share of disadvantages. In this article, we will explore the benefits of flannel sheets, as well as name their chief drawback: Their tendency to lose their softness over the long term. And of course, we will answer the million dollar question: Will flannel sheets shrink?
There are many benefits to using flannel sheets. Their most obvious upside is their softness and warmth which is quite simply irreplaceable. In general, they will provide much more warmth than a comforter while simultaneously staying highly breathable: You are not going to wake up hot, or sweaty during the night.
Their potential for producing warmth leads to a much desirable side effect. Your heating bill drops down a ton. When stretched over a long enough time period, these monthly bill savings add up to quite the impressive price. Flannel sheets are very cost effective, when seen under these lens.
Finally, even though people commonly make mistakes when taking care of their flannel sheets that end up causing lots of trouble, caring for flannel is rather easy and straightforward if you know what you are doing. It is nothing complicated, and it is very easy to follow, as we will describe below.
The chief drawback of flannel sheets is that they tend to lose their softness and shrink over time. This is primarily because people do not take the time to learn how to actually take care of them the proper way. In essence, the key points are few and easy to remember:
These main, key points alone will extend the longevity of your flannel sheets softness considerably and minimize their chances of shrinking. Now, let’s get a bit deeper:
Use vinegar: During your first flannel sheet washing, add half a cup of vinegar. The substance’s acidity prevents any pills from forming and also locks the sheet’s colors and prevents them from running off in future washings.
Avoid fabric softeners: Using a fabric softener on flannel actually makes the fabric stiffen and lose its softness and also potentiates the pilling problem. After all, a flannel sheet is soft by design, therefore there is no real need to use a softener.
Alternate between sheets: Ideally, you should have about three flannel sheets that you can alternate. This will prolong their lifespan significantly than it would, had you relied on a single sheet.
Never wash with hot water: High temperatures actually shrink the fibers in flannel – a sure way to make your sleeping much less comfortable. Stay away from hot water and aim for low or even cold washing temperatures.
Air-dry whenever you can: Again, you should try to avoid heat when drying flannel sheets. The easiest way to do so is let them tumble dry. Just make sure you give them plenty of time to dry, as this takes longer.
Treat any stains without excessive scrubbing. This one is self explanatory.
The short answer is that yes, flannel sheets will shrink, eventually. You can easily prevent that from happening any time soon by following the aforementioned processes and sheet care practices. As for how much will it shrink, well this largely depends on its quality, the specific brand as well as your own use or misuse of the product. Generally, you should expect it to shrink about 1 to 6 inches a yard, after a reasonable amount of time has passed since you first used it.
If this sounds like too much shrinking for you and yet you still want to enjoy all the benefits of flannel sheets, we have a seemingly counter-intuitive idea to propose to you. Instead of trying to prevent the shrinking, get a flannel sheet that is a tad bit higher than you really need, and actively try and make it shrink as fast as possible, until it can shrink no longer. By the time you are done, hopefully, it will have shrunk to the size you wanted it to be at first.
In order to do so, you should still try and follow our flannel sheet care procedures, only this time, you will exchange cold and low to moderate temperatures to the highest possible temperature settings. So, for example, you would wash and dry your flannel sheets to as high a heat as you can expose them. It will not happen overnight, but it will happen fast enough, and your sheets will quickly settle on their end, final size.
If you have been feeling chilly lately you might want to invest in getting a pair or two of flannel sheets. They are bound to get you back to feeling cozy and warm in record time. That being said, you should be well aware that despite their many benefits, flannel sheets have their disadvantages. You would do well to take care of them deliberately and actively, unless you are interested in seeing them lose their softness and end up shrinking really fast.
Alternatively, you can go the other way about it. Force them to shrink as much as they are going to shrink from the get go, in order to know exactly how big the end flannel sheet will be. If you are going down that route, you might want to get your sheets somewhat larger than you intend them to be, so that they will fit your needs nicely after they have shrunk.
Is your mattress not as comfortable as it once was? Rather than tossing and turning on your uncomfortable bed, you can consider getting a mattress pad. Many people don’t want to spend excess money on buying a new mattress, after all they aren’t cheap you know. However, sacrificing your sleep to save money doesn’t really cut it either. That is why mattress pads were invented, to provide comfort when your mattress doesn’t.
Whether your mattress has run its course or isn’t as comfortable as it initially was, mattress pad can restore the comfort. All you have to do is purchase a mattress pad to your liking, test it out of course before you buy it. You spread it on your bed and say hello to your sweet dreams. Mattress pads are also beneficial in the sense that if you and your partner have different preference of the type of mattress you sleep on. Then you can get a pad for your side based on your preference and your partner can for theirs. This way everyone is happy and no more nights of tossing and turning.
Mattress can be a breeding ground for germs. When you lay down on your mattress, the germs are transferred from you to your mattress. Which means they can easily attack you whenever they want. However, with a mattress pad that doesn’t happen so easily. A moisture resistant mattress pad not only protects you but your mattress also. Since it is placed on top of the mattress, the germs have no access of getting to it. Being moisture resistant, the pad is antibacterial so germs will not be able to settle on it properly protecting you from them.
An average mattress has a lifespan of 7-10 years. However, most mattresses start to give in just after 5 years. A mattress pad adds more life to your mattress. With it on top, your mattress is still useable and the pad provides the comfort that your mattress originally should have. So you save money on not having to buy a new mattress as your old one pretty much has a new life thanks to the mattress pad.
Most mattress pads are made of breathable material such as wool. Regular mattresses tend to attract body heat and retain it. Since mattress pads are more breathable and not as thick, they don’t really retain heat much. This keeps you cool for the most part when you are lying down on a mattress pad.
If your mattress is in its last stages, chances are it isn’t doing much for your back. The firmness of the mattress is probably causing you more pain than anything. A mattress pad can help provide the natural curvature of your spine when your regular mattress doesn’t. This relieves back pain and aligns your body properly from your neck down to your hips so there is no back pain.
So should you get a mattress pad? Well the answer is dependent on how satisfied you are from your mattress. If your mattress no longer provides that comfort you crave when you sleep then a mattress pad is a great option. They are far cheaper than buying a new mattress and can easily be adjusted on top of your current mattress so you get the proper sleep you need.
Your bedroom is your oasis of restoration. It is the place you go to rest your tired limbs after a heavy day at work. It is the place you cry your heart out after a particularly frustrating day or a heartbreak. You kiss your better half and make them feel special from the bedroom. Don’t you think that such a place need careful selection of color to go with its many functions?
The color you will choose for your bedroom make it look serene, organized and comfortable. The color you choose will radiate soothing ambiance. The shades and hues of the color will evoke passion and love. You are well advised to avoid shouting and energetic colors…your bedroom is not an exercise room. It is the place you go to relax and unwind in.
You probably already have furniture in your bedroom. You are well advised to use the color scheme of your pieces such as bedspreads, chairs, and rugs on the floor. Try the paint color that closely follows those hues. Introducing a new color scheme will just clash or make your bedroom seem a bit too busy which is not good for relaxation.
