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Don't Waste Money on Inferior Comforters

A comforter can serve many purposes. With a duvet cover, your plain white comforter can serve as a bedspread that's easy to customize. Of course, the right comforter can be a wonderful sleeping blanket. With a plus cover, a comforter can be a lovely spot to hang out, snuggle and watch a movie. If you have a foam mattress with square corners, a comforter can add softness and a look of comfort. Depending on your allergy risk, your comforter choice can be all natural or all synthetic. If you like layers, a duvet cover can increase the air pockets that provide you with warm air near the skin. Your fabric choice, fill and stitching style will all impact how long your comforter lasts.

Comforter Styles

Comforters can be constructed with plenty of loft or just a simple layer of cushion. Depending on the time you plan to spend on top of your comforter, keeping a fluffy, high-loft comforter looking great can take quite a bit of work. It's also important to pay attention to your sleeping style.

If you love to snuggle in and swaddle yourself in blankets to sleep deeply, you may do better with a lower-loft down comforter. A box-style stitch can keep the fill contained into their own pockets and pouches. If your home isn't terribly cold, avoid anything with "Siberia" in the name. If you like the look of a formal pinch-pleat comforter, make sure pets can't get in your bedroom.

Comforter Materials

If you love all natural materials, a goose-down comforter with a cotton cover is a great choice. One of the benefits of cotton as a cover is that it sheds heat more effectively than a poly fabric will. However, if you are willing to switch out your bedding each season, you can treat yourself to a microfiber cover comforter for the winter and a cotton option for warmer nights.

If you don't tolerate goose-down, there are many other fill offerings. Wool is a nice option if you need a natural fiber and can tolerate lanolin. Cotton can be quite effective as a fill as long as your region isn't too humid. Finally, when you're ready for a truly luxurious investment, you can get a great night's sleep under a silk-stuffed comforter.

Best Retailers

There are a lot of places that sell comforters, but unless you are confident in a material or a brand, it's a good idea to shop somewhere that you can actually touch the fabric cover. If you like a crisp, crunchy cotton, crumple up that fabric and watch how long it takes the fabric to smooth back out. Don't worry about your cotton comforter being a crumpled, wrinkly mess on your bed.

Your body heat will smooth out the wrinkles in your fabric comforter cover. The more poly in the fabric, the more heat it will hold and the faster it will smooth out. Hold up a down comforter to the light and look for gaps. Down has a dark center and a fully stuffed down comforter will not let the light through. If you need a really warm comforter, you need a cover with no light leaks.

Stop in at Bed Bath and Beyond. Check out the displays at department stores. The most economical options will always include Target and Walmart, but do check the edges for a double stitched seam. If the comforter you're getting will be covered with a duvet, a cheaper comforter can keep you warm, look great, and last a lot longer. Make your choice and start looking for discounts. Sign up for brand emails. You can get a great comforter for a lower price.