Advantages of down and feather bedding

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Advantages of down and feather bedding

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What are the advantages of down- and feather-filled duvets?

  •  „Custom-tailored“
    When buying duvets and pillows the individual needs while asleep are decisive criteria. Down-and feather-filled bedding products can be “customised”, i. e. they can be manufactured entirely according to the individual needs of the customer. There is a wide variety of duvet sizes, filling weights and stitching patterns so that the duvet can be specially tailored according to individual needs.
  •  „Custom-tailored“
    When buying duvets and pillows the individual needs while asleep are decisive criteria. Down-and feather-filled bedding products can be “customised”, i. e. they can be manufactured entirely according to the individual needs of the customer. There is a wide variety of duvet sizes, filling weights and stitching patterns so that the duvet can be specially tailored according to individual needs.

    In this regard, the individual need for warmth and the requirements for the duvet comfort play a role (weight, drapeabililty).
    For instance, a down-filled duvet for the winter with interior baffle walls is ideal for people who feel cold easily at night or want to sleep at low temperatures in a bedroom with an open window. Stitched-through, light down duvets are recommended for use in summer.

    Down offer ideal sleeping comfort. They are lightweight and assure excellent climate regulation. A pleasant warmth quickly spreads during the sleep and the absorbed perspiration is being eliminated.
  • low weight
    Waterfowl feathers (goose and duck) have high fill power values, which means the capacity to trap large quantities of air (bulking power). The filling power of down is even better.

    Down-filled duvets contain down imbedding large quantities of air pockets which act as an insulating layer. The percentage of air reduces the weight of the duvet in proportion to its volume. Hence feather- and in particular down-filled duvets keep the body warm and comfortable during the sleep and are very light at the same time.
     
  • Excellent thermal insulation capacity
    The insulating effect of a duvet crucially depends on

    - the filling material (for instance down and feathers)
    The grade of thermal insulation may differ depending on the filling quality and the proportion of down and feathers. The higher the down percentage the better the fill power values and thus the thermal insulation capacity of the duvet.
    For this reason, many consumers prefer in particular duvets filled with a blend of 90 % down and 10 % feathers.
    Feather and down blends are mainly used for pillows, since feathers help to support the head resting on the pillow, but more and more people now prefer a pillow with a soft down filling.

    - the weight of the filling (indicated in grams)
    The weight of a filling (indicated in grams) may differ depending on the individual requirements. Depending on the filling weight, the duvets are manufactured for use in summer or in winter. Duvets are available in a wide variety of stitching patterns and constructions to meet the customers´ very special requirements.
    The filling of a single size summer duvet weighs about 200 grams, and the filling of a very warm single size duvet with interior baffle walls with various compartments weighs approximately 800 - 1000 grams (size 135 x 200 cm).

    - the stitching construction (for instance with or without interior baffle walls).
    Basically, the construction of a duvet is determined by the stitching pattern. Duvets are available in a wide variety, the traditional bag duvet or ballon duvet without any stitching, a duvet with various compartments and interior baffle walls. Summer duvets contain cold zones which have been created on purpose, winter duvets are supposed to have a high insulating factor.

    Example of a special stitching. Source: Brinkhaus, Warendorf.

    - bulking capacity, that is to say the capacity of the filling to trap air. The air-filled pockets make out the insulating properties of the duvet (fill power). Down provide the best fill power values.

    - drapeability
    The term “drapeability“ describes the capacity of the duvet to adapt to the shape of the sleeper and his or her movements during the sleep. Since everybody changes the position in bed several times during the sleep, it is crucial that the duvet readily adapts to each position of the body. Channels formed during the sleep admitting cold air to get into the bed might affect restful sleep and are perceived by the sleeper as being uncomfortable.
 
  • Favourable micro climate
    Down-and-feather-filled bedding duvets and pillows are very capable of absorbing and transmitting the body's humidity outside the bed even in persons with strong perspiration.
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Is it true that heat is likely to accumulate under featherbeds?

Down-and-feather-filled duvets are always capable to regulate the climate in bed. The idea of heat accumulation under a down–and-feather-filled duvet might trace back to the “bulging balloon bed” shown on the pictures in Wilhelm Busch´s classic children´s stories. However, scientific research on the subject “micro climate in bed“ revealed that high temperatures do not occur under featherbeds, even less under a down-filled duvet which is light by nature.

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Down-and-feather-filled duvets are always capable to regulate the climate in bed. The idea of heat accumulation under a down–and-feather-filled duvet might trace back to the “bulging balloon bed” shown on the pictures in Wilhelm Busch´s classic children´s stories. However, scientific research on the subject “micro climate in bed“ revealed that high temperatures do not occur under featherbeds, even less under a down-filled duvet which is light by nature.

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What blends of down and feathers are most suitable?

The appropriate blend depends in particular on the individual need for warmth when asleep. Nowadays, most people usually prefer a high percentage of down.
 