Use a color wheel to look for a color that complements the furniture in your bedroom. A good strategy would be the colors at the opposite ends of a color wheel. For examples of complementary colors include violet and yellow, green and red, and orange and blue. A subtle hue to go with the dominant color will go very well. You can use paint alone or mix different colors to achieve the scheme you want.
To keep things a little bit mellow, you are well advised to use colors that are close to each other on the color wheel, however, you can differentiate them by applying different tones. The colors will have the same hues and thus appear stylish with uniformed appeal.
Don’t tear apart your personality by using a paint color that does not match your disposition. You can for example use the neutral colors – white and black - with a twist of apricot or cinnamon hue for your modern bedroom space or use ivory and other rich hues such as ivory in more traditional bedrooms.
Never use the dominant, energetic colors in a bedroom as they can be too overwhelming. However, they are a great option for a toned down shade or as sparse splashes to accentuate other design details in your bedroom.
Traditionally, bedrooms are painted in one boring color. To add drama to your bedroom, paint one of your bedroom walls in a different color. Note that the shade on this separate wall should be brighter than the rest to accentuate its depth.
The common practice is to paint a corner of the wall of your bedroom, switch on the lights and see how it looks. If it looks great, then you can paint the rest of the walls. Otherwise, try another selection of paints until you stumble on the one that best works for you.
If you have a small bedroom, you may want to use the lighter shades which will make it appear larger and more open. If your bedroom is big, you are free to experiment with rich and bright hues which make the space look smaller and cozier. Do not compromise ambience on your quest to make your bedroom appear bigger or smaller.
The ceiling can give you a change of mood depending on the color you have put on the walls. Low hanging ceilings should have light yellow or white color to make them feel opened up while high ceilings should feature shades that are darker to give your bedroom a feeling of coziness. A warm and enclosed space is great when you want to relax and unwind.
Either of these colors would be great for you. Warm colors promote a feeling of coziness and the cool colors promote a feeling of calmness. Warm colors shades are energizing but a little bit oppressive while cool colors are relaxing and calming.
Rich shades in burnt orange and red burgundy promote passion and warmth in your bedroom while neon shades create an overwhelming, energetic and vibrant space. Shades of orange and red are best put in a master bedroom where couples want to rekindle their intimacy.
The golden hues of yellow make your bedroom feel warm by creating an illusion of additional light. Do not use sharp yellow as it is too dramatic for a bedroom. You will not be disappointed by trying this color.
Light blue hues are sort of what you see in the sky and on the seal they create a feeling of openness and free ambience. For a more sobering effect you can use the deep or medium blues as they can also be very soothing.
Violet is the color of romance. It is not as energetic as pink or red. It lies on the cool side of the color wheel. Violet represents harmonic sensation and peaceful, lavender-like feel to it.
You will borrow from the nature the best bedroom colors. Nature has medium to dark brown soothing effects. It lights up with light green and gives a feeling of openness using the blue in the sky and the ocean. Don’t overdo it though.
Neutral colors work with any other color. Use them as the main color scheme if you have no bright ideas of how your bedroom should look.
Always put your bed in front of the wall you have painted. It should also be the wall you see the moment you step into your bedroom. Add a decorative finish and yours will be a bedroom you will love to retire to after a hard day.
If you are looking to purchase a Croscill comforter it is first important to compare a few options in order to determine the perfect size, color scheme and material in order to maximize your comfort and satisfaction with the product. Side stepping any one of these details could lead to mismatched rooms or lost sleep due to uncomfortable materials. In order to help you with this sometimes difficult choice, here is a list of the ten best Croscill comforters on the market today.
The Croscill Iris Jacquard 4-Piece Comforter Bedding Set is one of the more highly reviewed sets listed on Amazon. Customers love this product not only because of it immaculate floral pattern, but more so because of its overall comfort level. This comfort comes from the thick padding and quality stitching which does not disappoint.
This queen sized, multicolorbedding set makes our top ten because of its gorgeous animal patterns that many customers find absolutely breathtaking. Pair this with the quality stitching and material you can always expect from Croscill bedding and you are surely going to be satisfied. The rustic look of this comforter set is perfect for creating that log cabin feel no matter where you are.
Coming in at number eight, is the Croscill Galleria comforter red queen set. Customers fawn over this product because of its uniquely toned colors and patterns which truly complement each other. The combination of red, gold, and brown colors will offer those with more subtle tastes a great alternative to other more flashy products. The warmth and comfort of this bedding set is another aspect that sets it apart from other products, especially for those who live in colder climates.
Number seven on our list is the Croscill Opal comforter king set which has a fantastic design customers will undoubtedly enjoy. The exquisite detail and textures which form this set is something to behold and it will certainly be a talking point for visiting guests. Another great thing about this particular duvet is that it is reversible offering customer two differ colors to choose from depending on their particular preference. It also comes in queen, king, and west coast king sizes allowing for it to fit on multiple bed sizes.
The Croscill Home Fashions Bali 4-Piece Harvest Queen Sizeduvet set comes in at number six on our list because of its one of a kind tropical print. Many customers have purchased this product because it has a soothing looks and feel to it. The gold and brown colors are superbly relaxing and its overall design exhibits what you would see on at an exotic island resort. This makes it a perfect set to put in any room, but especially rooms that get plenty of sunshine as this only make the set even more remarkable.
The Croscill Fresco Queen set made the top five part of this list for a variety of reasons. The first being its daring look, which makes itself known though the red and gold color tone it has. Of course this look may not be for everybody, but for those looking to spice up their bedding style look no further. This comforter set combines the look and feel of a luxury product, but it actually quite affordable, which is another reason customers continue to praise this product.
At number four is the Croscill Fiji California King-size comforter 4-Piece set. This set cracks out top five because of it simplistic tropical design. It picturesquely incorporates a classic border sequence which feature beautiful groups of palms trees. This meshes perfectly with the white background of the border sequence, as well as, the grey color tones which make up the rest of the design. As with all Croscill bedding comforter sets you will not be disappointed with the quality and thickness of the product and many customers are surprised by the fact that it is can be used in varying climates.
Rounding out the top three sets on our list is the Croscill Normandy 4-Piece Queen set. It makes the top three because of its versatility. It certainly isn’t the most decorative or flashy of the bunch, but its practicality and ability to accentuate any room is what makes it great. Some customers have a hard time finding the perfect colors and design to match their room, this is not the case here. The Normandy set has neutral brownish-gold colors that allow it to spice up any room.
Our runner-up is the Croscill Plateau WC King-size comforter Multi set. Although one of the more expensive sets on our list it is also without a doubt one of the best. Not only is the comforter itself an immaculate representation of earthly colors in a sediment style layering pattern, but some of the leather pillows have stunning animal and flower motifs embroidered on them. Customers continue to rave about this product and continue to be amazed by the intricate patterns even after having had the product for several years.
