Goose Feather and Down Pillows
When choosing the perfect pillow there are many options to choose from, one of the main factors is price. If you want a natural option then goose feather and down pillows can be the best one, although this filling has many different benefits to down or synthetic pillows that can be quite a lot more expensive. Feather filling has been used for making pillows for several centuries, they are firm, comfortable and feel luxurious, more recently more down has been added, the optimum being 85% feathers and 15% down. These pillows can also range in price from basic pillows you can get from the local supermarket to high quality branded European fillings from Hungary. Cheaper alternatives are often made in countries that do not always conform to the latest ethical and environmental manufacturing processes. The filling can be bleached white to alter their appearance, ducks and geese are not pure white, well, not all of them so how can you expect the filling to be pure white if they have not been dyed or bleached. This causes the feathers and down to deteriorate and dry out and also causes them to break up and become less able to offer the support and loft required. You will need to recycle them more often making them more expensive in the long run.
Natural pillows have many advantages over synthetic fillings, they last longer and wear much better as they can be washed and tumble dried without ruining the feathers or the down. They can typically last for more than 10 years whereas even the best synthetic options have a usable life of around 5 – 7 years. You can also get them in soft, medium and firm options so you can have the perfect level of posture control for your neck and head, alignment is the key especially if you are a side sleeper. One of the main down sides of a feather pillow is that the quills can poke through the cotton fabric case, this can be mitigated by using a strong cotton cambric case with a thread count no bigger than 233 thread count, any finer than this and the feather quills can poke through very easily, especially over time as the cotton gets worn or overly washed. You will find that even the most expensive feather pillows do not have high thread count fabric cases like you would expect with a pure down fill. Some people think that natural fills are not good for allergy suffers, this can be the case but a quality filling from a UK supplier should have the Nomite certification which ensure that they are safe and hypoallergenic making them safe of children, the elderly and people prone to suffering from allergies.
We would always recommend that you use a good quality pillow protector to ensure that the pillow is kept dust free and protected from any of life’s little accidents. Washing feather and down pillows is not always recommended and should be avoided, the use of a protector will ensure that the pillow does not need washing and can just be aired out on a washing line or put in the drier to dry the fillings. A pillow protector will also stop any of the feather quills from poking through the pillow fabric which can be annoying, the quilting also helps keep the pillow plump and aids with comfort and support. Lastly you can also use a high quality cotton pillowcase to give you that extra special feeling of luxury and quality. If you feel that you would like more information on our product of feather and down pillows please do not hesitate to get in touch as we are more than happy to help make the right choice for you.