The Benefits of Feather and Down DuvetsOn July 13, 2016 by jadegreen
Feather and down duvets have a number of great benefits: they can easily be custom-made, are low in weight, have an excellent thermal insulation rating and create a favorable micro-climate to sleep in.
Feather and down duvets also create a feel of luxury, a sense of tradition as strong, say, as period-themed bedroom furniture. Feather and down duvets have been around for a long time and have been helping people to secure a good night’s sleep for centuries, so their benefits should not surprise us.
Down and feathers are wonderful duvet fillers because they are so lightweight. They also guarantee that an acceptable level of warmth spreads across the duvet as you sleep and at the same time eliminate absorbed perspiration. Down and feather filled duvets can easily be manufactured to suit your individual needs. Even if bought off the shelf, they are available in a wide range of sizes, stitching patterns and filling weights. This means that your very specific requirements can be met: ideal if, for example, you are the type of person who feels the cold more readily at night.
Duck feathers have the capacity to trap large amounts of air, hence duck feathers are said to have high fill values. Down, a fiber found on duck and other waterfowls, has an even greater fill value. The high percentage of trapped air in down and feather duvets means that they keep the body warm throughout the night. The higher the down and feather content used in a duvet, the better its thermal insulation capacity. The best overall thermal insulation capacity results are achieved by using a mixture of 90% down to 10% feathers.
The thermal insulation capacity of a down and feather duvet can also be affected by the weight of the filling used, which can be selected to suit individual needs. For example, a typical summer weight, single-sized feather and down filled duvet would weigh around two hundred grams, whilst a winter version would come in at around a thousand grams.
The stitching pattern with which the duvet is manufactured can also affect its thermal insulation capacity and can be selected to suit your individual needs. Winter duvets usually come with interior baffle walls and separate compartments. Summer duvets, on the other hand, often have specifically designed cold zones.
Down and feather filled duvets are highly rated for their bulking capacities, or the ease with which they trap air and also for the favorable micro-climate they create for whoever is using them to sleep under. That means that they easily absorb and transmit humidity outside of the bed.
As for those less tangible but equally important considerations, feather and down filled duvets do have a certain timeless feel to them. Overall, the benefits of using them are wide-ranging.
Rachel Smith recently moved home and decided to turn her new bedroom into a a relaxing retreat away from it all. She decided to look for a high quality feather duvet to make her bed exceptionally comfortable.