Freshen Up Your Bedroom with a New Comforter

Snuggle up in the bed of your dreams.

byShea Duncan| PUBLISHED May 14, 2020 5:05 PM
Freshen Up Your Bedroom with a New Comforter
Sweet dreams soon to come. Unsplash/Kate Stone Matheson

There’s nothing as comfy to sleep under as a down (or down alternative) comforter in a nice, crisp duvet. But there are so many options out there that picking the right comforter can feel pretty confusing. (Although not quite as confusing as figuring out how to put the duvet cover on for the first time!) This info will help you make your choice.

Budget Friendly
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A microfiber fill blanket like this is ideal for people with allergies to goose or duck feathers.

Real down comforters are more lightweight than “down alternative” ones filled with materials like cotton, rayon and polyester, while typically providing better insulation. But alternative down comforters are easier to clean, usually more affordable and are better for those with allergies.

Nice and Warm
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This blanket has a “fill power” of 750, which makes it very fluffy and warm.

Before you buy a down comforter, check the “fill power.” It’s an important number to look for to compare the insulation ability of one comforter over another. A fill power below 400 is recommended for warmer climates or for those who sleep hot. An amount between 400 and 600 is ideal for a comforter that can be used year-round, while a fill power of over 600 is great for colder months and those who get chilly while sleeping. The higher the fill power the fluffier the comforter will be, too.

Machine Washable
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This insert is filled with soft polyester and has corner tabs you can secure to the inside corners of your duvet.

Some comforters are dry clean only, while others are machine washable. So you may want to check care labels and factor in the cost and time of dry cleaning when making your choice.

Quality Design
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This blanket has decorative stitching that makes it pretty enough to use without a cover if you choose.

High quality down comforters have a “baffle box” construction. This keeps the feathers in squares to ensure even coverage and prevent clumping over time. Don’t be confused by its cheaper cousin “quilt stitching” which looks similar but doesn’t have the extra stitching to keep the down from moving.