What Is a Down Comforter?
A down comforter is a bed covering that is stuffed with down feathers. These soft, fine feathers hold heat efficiently to keep you warm on chilly nights, and rows of stitching or quilting keep the feathers in place. Read below to find out what makes down comforters so popular and whether a down comforter is right for you.
What is a Down Comforter Made Of?
Down comforters come in a wide variety of options. The fill type ranges from standard down to exclusive white goose down. Pay attention to the warmth rating; warmer comforters usually feature thicker fill levels and a higher loft. If you can’t find a warmth rating, look for the fill power. A high fill-power rating indicates more warmth, so a comforter with a 650 fill-power rating is warmer than one with a 500 fill-power rating. The comforter’s exterior fabric can range from cotton or polyester to silk and sateen.
Caring for Down Comforters
Since down comforters have no cover, so they should be used with a top sheet to reduce the need to wash the comforter as often. However, most down comforters are machine washable, so cleaning your comforter at home is usually easy and convenient. Be sure to read any specific care instructions that come with your comforter to ensure you only practice safe cleaning methods. When you’re not using your comforter, store it in a clean and dry area.
Advantages of Down Comforters
Down comforters are often expensive, but the price tag comes with a variety of benefits. Down fill is lightweight but delivers efficient warmth, making it an ideal choice for cold climates. The feathers resist clumping and ensure consistent coverage. Down is breathable, so it helps evaporate perspiration and keeps you dry at night. If you’re interested in a comforter that lasts, down fits the bill. The feathers bounce back after repeated washing, so the comforter retains its loft and insulating powers for years.
Down Comforters vs Duvets
A duvet is a bed covering that consists of a flat fabric bag stuffed with fill. A duvet may also be called a duvet insert; others are sold under the general “comforter” category. Unlike comforters, duvets are not designed to be used alone on a bed. Instead, they are usually paired with a duvet cover, which slips over the duvet like a pillowcase. Most duvet covers feature a row of snaps or buttons along the open edge. Some styles also feature ties on the inside corners to prevent the duvet from slipping. Duvet covers also usually come in sets. Duvet sets usually include the cover and one or two pillowcases, depending on the size.
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