Feather Beds

Sleep on the softness of a feather mattress

Although feather beds have been around for decades, they've recently crept into the mainstream, being used both privately and in large hotel chains. Whether you have back pain or just appreciate a great night's sleep, adding a feather topper to your mattress can lift your comfort level to new heights.

While a full feather bed mattress can sometimes be found, most feather beds sold today are actually mattress toppers that attach to your existing bedding. A feather mattress combines the inner and outer plumage of birds like geese and waterfowl to provide the ultimate softness and warmth. Due to its natural insulation, feather beds offer additional comfort during cold seasons, and if you're worried about health concerns, most manufacturers guarantee that their products are hypoallergenic.

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Choosing a Feather Bed

A feather bed mattress is offered in a full range of standard sizes, from twin beds to king beds. Feather beds are commonly constructed in quilted formats or structured by support baffles, with thicknesses ranging from 2 to 6 inches. While many products include features to keep the mattress in place, larger feather beds are often heavy enough to remain in place without additional attachments.

Your goal in selecting the right feather bed is to find a product that enhances your comfort and restfulness. Specific factors that will affect your sleep include thread count, fill power and the down-to-feather ratio. Thread counts are similar to standard linens, with considerable increase in softness above 300. Fill power typically ranges from 300 to 800 cubic inches per ounce of down. While most down feather beds use a 95 percent feather to 5 percent down ratio, many luxury products include more down, enhancing the bed's softness.

Feather beds don't have to be an expensive investment. Luxury picks with high thread counts and additional features like foam layers can cost several hundred dollars. Cheap feather beds from highly regarded companies can be found through online retailers. Most manufacturers offer at least a 10-year warranty, so you'll be enjoying the luxurious softness of down for years to come.

Caring for Feather Beds

Unfortunately, few manufacturers produce machine-washable feather mattresses, so it is important to protect your purchase from damage or excessive wear with a feather bed cover. Small stains can be removed by spot cleaning, while an occasional trip to the dry cleaners is necessary for regular maintenance. With the proper care and accessories, such as feather pillows and comforters, you'll enjoy restful sleep night after night.