Down & Feather Filled Products: What to Choose?

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This guide is a guide for everything you need to know about feather and down filled products, including scatter pads, bolsters, pillows and duvets.

History & Today

Since it was founded in 1987, Feathered has developed into a well known and highly respected supplier of upholstery products, quilts and pillows, all containing natural fillings - with made to measure upholstery products our speciality! With state of the art technology and strong values of quality we boast a long lasting success based on our 20 years of experience.

     

Feathered prides itself with its large factory and numerous production lines. Our machinery includes Pfaff 1 and 2 needle machines, interlocks, button hole maker, automatic step machines and Lorch filling machines. We have our own washing and processing lines and large storerooms where we stock our most popular items. Feathered specializes in producing top quality products with the feather and down that come from waterfowl, such as ducks and geese. This natural light and fluffy filling results in the most luxurious range of products. Most of our products are shipped from our mother company, however all our upholstery products and small orders are carried out in our premises.

 

Quality Control

Rest assured that all our products are of supreme quality and meet the highest safety standards as will be outlined below. All awards and certificates can be viewed on request.

Oeko-Tex 100

As one of the first enterprises in Switzerland, Feathered achieved the Oeko-Tex 100 certificate in 1996. Oeko-Tex 100 is a standard which guarantees to the consumer that the materials have been tested for its content of harmful substances always using the same limits and test methods. In order to qualify for this certification rigorous tests and inspections and required and only manufacturers who fulfill these strict demands are able to guarantee a high quality of production are awarded. The products are then continuously tested for harmful substances and chemicals and dye stuffs to ensure the safety standards and upheld.

Origin & Sanitary Inspection

This award from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (where our feather and down are processed) certifies that all animal raw materials processed in Yugoslavia, in this case the feather and down, were inspected before and after slaughter and were found to be healthy and that all goods went through treatment of disinfectant and are free of infection.

British Standards

Under the British Standards, products comply with specifications for feather and down fillings and stuffings and with the filling power index.

In addition they comply with the ISO 9000 and Ral 092 A2.

Lorch Fill Power Tested

All our feather and down are tested by Lorch fill power machine.

Feathered do all they can to ensure you're in safe hands with the satisfaction of exceptional service!

 

Down and Feather

The most popular and luxurious type of fill, down, is made from delicate tufts that cover geese beneath their feathers. Down is exceptionally fluffy and provides unmatched softness and sumptuousness. Unlike down, feathers are flat and have quills running through their centre. Though they are not as delicate as down, feathers provide support and softness at a value price. Down comforters/ pillows are often categorized by fill power, or fluffiness, and weight (how many ounces of down are in a comforter). Generally speaking, the higher the fill power and weight, the higher the quality the down comforter/ pillow is. Feather comforters/ pillows are often firmer and heavier than down filled and are usually more economical.

                   

Down is used for insulation & loft in down comforters and pillows whilst feathers are used for bulk and durability for featherbeds and some pillows. Sometimes these are mixed to create a firm, durable product. The more down in the mix, the more fluffier and expensive the comforter or pillow is.

What is Down?

Down is the soft, delicate undercoating of ducks and geese which protects them during particularly cold weather conditions. The fluffy clusters which grow under the outer layer of the breast feathers contains thousands of soft filaments radiating out from a central to create a circular plume.

What are the advantages of Down?

Down is much lighter then feathers and had greater flexibility. It also has a superior loft and fill power due to its three dimensional structure. Down is a natural product that breathes better than any synthetic fibers. This is because it breathes with your body and absorbs naturally evaporated moisture and draws it away from our bodies resulting in a more comfortable nights sleep and maximum well-being.

Health professionals highly recommend the use of down duvets and pillows to prevent skin conditions especially for individuals suffering from eczema, arthritis or other skin disorders.

Researchers from New Zealand have discovered that synthetic fibers in duvets contain 15 times as much 'asthma causing dust' as feather and down filling. This dust can aggravate the asthma sufferers and infants (Source: Wholistic Research 2002). Other research carried out by the UWIC in regard to house dust mites came to the conclusion that feather filled products are better since mites take longer to colonize these materials do to the thicker outer covering used.

