I wasn't sure what to expect on this feather bed. When it's poofed up it is definitely 5". As others have stated with a feather bed you need to fluff them up daily if you want that big cloud feeling. They can go unfluffed every week until you do your bedding but it will get flatter and flatter each day until you shake it, push it up on both sides to the middle and beat it up. It's worth it for the results. I immediately washed the cover for it and before washing I thought it was silky and would be soft enough without a sheet over it but once washed it felt rough to sleep on. I put my good puma cotton fitted sheet around the feather bed with it's cover on but not over my mattress. Works great. I didn't notice any bad smells but a few of the feathers were flying around when i opened it so we'll see how they hold up. I haven't had any poking of feathers with the cover and my sheet over it. I have slept like a rock since I got it. I did order a king and without the cover the feather bed fit perfect on top of my king bed. Once we put the cover on my husband was helping me make the bed and it seemed 2" short of fitting on top of the mattress. It hasn't bothered either of us from sleeping soundly. Almost thinking of just using two king fitted sheets to see if that makes a difference in size with the cover. Worth every penny though and we love it.
When I bought this featherbed topper, I was only thinking of European chalets and being as comfortable as Heidi. Sadly, I was not thinking of scratchy down feathers. It is acceptable, but perhaps faux down would be a better choice. I am poked all night.
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