Size, materials, density levels – all these things impact your sound (or not-so-sound) sleep. If you’re waking up tired or achy, you might want to take another look at that headrest. Scroll down and find your sleep style. Then decide if it’s time for an upgrade.

Pillow types for back, stomach, and side sleepers

Back Sleepers
Go for a medium density that will cradle your head. Overstuffed pillows guarantee a stiff neck in the morning.

Stomach Sleepers
Opt for a thinner pillow with low to medium density. Look for a high thread count that feels smooth on your face.

Side Sleepers
Light, natural down lets you bury your head without sinking straight to the mattress. Choose a medium to firm density to align the spine.

Our Sunday Sleep-In Featuring Cuddledown Boutique opened Sunday, May 11, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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May 11, 2014

Those delicate clusters you cuddle up in every night don’t require constant washing. In fact, it’s not good for them. Our advice? Use a duvet cover with your comforter and wash that weekly instead.

Then, about once a year, if you simply can’t make it to the dry cleaner, toss your down in a large-capacity washer. (If you don’t have one at home, head to your nearest laundromat.) For the rest? Follow these simple steps.

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Wash

  1. Place your down comforter in a large-capacity machine.
  2. Set the cycle to delicate.
  3. Add a small cupful of mild detergent – about half the recommended amount.
  4. Rinse the load twice to ensure all the soap is out.

 

Dry

  1. Place your just-washed comforter in a large-capacity dryer.
  2. Toss a couple of tennis balls (clean, right-out-of-the-package ones) into the dryer. This will help separate the feathers.
  3. Dry on low with cold-to-warm heat. Every so often, remove the comforter and shake it out. Even if it takes two or three hours, be patient. It is important to dry the feathers and clusters thoroughly to prevent mold.

 

Now that you’re fluent in the practice of down care, visit our Cuddledown Boutique on Monday, February 10, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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February 10, 2014

While your own terms for the perfect comforter – as fluffy as can be – are pretty straightforward, a comforter doesn’t always describe itself so simply. From warmth levels to fill power, use this quick cheat sheet to ensure that you’re investing in the sound-sleep staple that best fits your needs (marathon cuddle fests most certainly included).

Level 1 Warmth: This warmth level is best for late spring through early fall, or if a room’s temperature is kept between 65°F and 69°F.

Level 2 Warmth: Best for fall through spring, or if a room’s temperature is kept between 62°F and 65°F.

Light Warmth: For additional winter warmth, layer this weight atop any heavier comforter. Also great for primary use in late spring through early fall (or if a room’s temperature is kept between 69°F and 72°F).

Fill Power: Fill power is a gauge of down’s warmth. Fill power measures the amount of space an ounce of down takes up, measured in cubic inches. Higher numbers indicate more warmth. Fluffier comforters usually fall somewhere within the 600–800 scale.

Thread Count: The higher a fabric’s thread count is, the lighter the fabric will be. In the case of a comforter, this helps keep it featherlight and fluff-able.

Loft: A fancy word for “puffy.”

Construction: The style in which a comforter is stitched makes all the difference in its fluff factor. A box stitch, for example, is a checkered pattern of stitching (it creates a quilted appearance). By isolating fill into singular boxes, it stays spread out across the comforter (instead of gathering in just one spot).

Now that you know your stuff (ha ha), be sure to check out our Cuddledown Bedding & Loungewear Boutique, opening Wednesday, November 7, at 11AM ET.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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November 7, 2012