A bed comforter is a sack like covering used on your bed. The comforter can be filled with either natural or artificial material. Normally a comforter is not used to cover the pillows or box spring, but is more for a decorative top on the bed. Many Bed comforters do not provide much warmth and are used in conjunction with blankets and other bedding. Comforters can range in price from extraordinary inexpensive to ultra pricey.
Fill Power tells you how good the comforter is. The space occupied by one ounce of down in cubic inches is called fill power. The higher the number the longer the comforter should last. A number of 800 is excellent, lower than 600 is poor.
Thread Count and Downproofness Just like with sheets the higher the thread count the softer the comforter The tightness of the weave also prevents leakage of the fill to the outside air.how much air can pass through a fabric is called downproofness, lower numbers are better.
There are two cleanliness tests in the industry. An Oxygen test determines the amount of organic matter left in the material being tested. The standard is 10.Better products have lower numbers than that.Turbidity tests. Turbidity is a measure of suspended solids, dust, dirt etc suspended in the material. The scale goes from about 60 to 550 .
A comforter can be made warmer in two ways. Fill power and weight. Once you have selected the fillpower then add weight for extra warmth Sewing quality and baffling are two more indicators of quality.
Types of Comforters
Down Comforters filled with white goose down, these comforters are currently considered the best quality comforter. Note: While the expensive down comforters will be filled with only white goose down, the cheaper ones will be filled with low-grade downs or combine feathers with down.
Wool Comforter the fibers of woolen comforters are obtained from various types of sheep, Cashmere goat, Angora rabbit, llama, alpaca and camel.
Silk Comforter is as soft as down comforters, can breathe more than down and doesn’t trigger allergic reactions. However, they cannot be washed.
Polyester comforters are cheaper than comforters filled with natural fibers. These are least breathable fibers
Properly caring for your comforter will help keep it looking and feeling great. Wash your comforter in cold water (or according to instructions on label). Dry on low heat or let it air dry on the clothesline in good weather. Keep your comforter out of the direct sun light. Remove small stains by washing with soap. Many manufacturers recommend washing comforters by professional dry cleaner so be sure to read the label before you buy your comforter. It is vital for comforters to always be kept completely dry and moisture free to ensure that it will always act as a good insulator.
Blankets and Quilts
The most important part of any blanket is its fabric. Different fabrics have different qualities of warmth and softness.
Pay attention to things like weave and edging to make sure you get a blanket or Quilt that will hold up after years of use.
Cotton Blankets are soft to the touch, are very breathable, and can withstand repeated washes.
Wool Blankets Are a superb insulator. They absorb and evaporate moisture quickly,naturally flame retardant, repel dirt and are extremely durable.
Acrylic Blanket typically less expensive than a natural fiber blanket, is also hypo-allergenic, soft to the touch, and provides good warmth.
Vellux is made by bonding nylon fibers to foam. This creates a very soft, thick blanket which insulates well.
When it comes to quilts, handmade does not necessarily mean high quality. Straight, even stitching is important, and many handmade quilts don't have that. You also want to pay attention to whether or not the quilt is machine washable.
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