WHY DOES REAL DOWN, AS A NATURAL MATERIAL, OFFER YOU THE HIGHEST SLEEPING COMFORT WHEN USED AS A FILLING FOR YOUR DOWN COMFORTER?

WHY DOES REAL DOWN, AS A NATURAL MATERIAL, OFFER YOU THE HIGHEST SLEEPING COMFORT WHEN USED AS A FILLING FOR YOUR DOWN COMFORTER?

A cuddly down blanket is not only for people who live up in the far north. Down blankets are available in various weights, qualities, colors and sizes for a cool sleep or one that will warm you during the coldest night. Because down is so light, it is one of the most comfortable and desirable fillings for a blanket.

Although you may not really think that the filling of your comforter is something that warrants much time and attention, it is important that you understand the difference between feathers and down because you will probably sleep much better in one than in the other !

At FJA-Oeyen, we strive to meet everyone's needs, regardless of your personal preference for sleeping, and understand how important it is to ensure that you, as a customer, get the very best night's sleep.

So let's look at how feather and down blankets differ, and how they can affect your sleep.

Feathers

Probably the biggest difference between down and feathers is due to the different parts of the goose or duck where they are harvested from.

The feathers on geese and ducks cover the outside of the bird. These feathers are very soft and have a pin that goes through the middle, also called a goose feather. Their purpose is to help the birds fly, but also to keep them warm and dry.

Furthermore, feathers are heavier and larger than down. This is due to the central pin and the thicker hair-like strands.

The shape of the feathers is generally longer and flatter. That is why more is needed to provide the same amount of insulation as with down.

Down

Unlike feathers found on the upper surface of the goose or duck, down is usually on the bird's belly.

Down is much softer and lighter than regular feathers.

Another feature of down is that it is more insulating and can capture air more easily.

The more down you used to fill the blanket, the firmer and more insulating it becomes.

Now that you know the main difference between feathers and down, you probably want to know the pros and cons of both and why you should sleep better under one of both.

Benefits of feathers

One of the biggest advantages of a feather-filled down comforter is that, because feathers are generally heavier than down, the comforter is usually more supportive, which may be important to you.

Another advantage of feather-filled comforters is that they keep you warm, but without you ever experiencing this as unpleasant warmth.

A quilt filled with feathers will help to regulate your body at a comfortable temperature and thus support your sleeping comfort.

Disadvantages of feathers

Probably the biggest disadvantage of feather comforters is that, because they have the hard pins that run through each feather, these can sometimes poke through the comforter, which feels pretty uncomfortable.

If you have ever slept under a feather comforter, you know exactly what we mean! The larger the feathers used in the comforter, the greater the chance that the pins will poke you.

Another drawback of feather comforters is that the feathers can escape from the blankets.

Benefits of down

If you are looking for a comforter that keeps you cozy and warm, a down comforter has the advantage that it is probably the warmest option to go for! This is mainly because the down clusters capture the air more easily and insulate even better than feathers.

Another advantage of down is that your comforter will last longer and will be more durable, which is also important to take into account of course.

Cons of down

Duvets with a real down filling last longer than feather-filled blankets, but one of the disadvantages is that down blankets can be more expensive.

Some people may be allergic to down or feathers. If you are allergic to down, this is a disadvantage for you.

Both feathers and down are great options, certainly in comparison with a synthetic filling. Because they are comfortable and they have the advantage that they keep you nice and warm in bed without ever overheating your body!

Remember that with a lower weight of down you get the same insulating factor and feeling of warmth as with a higher weight of feathers. So if you want the highest sleeping comfort, the combination of a lightweight blanket with the most pleasant warmth, then you need to opt for real down.

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CASSETTES AND CHANNELS

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CASSETTES AND CHANNELS

Fja-Oeyen has been making different types of duvets in different sizes for over 60 years, and our classics never disappoint! Are you a fan of our cassette system or our channel system? Not exactly sure what the difference is? Fear not, we’d love to dive into the specifics!

 

The differences between the two systems become apparent during daily maintenance and washing. 

 

A duvet can last a lifetime if it’s properly taken care of. One of the most important things in duvet maintenance is air. Down particles have the smallest ramifications that hold onto air. This creates a barrier that insulates and traps your body temperature and keeps you warm at night. That’s why it’s important to shake your duvet daily, so the down particles can absorb air.

This is only possible with a channel duvet, as in a cassette duvet the down particles are trapped in fields. A channel duvet can absorb 2 to 3 times more air! 

 

If you know you won’t be shaking your duvet daily, then a cassette duvet might be just right for you!

 

Shaking your duvet also allows the dirty down particles to slide down, making room for the clean ones at the top of the duvet. This of course is only possible with a channel duvet. Because the down particles are trapped in fields in a cassette duvet, they always come into contact with the same body parts which makes them dirty faster.

 

When a duvet is professionally washed, the down and cover are taken apart and washed separately before everything is put back together when it’s clean. The cover can be reused as only a small amount of stitching needs to be taken out. This is different with the cover of a cassette duvet, which has a lot more stitching resulting in the cover being destroyed when it gets washed.

 

Are you still not completely sure about which type of duvet would work best for you? Don’t hesitate to stop by in one of our stores in Antwerp or Mol!

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