The number one pick on our list is the Croscill Jardin King set. The breathtaking floral pattern coupled with the yellow color is what makes this set stand above the rest. Of course this set may not be for everybody due to its bright yellow color, but it truly has the power to transform a room. Few others on our list have the ability to really stand out like this one. The floral patterns in particular are similar to works of art in that you will never get tired of looking at them.
Nothing is more important than sleep. We spend a third of our life sleeping, and often the quality of our sleep determines the quality of our conscious/awake time. Most experts agree that after the quality of the mattress we sleep on, the next most important thing to consider is what we sleep under. The overwhelming majority of people sleep under some sort of lightweight duvet or quilt comforter, but research shows that many don’t have a clue what sort of details are important to look for when selecting a comforter.
The purpose of the comforter seems simple: keep me warm! But what about how it feels against your skin? How breathable is it? Will it irritate your skin while you sleep? Will it make you too warm or leave you too cold? How heavy is it on your body? Ultimately, will this comforter give you a great night’s sleep, or leave you tossing and turning?
Before we dive into bed with a few selected products, it is important to understand what to look for:
· Fill Type – is it authentic down, a hypoallergenic alternative polyfill, or some other filler?
· Warmth – regional climate and personal preferences play a role, as well as climate-control preferences in your bedroom.
· Weight – lightweight is ideal for those who keep their bedroom temperatures cool (69F/20C – 75F/24C)
· Fill Power – this is the volume of a single ounce of down. A higher fill power insulates you better, but weighs less. For the purpose of our reviews, we will hover around the average fill power for standard lightweight comforters.
The Circles Home 100% Goose Down Alternative Comforter Duvetis a great affordable option. The outer material is 300 thread count 100% cotton, meaning it is cool and soft on your skin. The filler is hypoallergenic, meaning that sensitive skin and people prone to irritation and allergies shouldn’t have any issues curling up inside. Considering its lightweight classification, it has a high fill power, resulting in a warmer and more insulated sleep. Although we would not consider this a luxurious comforter, this will definitely do the trick if you are on a budget, but beware if you tend to get too warm at night, as this will keep much of that heat in.
The Divano Roma Furniture Plush and Lightweight White Alternative Down Comforter is in the same price range as the Circles Home comforter but feels a little bit lighter. The outer material is 100% polyester giving it more of a motel/hotel feel, and the filler is hypoallergenic alternative down. The fill power is a bit less than the Circles Home, but don’t let that or the motel reference fool you; this comforter is the definition of lightweight. We enjoyed that this comforter didn’t feel like a comforter and owned the “lightweight” classification while still keeping us warm and cozy. We found the temperature to be very neutral; right in our “Goldilocks” range.
The LinenSpa White Goose Down Alternative Quilted Comforter is a small step up in price point, but a big step up in thickness, while still remaining lightweight. It has an average fill power, meaning that although it is physically thick, it has a fluffy filler that doesn’t hold in too much heat, making for a very cozy night’s rest. The outer material is an ultra-soft microfiber and LinenSpa has sewn the corner tabs to secure the duvet cover in place, as compared to the more ubiquitous stitch-box construction of other comforters which compartmentalizes the filler. Sewing the corner tabs mean that you can expect the filler to remain evenly spread, preventing any shifting or clumping, despite any interactive dreams you might be having. Another plus to this choice is the 3-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects provided by LinenSpa.
Although pricier than the previous comforters, the Westlife Bedding Light-Weight Silk Duvet (also known as the Dreamtime by Highland Feather) is one of the best values on this list, so if it sounds like your type of comforter, we highly recommend it. It is an authentic silk duvet with 100% mulberry silk fill in a 100% combed cotton sateen 300 thread count stitch-box cover shell. The silk fill means that this comforter does not puff up like a traditional down-filled comforter, so just like the Divano Roma Furniture comforter, it truly feels lightweight. The skin-feel is amazing, so although it may not resemble a cloud, it sure feels like one. The fill power is average, so it also hits that not-too-cold, not-too-hot temperature zone. If you are looking for a truly lightweight comforter at a great value, look no further.
The Home Elements Lightweight Warm Down Comforter is filled with 75% authentic white down, and is packaged in a 233 thread count 100% cotton fabric. The fill power is slightly above average, meaning a bit warmer than some of the others on this list. This comforter feels like the real thing, but as a true down comforter it does lean on the heavier side of lightweight. The value is about what you would expect from a premium comforter, but this still feels a bit pricey compared to what else is out there. Of course, if you have some extra cash to spend and tend to get cold at night, this might be the right choice for you.
Finally, the Elliz All-Season Extra Warmth White Down Comforter is the Mercedez-Benz of lightweight comforters. This has a hypoallergenic fill clocking in at an above average fill power, stuffed into a 233 thread count 100% cotton shell. This is what clouds are made of, as long as you like your clouds warm. The Elliz is still lightweight, but it is much fluffier and warmer than the rest of the comforters on this list. The cotton shell has a great skin-feel. Although comfortable and warm getting into, we did tend to get a bit too warm after an hour or so. Of course, if you need that extra warmth and want to sleep in luxury, this is absolutely the pick we recommend.
Overall, the perfect lightweight comforter is out there somewhere, but “perfect” is subjective, and ours might be different from yours. That being said, these are some of the best that you will find on Amazon or elsewhere online, and we hope we have done a good job of breaking down the pros and cons of each of them so that you can find the perfect fit, and your perfect night’s sleep.
Anyone looking for optimal comfort at a low price will come across down alternative comforters sooner or later. While there’s a lot of information about these products online, you’ll probably be shocked by some of the facts about them.
Before making a purchase, you should definitely go through this article and find out the truth about alternative down comforters – a truth that may shock you.
Down alternative comforter is an umbrella term that refers to a wide array of materials. The fillings used in such comforters are made from both synthetic and natural compounds. Picking one or the other will depend entirely on your preferences.
Polyester beads are one of the most popular options when it comes to a down alternative. These are lightweight and insulating. The material is breathable and such comforters can be used both during the summer and the winter months.
Gel fiber is becoming a popular alternative to polyester. Some people may think of a jelly-like substance but this isn’t really the case. Gel fiber refers to a type of polyester product that is lightweight and flexible. Because it can be scrunched effortlessly, gel fiber is most similar in properties to authentic goose down.
Finally, down alternative comforters may come with a natural filling. If you want to stay away from synthetics but you don’t want to pay for genuine down, this option is the right one for you.
Did you know that the different alternative down comforters offer a different level of warmth? So many people opt for the first option that they come across because it feels fluffy and nice. The truth of the matter is, however, that warmth level will also have to be evaluated.
Obviously, the warmth level depends on the thickness of the filling and its insulating properties.
There are two warmth levels that should be listed on the product’s label – either warmth level 1 or 2. The first one provides the warmth of two thick blankets (but is usually a whole lot lighter). Such a down alternative comforter is the most popular variety on the market. It’s suitable for year-round use, unless you live in a place that sees excessively hot summers.
