Shopping for a comforter can be overwhelming, and that’s why we have created our comprehensive comforter buying guide. With a few easy tips, you'll be on your way to selecting the perfect option for your home. At Designer Living, we offer a wide range of comforter sizes, comforter types, and comforter sets so you can find your ideal bedding. Use our comforter size chart shown below and get designing now!
What Is a Comforter?
A comforter set is basically two pieces of fabric that are sewn together and filled with either down feathers or a down alternative to give a soft, plush feel to keep you warm and cozy at night.
There are various fill options for different comforter types. The most standard is polyester fill. The other is down alternative, which is filled with synthetic materials (typically polyester) that simulate the warmth, softness and loft of down at a more affordable cost. Down alternative is the perfect choice for those that suffer from allergies since it’s hypo-allergenic and fairly resistant to water and moisture.
Once the comforter is filled, there are different sewing techniques used to keep the fill evenly distributed. The comforter can have a jumping bar tack pattern or sometimes a design that coordinates back to the comforter design.
For added texture and design, comforters have embellishments such as embroidery, pleating, flocking, ruching, ribbons or buttons. In addition, many of our comforter sets feature special treatments such as the 3M Scotchgard treatment that aids in repelling stains and moisture management. Our comforters also have a high thread count to provide you with the best alternative comforter.
Types of Comforters
There are two main types of comforters to choose from, either a down or down-alternative. Both types of comforters have their unique qualities that set them apart from one another. Before buying your bedding, ask yourself what’s important to you for your future comforter. Is warmth your number one priority? Are you looking for a bedding that won’t interfere with your allergies? What kind of price point am I looking at? Once you can successfully answer these questions, you are then ready to choose between a down or down-alternative comforter.
Down comforters are an all-natural filling that is lightweight and well-insulated. This type of comforter can be filled with either goose feathers or duck feathers. The more luxury of the two options are goose because it is considered to be more rare and in lesser quantity.
Down is also popular because it keeps a consistent temperature year-round. Whether on a hot summer night or a chilly winter evening, down regulates the body at a comfortable temperature no matter what season.
The one major complaint with all-natural down comforters is that they tend to flare up allergies. Because of this, many individuals cannot have a down comforter in their home, and will choose a synthetic type that is hypoallergenic. They also tend to be exceptionally more expensive than all other bedding options on the market.
These comforters can be made out of a number of different materials including cotton, polyester, or rayon. While down-alternative comforters are meant to feel like the original, they cannot regulate temperature like the traditional down would. This means that down-alternative can sometimes be too heavy and bulky, making it not as comfortable.
However, if you are looking for a more affordable bedding option, down-alternative is a great substitute. They are also ideal for anyone who may be suffering from allergy problems due to the goose feathers that are commonly found in down comforters. Another benefit to down-alternative is that they are considerably easier to clean and maintain compared to other filled bedding types.
Choosing a Bedding Based on Temperature
As a general rule of thumb, always consider your current environment when shopping for a comforter. Do you live in the mountains where you need the extra warmth, or do you live in a moderate climate where a lightweight bedding is more desirable?
If you are in between two options and don’t know which to choose, go for the lighter option. You can always add more blankets to your bedding during the colder months, but you can’t take away the warmth that a thick bedding provides. The last thing you want to experience is a heavy comforter when your are already warm.
When choosing a bedding based on temperature, there are several factors to consider. If you are shopping for a down comforter, fill power and fill weight are two important components that show the comforter’s quality.
The fill power is basically how fluffy the comforter is. The higher the fill power, the larger the down cluster, which will provide more warmth and comfort to the bedding. A comforter with a high fill power will also be lighter weight than other comforters.
Now when looking at fill weight, this is how many ounces of down is in the actual comforter. The higher the fill weight, the warmer the comforter will be. These two elements is what creates the overall warmth level of any down comforter.
Construction of Down Comforters
There are two different options in comforters, either a baffle box or sewn-through box design.
A baffle box has side walls within each chamber, creating an enclosed square for the pockets of the down. This allows for the down to stay in place, and is usually used for thicker comforters. Baffle box comforters also create an even level of warmth throughout the entire bedding, and has a smooth appearance on the surface.
The sewn-through box on the other hand is when the top and bottom layers of fabric are attached together. The disadvantage to this design is that the down can move out of place, causing cold patches throughout the blanket or at the seams.
The last main factor to consider is the thread count. The thread count is the number of threads per square inch in the bedding. A higher thread count means the fabric is of a higher quality. This is especially important when it comes to comforters because a low thread count may cause the down or down-alternative to come out of the bedding. Generally, a high quality thread count is between 200-600.
Now that you have all the tools for choosing your bedding, it’s time to choose the best comforter for you! Below is a comforter size guide to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.