Benefits of feather and down
Was the caveman living in luxury? We've seen evidence that people were sleeping on beds of feather since 3000BC. Pop out and fetch some more feathers for my bad neck, love...
They may now be associated with the height of luxury, but feather and down duvets, pillows, and toppers have been around a very long time. Of course, it makes sense that we have perfected them.
The upsides of down
We think (and millions across the world agree) that feather and down is our favourite thing to sleep on and beneath. It increases comfort and aids our sleep. Want to know why?
Keep your cool.
Feather and down will keep you warm, but not too warm. They're grown to insulate ducks and geese in all weathers. Yet you don't need that many to stay warm. In other words, we can create a warm duvet that is also incredibly light. Their fluffy and floaty texture traps warm air and makes the duvet puffy and soft.
This lofty structure also allows moisture (like perspiration) to evaporate out – keeping you cool and dry for a better night's sleep. (Vital for ducks and geese out in the rain.) All of these factors create a perfect micro-climate for us to sleep under or on.
Feather Vs Down
is the layer of fine, spherical, fluffy feathers that is found under the tougher exterior feathers. A down cluster is shaped like a dandelion head, with very short quill shafts, making it softer and lighter than a feather. Airy and insulative, a cluster has lots of natural springback (so the cluster wants to spring back into a sphere when it’s flattened…puff!) This is what makes down products lofty and longlasting.
The thicker the down clusters, the better the insulation they provide and therefore the less down that you need. The colder the climate the goose is raised in, the fluffier and thicker the down clusters will be. Our Hungarian and Canadian ranges have the thickest and fluffiest down, creating the lightest duvets.
Feathers help the bird fly, as well as keeping them warm and dry. Feathers are heavier and larger than down, mainly due to their quill running down the middle, and the hairlike strands that are attached to the quill are thicker. Their shape is long and flat rather than spherical, so you need more of them to provide the same insulation as the down.
Adding feathers to a duvet makes it cheaper and heavier. We will almost always use some small feather in our top duvets, because we like the snuggly bulk that it adds. We also add a minimum of 15% down to a feather product as it prevents the quills from aligning and flattening out.
Goose Vs Duck
Why do we choose goose down over duck down? Big, hefty geese have larger down clusters and fluffier feathers, which gives them better insulating properties and longevity. Duck bedding is heavier because more filling is needed to create the same insulation.