Warmth level 2 refers to a comforter that provides the equivalent of approximately three thick blankets (once again, minus the weight). Such a comforter is mainly suitable for use during the winter and in colder parts of the world.
If you can’t find information about the warmth level of the product you’re interested in, it’s definitely a good idea to contact the manufacturer. Warmth level 1 appeals to the needs of most people. Unless your house is really cold during the winter, you’ll probably be fine with such a down alternative comforter. It’s also possible to stack two warmth level 1 comforters on top of each other during the colder nights. In this sense, the lower warmth level comforter is a bit more versatile than the higher level one.
When it comes to down alternative bedding, quality is everything. While such products tend to be cheaper than genuine down, there could be major differences between the quality of such items.
Cheap down alternative bedding may feel stiff, heavy and thick in comparison to genuine down. This is the main reason why holding and touching such comforters prior to making a purchase is very important.
High quality materials, as already mentioned, look and feel very similar to genuine down. Thus, if you’re looking for the perfect fluffy and comfortable experience, you should dedicate some time to assessing the characteristics of different filling.
The down alternative market is truly diversified and it has something to offer to just about everyone. If it’s your first time making such a purchase, you should definitely shop around. Explore different filling and understand their characteristics. Choose a cover fabric that’s silky and smooth. Ask questions, compare products side by side and you should be definitely be capable of identifying the perfect one for your needs.
You think you know everything there is to know about down comforters? Let’s test your knowledge with the following facts. Hopefully, at least some of the information will be new to you.
Fill power is a measure used to identify the fullness and warmth of a down comforter. If you’re shopping for such an item, the fill power is one of the first characteristics to examine.
In technical terms, fill power refers to the amount of space that one ounce of down filling will occupy when reaching its maximum loft. The measurement is provided in cubic inches and it can range from 500 (least expensive) to over 800.
A down comforter that has a fill power of 500 is lightweight and far from fluffy. It is soft and somewhat insulating, which makes the comforter perfect for use during the summer or in countries that have a mild climate.
Fill power of 600 to 650 is considered of a much higher quality. The loft and the warmth of the comforter will both be higher.
The fill power in the 750 and beyond range is defining of a superior product. Such comforters are very warm and very fluffy. They provide ideal insulation and can be used in cold houses during the winter. Obviously, such comforters are the most expensive ones but the investment is well worth the benefits.
Down comforters became popular in the
Down has been used as a bedding material for a much longer period of time. There are Russian trade documents from the 1600s that suggest bird down bedding was being sold to Dutch merchants.
Today, down is more popular than ever. There aren’t exact statistics about the number of comforters sold in the
While goose down is one of the most popular options out there, it’s not the only one.
Goose down is made in many countries but some of the top bedding options come from
Duck down is a viable alternative. Elder down is the top pick within the category. This is the down variety that has the highest fill power out there – 1200! The elder duck down clusters are the largest ones out there.
Marabout down isn’t as popular. Originally collected from the marabou stork, it’s now mostly produced from turkey down. This type of down isn’t that popular in the world of bedding. It’s mostly incorporated in the trimmings of outfit and fashionable accessories.
We’ve already touched upon this fact in the previous entry, saying that some of the best goose down comes from countries like
In addition, the down is lightweight. Thus, Hungarian down has an excellent warmth to weight ratio. It will not clump together and even the best comforters made in the country will remain lightweight.
You’ve probably reached a conclusion already about the versatility of down. This material can be used for the creation of a wide array of bedding products. It’s suitable for use in just about every climate. Down has been used for centuries and even today, it’s unsurpassed in terms of lightness and warmth. Trying a down comforter is the only way to assess its characteristics on your own and figure out whether the bedding material is the right one for you.
Goose down comforters come with so many benefits – most of us can immediately visualize the softness and fluffiness of such bedding. The filling has a number of characteristics that make it far superior to everything else that the market has to offer.
Anyone interested in buying goose down comforters should dedicate a little bit of time to learning more about the material and the characteristics of the best products on the market. Here are a few pointers.
Goose down is produced in many parts of the world. When it comes to the quality of the material and ethical practices, a few countries have a much better reputation than the other producers.
Hungarian goose down is a market leader and it has been so for many years. The weather in
Canadian down is another type of material that’s been gaining popularity. The weather in
If you have ethical concerns, you may want to avoid down manufactured in
Apart from the quality of the filling and the fill power, there are many other factors to examine prior to buying a comforter.
The construction of goose down comforters is very important. The right type of stitching keeps the filling in place and prevents it from shuffling around/accumulating in one part of the comforter.
Baffle box comforters are one of the top possibilities. The comforter is separated into stitched boxes, which means that the filling is going to remain inside. After the comforter is washed, there will be no bunching of the filling.
Box stitch is another popular option. Similar to the baffle box comforter, this one has the top and bottom layers sewn together in a box pattern. Once again, the extra-stitching is needed to keep the filling in its place and ensure the even distribution of the insulating material.
When talking about goose down comforters, we’ll also need to focus on the quality of the shell. The material that it’s made of can either make or break the product.
The shell is the outer protective cover of a comforter. It can be made from a wide array of materials – from the synthetic polyester to bamboo and cotton. Cotton ranks among the top choices, especially if it comes with a high thread count.
Cotton is soft to the touch, durable and breathable. This means it will wick moisture away from the body. Given the fact that down is a breathable material, as well, this combination of materials is a match made in heaven.
The exact composition of the shell should be listed on the label. Very often, manufacturers rely on a cotton and poly blend rather than 100 percent pure cotton. Such fabric mixes bring down the price of the product and the synthetic fibers strengthen the natural cotton ones.
If you’ve done a bit of research, you’ve noticed that the overwhelming majority of goose down comforters comes in a pristine white color. This isn’t the only option, however. Dedicating enough time to research will give you access to a medley of alternatives.
The shell that down comforters feature can be dyed in many colors. It can also feature patterns or shapes. Finding such unorthodox bedding sets may be a bit difficult but they’re out there. Just think about the colors and the patterns that will enhance the bedroom design and start looking for those.
Alternatively, you can purchase a standard white goose down comforter and accessorize it with a duvet cover. Covers are the products that feature much bigger diversity in terms of colors and styles. Thus, you will enjoy the impeccable appearance of a white comforter and you’ll still get a pop of color or fun in the bedroom. On top of looking cool, a duvet cover is also great for protecting the comforter from dust.
What’s the best down comforter out there? For a start, it comes with a price to quality ratio that’s difficult to beat. This, however, isn’t the only characteristic of the ultimate down comforter.
Shopping for the best down comforter isn’t an easy task, especially taking in consideration the price of such items.. The market features so much variety, so many products that tempt you into making a quick and impulsive purchase. Still, it’s important to stick to a checklist and find evidence of quality first.
If you want to get the best item out there, you’ll need to complete the following preliminary steps.
When we’re talking about a down comforter, we’ll have to focus on one of its most prominent characteristics – the down.
