The Down Store Blog

  • Kate Breyer

We read a lot about climate change and we have experienced some serious winters recently. So no one wants to think about being cold in bed. You do have options to ensure you are never cold in bed. There is wool, polyester, cotton, a combination, or down. Many years ago (100+) Scandinavian and some European countries gave fabric and a bag of down/feathers as the traditional bridal gift. Clearly there was no central heating going on back then so this was a very thoughtful and practical gift. Today we may have central heating, but it is getting very expensive so any way we can save is a bonus. On top of that we know it is healthier to sleep in a cool bedroom and with the windows open a little.

It is a well known fact that down, whether it is goose, duck or the rare Eiderdown, is nature's ultimate insulator. The unique thermal properties allow the down clusters to fluff up and trap your body heat keeping you toasty warm without weight as with blankets. No other bed covering can do this. It is best to choose a high quality down comforter for many reasons. Eiderdown is truly the king of all downs, ultra soft and light with the most powerful thermal properties. It does not take much to keep you toasty warm. However it is pricey as there is a limited amount available in the world compared to goose or duck down. For most of us a high quality goose down is a good investment. It will last for decades with proper care and become an heirloom. High quality means the outer shell must be a high thread count cotton, preferably from Europe where it is woven in a special way and calendered (compression of the fabric to make it down proof). The down quality is about fill power (how fat the down cluster is to trap maximum air) as well the down cluster count. In processing down the finest will be 90% down cluster and 10% fly (pieces of the cluster) and the tiniest of feathers that could not possibly be separated in the processing.

An important factor in choosing a down comforter is how you sleep. Whether the bedroom has a lot of heat or little to none. In addition some people are warm or cool sleepers. Usually a warm sleeper, or a warm bedroom can go with a lighter down comforter whereas a cool sleeper or a cool bedroom (windows open) will need a regular weight or extra warm down comforter.

Choosing a high quality down comforter means you will have it for decades with proper care. This means cleaning every 5 years and renovating (clean and recover) every 10 or more years. The fact you buy quality the first time means you will not be replacing due to leakage or just not being warm enough. You can rest assured our down is responsibly sourced with the RDS certification, a world wide standard for sustainability. Our comforters use the finest materials to deliver exceptional luxury and comfort and better sleep. Our pillows are made for how you sleep and come with a free comfort adjustment.

For even more luxury and coziness in bed add a featherbed or down topper. Sink into a cloud of all down with BodyCloud the ultimate mattress topper and your oasis of warmth and comfort. Guaranteed you will never be cold in bed again.

You can read what just some of our happy clients have said about our products here.

So wrap yourself up in luxurious comfort with a high quality down comforter, and protect yourself from the cold winters that are likely to be part of our future. You never have to be cold in bed again providing you start with quality, which you will have for a lifetime of cozy, luxurious comfort.

  • Kate Breyer

You can certainly have one down comforter for all seasons as the choice of a down comforter should be based on the temperature of your room. Even in the warmest climates a down comforter with the right weight can be used due to the need for air conditioning. Some people like to have a fall/winter comforter so they can have the puffiest look and maximum warmth without turning up the thermostat. Then they have a spring/summer comforter or a down blanket which allows for less air conditioning. If storing a winter down comforter, it is important to store it in an all cotton bag which we can make. If the down comforter is not due for a cleaning or renovation, air it out on the clothes line on a dry, warm day so it goes away refreshed, ready for fall.

The spring and summer is of course the ideal time to send in your downs for cleaning and or renovation (cleaning and new cover). Be fall ready and avoid the rush by sending your down comforters, down pillows, featherbeds and toppers in early.

  • Kate Breyer

There are so many reasons to welcome spring. There are the bright colors of emerging crocuses, daffodils and tulips. There is more sunshine to turn the grass green and finally saying goodbye to the cold, the grey skies and snow. It is a great feeling to throw open the windows and do some spring cleaning. So why not start with the bedroom. If your favorite down comforter, down pillows and featherbed are in need of cleaning or renovation, now is a good time as you can do without them for a while since winter is over. Proper care will ensure your precious downs will give you many years of luxury and comfort. If your downs are only a couple of years old, (and in between regular cleaning), do air them out. If you have a clothes line that is good for the comforters and pillows. You may need a patio table or a few chairs for the featherbed or down bed. Do this on a dry sunny warm day. You will be using nature’s way to refresh the downs. If you do not have access to an outdoor line I would suggest hanging the featherbed or down bed over chairs near an open window. For the comforter and pillows I would put in a dryer set on low for 15 minutes.

Now it is time to brighten up your bedroom with a whole new look with a and sheet set. The beauty of the down comforter and the duvet cover is you can change the look of your bedroom to suit your mood or the season.

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