What is a down comforter?
A comforter is a type of bedding made of two lengths fabric or covering sewn together and filled with insulative materials for warmth. Traditionally, filled with feathers or down- wool or cotton batting, silk or polyester and other down alternative fibres. Like quilts, comforters are generally laid over a top bed sheet, and sometimes, even over blankets.
Duvets are another form of quilt, traditionally filled with feathers, though from the late 20th century, it has been replaced with other synthetic fibres or cotton foam.
A comforter is sometimes covered for protection and prolonged use. Comforter covers are similar to pillow cases, and are often sealed with a zipper or with buttons.
In the UK, the word comforter isn’t used. The terms used are quilts, duvets or eiderdown.
Comforters are sold as a ‘bed in a bag’. This denotes an entire set of bedding, including a comforter or a duvet with its cover.
Comforters are used generally in the winter season when it is very cold. Due to the thickness in a comforter with the amount of down filling, a person is protected and insulated against the cold. Comforter keep people warm and is associated with the word ‘comfort’ in the purest and cosiest form.
Comforter sizes are associated with bed sizes. Thus, this includes, a king size, queen size, twin size, full size and medium sized. Comforter sizes run slightly larger than the mattress size so that the draping required doesn’t seem too tight and can easily be tucked under the mattress when required.
Filling: Comforters are filled with layers of natural materials like down feathers, wool, silk or polyester. Comforters can also be made of fur, artificial or otherwise, usually with a lining of silk or satin. The loft of the filling determines the weight of the comforter as well as the insulation it can supply. The comforter is stitched or quilted in order to secure the filling, thus keeping it evenly distributed.
Covering: The outer casings of comforters are typically made with cotton, silk, polyester fabric or a blend of synthetic fibres. They have varying thread counts. The thread counts which are about 200, tend to be cheaper than the thread counts above 500. Those are much pricier. The covering of the comforters varies in design and colour, and are often designed to coordinate with other factors of the bedding.
Deciding on a fluffy comforter:
The right down comforter can truly change the appearance of your room, by adding a luxurious touch and an elegant feel. Fluffy and premium quality comforters filled with sumptuous feather or cotton foam feels blissfully amazing against your skin, in cold winter nights. For the perfect kind of sleep, choosing your down comforter makes a huge difference.
- Choose an appropriate design and size
- Pick your comforter weight
- Select a filling (you can choose amongst natural fibres, artificial fibres, synthetic fibres and blends, or feathers/foam)
- Luxury options for quilt comforters
- Add some pillows
- Choose from an array of ultra-light down comforters.
- Add a well-designed blanket and well-decorated pillow shams or cases.
Silk comforters are the best alternative for feathered down comforters. They are easy to care for, and only need to be dried under the sun once or twice a year to retain their freshness. If thorough cleaning is required, then the silk comforter should be dry cleaned, since the silk floss can be damaged when in contact with water. They may have a fairly strong smell to them, because at the end of the day, silk has been woven by the silk worm for its own covering