The quality of the down is the single most prominent factor for the selection of such products. Down is made in many parts of the world. The quality of the material and its insulating properties, however, aren’t the same.
A reputable manufacturer should be capable of providing information about the origin of the down. Some of the best comforters feature a filling that originates in
Another superior option to look for is 600
The ones interested in a truly luxurious bedding experience should opt for European white goose down that has a fill power of 900 to 1,000. While this material is much more expensive than the previous entry in the list, it offers unparalleled warmth and longevity.
Down comforters in the
A twin comforter is a product that should measure 70 by 90 inches. Such a comforter is perfect for use on a bed that has a mattress measuring 39 by 75 inches. A queen-sized comforter measures 90 by 96 inches. It’s best for use on a mattress measuring 60 by 80 inches.
The king-size down comforter should measure 108 by 96 inches (for use on a mattress measuring 78 by 80 inches). Finally, a
The best goose down comforter features a high quality shell on top of the fluffy filling. There are several great options to pick among on the basis of your preferences and your budget.
Cotton is probably the most popular pick. A versatile natural material, cotton is soft to the touch and it wicks moisture away from the body. The quality of cotton is measured in thread count – the higher the number, the better the shell.
Sateen is a great alternative for the people that want a sleek, smooth sensation. The material is a relatively cost-efficient one and it simplifies the maintenance of the comforter.
Goose down comforters may also come with batiste or damask shells. Both of these materials are inexpensive, durable and easy to maintain in a good condition. They may lack some of the sophistication of Egyptian cotton but the practical benefits compensate for the shortcoming.
Apart from being made of high quality materials, the best down comforter should be easy to maintain in a top condition.
Always read the care label prior to making a purchase. Some down comforters can be machine-washed, which simplifies maintenance and helps you save money on professional cleaning.
Machine-washable comforters can usually be placed in a front-loading machine. An extra rinse will be required to get rid of all the detergent. If it’s possible to dry the comforter in the dryer, you may have to place a few tennis balls inside. These are needed to fluff out the down and prevent it from clumping together during the process.
Picking the best goose down comforter comes with a number of practical considerations. If you’re doing online shopping, you’ll need to have a pretty good idea about the different sizes and their significance.
The goose down comforter size will typically have to be coordinated with the size of the mattress. The following article will give you a couple of useful guidelines and make it easier for you to choose the most adequate size.
Keep in mind that the size does have an impact on the price of the comforter. Thus, if you’re not confident about picking the right dimensions, you may end up spending too much money on a comforter that isn’t the right one for you.
The size of your bed’s mattress is the one that will be determining for the size of the goose down comforter. Let’s explore all of the standard sizes:
These are the standard North American dimensions for mattresses. If you live in another part of the world, there could be some differences. You may want to double check the measurement of your bed and purchase a down comforter on the basis of these numbers.
Now that you know what the size of your mattress is, it’s time to take a look at standard comforter sizes. You’ll notice that there’s a difference between the two measures. This difference stems from the fact that comforters are supposed to hang a little bit off the edge of the bed. The larger size is required to guarantee ultimate comforter.
The following list features the standard North American goose down comforter dimensions on the basis of mattress type:
Keep in mind that these sizes are considered guidelines. Many manufacturers have their own standards that fall off the standard chart. Usually, all of them provide sizing charts that feature the dimensions that the respective comforter type corresponds to.
For the most adequate purchase, you’ll simply need to measure the size of your mattress and find out which goose down comforter offered by the respective manufacturer is the best match.
If you have a king-sized mattress, the most adequate decision would be to get a king-sized goose down comforter. People who own full-sized beds, however, may find it a bit more challenging to choose. Usually, both full-sized and queen-sized goose down comforters would be a good pick.
Are you still a bit uncertain about the best pick? This may be the case if there are minor differences between the lengths and the widths of the different comforter varieties. In such instances, it would be best to call the manufacturer and ask for a recommendation on the basis of mattress size.
Picking a goose down comforter will also depend on the thickness of your mattress.
Remember that mattresses are three-dimensional. If your mattress is a very thick one, you may want to get a comforter that’s a bit bigger. This way, you’ll have more of it hanging from the sides of the mattress and giving you warm comfort throughout the night.
The final option that you have is a custom-made goose down comforter. This option is particularly beneficial for individuals who don’t own a standard mattress. If your bed doesn’t correspond to any of the dimensions mentioned in the above sections of the article, you may want to look for a custom-made goose down comforter. Though a bit more expensive, such a product would offer an ideal match.
You have a beautiful, fluffy goose down pillow that you love. It looks great and it’s a long-lived item, especially if you take proper care of it.
Goose down pillows aren’t that complicated to maintain in an excellent condition. You will need to focus on several essentials that will keep the filling fluffy and prevent the accumulation of dust inside.
Before doing anything else, check the manufacturer recommendations. Some down pillows can be cleaned in a washing machine. In other instances, dry cleaning will be the only possibility.
If the down pillow you own can be washed at home, you’ll need to remove the pillowcase and the protector. Check the pillow and the stitching for rips, holes or loose ends. If there’s a hole in the fabric, you’ll end up losing a lot of the filling during the process. Repair the cover before moving on to the next step.
It’s usually best to wash two or three down pillows alongside each other. The number depends on the capacity of the washing machine. A front-loading washing machine is best because there’s no risk of damage due to the movement of the agitator.
A liquid detergent is to be the option of preference because it will be easier to get out of the pillows. Still, an extra rinse is a good idea because it will help you make the filling squeaky clean.
For best results, you may want to avoid the spin cycle. While it’s not going to cause damage, it will make the down clump together. As a result, you’ll find it much more difficult to fluff up the pillow after it has dried completely.
Now that your goose down pillows have been washed, it’s time to dry them thoroughly. Drying the material is very important, especially if you’re preparing the pillows for storage. Moisture trapped inside the filling will create the right conditions for the formation of mildew.
Wrap a soft towel around the pillow and use it to absorb excess water. Press on it with your hands and if necessary, replace the towel with a dry one and repeat. This procedure will enable you to get out a lot of the moisture.
If the product instructions allow it, place the down pillow in the dryer. A low heat setting is the optimal one. You’ll need to do two to three cycles in order to get the pillow completely dry. Take the pillow out of the dryer after the end of each cycle and fluff it up.
The addition of dryer balls to the drying machine is another good idea. While the pillows are drying, the pillows will break down any clumps of down that could have formed during the machine washing.
Air drying is also a possibility. In this instance, you may want to place the pillow on a flat surface or a grid. Turn it around occasionally to make sure that both sides are drying properly. Hanging the pillow like clothing will lead to the accumulation of the down in just one part of the case.
There are several additional things you can do between washings to maintain your goose down pillows looking brand new.
If you notice any yellowing of the cover fabric, you can do a spot treatment with white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. After doing the spot treatment, wash the pillow as described in the first section of the article.
