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.
Purchased this to soften our king-sizedTempur-pedic mattress (the mattress is too hard and it was causing numbness on pressure points). The cover that comes with the topper is a little noisy when you first get into bed, but not enough to disturb your sleep when you move. It is cool to sleep on. The only problem I have with this topper, and you should consider this before buying, is you need to re-fluff it at least once every 7 days. Fluffing the king-sized topper is a challenge - it is hard to get the feathers evenly fluffed. Try as I might, I can't get the feathers to be evenly distributed between the head, middle and feet areas. There ends up being too many in the middle or at the head or feet. Once you put the sheets on and get in bed, you don't really notice but it would have been better if the baffles kept the feathers in place. After about 3 nights you lose most of the benefit of the fluff of the topper. One great feature of this topper over other 100% feather toppers is the down top layer. You never get feather-poke you might get from pure feather toppers.
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