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Saving Money With Down Substitute Bedding

By Shawna Gilberts

Most people understand that a high quality down comforter can run hundreds of dollars. The reason is that down is a precious commodity, due largely to the limited supply or wild or farmed geese, the time required for maturation of geese and the labor needed to collect the undercoat feathers of these waterfowl for stuffing into comforters.

Unlike what many people think, feathers that are visible on the outside of a goose are not the same material as down. Rather, the goose has a soft “plumule” material beneath the feathers which provides insulating warmth. The plumules are the main components of down. Some top feather is added for stiffening certain products such as cushions, hard pillows or feather-beds.

The problem is that most people need more than one comforter: one for themselves, and maybe two or more for the kids and guests who come visit the house. Kids are energetic and frequently wear down all manners of bedding. Trying to buy all of these comforters and replacing them constantly can be a drain on the bank account. As a result, many turn toward down alternatives.

The key properties that need to be replicated in the alternative are the loft and softness of down. The loft or fill-power is essentially a measure of how much volume a certain weight of material takes up. A high loft material, pound for pound, is much more voluminous than a low loft material. Down is high loft because just an ounce of it can fill 400 to 1000 cubic inches (uncompressed).

However, one should remember just because a material is a down alternative doesn’t automatically mean its cheaper than goose down. For example, silk from the caterpillar is used as a hypoallergenic down alternative, but it’s very expensive because its harvesting is as difficult and labor intensive as down. There are even synthetic down alternatives that are very expensive, such as the patented Primaloft which is considered the king of fills.

For a family to save money on down alternatives, it becomes quite important to understand that it will most certainly have to be a man-made synthetic. In addition, the family should test out the material of several companies to get an understanding of variations in each companies’ polyester synthetic. This will involve trying to ascertain its softness, picking it up to test how heavy it is, and checking to see if its got the right insulating power or not.

There are a number of companies and brands of companies that represent excellent down alternative comforters. For example, The Pottery Barn and Cuddledown both make well-regarded products.

Come to our site on down alternatives comforters to find out the most up-to-date ideas. Peruse the most up-to-date news concerning to allergen free pillows.

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Gilberts, Shawna "Saving Money With Down Substitute Bedding." Saving Money With Down Substitute Bedding. 26 Aug. 2010. 2 Mar 2016 <>.

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