It was delivered yesterday (Friday). No bad smell at all. It had to be shaken and aired out so that it can "breathe" to allow it get fluffy. We call it the PUFFY bed. This featherbed is HEAVY - the fill is very high. Its comfortable and soft - while it gives support. You will have to shake it every day or so to make sure it remains "puffy" - as you would with any other featherbed. The included duvet cover is very smooth (high thread count) - fits like a glove and does not allow for the feathers come through. The height of ours is as stated 5". Its stitched in sections to prevent the feathers from shifting to one side of the featherbed. We purchased the King size and its covers our mattress perfectly. We are very pleased with this product. It was purchased to replace the (more expensive) 3" featherbed we've had for over three years and was not as high and highly filled as this one. Highly recommend a featherbed to all my friends, its the ultimate luxurious item for your bedroom. This one will be on the top of the list of recommendations! Our first night sleeping on it, well ...let me just say we did not get out of bed until noon!! A great purchase at an incredible price. Super fast shipping. Overstock.com does it again!