One of the more luxurious ways to dress up you bed is with down feathers. Many people use feather down or goose down bed pillows, mattress toppers or pads, or bedspreads or comforters. Down feather bedding isn’t for everyone. Many require or enjoy firm options better but down bedding is largely considered to be exceptional quality and very desirable.
Having said that however, are there reasons why you wouldn’t want feather down bedding? Maybe a mattress pad and comforter is fine but feather down bed pillows are off limits. Maybe the pillows are all you need or want. For a review of all the considerations you should keep in mind while shopping for fine bedding read on.
The Pricing Of Goose Down Bedding
The most personal of all things to consider when buying down bedding is the price. In most cases the price of feather bed, pillows, and comforters is much higher than other materials. Memory foam is even cheaper in some cases although it is completely manufactured.
The price of down bedding goes up as the fill is increased. This is well understood in the case of down comforters. Goose down is very warm and as the fill increases the price goes up as does the warmth of the bed spread. The same holds true for mattresses, mattress pads, and down pillows. As the fill count rises and the quality of the down stays high the price increases proportionally.
There are ways to mitigate these high prices but this usually has to do with sacrificing quality for dollars. Aside from buying feather down bedding with lower fill volume you can get mixture filling which is not 100 percent down feathers. You can also cut costs by buying fake down feathers or cheaper quality feathers. Lastly, if you are a savvy shopper you can navigate the sales cycles which stores follow to discount shop and buy your down bedding for less.
For most people a variety of these techniques will and can be used to keep costs in an acceptable range.
Are You Allergic To Down Bedding?
Some people are allergic to feather down bedding. For people like these, medication may be all that’s needed to minimize symptoms but many people choose to stay away from down feathers altogether. In cases like this many manufactured or fake down feathers are used to mimic the feel of down feathers without the allergic reaction.
For the majority of people however allergies are not a problem with down but allergies to mildew can be a problem if you routinely wash your bedding without letting it dry properly. Because down feathers fluff up the majority of volume in a feather pillow for instance is air. If moisture sits in the feathers and mildew starts forming even in small trace amounts some people an have problems.
This article titled: How To Clean Feather Down Bedding goes into detail on how to keep your bedding clean without having to worry about mildew from forming. Cleaning down comforters is a bit tougher but feathers do clean with relative ease if you have the capacity to clean them in house.
Review Of Down Feather Maintenance
Assuming you are not allergic to or sensitive to feather down and the price tag doesn’t scare you off you should keep these simple tips in mind in caring for your down bedding. Many of these tips are obvious and go without saying but some may be quite helpful.
Protect Your Down – No matter what you own, be it a comforter, a mattress topper, or a pillow make sure to cover it. You can easily turn down throw pillows into a set of microfiber throw pillows stuffed with goose down for comfort. All this takes is finding the right set of microfiber pillow throw covers and a little proactivity.
Similarly comforters stuffed with goose down should always be wrapped in a duvet cover. Duvets are like sheets for your comforter. Just as you would place a fitted sheet over a mattress or mattress pad you want to cover the down comforter so that it doesn’t get dirty and need cleaning.
Everyone knows how difficult it is to properly clean a stuffed pillow or a mattress, you want to protect these from getting dirty by covering them in a removable and easily washable sheet or cover. It’s not that a down comforter or pillow can’t be washed it’s that it’s sometimes tricky to do so as many washing machines are too small and down takes a while to rinse and dry properly.
When washing your down products, and not just their covers, always make sure to re-rinse them in the washing machine multiple times to get all the soap out, use gentle detergents and washing cycles, and dry on low heat for a long time to ensure the down dries completely without shrinking the outer cover.
All down bedding and pillows need to be re-fluffed and the inner goose down typically needs to be manually redistributed periodically. When the down is not stuffed or evenly distributed it can lose its bounciness and can make it easier for mildew to set in in the event that it gets wet.
Storage for down items should also be done in well ventilated rooms and containers. Sealed plastic bags are not advisable due to the mildew and mustiness problem that could crop up.
Feather Down Bed Reviews
If goose down or some other feather beds are in your future make sure to seek out reviews from actual owners of the exact product model you are looking to buy. With pillows or mattress toppers for instance a product may be labeled goose down but in fact it may be a low quality down or a mix.
Past owners of these products can leave their comments, both good and bad, and alert you to products which are better suited for their list price and a better value for your money. You may also find that some down comforters or pillows are filled more or less than advertised based solely on the customer reviews of current and past owners.