The soft layer of feathers beneath the top feathers, down keeps geese, ducks, and other waterfowl warm and dry, making it perfect for comfortable and cozy bedding. Unlike top feathers, down doesn't have a stiff quill, but instead forms in soft clusters. If you're looking for a down blanket, you can choose between different types of down, a variety of styles and colors, and multiple construction options. Read on to find out what kind of down blankets are best for you.
Different Types of Down
Down blankets can include down from a variety of different waterfowl, including geese and ducks. In contrast, down alternative is made from synthetic materials such as rayon or polyester that’s cut to resemble natural down. Down works well in blankets because it grows in clusters which have a natural spherical shape, and that helps give blankets or pillows their loft. This happens when the down fibers are compressed and then return to their natural fluffy shape.
Goose down blankets are filled with down taken from geese. White goose down is eco-friendly and hypoallergenic. It's also durable and machine washable for easy maintenance. The phrase "white down" usually refers to goose down. However, this down is not necessarily white. It can be grey, brown, or white depending on when it was harvested, as the feather colors of geese change seasonally throughout the year.
Down Blankets Options
Down blankets come in an impressive range of sizes that include king, California king, queen, double, twin, and twin XL, and some blankets feature oversized designs for added coverage. These blankets also correspond to traditional bed sizes, but they are designed to hang low, nearly touching the floors on each side of the bed. Regardless of the size you select, you can use these blankets on their own or pair them with your favorite comforter for extra warmth on cold nights. Some down blankets don't correspond with bed sizes. Rather, they are throws, and the size is expressed based on the length and width of the blanket.
Many down-filled blankets feature a traditional white finish, but they are also available in a variety of other color options. Colors such as chocolate, sage, and sand are ideal for complementing rooms with neutral color palettes, while jeweled blue, red, and green tones make add a touch of luxury to any bedroom. Some down blankets come in sleek colors such as blue haze, quartz, thistle, and moonlight, and many of these rich colors incorporate sleek stripes for additional visual appeal that’s perfect for use as bed coverings.
Some down blankets include travel pouches that make it easy to take them with you on the road. Typically, these small pouches match the design of the blanket, and make it easy to compact the blanket, which facilitates tidier storage in your linen closet.
Thread count deals with the weave in down blanket with a cotton shell. This number refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads in each square inch of the blanket, and a higher thread count usually means a softer blanket to the touch. Cotton shells are ideal for people who want natural materials in their down blankets, while polyester is still a very durable and affordable alternative.
Box stitch comforters feature sewn-in boxes to evenly distribute fill throughout the blanket. Each box is individually stitched and holds its own portion of down. This design prevents the down from shifting around the inside of the blanket over time.
Satin Binding at Edges
Binding refers to the materials stitched around the outside of the blanket. It holds the blanket together and prevents the filling from falling out of the blanket. Binding also stops the blanket from fraying. Satin binding, in particular, adds a hit of softness to the edge of the blanket, and it makes the blanket look more aesthetically pleasing.
Down Blankets FAQs
Is down or down alternative better?
Both down and down alternative offer a number of advantages. Down is a natural blanket filler that feels soft and warm, and it also helps blankets retain their naturally fluffy shape. Down alternative is ideal for people who have allergies to down or who want a more affordable alternative.
What Is the difference between goose and duck down?
Generally, geese have larger clusters of down than ducks, and blanket manufacturers tend to take down from older geese. As a result of those factors, blankets filled with goose down usually have more warmth and filling than duck down. However, the ultimate performance of the blanket depends on the quality of construction, the amount of down, and other factors rather than just the bird alone.
What is the difference between down-filled and feather-filled?
Feather-filled pillows and blankets use the top feathers of animals which have sharp quills. In contrast, down grows in soft clusters and doesn't have quills. Generally, down holds its shape better than feathers, and it's also more comfortable to the touch.
What is a boxed-stitched down blanket?
This style of blanket features individually stitched boxes that prevent the down from shifting around the inside of the blankets. A baffle box construction is a boxed-stitched down blanket that has vertical walls inside each box to keep the down even better organized.