What is a good goose down duvet?

There is a lot of information on the web these days about which is the best pure down duvet to buy, well that would be ours obviously, we are trying to sell you one! There are lots of countries branding their down, like Canadian, Hungarian, Pyrenean, Siberian and the list could go on and on, but are they any good? What are the real factors that separate the average down and the good down?

Does down from colder countries really influence the quality and insulation of the finest down? You would think so as the colder it is the better the insulation needs to be, right? There are reports that the down is fluffier and lighter so it is packed tighter together to ensure that the cold wind does not penetrate the skin however down also acts as a temperature regulator, so if it get too warm the down separates and releases trapped warm air.

So What Is The True Test Of Quality?

The best indicator is the test of Fill Power where weights are dropped on a specific amount of down in a tube and the rebound effect gives you a very good idea of the loft and lightness of the down. Cleanliness is very important here as any impurities can make the down heavier and less likely to be effective at temperature regulation, as the down does not separate as easily when warmed by the body.

The higher the fill power rating the better the down is at doing its job, you will get a much lighter and warmer duvet per grams per square meter of filling than you would with a lesser fill power rated duvet. Higher fill power rated duvets will also have better internal baffle walls to ensure that the down is spread more efficiently and stays in place over the body while you sleep. So it really does not matter which brand of down you go for, Siberian, Canadian, Hungarian or Pyrenean, the fill power test is the one you should really be looking at to get the best quality down duvet. High fill power duvets really do last longer, are warmer and much lighter than standard duvets.

What Is Down Fill Power?

Down, like any insulating material, provides warmth by creating pockets, or layers, of air which protect against the cold. The thicker the layer of air, the better the insulation.

We measure the quality of down in fill power, a measure of the loft, or fluffiness of a down product. The more fill power a down product has, the thicker the layer of air inside it. Thus, a higher fill power means better insulation. Higher quality down will have greater fill power, meaning less material is required to provide the same level of insulation.

How do you Measure Fill Power?

We measure fill power in CUIN, or cubic inches per ounce. To calculate this value, down is washed and dried, then put into a device called a Lorch cylinder. Once inside, a set amount of pressure is applied to the down. At that point, the height of the down is measured and this number determines the down’s fill power.

The fill power of our duvets ranges from 600 CUIN to 800 CUIN for products with the highest quality down.

Fill Power
mm/30gram 125 150 155 160 170 180 190 200
in³/oz (cuin) 500 600 618 635 675 725 760 800

How To Change Your Fitted Sheet?

We are always being asked just how easy it is to change your fitted sheet, so today we are looking at the vast range of fitted sheets available from Belledorm who are one of the best bedlinen manufacturers in the UK.

There are a few reasons for just elasticating the fitted sheets at the corners, the main one is appearance. This acts like a fitted sheet at the corners and a flat sheet down the sides so it can be tucked under your mattress leaving it looking pristine. Fitted sheets that are elasticated all the way around can looked gathered or bunched making it harder to give that stunning hotel appearance.

Another very important reason for just elasticating the corners of the fitted sheets is to make it easier for ironing, we are sure by now you may be well aware of the issues of placing your fitted sheets on the ironing board and trying to iron around the elasticated edges, imagine trying to iron the whole sheet if it had full elasticated sides.

Belledorm have produced a very good video showing the best way of fitting your sheet to your mattress. https://belledorm.co.uk/pages/videos

Fitted sheets really are the best way to cover your mattress, they are easy to wash and iron and come in a vast array of sizes, box depths and colours. If you are looking for a particular style or size drop us an email at sales@bedlinendirect.co.uk and we will be more than happy to give you any information you need or a quote for any size of fitted sheet you require.

Belledorm – At the Heart Of Lancashire Textiles

The UK has rich history of textiles from the glorious days of King Cotton, from the first spinning looms invented right here in Lancashire. Family businesses started at the turn of the century roared from strength to strength gaining an enviable level of respect and expertise unrivalled throughout Europe.

Like the good old families before them Belledorm has been carrying on the traditions that made Lancashire famous, those of you who have been dealing with Belledorm for a while now realise without doubt that they like to class themselves as a ‘family’ and like every good family, they need a good home!

We would like to welcome you to the impressive home of Belledorm, you will not see a trendy sky scraper or high rise office block but a traditional mill dating back to 1905. This stunning mill has an impressive 240,000 square feet of warehousing space. Three floors of warehousing and picking locations, the offices and 2 showrooms hold almost 3’500 different products and 500,000 units of stock. Just what a growing family needs to develop and succeed in today’s fast paced UK textiles market. Continue reading Belledorm – At the Heart Of Lancashire Textiles

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