Home and Living loves sleeping and believes that a sound sleep contributes to a happy home. That’s why when the American Down and Feather Council (ADFC) sent these tips, we knew we had to share them with you.
SHOPPING TIPS FOR DOWN AND FEATHER COMFORTERS
“Choose the down and feather bedding products that fit your sleep needs, and rest assured that you will get a full night of comfortable sleep.”
Know your Firmness Preference – Would you prefer to feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud, or do you want a little more support? Compare the ratio of down to feathers. Pillows with a high percentage of down are the softest, a greater blend of down and feathers will provide a more firm sleeping surface, and all-feather pillows will deliver the most support.
Check out the Insulation Quality – Fill power measures the insulating ability of down comforters. Comforters with high fill power will keep you warmer with less weight. Look for a fill power number of 550 and above when choosing a down comforter.
Choose a Construction Type – Construction of the pillow or comforter impacts on its overall comfort and durability. In a comforter, look for sewn-through boxes or baffle box construction. In those that are sewn-through, the top and bottom fabric are stitched together, preferably in a box pattern. Baffle box construction features three dimensional boxes created with strips of fabric. Both of these construction types prevent shifting of the filling, keeping you warm and cozy. Whether buying a pillow or comforter, check that the seams are sturdy.
Make sure the Products are Downproof – To keep the down and feathers from leaking out or “downproof,” the product’s shell should have a thread count of at least 230. Higher thread counts are not necessarily better, but it takes a minimum of 230 to be considered downproof.
Look For and Understand the Label – Federal and state regulations specify how down and feather products may be labeled. In the U.S., any product that is labeled as a down comforter is required by law to contain at least 75% down.
Contribute to your loved one’s by giving them a gift that will have them thanking you every night, a new down and feather pillow. The U.S. Center for Disease Control’s “Sleep Hygiene Tips” says that a comfortable bed is important to healthy sleep. The American Down and Feather Council (ADFC) provides the following tips for purchasing and caring for down and feather pillows.
Let’s not forget the pillow:
A pillow for every sleep position
Whatever the position of the sleeper, the correct pillow should support the head and help align the neck and spine. When used in pillows, down and feathers provide adjustable comfort that conforms to changing sleep positions.
- For fluffiness, look for pillows with a higher blend of down, and for firmness go with a higher blend of feathers
- Compartment pillows combine a core of supportive feathers with outer sections of down
“…the correct pillow should support the head and help align the neck and spine”
What to look for in pillow construction
No one wants their pillow to leak down and feathers, which is why it is important to look at the construction of the pillow cover, or ticking.
- Tightly woven fabrics with a thread-count of 230 or more will help keep down and feathers from escaping
- Double needle sewn construction also helps prevent leakage and produces durable pillows
Make that pillow last a long, long time
- Place in a clothes dryer on low heat along with a damp washcloth. The warmth and humidity will bring the pillow back to its original fluffiness
- Most pillows can be laundered in a home washing machine on the gentle cycle using mild non-bleach detergent. Place it in a dryer and set the heat on low, then toss in one or two tennis balls to break up any clumps that may have formed during washing
- Using a pillow protector between the pillow and pillow case will prevent yellowing and also will reduce the amount of washing needed
Reading the product label
Federal and state regulations specify how down and feather products may be labeled. To be certain that their pillows are accurately labeled, consumers should look for the ADFC’s Seal of Approval on the packaging—the Seal indicates that the manufacturer participates in the ADFC’s Labeling Compliance Program and is committed to truth-in-labeling.