Lightweight down provide best fill power values and a high degree of thermal insulation. With a higher percentage of feathers, the weight of the duvets increases, because feathers are heavier than down.
 
Due to large fill power values down are capable of being able to keep the body warm without much weight, that is to say the bulking capacity.
The appropriate blend depends in particular on the individual need for warmth when asleep. Nowadays, most people usually prefer a high percentage of down.
 
Lightweight down provide best fill power values and a high degree of thermal insulation. With a higher percentage of feathers, the weight of the duvets increases, because feathers are heavier than down.
 
Due to large fill power values down are capable of being able to keep the body warm without much weight, that is to say the bulking capacity. A down-filled duvet always contains a blend of down and insulating air-filled pockets. The air-pockets among the single down make the duvet lightweight in relation to its volume. Thus, a down-filled duvet can keep the body warm and comfortable with very little weight.
 
Therefore, down satisfy all requirements for a perfect sleeping comfort: They are light and assure an excellent climate regulation. Pleasant warmth is quickly created and the perspiration absorbed is steadily being eliminated.
 
There are different types of down-filled duvets available. Depending on the filling weight they are manufactured for summer or winter.
Especially, a duvet containing 100 % of down keeps the sleeper pleasantly warm and cosy with very little weight at the same time. Another favoured blend consists of 90 % down and 10 % feathers.
Pillows, however, require a filling material which is able to support the head. In this case, feather-down blends are preferred, but more and more people, however, prefer a soft down-filled pillow.

 

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Down duvet and feather duvet – what are the differences?

As stipulated in the European standard EN 13186, duvets with a down content of at least 60% may be labelled as down duvet. Duvets with a down content below 60% are labelled as feather duvets.
 
As stipulated in the European standard EN 13186, duvets with a down content of at least 60% may be labelled as down duvet. Duvets with a down content below 60% are labelled as feather duvets.
 
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How does the KIS-system help me to find the ideal down duvet?

 


The KIS® Komfort Information System has been developed to help you to choose the ideal down duvet.

 


The KIS® Komfort Information System has been developed to help you to choose the ideal down duvet.

 
It provides information about the thermal comfort and the duvet comfort of a comforter.
 
The thermal comfort
Thermal comfort deals with the individual need for warmth while asleep which may strongly vary. The preferred bedroom temperatures may vary as well. Some people prefer cold bedroom temperatures. Others work and sleep in their (heated) bedrooms. People who are supposed to keep their bedroom chilly during the day whenever possible but feel cold easily, should select quite a warm duvet to compensate the low temperatures.
By means of the KIS®  Komfort Information System is very easy for you to find your individual duvet which makes you feel comfortable.
 
The KIS® Komfort Information System is very easy for you to find your individual duvet which makes you feel comfortable.
 
In this manner the KIS® Komfort Information System assigns the individual needs of the one who is sleeping to a certain type of duvet:
 
light –  very low need for warmth (e. g. in summer, in intensely heated bedrooms)
medium – slight need for war
warm – high need for war
extra warm – very high need for warmth.
 
The Duvet comfort
The duvet comfort is determined by the general comfort the duvet offers, in particular the properties such as lightness, softness and drapeability. These properties are the basic requirements for “warmth without weight“.
 
The quality of the ticking and the cambric, respectively and the filling volume are crucial criteria to determine the duvet comfort.
 
The shell containing the down filling is called ticking or cambric. Such covers are down-proof so that the down cannot penetrate the fabric. Moreover, they have good breathing properties and provide a comfortable climate while asleep. Top-quality ticking fabrics are lighter in weight and drape better around the body than basic fabrics. Thus, duvets with such covers offer a better duvet comfort.
During the sleep, down are excellently suitable for keeping the body warm without much weight. They have fine fluffy filaments trapping a lot of air to give optimum insulation. Likewise they are very capable of rapidly absorbing and transmitting the body´s humidity ensuring an ideal climate while asleep.
 
The characteristic of down (a great volume and trapping a lot of air and at the same time light weight) is called “filling volume”. The better the down quality the larger is the filling volume.
 
The duvet comfort is assigned to five different quality grades: SUPERIOR, EXCELLENT, HIGH, MEDIUM or BASIC. SUPERIOR stands for top quality (best ticking and best down filling). BASIC stands for simple and reasonable Quality.
 
The ideal quilt
It is so easy for you to find the duvet that meets your individual needs. In a first step select the type of duvet that meets your individual need for warmth, i. e. the “thermal comfort“ (ranging from light to extra warm. Then choose the quality, i. e. the duvet comfort (ranging from SUPERIOR to BASIC).
 
It is so easy:
By combining the type of duvet which meets the individual need for warmth classified as light, medium, warm or extra warm with the quality of the filling and the cover, the duvet can be assigned to five different quality grades SUPERIOR, EXCELLENT, HIGH, MEDIUM and BASIC. .

 

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