How to Buy a Down Comforter
Buying Down Comforters:
Check out the Amount of Down
Check for the percentage of down in the comforter. Some comforters labeled as “down” may only contain 30 to 40 percent of actual down fill. This could lead to an uncomfortable comforter on your bed, should the other fill be regular feathers.
Find out the Fill Power
Look for the fill-power rating of the down comforter. The higher the rating, the warmer the comforter will be. Ratings above 650 may be too warm if your home has central heat and the house is kept above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Fill power will often affect price, so keep that in mind while narrowing down your search for down bedding.
Think About the Thread Count
Although you may not think about thread count when planning to cover your down comforter with a duvet, it still may have an impact on the comfort of your down bedding. Pay attention to the thread count of the comforter’s outer shell. A thread count of less than 200 may allow the down or feathers to prick through the fabric or migrate out.
Find out If the Featherbed Has Baffle Boxing or Quilt Stitching
Baffle boxing means that there are walls of fabric sewn between the top and bottom sheeting of the comforter in a box pattern; each walled box holds down in place and gives it plenty of room to loft. Quilt stitching means the top and bottom sheeting of the comforter are stitched together in a pattern. Quilt stitching keeps the down in place by creating pockets. Comforters without baffling or quilting allow the down to shift, creating buildup of down at the edges and corners.