What is “down” as in “down fill” cushions?
- The definition of “down.”
- The description of multiple “down-fill” variations.
- Down is softer and provides more (and longer lasting) loft.
- Feathers have quills which are not as soft and cause the feathers to compress more quickly than down.
- Down is far more expensive than feathers. (See cost comparison below.)
The difference between duck down and goose down is the size and fill power of clusters. (See photo above.)
- The vast majority of “Down fill” sofa cushions actually have very little down.
- Polyester fiber
There is a significant cost difference between these three fill materials. The factory cost (about half of retail cost) for a medium size pillow with 16 oz of fill is approximately:
- Polyester fiber: $2 – $5 (Most of the retail cost for this type of pillow is in the cover material and sewing.)
- Feathers: $25 – $50 (depending on the type of feathers.)
- Down: $150 – $300 (depending on the type and size/fill-power of the down.)
- Lower cost sofa cushions and pillows (up to $1200) rarely have any feathers or down.
- Mid-range sofas ($1500 – $3000) may offer a down blend fill option. (Down blend fills are almost never used as a standard cushion construction.)
- The down blend fill may be a mixture of down and feathers or down, feathers and polyester fiber.
- In the vast majority of cases, the percentage of down used would be 5% of the total fill at the lower range and up to 10% at the upper end of the mid-range.
- Higher priced sofas may offer down blend fill cushion options with up to 50% down.
The photo shown above is from the Down and Feather Co. website.
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