• How To Shop For A Down Comforter Like Pro #2



    Whether you are outfitting one bed or many in your home, choosing the right new down comforter can get downright confusing. Just deciphering the strange language of these cozy coverings can leave you, well, baffled.   

    There are types of down with construction descriptions such as warmth level, loft and fill power, boxed stitched and, of course, baffled. You are left without much guidance on how to make any of it make sense to your needs. But don't worry, here are some uplifting inside tips on how to select the down for you.


    Just what is down anyway? The short answer is goose feathers!  Premium white goose down comes from the chest of mature geese and is harvested by hand from live geese several times a year. The geese are especially raised for down production in very cold climates. The harvested down comes out in very large clusters and grows back stronger and fuller in time for the next harvest. Because of live harvesting, only a small amount of down is collected from each goose thus making it more expensive and prized.  

    Construction determines quality. The  highest quality down comforter has a baffle box construction. This interior system contains a series of squares stuffed with down. Think quilting patches. The tight fit limits shifting of the feathers and eliminates cold spots in the comforter. Box stitched or large box square stitched is not to be confused with a baffled box construction, which requires the highest volume of down.

     Size matters. The comforter should be an inch or so larger than the duvet cover you slip it into. Always measure the duvet cover first to make the search for the correct size comforter easier.  And using the typical terms “Twin,” “Queen,” or “King,” is not enough to get the size right. For example, a Queen comforter is never measured by “Queen” when matching a comforter & duvet.  There are five sizes of down comforters based on the measurements of just two national manufacturers -   86x86, 92x88, 90x94, 98x98 and 110x110. The same is true for the king size. ALWAYS measure the duvet cover to get the best fit.

    Warmth Level. The higher the warmth level the more ounces of down are filling each square. Levels 1 or 2  are the highest levels and good for all weather. Levels 3 and 4 are best for below freezing or outdoor sleeping. Many manufacturers only apply baffled box to levels three and four comforters due to the volume of the down. During warm summer nights, use a light sheet-weight duvet cover to promote air circulation. In cooler weather, add a blanket to keep the warmth beneath the covers.  

    Loft/ Fill Power.  The higher the number (900, 800, 650) of the loft/fill power, the warmer and lighter the comforter will be. The big takeaway to remember is construction counts. It is the first test of quality. Have questions? Send me an email at and I will do my best to provide the information requested.

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