It’s 6 a.m., the sun is rising, the birds are chirping, and the promise of a new day awaits you. But instead of feeling refreshed and ready for work, you’re groggy, irritated and have zero interest in dragging yourself out of bed. We can all agree that nobody likes a tired, grouchy person, who has had a terrible night’s sleep. Whether you work in an office, are a student, a stay at home mom or an at home-freelancer, we guarantee there is someone in your life that would prefer you rested and happy. Afterall, a rested body is a happy body, right? There are numerous benefits of getting a good night’s sleep, not only for your health but also for that sunny disposition. The quality of your sleep matters just as much as the amount of sleep you get. One of the biggest factors that determines the quality of your sleep can be what you’re sleeping under. Too hot? Too cold? What you cover yourself with at night can determine how you wake up in the morning. With regards to the quality of your sleep, using a down comforter is one of the best decisions you can make (and not just for your own personal sanity.) Down comforters provide lightweight, consistent, year-round temperature control. Not all down comforters however, are created the same. So how does one choose a down comforter? We’ve compiled a list of the top three factors for you to consider when purchasing your beautiful, new down comforter.
In short, fill power refers to the volume an ounce takes up or the measurement of loft. Fill weight on the other hand, is the number of ounces of down in a comforter, which is a main decider in warmth. Matching your desired warmth level to the comforter weight is an important step in selecting a great down comforter. Temperature when you sleep is a huge factor in determining the quality of the sleep you’re getting. According to studies performed by the Sleep Foundation (https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/how-sleep-comfortably-through-hot-summer-nights), if the temperature is above 75 degrees Fahrenheit or falls below 54 degrees it can wake you up and disrupt your quality of sleep. When choosing a down comforter keep in mind that the fill-power can determine how hot or cold your down comforter keeps you. The higher the fill power, the better the insulating ability of the down comforter. By determining how you sleep, be it warm or cold, you can determine the amount of fill you’ll want and need in your comforter. Some important factors to take into consideration here as well are what area you’re in and what the weather is like, as it’s unlikely if you’re living in Florida that you’ll need a down comforter with a ton of fill.
Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric. The old belief that the higher the thread count, the better the fabric, simply isn’t always true. More isn’t always better when it comes to fabric. Very high thread count fabrics can be very stiff and dense due to the way the fabric is woven. Typically, it is recommended that you stay below 800 and above 200 thread count for optimal comfort, with thread count between 400 to 600 considered luxury.
Stitching is another factor when choosing a down comforter that people can sometimes overlook yet plays a huge role in the comfortability and the longevity of your comforter. You’ll want to look for down comforters that have baffle boxing or quilt stitching as this helps keep the feathers in place, spread out and fluffed up. Without this type of stitching, they can get pushed around easily and with age, flattened out and crumpled up. Some key tips to look for are down comforters that have double lined edges and piping. You can also usually see their stitching as well and can determine just how well the stitching will keep the feathers in place.
With a little time and consideration, you can find the perfect down comforter to fit any of your sleep needs. With the right down comforter, a restful and relaxing night’s sleep awaits you and with it, a healthier, happier you.