A few drops of essential oil on the pillow are also a good idea. Lavender has relaxing properties and can help you fall asleep easily. Eucalyptus, geranium, lemongrass and patchouli essential oils have anti-bacterial properties. Just add a few drops to the pillow after washing (or in the washing machine) and place it in a clean pillowcase.
If you’re not confident in your ability to take care of goose down pillows, you may want to opt for professional services. Changing the pillowcase frequently and using a cover will reduce the need for washing the pillow itself. Dry cleaning spots are experienced enough to deal with such items and they’ll do an excellent job, extending the lifespan of your high quality pillow.
Down is one of the softest and most amazing filling for pillows. It provides just enough support while also feeling fluffy and heaven-like.
While these facts are undeniable, there could be a lot more that you’d like to learn about down pillows prior to making a purchase. The following list contains five interesting facts about the filling, its characteristics and the benefits that it brings to the table.
When choosing a pillow or any other type of bedding, some people commit the mistake of thinking that down and feathers are the same material.
Down is the soft under-plumage of birds. As such, it’s a lot finer and fluffier than feathers. It also has insulating qualities, enabling the plumage to keep the bird warm during the coldest of winter days.
Because of these characteristics, down is one of the best filling materials to look for in pillows and bedding. The quality is superior to the one of feathers. Down shifts around effortlessly, following the curves of the head and the neck. At the same time, it does provide enough support to result in good night’s sleep.
While down pillows are more expensive than the ones that come with a synthetic filling, there’s a reason for choosing the costlier product.
Down is a much more long-lived material than synthetic fiber. With proper care, a down pillow will remain in an excellent condition for approximately 20 years. The filling isn’t going to lose its fluffiness and lightness. Thus, spending a bit more on the purchase in the very beginning will result in a higher return on investment over the years.
Many down alternative pillows are advertised as hypoallergenic and suitable for use by even the most severe allergy sufferers. This is the reason why some people have come to assume that down is an allergy-causing material.
This isn’t really the case.
Down and feathers themselves aren’t potent allergens. The number of people who experience allergic reactions after contact with goose down and feathers is very small.
A problem could arise from the fact that the filling is breathable and it shifts around. As a result, it may potentially harbor dust mites. Choosing the right cover for the down pillow and washing it frequently is the best way to eliminate the risk.
Maintaining a down pillow in an excellent condition isn’t such a challenging task. For best results, you should stick to the manufacturer’s recommendations. These should be presented clearly on the product label.
Some down pillows are machine washable. All that you’ll have to do is add a couple of washing cycles to the end of the program. This way, you’ll make sure that the filling is free from a detergent.
Don’t use a spin cycle on down. Allow the pillow to air dry or use a drier on a low heat setting. This way, you’ll prevent the filling from clumping together and losing some of its softness.
If you’re not using a down pillow at the moment, it’s best to store the item in a breathable bag made from a material like cotton. Plastic will trap moisture inside, which will increase the risk of mildew formation in the filling.
Choosing a down pillow is all about your sleeping position. The same rule holds true for any other material that you may be interested in.
Down pillows come in a variety of thicknesses and filling densities. If you’re a stomach sleeper, for example, you’ll benefit from a thinner down pillow. The material compresses easily, which means there will be no strain on your neck and shoulders. To restore the pillow’s original shape, you’ll simply have to fluff it up in the morning.
A combination of down and feathers is better for back and side sleepers. The feathers offer some additional support, reducing the risk of stiffness or pain in the morning.
If you don’t know which option is the right one for you, opt for an adjustable pillow. This is a down pillow that features a zipper, enabling you to take some of the filling out. This way, you can experiment with the amount and leave just enough in the pillow to feel comfy during the night.
Restless sleep is characterized by a lot of movement during the night. Chances are that you toss and turn a lot, even if you don’t wake up as a result of this activity.
A restless sleeper needs the right type of bedding to feel comfortable during the night. Down pillows are a great option because the material gets compressed following the curves of the body. You should definitely consider goose down if you don’t enjoy peaceful sleep during the night.
With this being said, goose down pillows aren’t created equal. The best down pillows for restless sleepers have several characteristics in common. Here’s a list of a few top products and the features that make them so great.
The down-proof casing is one of the coolest characteristics of this pillow. It simply means that the filling isn’t going to poke through and interfere with your sleep. Modern Luxury White Goose Down Pillow is characterized by medium firmness, which makes it ideal for back and side sleepers.
The filling consists of 75 percent feathers and 25 percent goose down. The feathers are the ones that make the pillow supportive rather than perfectly soft and fluffy. If you’re a restless sleeper and you change your position a lot during the night, you’ll be happy with the composition of the filling and the versatility that it offers.
In addition to featuring high quality goose down and feathers, this pillow is also equipped with a 100 percent cotton cover. The thread count of 330 ensures the quality, the smoothness and the durability of the fabric.
Modern Luxury White Goose Down Pillow is available in two sizes – queen (20 by 30 inches) and standard (20 by 26 inches). The product is machine-washable for effortless maintenance.
This is another goose down pillow characterized by some degree of firmness. The support that it provides regardless of sleeping position makes it perfect for use by restless sleepers.
Continental Bedding Premium Goose Down Firm Pillow is 100 percent made of white goose down with 550 fill power. This means that the pillow isn’t the fluffiest one out there. The fill power makes the down a bit firmer, which is perfect for restless sleepers.
Several other great characteristics make this pillow ideal for the people that toss and turn during the night. The cover is made from 100 percent cotton – a natural material that wicks moisture away from the body. If you sweat during the night, you’ll definitely appreciate this characteristic.
The pillow is made in the
Luxuredown White Goose Down Pillow is a medium firmness sleeping item that’s perfect for the needs of restless, side and back sleepers.
This goose down pillow has a slightly higher fill power than the previous entry in the list – 650. The number is indicative of added fluffiness and coziness without a decrease in the neck and shoulder support.
A cotton white sateen shell feels smooth to the touch and it increases the comfort of using the pillow even further.
Luxuredown White Goose Down Pillow is made in the
While this item may seem expensive at first, keep in mind that the set consists of two pillows. The Royal Hotel’s Down Pillow Set is characterized by a higher level of firmness and superior materials.
The filling consists of 90 percent fine down and 10 percent small feathers. The two pillows come with a fill power of 750, which means that they are extra-fluffy and extra supportive. Down has highly insulating qualities and the pillow will be warm during the winter or perfectly cool in the summer.
A fine cotton cover completes the product. With a thread count of 500, this cover is the best one included in the list. Such a thread count is characterized by unparalleled smoothness and longevity of the fabric.
Royal Hotel’s Down Pillow Set is available in a standard/queen or a king size.
White down comforters are the most popular option on the market but this doesn’t mean alternatives are non-existent. If you’re looking for a black down comforter, you’ll simply have to work a little bit harder in terms of research.
Many companies manufacture luxurious bedding in colors other than white. Black comforters look sophisticated and they will add a lot of style to the bedroom. Without further ado, here are some of the best black down comforters that the market has to offer and the characteristics that make this products worthwhile.
