Posted by: The Down Store | April 7, 2016

Spring Renewal For The Bedroom

There are so many reasons to welcome spring. There are the bright
colors of emerging crocuses, daffodils and tulips. There is more
sunshine to turn the grass green and finally saying goodbye to the cold,
the grey skies and snow. It is a great feeling to throw open the windows
and do some spring cleaning. So why not start with the bedroom. If
your favorite down comforter, down pillows and featherbed are in need
of cleaning or renovation, now is a good time as you can do without
them for a while since winter is over. Proper care will ensure your
precious downs will give you many years of luxury and comfort. If your
downs are only a couple of years old do air them out. If you have a
clothes line that is good for the comforters and pillows. You may need
a patio table or a few chairs for the featherbed or down bed. Do this on
a dry sunny warm day. You will be using nature’s way to refresh the
downs. If you do not have access to an outdoor line I would suggest
hanging the featherbed or down bed over chairs near an open window.
For the comforter and pillows I would put in a dryer set on low for
15 minutes.

Now it is time to brighten up your bedroom with a whole new look
with a new duvet cover and sheet set. The beauty of the down
comforter and the duvet cover is you can change the look of your
bedroom to suit your mood or the season.

Did you know a few changes in the decor of the bedroom
can promote better sleep? Read this interesting article.

Posted by: The Down Store | November 30, 2015

Luxury Down Comforter, Down Pillows, Featherbed, Down Topper.

It’s that time of year when we have a list of people to buy holiday gifts for, one or two of them being very special people. Why not give the unexpected?matureladysurprise25

The ultimate gift that will be remembered every night, a lifetime of luxurious comfort and better sleep. Some people are especially difficult to buy for, or they just have everything. These people likely do not have a wonderful heirloom quality down comforter, down pillows, featherbed or down topper. Now that would definitely put a smile of unexpected joy on their faces.

Many gifts are too often forgotten, but something you use and enjoy every night is certainly the gift they will remember. Whether it is a personal pillow, a cozy goose down comforter, or the ultimate mattress topper for someone really special (or maybe yourself), maybe we have given you some unique ideas.

Posted by: The Down Store | October 1, 2015

The Quest for A Good Night’s Sleep.

A good night’s sleep is both rejuvenating and essential to get the most out of your day. It is also essential in maintaining good health both physical and mental. We have gathered some very interesting and helpful articles on the subject of better sleep, and continue to look for answers to help all you sleep deprived people. You can read some of these great articles here.

Essentially we feel starting with watching how much exercise, caffeine and alcohol you take before bedtime, keeping the thermostat down, windows open and using lightweight all natural bedding like our Signature Line Snowgoose Down Comforters, the perfect pillow for how you sleep and if you suffer from pressure points a BodyCloud down topper. You might not want to get out of bed.

Keep checking back for more helpful tips on getting better sleep.Sleep Better. Live Better.Blonde lady sleeping hugging a Snowgoose down pillowblondeasleephugpillow375

Posted by: The Down Store | December 8, 2014

The Importance Of A Good Night’s Sleep.

Rejuvenating, restorative sleep is so important to get the optimum out of each day.  Sleep better, live better is so true. Yet a good night’s sleep eludes so many of us and for a myriad of reasons.  Sleep patterns also change as we age. Start with your environment (room temperature, addressing any allergy issues), then go on to the mattress and your bedding, and lastly behavior prior to bedtime (exercising, working etc).

We have researched many articles and put them all together on our website. There has been so much research into this important subject and some of it is quite surprising. Maybe there is a solution for your sleep deprivation ine one of these articles.

Posted by: The Down Store | July 9, 2014

A Guide To Buying Down Bedding

Confused About Choosing The Right Down Comforter?
There are 4 important things to remember:

1. All down is not created equal. Down from mature geese that live in cold climates produce large down clusters that trap more body heat keeping you toasty warm as well as lofting up to produce a comforter that is puffy without weight. Fill-power is the measurement of a down cluster’s ability to loft up after compression. The higher the number, the more body heat is trapped. 650 fill-power and up is considered luxury quality. There is also cluster count to consider. This is the percentage of whole down clusters as opposed to pieces of broken down known as “fly”. We use only the highest lofting, top quality goose down like Canadian White Goose Down, ( considered to be the finest in the world), in 800 + fill power. We also carry superior European white goose downs 650 to 800+ fill power, plus we offer the very rare Eiderdown, the ultimate in warmth without weight and the best down in the world.

