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Finally you are treating yourself to some serious luxury and comfort for your bed. In these challenging times, spending so much time at home, we need to take care of ourselves. What better way than creating an oasis of sheer comfort and luxury for your bed. You may also need a new mattress, but the addition of a featherbed or down topper can defer this purchase for a while.

You have settled on a featherbed or a down bed (down topper ), but you are not sure which is better, more comfortable, more luxurious and of course which style. It is important to remember that there is a huge difference in a featherbed and a down topper. Both may weigh the same but the down is the light fluffy cluster that lofts up to make a puffy topper, soft and delicious to sink into. The feather is flat with quill so delivers a less lofty and firmer experience. Down is more costly than feathers but it  will last for decades.

Regardless of which one you choose the style is important. A hundred years ago it was just a bag, no stitching. Also back then likely all feathers or a blend of feather and down.

This style requires much more fill to eliminate unwanted shifting. If under filled you would find yourself sleeping on fabric as the filling would have shifted to the sides. If filled adequately this super pillow topper will be very puffy and feel wonderful.

The baffle box. Baffle means there is a wall of fabric between the top layer and the bottom fabric layer. This allows for the filling (especially down) to loft up. Sew thru featherbeds and down toppers are available, but sewn thru basically means you do not need nearly as much filling. It is also important to remember the more filling you have, the more cushioning the featherbed or down topper will deliver and thereby more comfort and super luxury. The baffle box has an opening in each box so over time the filling can migrate, however this does take some time, maybe years. It is not easy to massage the filling back to its individual box once it has moved out. After a few years the filling will end up at the sides, top and bottom. Renovation can resolve this issue.

The 3 part baffle horizontal style is another choice. Like the bag style it takes more filling but not as much as it has some stitching.

The most efficient style is the baffle channel. There is enough stitching to limit movement and the channels are wide so with the baffle you can have plenty of filling. The filling can only move in 2 directions up and down and for this reason it is easy to re-position the fill when fluffing up. When you change the bedding just shake from the  bottom 2 corners, then take the heel of your hand and move the fill up the channels. Rotate foot to top and shake those 2 corners and use the heel of your hand to reposition the fill. Voila, like new.

Another tip for using your featherbed or down bed is instead of putting it under your fitted sheet which gives a neat look, a better experience is to put it in its cover on top of your fitted sheet in another fitted or flat sheet. It may not be as neat, but the level of luxury and comfort is incomparable.

For care of your featherbed or down bed it is recommended renovation (clean the filling and new cover) every 7 to 10 years. In between try and get it outside on a table on a warm, dry sunny day. If this is not possible  open all the windows on warm, sunny, breezy day.

  • 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.