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Buying Home Comforters

Updated on August 29, 2012
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What to look for while buying Home Comforter Sets

Where will you use it?

Since the 7 piece set of home comforters includes everything from the home comforter duvet cover, sheets for the bed, covers for the pillows et al, you need to know just how you are going to use the set before you buy one.

For instance if the set is going to be used in the guest bedroom by all means go for an extravagant design and luxurious fabrics like silk or satin. Give your guest the feel of luxury!

However if its going to be used in the bed room of your children you may want to go with something more suitable. Go for a long term fabric that can take wear and tear and be washed frequently like cotton or jute. Natural fibers are also better for children as they do not bring up unexpected allergic reactions on the skin.

Designer stuff

What's your budget?

The cotton based sets are also likely to be far more pocket friendly. You can pick up a home comforter set for prices as low at $40 and as high as $ 400. The higher end designer home comforter sets can even go as high as $500. It all depends on what your budget is.

Also think of long term care costs. If you buy a silk based or designer set you will be spending on dry cleaning costs. A simple cotton or jute based set can be washed at home in the washing machine. So not only are you paying more for the set when you buy it but you will be paying more for maintaining it.

I would suggest that the ideal combination would be to have one nice designer home comforter that you can use in the guest bedroom and a couple of more hardy ones used in your regular bedrooms.

Quality matters

Thread Count and Fill Power

Thread count is the number of threads in the cloth. Most bedding materials made out of cotton will have 200- 300 thread count. The higher the thread count is the softer and more durable the material will be, not to mention the more expensive.

The fill power, also known as the loft, is the quality measurement of down products. 500 and less indicates a light loft while 600 and more indicates a high fill power. The higher the number the more the down, the softer and warmer the comforter.

The stitching of the comforter can also matter. Pick one with a baffle-box construction. This is the kind that forms a grid pattern on the comforter. The pattern allows the down to stay secured rather than bunching up as it is used regularly.

Allergy Alert

Down or polyfill? Consider your allergies!

Down is naturally insulating, as it is essentially goose feathers. However some of you may not be comfortable with animal products like fur and this aversion may extend to down as well. So you do not have to buy down comforters.It is also not recommended for people with allergies and asthma as the feathers tend to set these off.

The alternative is polyfill, an artificial fiber that imitates the properties of down. Quits made from polyfill are also light and warm besides they do not act as allergy triggers. of course they do not have the natural insulating property of down but with enough stuffing in the quit can be just as comfortable for the night.

Why buy the full set?

Duvet covers for the Home Comforters

Many of us tend to use the home comforter without a duvet cover. This is convenient but not the best practice. A duvet cover can help elongate the life of a comforter. Use it to protect the material of the comforter. It is also much easier to clean the duvet cover than it is to clean the comforter.

The best materials for a duvet cover include natural fibers like cotton and cotton blends. These can take frequent washing and will grow softer as they age making it more comforting against your skin in bed,

Basic Care for your Home Down Comforter

1. Shake out and fluff the down comforter once a week.

2.Wash the comforter duvet once a month.

3. Air the comforter twice a year in the sun.

4. Store the comforter in a fabric that breathes when you are not using it.

5. Wash or dry clean the comforter as per manufacturer's instructions once a year.

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    • unknown spy profile image

      IAmForbidden 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i always have comforters on my bed. love your tips. very good!

    • Lipnancy profile image

      Nancy Yager 

      6 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Very cool ideas for the care of a down comforter. Makes me want to buy one.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Love your basic care ideas here. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR

      cashmere 

      6 years ago from India

      I got introduced to down comforters when we got posted to the North. Punjab is quite well stocked with them in the winters :)

      Thank you Arielqiao, Ruchira and Arlene V. Poma for taking the time to stop by.

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      Arlene V. Poma 

      6 years ago

      Thank you so much for the tips on down comforter care. I will be getting mine out of storage soon because of your helpful article. I've had down comforters for years, and it's the only bedding that I really need during the winter. Looking forward to going shopping for a new comforter cover. If I feel ambitious, I'll make my own!

    • Ruchira profile image

      Ruchira 

      6 years ago from United States

      Great advise, Cashmere.

      I usually invest in down comforters 'cause they have a tendency to take the summer and winter's temperatures.

      Voted up as useful

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