5 Things To Consider When Buying a Good Down Comforter

Nothing is better than a beautiful, soft, warm down comforter. A down comforter can make or break the comfort of your bed. The right comforter will only up the comfort, while the wrong one—too large, to warm, poor thread count—can ruin it. There is something classic about a down comforter, and the weight and loft it gives to a bed can make your bedroom the most appealing room in the house. If you are on the lookout for a down comforter, here are a list of tips to make sure you buy the right one for your bed.

Size first

While size might not be the most important aspect of your comforter, it still vital. If the comforter is too small, it won’t cover you and the bed. If it is too large, it will ruin the style of the room and be difficult to manage. Luckily, you can find a down comforter in any standard size, from twin to king. As you consider size, thing about how you and your bedmate (if applicable) sleep. Is he a blanket hog? Are you? If you’re always fighting over the covers, a larger size of comforter might be necessary.

Consider warmth

If you like a big blanket but hate sleeping when you are too warm, pick a comforter with a lower fill number. On the other hand, if you like to be warm and cuddly when you sleep, a higher fill is for you. You could even buy one low-fill blanket for the summer and one high-fill for the winter. 500 is generally best for warm nights, while 700 is preferable for the winter.

Thread count considerations

The most luxurious down comforters will have a thread count of 400 or higher. While you can find a comforter that has a 200 thread count, the texture of the fabric will likely counteract the beauty of the comforter and could even let pieces of the down escape. Higher thread counts have, by necessity, a tighter weave, which prevents the down from working its way through the fabric and escaping.

Quilting or “Baffling.”

Most down comforters come with what appears to be decorative stitching or quilting. This is actually specially designed to keep the down in place. Without these baffling, the down could shift from its original place, leaving you with a lumpy, uneven comforter. Find one that has a pattern you enjoy.

Think about covers

While you might prefer just the comforter on your bed, most people like to cover theirs with something that matches the style of their bedroom. Look for an attractive, good quality cover—or go without for a more rustic look.