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by Staff Writer
Two major considerations when purchasing a down comforter are content and construction. The Federal Trade Commission has standards set that specify labeling procedures for products that contain down. If the label of a down comforter reads 100 percent down, the comforter must contain down feathers exclusively. The same is true if the label reads pure down or all down. Most down comforters are made with goose down, but some may include down feathers from other species of fowl. Look below to learn how to buy a down comforter.
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.
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