Is a Down and Feather Duvet Right for me?
When choosing a new duvet inner you need to consider factors such as which season do you intend to use it for? Do you want just one layer, or do you want a clip together, two layer, All Seasons option? Another important factor to consider is how warm is your home? Is it well insulated or older and more prone to cold? Also do you like weight, or prefer lightweight inners and do you feel the cold? Have you had a Feather and Down inner before that you are happy with? If so, you have been spoilt and run the risk of being dissappointed if you move to a new fibre for your duvet inner!
The secret to Down and Feather is to achieve maximum insulation with a minimum of
weight. This places importance on the quality and type of filling.
The filling consists of either down and/or feather. The down content is
always stated first with the feather second (example 80/20 refers to
80% down and 10% feather content - unless otherwise stated - always read
the description before you buy, inners with more down content are much
more expensive than those with more feather content!
Feathers are hard and heavy whereas down is soft and light. Down acts as an insulator, trapping air in its soft fibres to deliver great warmth without weight. In duvet inners a high percentage of down will work best to keep you warmer. Feather is used to provide support and bulk in bedding products. It is these unique qualities that make feather & down mixtures so ideal. The end result makes a Down & Feather Duvet Inner breathable, resistant to compression, incredibly light and warm, wonderfully snuggly and efficient at trapping and holding warmth.
Most Down & Feather Duvets are made from down-proof cotton (meaning your feathers should not escape) and in modern times are made with a boxed construction (rather than channelled construction - although these can still be purchased) meaning the fill will stay in its compartment, keeping you cosy and warm year round!
Our advice - if you want a luxurious, cozy Duvet Inner, that is puffy and will make your bed look "inviting" take the plunge and invest in a really good quality Down & Feather Duvet Inner - you won't be dissappointed!
Now the only question is, do you go for a Duck, Goose or Hungarian Goose inner, and what is the difference between the three (read the next blog post for the answer)!