2. Down will eventually “leak” out of anything other than a cotton cambric downproof fabric. What makes the long staple Egyptian cotton fabric downproof is not just a high threadcount and special weave, but callendering. This is a natural process of compressing the fabric between giant steel rollers to fill in spaces invisible to the eye. The best cambric cotton downproof fabric comes from Germany or Switzerland. Many of the cambrics are made with a sateen finish. They are very soft,durable and breathable. Threadcounts over 300 are best and will remain downproof for 10-15 years. We carry downproof tickings in threadcounts 270 to 400. For Eiderdown the best ticking is Swiss Batiste the lightest of all downproof cambric cottons with the highest threadcount 400 threads, sateen finish and a silky soft touch, woven specifically for Eiderdown the softest down in the world. Many of our customers choose this exquisite downproof ticking for their white goose down comforters in our EiderClass Snowgoose 6.5

3. Comforters come in open stitch (Karo-Step and Ring Stitch, though these are mostly found in Europe as they are not popular in North America), where the filling can move, closed stitch (sew-thru box stitch, fixing the filling into one small box) , modified baffle box (the filling will move over time) and the Baffle Channel Tri-Wall construction, a channel stitch with a triangular baffle wall to minimize shifting, but allow for individual comfort by adjusting the filling up or down. We call this the “couple friendly” comforter. It is also especially appreciated in the warmer climates, or just in summertime or if one person is a very warm sleeper. We carry the channel tri-wall, baffle box, and sew-thru box stitch styles.. Baffles prevent cold spots and allow premium downs to loft up to their full potential. Less filling is required in a sew- thru stitch, making these comforters better for summer.

4. The temperature of your bedroom will determine the best comforter for you. Our Snowgoose comforters are mostly 4 season comforters, good for bedrooms between 50°F and 70 °F, and recommended . Our other comforters are either just for summer or 2 season comforters for bedrooms over 70 °F, or 3 season comforters for bedrooms 65 °F-70°F. Eiderdown would have a comfort range of 40 °F – 75 °F. Check the bedroom temperature and seasons covered at the top of the comforter prices.

For expert answers to your questions please email Lisa Stevens or
call 800-USA-DOWN or 212 840 2550

Choosing the Right Down Pillow

Your pillow is very personal, it has to match how you sleep. It needs to cradle your neck and keep your body in alignment. Choosing a pillow with high lofting down ensures better support. Our Signature line of Snowgoose pillows offer a wide selection of high lofting downs. Always protect your pillows with pillow protectors and clean your pillows every 3- 5 years. We recommend the following pillow densities:

A Soft Pillow is for a stomach sleeper.

A Medium Pillow is for a back sleeper, or a side sleeper with smaller shoulders.

A Firm Pillow is for a side sleeper.

Choosing the Right Mattress Topper

Whether you are looking to protect your mattress or add a little luxury to your mattress or alot of luxury, there are many options to improve your mattress or just give you an amazing sleep experience. To protect your mattress we recommend a mattress pad which is available in down or all cotton. This is a very thin covering strictly used for protection of the mattress.

If adding a touch of luxury to your mattress we recommend a down topper, a sew thru box stitch. The average weight in a queen size would be about 40 ozs giving a thickness of about 1.5″. An overstuffed version would be about 4 lbs in a queen size giving a 2″ thickness.
For a really luxurious sleep experience with added support choose a BodyCloud 50/50 white goose down/feather featherbed. A gusseted style requires more filling delivering more cushioning support, yet still enough softness to sink into.

For the ultimate in luxury (and definitely the answer to a too firm mattress) a BodyCloud all down bed topper is the way to go. This would be the puffiest topper and the softest, an exquisite sleep experience. Always protect your topper, featherbed or down bed with a protective cover, fluff up regularly and turn over each time you wash your bedding.

If you have any questions call 212 840 2550 and ask for Lisa

Posted by: The Down Store | March 17, 2014

BodyCloud Down Bed Topper

BodyCloud Down Bed Topper

4″ Baffle Box All Down Mattress Topper

Posted by: The Down Store | March 17, 2014

2 Ways To Enjoy Your Down Bed or Featherbed.

You searched for more luxury in bed and now you are the proud owner of a  down bed or featherbed.  You can’t wait to get it home and spend your first night sinking into the sublime softness of a down bed or the slightly firmer 50/50 down/feather featherbed.  You put it into its cover to protect it, and slip it under the fitted sheet.  Ahhh!  Pure heaven.  But wait, there is  another way to get more ahhhh out of this experience.  Take your down bed or featherbed (in its cover of course),  and place it on top of your fitted sheet.  Now take another fitted sheet and wrap it  over your down bed or featherbed.  It may not look perfectly tidy (but you are the only one to see that), but the down bed is now less fettered and is puffier and feels so much better.  In addition,  fluffing it up (remember down loves air) is so much easier.

