Every great choice is born of a group of factors. In the case of choice of Featherbeds, a good selection depends on what type of featherbed would support your body in the areas that you need support and comfort the most. Three important factors to consider when choosing featherbeds are:
1) The type of fabrication
2) The type of fill.
3) The type of construction.
The Type of Fabrication:
A. Universal Fill- you will have only one layer of fill spread throughout the length and width of the featherbed.
B. Layered fill -you will have a bottom layer of fill which would be more supportive and then a second top lighter and softer layer.
The Type of Fill:
A. Goose Feather
B. Goose Down
C. Goose Feather/Goose Down Blend
D. Duck Down
E. White Goose Down
F. Synthetic Fill
Note : With a Goose Feather/Goose Down Blend, the more Goose Down fill you have, the softer the featherbed. Also note that Duck down or white goose down are usually used in layered fills. They comprise of the top softer layers which sit on top the Goose Feather or Goose Down layers.
Types of Construction:
A. Baffle Box - A box pattern is stitched into the feather bed to ascertain an even fill spread throughout the feather bed.
B. Baffle Channel - Vertical channels are sewn into the feather bed, therefore the fill floats more freely around the material. There are two great advantages to using this: it can allow for more support in specific areas, and you can manually adjust the distribution.