Down pillows- one of those essential luxuries

Down pillows have long been one of those essential luxuries. Some of my best childhood memories are of sinking into an overstuffed featherbed, and of those wonderful down pillows. You can really find some excellent deals when shopping for them online.

If you need a few tips on what to look for, then feel free to use this handy little guide to help out.

First off, down is the insulating little feather tuft from undercoat of geese. The best is widely considered to be from white geese from Siberia. Down is so exclusive and expensive, that you’ll find that in most pillows that are called down, there are small feathers mixed in. Usually goose or duck feathers.

Down pillows are available in the typical sizes:

Standard 20 x 26″   Queen 20 x 30″   King 20 x 36″   European 26 x 26″

Some pillow manufacturers will make their down pillows with a core of feathers inside so that you have some extra support. Some use a wool, latex or a cotton core and even gell for the same purpose.

The folks with allergies have tended to avoid the down pillow, but now it’s widely known that when down is cleaned properly, the pillow can be allergy free.

The position you sleep in will tell you how high or lofty your pillow should be. Most good quality merchants will label the pillows according to these sleeping positions.

Basically, when sleeping on your back, go for a medium high pillow for the best neck support.

For side sleepers, get the more substantial pillow so that your neck and spine are aligned throughout the night for the best sleep possible.

And for the stomach sleeper, get the thinner down pillow, so that your neck and spine aren’t thrown into positions that are sure to cause back and neck pain.

So no matter which type of down pillow you’re looking for, you will find some great deals online. No need to go driving all over town when it’s this easy and convenient, with everything delivered to your front door!