As the name indicates, you’ll get an entire set in black, rather than just a goose down comforter. The Egyptian Cotton Factory Outlet Store Luxurious Black Eight Piece Goose Down Comforter Set consists of one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, two standard pillow cases, a luxury duvet cover and two shams.
The set features a soft and fluffy goose down comforter. A fill power of 650 makes the filling insulating enough, yet suitable for year-round use. If you live in a warmer part of the world, you may need to replace the comforter with something lighter during the summer (fill count of about 500 will be a better pick).
Box stitching is used to keep the filling in place and prevent it from shifting around during washing or dry cleaning. All that you have to do after cleaning the comforter is fluff it a bit. It’s not going to lose the loft, even after multiple washings.
All of the pieces in the set are made of 100 percent Egyptian cotton with the impressive thread count of 1,500. This product will appeal to anyone interested in ultimate luxury due to the exceptional quality of the fabrics and the materials.
The set is available in queen and king sizes. It is provided in a zippered package that can also be used for storage purposes. All of the items in the set are machine washable (just use the delicates program and cold water).
Here’s an alternative bed set in black that features a soft goose down comforter. The 8-Pieces Egyptian Cotton Goose Down Comforter Bed Set consists of one king or
The comforter features soft and white goose down, 650 fill power. This number means that the comforter is fluffy enough and capable of providing good insulation during colder weather.
All of the items in the set are made of 100 percent Egyptian cotton. The thread count is 300, which is excellent but makes the item a bit more affordable than the first entry in the list.
If goose down is too expensive for you or you have other reasons for avoiding the material, you should definitely consider a down alternative item. This final entry in the list is much more affordable than the first two sets but it is still characterized by high quality and durability.
The Sweet Home Collection Seven Piece Comforter Set costs a fraction of the price of goose down sets. It consist of one full/queen comforter, one bed skirt, two pillow shams and three accent pillows (two smaller and one larger).
This set looks beautiful and the comforter features a hypoallergenic alternative to goose down. The filling is still lightweight and fluffy, providing sufficient warmth even during the coldest of winter nights.
Brushed microfiber is the fabric of preference over cotton in this instance. The soft yarns and the high thread count make the material very comfortable and long-lived. Microfiber is also a fabric that’s relatively easy to take good care of.
Compartment stitching is used to keep the filling in place and prevent it from shifting. For added convenience, the item is machine washable.
Black down comforters are out there, if you’re patient enough to look around. Always compare products side by side prior to making a purchase, regardless of the limited number of options. Some sets have a much better price to quality ratio than the other available options.
Feathers in a pillow seems like heaven to many people and the truth of the matter is… the filling does come close to sleeping on a cloud. Down feather pillows have so many advantages that are difficult to ignore. If you’re about to make some new purchases for the bedroom, a down pillow should definitely be on the list. Are you concerned that you don’t know too much about these bedding products? This article will help you fill the gaps.
As the name indicates, down feather pillows are filled either with down or with goose feathers. Sometimes, products will feature a combination of both. Goose down is usually chosen because of its fluffiness and insulating properties. Sometimes, duck down may be used as an alternative.
Goose down is the very soft and short under-plumage that the birds need to keep themselves warm. As a result, it has excellent insulation qualities. Goose down is used to make a wide array of clothing items and bedding products. Comforters and pillows rank among the most popular.
Down pillow are a great alternative to synthetic pillows. The material is very soft and sustainable. The risk of suffering from an allergy is minimal. Opting for a goose down feather pillow will also produce a range of additional benefits.
Consider the advantages of down feather pillows to decide whether they’re the right pick for you:
There are many other intriguing facts about goose down pillows that people are generally unfamiliar with. Such pillows have been around for a very long period of time. Thousands of years ago, our predecessors probably slept with domesticated birds by their side. This is how they quickly discovered the warmth and softness of feathers and down.
If you’re wondering how to choose a pillow and weather down is right for you, consider your sleeping position. Side sleepers, for example, need more neck and shoulder support. As a result, they’ll benefit from a pillow that has a mixed filling of down and feathers. A down pillow is perfect for stomach sleepers because it compresses easily. Such people typically need a very thin pillow for comfort, otherwise they may experience neck pain in the morning.
With proper care, a down pillow can last for up to 20 years! Using a pillow protector is ideal for maintaining the integrity of the filling and preventing feathers or down from poking out. A protector will also keep dust from accumulating in the air pockets that form between the down clusters.
When it comes to care, most down feather pillows on the market are machine-washable. The manufacturer should provide detailed instructions about proper cleaning and care. Usually, such pillows should be washed in a front-loading laundry machine. Additional rinse cycles will typically be required to remove all of the detergent from the interior of the pillow.
Hopefully, the information has been sufficient to help you make up your mind. A down feather pillow is a great choice both when it comes to comfort and practical appeal. Take some time to explore such products and to understand the main differences between them. Always keep your sleep position in consideration to determine which item is the right one for you.
A stylish bedroom is all about matching colors and patterns. Instead of buying solely a down comforter, you should definitely opt for a set. Sets consist of multiple pieces, allowing for a consistent design throughout the bedroom.
The market features numerous down comforter sets that could feature pillows, sheets and covers on top of the duvet. Here are a few high quality options that have gotten a large number of positive customer reviews.
Of all the down comforter sets on the market, this one probably comes with the best price to quality ratio. Natural Comfort Goose Down Feather Comforter and Pillow Set is available in both king and queen sizes. The set features one comforter and two goose down pillows.
The composition of the filling is five percent white goose down and 95 percent goose feathers. This composition gives you the fluffiness and warmth of down with a significantly reduced price tag. The filling is hypoallergenic and the comforter is suitable for year-round use.
The shell of both the comforter and the pillows is made of 100 percent cotton. A thread count of 233 ensures the smoothness and the durability of the fabric cover.
Regardless of the set that you’ve chosen, you’ll get two 20 by 30-inch pillows. The dimensions of the king size comforter are 102 by 90 inches and the queen size comforter measures 92 by 90 inches.
Is luxury your main concern? If so, you’ll love the Four-Piece Luxurious 1000 Thread Count Cal King Siberian Goose Down Comforter Set by Egyptian Cotton Factory. The set consists of one comforter, one duvet cover and two pillow shams.
All of the pieces in the set have a shell made of 100 percent Egyptian cotton. The thread count is 1,000 for the ultimate smoothness and durability.
The set also features a Siberian goose down comforter. The fill power of 750+ makes it incredibly fluffy and suitable for year-round use. This set features 100 percent down filling and there are no feathers to take away from the lightness or the softness. The cal king size comforter measures 109 by 90 inches.
There are a few additional great characteristics. The duvet cover features buttons at the footer. It slips over the entire comforter to produce a luxurious sensation during sleep. The comforter comes with box stitching design that prevents the filling from shifting or bunching up in one part.
