For a cozier night's sleep during the winter months, discover down comforters from Overstock.com that are renowned for their light weight and ability to keep you warm. Genuine down comes from the soft part of goose feathers underneath the main feather. It's the part of the feather that helps keep geese warm and waterproof. These same properties transfer to down comforters for your bedding. Thin and lightweight down comforters add an extra layer of warmth to your bedding set, while thick and heavy comforters perform well when it comes to insulating you on chilly nights. Down comforters come in every possible size, from twin to California king, and following the care instructions means you get more longevity out of your investment. Overstock.com sells hotel-quality down comforters in various thread counts, colors, and designs so you can mix and match items that go with your existing bedding or create an entirely new bedding ensemble to enjoy in your home. Look for recognizable brands, such as Eddie Bauer, Hotel Grand, Lauren Taylor, True North, Elle, Windsor Home, and VCNY as you peruse your selections. Read on to learn more about down comforters and find out the answers to some frequently asked questions.
Understanding Down Comforters
A fill power rating indicates the warmth of the comforter. A higher fill power indicates a warmer comforter. For example, a 650 fill power down comforter is warmer than one with a fill power of 500. If your house has central heat and you stay comfortable during the winter at 70 degrees Fahrenheit, a fill power of 650 or higher might make you too warm at night. Comforters with higher fill powers, in general, have higher prices. Fill powers typically max out at 1,000, and higher fill powers point to thicker and heavier down comforters.
Types of Down
Manufacturers rely on a few kinds of down to fill comforters. Hungarian goose down goes in warmer down comforters because of the thick feathers that come from the cold-weather birds. Hungarian goose down is the most luxurious down on the market. Grey and white goose down feathers are the most common types used in comforters. Grey down is darker than white, so you may see some color variations with grey down comforters. These feathers come from European or Chinese geese, and they're used in comforters with fill powers of 600 or higher. Some of the cooler down comforters have goose feathers mixed with milkweed to maintain natural fibers.
Thread counts of outer covers in down comforters are important because of the nature of the feathers. Each feather has a point at the end that might poke through the cover. A higher thread count means a thicker outer cover, and the outer cover can protect against losing feathers due to holes or shifting. Higher thread counts also produce a thicker, smoother, and gentler feel against your skin while protecting you from feather pokes.
Colors and Aesthetic Design
Typical down comforters are white to let you mix and match bedding sets. However, manufacturers often create matching sets in the same colors or patterns. Stitching leads to diamond patterns, squares, or stripes in terms of the design of lines on the outside of a comforter for an added touch. The stitching also keeps the down intact. Baffle boxing is a special type of stitching that makes a square shape across the entirety of a comforter.
Versus Alternative Down
Down comforters are warmer than down alternatives of the same size and weight. Down alternatives are more expensive due to the fact that geese used for down are farmed and easy to access versus the manufacturing processes that go into synthetic materials. Natural down comforters have better insulating properties compared to down alternative.
Getting the Most Out of Down Comforters
Down comforters come in all-season, extra-warm, and medium-warm varieties. All-season comforters provide insulating properties for any time of year and have a fill power of 200 to 600 that prevents you from overheating in the spring and summer. When you want all-season comforters to be warmer in winter, you might need to add a thin layer to your bedding ensemble. Medium-warm comforters with a fill power between 200 to 700 are better for warm months and indoor temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Extra-warm comforters are heavy-duty varieties that do well in the winter but may be too warm for the summer. These down comforters work for temperatures below 62 degrees Fahrenheit and have a fill power of 700 to 1,000. Keep in mind that heavier fill powers indicate heavier weights and thicker pieces.
Most down comforters are machine-washable, although their care tags might have special care instructions. Because these items are large and bulky, consider putting a down comforter in a load by itself. Comforters soak up a lot of soap, so you should run the rinse cycle twice to make sure all of the soap gets out. Use the gentle cycle on the washer followed by a low heat cycle on the dryer. Throw a couple of tennis balls into the dryer to help fluff up the comforter and to prevent it from entangling itself during the dry cycle. It might take a few days for the comforter to return to its normal fluffy state. For spot stains, use a spot treatment and soak it for a few hours with stain remover or a mild soap.
Comforter bags offer protection and proper storage when a down comforter is not in use, such as when you don't need extra-warm comforters in summer or lightweight comforters in the winter. These bags are specially designed to keep down comforters aerated, free of mildew, and fresh. Always store down comforters in breathable material, making sure to avoid plastic and synthetic materials that do not breathe.
Down Comforters FAQ
What kind of down comforter is the highest quality?
Thick, heavyweight down comforters with luxurious Hungarian goose down are higher-priced due to the amount of materials in them. Larger sizes, such as those for king-sized or California king-sized, cost more than comforters for smaller-sized beds. Down comforters with higher thread counts are considered luxury, and prices tend to increase as thread count increases.
How do down comforters insulate against the cold so well?
The natural properties of the goose feathers create the insulating power of down feathers. Stitching across each comforter keeps the down in place to prevent too much shifting. The loose structure of the feathers helps to trap air inside the comforter, keeping you warm and well insulated.
What care instructions should you follow to keep comforters in top shape?
Spot clean stains on down comforters, then allow them dry. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for care. Because down comforters are so bulky, wash and dry them separately from everything else.