A great night’s rest starts with a great comforter. Comforters are one of the most essential parts of bedding, providing both comfort and warmth so you can drift peacefully to sleep. Choosing a high-quality comforter made of excellent fabric can make the difference between fitful sleep and waking up feeling well-rested and refreshed. Not only that, but a premium comforter will be durable enough to last you for years to come.

Continue reading to learn a few tips about how to choose the right comforter next time you go shopping.

1. Consider if your current comforter needs replacement

Down comforters do not need to be replaced as often as other bedding, such as sheets or pillowcases. Although there is no exact time frame for how long they can last, you can expect your comforter to last from two to ten years, depending on how well you care for it.

The more attention and care you give to your comforter, the longer it is likely to last. A great option is a duvet cover, which encases your comforter and keeps it clean and germ-free as much as possible for a more extended period of time. You will want to replace your best comforter set once it becomes lumpy and loses its velvety plushness.

Uneven lumps are a sure indicator of a worn-out comforter because the stitching has deteriorated and allowed the fill to migrate. Lumpy parts of the packing will make your body an uneven temperature during the night due to warm and cold patches in the fabric.

Keep an eye on the condition of your comforters. The best time to pick a new one is during the off-season sales in late winters or early spring, where you are likely to see some price reductions.

2. Consider the ideal weight for a comforter

Along with the shape and size, the weight of the comforter matters when choosing the right one for you.

A medium-weight comforter is versatile, and you can easily add extra warmth with additional blankets. Home City Inc.’s premium quality blankets come in a selection of attractive colors to easily complement your bedding. A lightweight comforter is excellent for the warmer months, from late spring to early fall.

Heavier comforters are great for the winter seasons or those who prefer to be snuggled up during the night.

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3 Understand the difference between down and alternative down

If looking to purchase a down comforter, it’s essential to understand the difference between down and alternative down fill. Down fill comes from ducks or geese and provides better insulation than other alternative materials. Down is also more lightweight compared to other alternatives.

Down alternative, on the other hand, is cost-effective, easier to clean, and hypoallergenic, which makes it a great option for people who suffer from allergies.

4. Consider the effect of “fill power”

Fill power is the amount of space the down fill takes up in a comforter. The higher the fill power, the warmer the comforter. Down fill is assembled to trap air inside, so a higher fill power will make no difference in the comforter’s weight than a lower fill power. Choose a fill power of 600 or higher if you like to be extra warm and snuggled up.

5. Check out its construction

The construction of a comforter determines its life span. Comforters with baffle-box construction are considered well-constructed. You will usually find the construction indicated on the packaging and description when buying comforters online. The proper construction of the comforter ensures that the fill of the comforter is evenly distributed and keeps your whole body at a stable temperature.

Always make sure you opt for an outer fabric with a thread count of 300 or more to ensure that the material is soft on your skin and keeps you comfortable.

6. Go through the care label for cleaning instructions

When choosing a comforter, make sure to always check the labels with cleaning instructions. Avoid comforters that only recommend spot cleaning because you want to invest in a comforter that you have the option to deep clean. A thorough deep cleaning is vital for maintaining hygiene. The attached labels will state if the comforter is machine-washable or dry clean only.

Make sure to clean the comforter in a front-loading washing machine on a gentle cycle if you opt for a machine washable one. Go for an extra rinse to ensure all detergent is removed, and your comforter is perfectly clean. If you choose a dry-clean-only comforter, use dryer balls that will help fluff up your comforter. Take breaks throughout the drying cycle and shake the comforter each time to help add plushness.

Now that you’ve learned more about how to choose a great comforter, head to Home City Inc., here to shop our collection!