So if you have owned a down bed or featherbed for some time, using it under your fitted sheet, give this other method a try.  We promise you will feel the difference.

Posted by: The Down Store | September 25, 2013

Renovating Down Bedding For A Lifetime of Beauty & Comfort.

A high quality down comforter will last for decades with proper care and attention.  Comforters should be cleaned every 5 years and renovated every 7 – 10 years.  Pillows should be renovated every  4 or 5 years (possibly sooner due to hair oil),  and featherbeds renovated every 7 – 10 years.  Renovation means cleaning the filling and putting into a new casing.  Washing and dry-cleaning down is not recommended as it can rob the down of its natural oils, leaving the filling flat and clumpy.  The down proof (leak proof) qualities of the outer casing will also be weakened, allowing filling to escape.  The European method of ultra violet light to clean will protect the down while removing dust, sanitizing and re-fluffing.

During the long life of your heirloom down bedding, you may wish to change to a different or more generous size, or add some filling to boost up the old filling, since some small reduction does happen over time and  when it is renovated.

Recycling is a smart idea and eco friendly. Buying quality the first time ensures you will not be constantly replacing. Proper care ensures a lifetime of comfort and beauty while preserving any sentimental attachment.  We clean and renovate all down bedding regardless of size or filling.

Posted by: The Down Store | May 22, 2013

A Down Bed or Featherbed, The Answer To a Too Firm Mattress.

downbedmedWhen you buy a new mattress it feels great in the store, but after you get it home, a few nights later, you find it is really too firm and uncomfortable.  A down bed can really alleviate the discomfort without diminishing any support. For the ultimate in luxury, choose an all down bed with a high lofting white goose down filling stitched in a baffle box design with at least a 4″ gusset.  This will provide a soft cushioning and make your mattress more friendly.  For a firmer mattress topper choose a featherbed blend of 50/50 down and feather with a 4″ gusset.   The down bed will be softer and puffier, the featherbed will still be cushioning but a little firmer.  The down bed or featherbed can be used year round as the down will wick away moisture keeping you comfortable.  If you are not ready to buy a new mattress a down bed or featherbed can improve the one you have delivering a better sleep experience. You can get the down bed or featherbed in many thicknesses from 2.5″, the most common being 4″.  The higher the depth, the more cushiony and luxurious it will be.  We recommend the use of a featherbed cover, especially the gusseted covers with zippers on 3 sides,  to prevent unnecessary cleaning. With proper care (cleaning and recovering every 7 – 10 years), you will enjoy a down bed or featherbed for many years.

Posted by: The Down Store | April 18, 2013

Eiderdown The Connoisseur’s Choice, When Only The Best Will Do.

This equisite, rare  down is in a class by itself.  It is gossamer light (even lighter than the very best high lofting goose down), it has unique thermal properties that keep you warm out in the high arctic, or more relevant, in a bedroom without heat. The unique structure of the down cluster allows extra heat and moisture to escape better than any goose down, keeping the sleeper comfortable. Why is it so rare? Goose down is a bi- product from the meat industry so there are tons available in the world each year.  The Eider duck is wild  and  lives out on the ocean off Iceland, Canada, Norway, Russia,  coming into land to nest. The down from the under belly lines the nest and when the Eider duck and babies return to the ocean, the Eiderdown is hand gathered, washed, machine sorted and then hand picked for any tiny feather.  This is a labor intensive method of ensuring only down remains. It takes about 60 nests of down to make a queen size comforter!  It is in short supply due to basic demand. If what you want is the softest, warmest, lightest cover at  night, Eiderdown is incomparable.  Keep in mind you will have it for life with proper care, which involves cleaning every 5 years and renovating every 10.  This ensures you will keep your precious heirloom Eiderdown beautiful and luxurious for life. Eiderdown is not inexpensive being so rare and with the high demand, but if you can afford it, you will prize this heirloom comforter, pillow or mattress topper.

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