Why Goose Down?

Goose Down provides complete freedom of movement in due to the adaptability to the contours of the human body. Goose down therefore always covers the body evenly, warmly and most of all, lightly! The luxurious coziness of down is unequalled to even th most expensive wool blanket.

Why is Eastern European Feather/ Down best?

Eastern European is the most significant down exporter in the world. Favorable geographic and climatic features and conscious purification through breeding have resulted in this popular and extremely valuable product. All our feather and down are collected from farms within Romania, Hungary and Yugoslavia and all conform to cleanliness and safety standards as explained. After collection the feathers are treated for an initial ecological detergent free pre-wash and then conveyed automatically to the washing machines. Eastern European down has the benefit of having a higher fill power than those exported from other areas. Due to this favorable property a smaller amount is needed and the quality is high. The Eastern European down is the outcome of a successful combination of professional waterfowl keeping, industrial processing technologies and the latest scientific achievements. These down duvets/ pillows lofts and do not clump and mat down the way synthetic fibers eventually do, it therefore lasts longer. Additionally this goose down is slightly lighter than new white goose down, offering the ultimate in lightness and warmth!

 

Understanding the Terms

Fill Power is one of the main quality determinants of down. High fill power down is made of large, strong clusters of mature geese which have the power to fill a large amount of space with fewer ounces. In simple terms it means how fluffy the fill is. Higher fill power means that your down duvet will be longer-lasting. Fill power of 600 or higher is considered excellent. The higher the fill power, the better the down insulate. It is therefore unlikely that you will find "cold spots" - patches where there is no down - in a duvet with down of high fill power.

Fill Weight is the amount of feather/ down in an item. In feathers the amount put into an item will determine how much warmth it will provide. In down however, an equal warmth is obtained with a much lower fill rate.

Thread Count is the number of threads contained in one square inch of fabric. High thread counts in a duvet's fabric mean that it is lighter and softer. This lightness also helps the fill to "loft" in simple terms, to "puff up". A down duvet which is covered in a 100% cotton fabric of more than 330 thread count is considered to be excellent and 100% downproof. The higher the thread count, the tighter the weave and the more downproof the duvet/ pillow etc will be. We would however point out that a very high thread count is not always necessary since duvets are generally kept in a duvet cover.

Downproof implies that the item is leakproof.

Baffle Box/ Stitch Construction is when fabric "walls" are sewn between the top and bottom of the duvet. These "walls" prevent the down from shifting thus allowing it to loft to its maximum. This ensures that your duvet remains soft and fluffy, preventing it from clumping down like others do and prevents "cold spots".

 

Our Products

Upholstery Pads

We specialise in producing high quality upholstery pads in any size shape or fill. These include scatter pads, bolster rolls and upholstery inserts. Standard sizes and made-to-measures are available. All upholstery products are manufactured on site here in England to increase efficiency and allow for short notice orders.

Duvets

All our duvets are available in:

  • Single             135cm X 200cm
  • Double           200cm X 200cm
  • King               200cm X 220cm
  • Super King     220cm X 260cm

With favourable attributes below and luxurious and luxurious lightness, our duvets are arguably the finest in the market!

  • 100% Down-Proof Swiss Cotton Batiste/ Cambric/ Percale Casing
  • 370+ Thread count
  • End to end Baffle-box construction with 1 inch gusseted side walls
  • Double stitched with cream/ white sateen piping
  • Machine washable
  • Hypo-Allergenic
  • Maximum 95% Pure New White Eastern European Goose Down
  • 750+ Fill Power

Pillows

All pillows come in a 100% down-proof cotton batiste casing and are available in any fill.

Feather & Fire pillows now available! These contain feather sandwiched in fiber or down all around providing the firmness of feather with the softness of fibre or down.

Loose

All feather and down including mixtures available loose in bags of 20kg.

All products available in other sizes by special order, and made to measure in any shape and fill.

When only the best will do, choose Feathered at necax4u!

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