Pillows Comforters Blankets
There are few things in life that make you feel as pampered as luxurious down bedding. Although we include many of the more popular uses of down and feathers in our bedding, this list is not all-inclusive. The information listed is a guideline to help you decide what bedding is best for you, but everything is a personal preference.
Although pillows may seem simple, there are many variables involved in making a pillow. The three basic parameters of a pillow are: fill, fabric, and construction.
A natural pillow can be filled with down, feathers, or a blend of both. These blends range from 5% down/95% feathers to 50% down/50% feathers. With blended pillows, the more down, the softer the pillow. You may notice, if you buy a down pillow, the law label shows “75% down” and not “100%”. This is because, short of hand picking every cluster, it’s near impossible to get a pure 100% down cluster. The other 25% of your down pillow consists of: additional down clusters, down fibers (broken clusters) and small feathers (<6cm).
Our natural fill pillows are made with cotton fabrics. A thread count of 230 or higher means that the pillow is “down proof”. Generally, as the thread count of the pillow fabric increases, the price of the pillow rises as well.
We have 2 different pillow constructions as well: standard bag and chamber. The standard bag is a simple shell filled with down/feather. A chamber pillow features 3 compartments inside the shell. A core of feathers in the middle, with down on top and bottom.
Our pillows come in a range of densities, from extra soft to extra firm. We recommend soft pillows for stomach sleepers, and firm pillows for side sleepers. A medium pillow is good for back sleepers, or those who change positions through the night.
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Down comforters come in a variety of weights and constructions.
DOWNLITE offers comforters in three basic weights: lightweight, year-round, and winter. To determine these, we take into consideration the amount of fill, plus the fill power of the down used. As discussed on the Down Testing page, the fill power is the measure of how lofty and insulating the down is. This means you’ll see higher fill power down (650+) in our year-round or winter comforters. The amount of fill also plays a factor in comforter weight. A lightweight comforter will have >30 oz. of fill, a year-round 30-50 oz., and winter has <50 oz. in a queen size.
We have three different constructions as well for our comforters: sewn-thru, baffle box, and PermaBaffle.
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- Sewn-Thru: Fill is added to the shell, then the top and bottom layers of fabric are sewn together. This forms boxes that can range from 4″-18″ in size. The ultimate in eliminating down shifting in the comforter.
- Baffle Box: The boxes are pre-sewn into the shell, and small openings between boxes allow the fill to be blown into the comforter. This can allow some shifting of fill, but gives a loftier comforter.
- PermaBaffle: This is the same as the baffle box above, but the small openings are covered with a flap of fabric inside the shell. This allows the same loftiness, but with little to no shifting.
Down blankets are perfect when a consumer needs less warmth, typically during the summer months, or in hotter climates. Most down blankets utilize a sewn-thru box construction. Although less down is used in filling blankets, they are becoming much more popular among consumers as a substitute for a comforter. A down blanket is also a good option to add extra warmth in the winter, without needing a heavyweight comforter.
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