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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

What You Need to Know When Shopping for a Down Comforter

Your bedroom is done and you want to give it a luxurious look - a down comforter is what you will need.  Looks may be the order of the hour, but there's more to looks when shopping for your comforter.

Price Matters

You must have seen those lovely comforters advertised in glossies and TV but when you finally made up your mind to get one, you are shocked that these are pricey bedding items.  You chance on cheaper, yes way cheaper comforters, but are these worth the trouble?  If you want a picture-pretty bedroom and you are not planning to seek the warm comfort of the comforter, the cheaper ones will do but think again.  You need a comforter to ward off the chill of wintry nights instead of turning up the heater and increase your electric bills.

An expensive comforter gives the warmth equivalent to layers and layers of wool blankets.  If you know how to choose your comforter, your investment will go a long way.  On top of this, a quality comforter is soft and does not contain feathers with hard plumes because it only contains goose down, a superior down compared to duck down.  Down is not a feather, it is fluffier and lighter feather-like stuff without the quill.        

Pillows and comforters stuffed with white down are the best albeit pricier.  Other choices are duck down and a combination of down and feathers.  The label should indicate if the comforter or pillows have 100% white down or if the fill power is at least pegged at 650 or a minimum down cluster of 85%. If the label indicates a high number of fill power, you can bet that the down used is larger; it has more fluff and it is warmer.  A too low fill power won't give you that fluffy look you covet for luxurious-looking bedding.

The better comforters have a tighter weave and the thread count is higher.  These secure the down which manage to get out of comforters and pillows.  Eventually, you'll end up with a useless comforter.  If you are planning to get a comforter, make your investment worth the trouble.  Check out if you have goose or duck down and take no chances with the power fill.  Lastly check the label for the thread count.      

Down comforters should be chosen also for the amount of heat they can generate.  If your bedroom temperature is 75° during warm weather, you need a tropical or ultra-light comforter.  For bedroom temperatures at 55° and below, comforters power filled for deep winter and winter are smart choices.   For summer and autumn, you can find comforters ideal for bedroom temperatures at 65° to 75°.

What Type of Sleeper are You?

Not everyone has the same body temperature.  During sleep, some people do not get too cold or too hot while others have to turn up or turn down the heater to be able to sleep comfortably. If you want to stay cool, you can ask for a lighter comforter; likewise, request for more power fill if you want more warmth from your comforter.  Knowing all these facts can help you choose the right down comforter.