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Which duvet and pillow should I buy?

 
For restful sleep it is important to select the right duvet. People have different needs with respect to restful sleep. Some have a predisposition to perspire, others feel cold easily. Some might prefer a voluminous duvet, the so- called ballon or bag duvet, and do not want a flat stitched-through duvet. Hence, it is necessary to find the appropriate duvet and / or pillow.
 
Both duvets and pillows have two basic characteristic properties that should be considered:
 
  • the filling material
 
For restful sleep it is important to select the right duvet. People have different needs with respect to restful sleep. Some have a predisposition to perspire, others feel cold easily. Some might prefer a voluminous duvet, the so- called ballon or bag duvet, and do not want a flat stitched-through duvet. Hence, it is necessary to find the appropriate duvet and / or pillow.
 
Both duvets and pillows have two basic characteristic properties that should be considered:
 
  • the filling material
    Two main types of fillings are available. Natural fillings such as down and feathers, wool fibres (virgin wool, camel hair, cashmere), cotton and wild silk – and synthetic fibres, e. g. micro fibres, chemical fibres such as hollow fibres and cellulosic fibres are on sale.
     
  • the type / shape
    Since people using duvets have different individual needs and purposes (summer and winter duvets) duvets have been developed in a wide variety. Some are made with interior baffle walls. Duvets without interior baffle walls are stitched-through. They are available in a number of different make-ups and appearance. They can be sewn in box-squares, channels or a number of different patterns – like ring-stitch, diamond or diagonal patterns, etc. so that everyone can find the duvet that meets the requirements.
 
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How can I select top-quality down-and-feather-filled duvets?

Here is one point to remember: Pay attention to the labelled facts and the various brand names.
 
The labelled facts are very helpful, especially as regards the filling which is usually invisible to the eye. The label provides information on colour and origin of the down and feathers, indicates whether the down and feathers are new or have previously been used, the fowl species (goose or duck) and finally also the mixing ratio of down and feathers.
Here is one point to remember: Pay attention to the labelled facts and the various brand names.
 
The labelled facts are very helpful, especially as regards the filling which is usually invisible to the eye. The label provides information on colour and origin of the down and feathers, indicates whether the down and feathers are new or have previously been used, the fowl species (goose or duck) and finally also the mixing ratio of down and feathers. The filling composition is a crucial factor, since compared to feathers, down provide a higher degree of thermal insulation with very little weight. Moreover, down are ten times more expensive than feathers. Hence, the down percentage of a duvet is one of the most important criteria to evaluate it. Usually, duvets containing a large percentage of down are more valuable and more expensive than duvets with a lower down percentage (that is a large percentage of feathers).
 
In December 1999, the new European standard DIN EN 12934 came into effect for labelling of duvets and pillows filled with down and feathers which has replaced the labelling system in accordance with RAL (in Germany) (half down, three-quarters down). The standard provides information on the most crucial properties of a filling:
 
  • the composition of the filling material – down percentage, feather percentage,
  • whether the merchandise consists of new material or of down and feathers which have previously been used. The term new has replaced the old term “original” and states that the filling material has been categorized as class I.,
  • fowl species – waterfowl, that is to say goose or duck, or landfowl (like for instance chicken or turkey).
 
Moreover, the filling material is categorised in quality classes. Class I stands for top quality filling material. The quality classes range from class I to class VII.
 
In this regard, class I signifies new waterfowl fillings with at least 95% of new goose or duck feathers and - down. The term New fillings class I corresponds to the term original merchandise specified in the previous RAL-labelling system.
 
Fillings categorised as class II or III also consist of waterfowl down and feathers, though they contain – depending on the class – different percentages of other elements. Starting from class IV the fillings may also contain landfowl feathers (chicken or turkey do not possess any down) with considerably less insulating properties.
 
Colour (e. g. white) and provenance (e. g. Poland or Hungary) are optional declarations. However, usually these indications are labelled.
 
The TRAUMPASS trademark stands for new fillings belonging to class I.
 
Moreover, the Daunasan® / Downafresh® brand signifies that the filling material has been processed in accordance with hygienic standards. The NOMITE brand indicates that the bedding product is suitable for persons suffering from allergy to house-dust-mites.
 

Finally, the KIS® Komfort Information System helps you to choose your ideal duvet providing information about the thermal comfort and the duvet comfort of down-filled duvets.
 

Further information at :

 
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I want to purchase a down-and-feather-filled bedding product. What do I have to consider?

 
With the purchase of bedding products it is generally advised to look out for good quality articles.
 
In this regard, the different trademarks Daunasan® / Downafresh®, NOMITE® and KIS® Komfort Information System play an important part.
 
With the purchase of bedding products it is generally advised to look out for good quality articles.
 
In this regard, the different trademarks Daunasan® / Downafresh®, NOMITE® and KIS® Komfort Information System play an important part. These trademarks ensure that your top-quality bedding product meets various requirements.
 
The brands Daunasan® / Downafresh® refer to proper labelling and processing of the filling according to hygienic criteria, respectively. NOMITE® indicates that the duvet is suitable for house-dust-mite-allergy-sufferers.
 
The colour of down and feathers does not affect the quality, though. So-called “half-white“ or “grey“ down and feathers (including also brown ones) have the same usage properties as “white“ down and feathers. The premium down, the eiderduck down, has even a dark brown colour.
  Further information at :
 
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What feather- and down blends are suitable for pillows?

A filling material suited for pillows should be able to support the head and possibly the upper part of the body for any length of time (cushioning) while asleep.
Therefore blends consisting of down and feathers are favourable, but more and more people prefer a soft down pillow.
 
Pillows with several compartments containing down or feathers are very popular as well. The feathers have a supporting function and the down filling ensures a comfortable feeling during the sleep.
 
A filling material suited for pillows should be able to support the head and possibly the upper part of the body for any length of time (cushioning) while asleep.
Therefore blends consisting of down and feathers are favourable, but more and more people prefer a soft down pillow.
 
Pillows with several compartments containing down or feathers are very popular as well. The feathers have a supporting function and the down filling ensures a comfortable feeling during the sleep.
 
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What is the right size of a pillow?


Example of a 40x80 pillow.
Source: ARO Artländer GmbH, Kettenkamp.
 
Current pillow sizes in Germany are 40 x 80 cm and 80 x 80 cm, but pillow sizes vary a great deal from country to country according to traditions.

Example of a 40x80 pillow.
Source: ARO Artländer GmbH, Kettenkamp.
 
Current pillow sizes in Germany are 40 x 80 cm and 80 x 80 cm, but pillow sizes vary a great deal from country to country according to traditions.

The pillow size should be selected following the individual preferences.

The pillow should be able to adjust the difference between head and shoulders,
i.e. support the natural curvature of the spine.

The shoulders should be placed on the mattress whereas the head should be placed in a slightly higher position ensuring that the neck is relaxed and set in a straight position.