This is another high quality set worth the investment. While it may seem expensive at first, the quality of the product is very high and it will remain in a top condition for many years to come. Rayon from Bamboo Four Piece Luxurious 1200 Thread Count Goose Down Comforter Set consists of one goose down comforter, one duvet cover and two pillow shams.
The rayon bamboo cover has a thread count of 1,200 that makes the fabric luxurious to the touch and quite resilient. The comforter is filled with goose down and its fill power is 750+.The heat level is medium, making the comforter suitable for year-round use.
Buttons and a footer slip make it easy to place the duvet cover over the comforter. The product comes with a manufacturer warranty, which has given most of the buyers a lot of confidence in the set.
The final of our down comforter sets is somewhat different from the other options. If you are looking for a very cost-efficient solution for your bedroom, you’ll be pleased with this one. The 3-Piece Black Grey Super Soft Goose Down Alternative Set by Grand Linen consists of a queen size comforter and two pillow cases.
As the name indicates, this is a reversible set. One of the sides is black and the other is khaki beige. Thus, one product makes it possible for you to quickly and easily transform the interior of your bedroom.
The comforter is lightweight (seven pounds) and machine-washable. People that need affordability and ease of maintenance at the same time will be particularly satisfied with what the comforter set has to offer.
Twin XL down comforters will make your bedroom much more sophisticated and comfortable. Many stores and manufacturers offer this type of bedding. To ensure the best possible quality, however, you’ll have to buy a twin XL down comforter from the right spot.
This guide will acquaint you with some of the most important shopping considerations and the places where you can find twin XL down comforters. Let’s get started.
Your twin XL down comforter should have a couple of important features.
The first one is the fill power. This number refers to the amount of space that a fixed amount of the filling occupies. The higher the fill power, the fluffier your comforter is going to be. The most inexpensive comforters on the market have a fill power below 500. Such comforters are usually a bit flat and they’re suitable for use in warmer weather.
If you want higher quality, stick to a fill power in the 500 to 700 range. Such comforters are going to be fluffier and warmer. The breathability of the material is also going to be excellent. Finally, if you want a top-notch product, look for fill power that exceeds 700. Keep in mind, however, that such XL down comforters can be expensive.
Next, look at the material that the cover is made of and the thread count. Some of the best twin XL down comforters have an external shell made of cotton. A thread count of 500 is usually indicative of very high quality.
Finally, make sure that the comforter you are interested in comes with adequate stitching. Box stitched designs divide the down comforter in boxes. A certain amount of the filling is trapped in each one of these boxes and is kept from shuffling around.
People that don’t have a lot of time to go from store to store in search of the best twin XL down comforter should consider online shopping options.
Exploring what online stores have to offer will also be great in terms of research. Instead of wasting hours visiting different stores, you’ll get to explore all of the important information in the comfort of your own home.
Think above the considerations mentioned in the previous section of the article and use these to narrow down the number of possibilities. View products side by side and see how their parameters differ. On the basis of such a comparison, you can determine which product has the best price to quality ratio.
Amazon is one of the best online spots for the purchase of twin XL down comforters. The large shopping portal features dozens of options that differ in style, quality and price. All that you have to do is set a budget and look for a twin XL down comforter that falls within the respective range.
One more thing you can do when wondering where to buy a twin XL down comforter is explore the websites of manufacturers.
For a start, the website will feature a lot of information and technical specs about the product. Other online shops could be missing such data, making it more difficult for you to choose.
In addition, the website of a manufacturer will give you an idea about the company’s history, its values and the manufacturing process. The best representatives of the industry share all of these important details with their customers. They will also provide details about available warranties or the convenient places from which their products can be purchased.
When shopping for comforters, it’s always a good idea to start the research online. All big companies in the field have their website or they provide online shopping opportunities. Once you explore the details and you have a better idea about the twin XL down comforter that you want to buy, you can decide whether to make the purchase online or offline. Good luck!
It’s time to upgrade and freshen up your bedroom! As exciting as this endeavor is going to be, it will also come with uncertainties. Which products are right for you? What are the differences between the multiple bedding options on the market? Manufacturers will try to convince you that their items are what you’re looking for but you have to go beyond the marketing hype.
Down comforters have been popular for many years. They have an array of excellent characteristics but just like any other product, down comforters have both fans and haters. Learning a bit more about the filling and its characteristics will help you decide whether you want this type of comforter for your home.
Down is the very soft and fluffy under-plumage that geese and ducks have. It’s essential for keeping the birds warm and this is why down has excellent insulating qualities.
As the name indicates, a down comforter is a type of bedding that uses down as its primary filling. This type of comforter can be made entirely of down or it can feature a down and feather mix.
Down comforters has a high fill power or loft in comparison to feathers. The fill power refers to the size of the fill clusters. Because of the high fill powder, the comforter remains lightweight while it is fluffy and warm.
The comforters also have a cover that can be made of cotton, polyester or a blend of fabrics. The purpose of the cover is to keep the comforter soft while preventing the filling from getting out.
Down has been used ever since prehistoric times because of its ability to keep our predecessors warm. Goose down comforters became popular much lately but ever since their introduction, they’ve become an option of preference for many.
Writer Thomas Nugent is the person credited for writing the first account about the use of a goose down comforter in 1749. Goose down became much more demanded in the 1900s because the material was considered superior to duck feathers. People recognized the fact that goose down was a lot softer, lighter and fluffier.
Ever since, manufacturers have been experimenting with the design of their goose down comforters, creating an array of products for different uses. The fill power differs, making some down comforters suitable for use during the summer and some types of bedding particularly good for people living in harsh climates.
Choosing goose down as the material of preference for your down comforter will give you an opportunity to enjoy an array of important benefits.
As already mentioned, goose down has excellent insulation qualities without being a heavy material. The comforter remains lightweight and fluffy while fighting the most intense winter cold.
Breathability is another very important characteristic. When down is combined with a cover made of a breathable material like cotton, it can breathe and wick moisture away from the body. As a result, goose down comforters can be used during the summer without causing the sleeping person to overheat.
There’s a wide array of options to choose among. The amount of filling and the goose feather to goose down ratio will be determining for the insulating qualities and the price of the comforter. It’s possible to find high quality down comforters at an affordable price, even if you are looking for the top options that the market has to offer.
Finally, down comforters are relatively easy to maintain and clean. Some of the products can be washed in a front-loading laundry machine. They can also be dried in a drying machine at low heat. Every manufacturer is required to provide detailed care and cleaning instructions, enabling the owner of the comforter to extend its lifespan. When properly cleaned, down comforters can be used for years and years without losing their fluffiness or insulating qualities.
Goose down comforters are wonderful products and there are millions of happy owners across the globe. It’s really up to you to decide whether you’d like to purchase this type of bedding.
Understand the fact that goose down comforters aren’t created equal. You have to compare products side by side and assess the reputation of manufacturers. By doing your homework in advance, you’ll be completely satisfied with the purchase.