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Buying natural bedding products involves many decisions that can be quite overwhelming at times. With all the variables involved in natural fill bedding, it can seem like the options are endless. Yongfeng down has put together several impor...
Many generations ago, some very clever entrepreneurs discovered that they could keep warm during the cold seasons by using a naturally occurring insulator found on waterfowl, such as geese and ducks. By cleaning and sanitizing the down and ...
Down is the light fluffy coating clustered beneath the feathers of waterfowl that protect them from the elements. Most down can be found on the belly of geese and ducks, as this is the part that is exposed to water and must keep the bird wa...
Feathers have quills and are two-dimensional. They are the rigid plumage found on the outside of waterfowl, and can range in size from 5 cm to several inches. Smaller feathers are often used in bedding products such as feather beds, decorat...
Although all birds have some feathers and down, virtually all down and feathers are harvested from geese and ducks. Geese, which are larger birds, generally have bigger down clusters. As a rule of thumb, the larger the bird and the colder t...
Down and feathers can come in various shades ranging from pure white to black speckled grey. Typically, the industry has placed a premium on white feathers and down due to its ability to visually blend in better when filled into white beddi...
About 65% of the world's production of feather and down comes from Asia, with the remaining source being mostly Eastern Europe. Generally, farmers sell the birds for their meat, and the down and feathers brokers will buy the raw merchandise...
After the unwashed feathers and down are procured, they must be washed and processed for use in bedding and apparel.
There are several industry accepted tests for feather and down fill used in bedding and other finished products. This section will help explain three of the most prominent tests and explain the importance of both internal and independent ou...
Fill power is a measure of how 'fluffy' or 'lofty' down is. The higher the fill power, the more it traps air, and it's trapped air that keeps the sleeper warm. The actual test involves weighing and filling a cylinder tube with 28.4 grams of down. A specially calibrated weight is then placed on top of the cylinder and its weight is slowly allowed to fall onto the down...
Turbidity is a technique that involves measuring 10 grams of down and placing it into a special beaker with 1 liter of water. This beaker is then sealed up and vigorously shaken for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, the mixture is strained usin...
The oxygen test is a technique where the presence of organic materials is measured. Organic materials are found in unwashed products that come from the meat processing plants - including blood from the waterfowl. The test is somewhat compli...
Down testing is best performed after the down is washed and dried and before it is used in the final products. This allows tighter control over products all the way through final production. Some feather and down processors do their own int...
There are many labs for the testing of down products - two of which are: The International Down and Feather Laboratories (IDFL) and the Independent Down Laboratory (IDL). Both of these facilities regularly test down from both down processor...
This section is designed to showcase the many types of bedding products that contain down and feathers. There really are few things in life that make a consumer feel as pampered as luxurious down bedd...
Although pillows may seem simple, there are actually many variables involved in making a pillow. The three basic parameters of a pillow are:The fillThe fabric typeThe pillow constructionThe fill can b...
When evaluating naturally filled comforters, there are 5 major considerations:Comforter construction and sizeShell fabricFill typeQuality of fillFill weightComforter construction can include anything ...
Down blankets are used atop a bed for when a consumer wants to have less warmth - typically during the summer months, or in hotter climates. Most down blankers utilize a sewn-through box construction,...
Down throws are smaller in size and weight than down blankets. Down throws typically measure 50"x50" and feature just 3-4 ounces of down. Down throws are great for using while relaxing on th...
Although in Europe featherbeds are sometimes used instead of matresses, here in the United States, many people love to place them on top of their matresses as an extra layer of cushion and loft to sle...
Decorative pillows, often called 'pillow inserts,' are mainly used by consumers to put into decorative fabrics and place on beds, couches, etc. Decorative pillows come in dozens of shapes and sizes al...
Miscellaneous bedding encompases those types of bedding products where its use has a specific purpose - like a reading pillow or a pet bed. If you can think of a new design, it can probably be made. Here are several of the more popular type...
Generally, down comforters and pillows should be shaken out daily to restore their loft. With fixed construction comforters (i.e., baffle box and sewn-through boxes), the down will not move from outsi...
Most consumers chose to have their down bedding professionally dry cleaned, but most fabrics allow gentle machine washing, if the washer is large enough to accommodate the product. Using a small amoun...
Moths usually do not attack the down or feather filling - only the shells are susceptible (As all linens are).Down and feathers have no preset time for spoilage - well treated they can last dozens of years.
Here is a partial list of related terms used throughout this web site plus someother common industry terms.