How to store down duvets and pillows?

A large number of our customers have extra sets of duvets and pillows at home, for guests or to change comforters depending on the season.
When we do not use them for many months, it is worth knowing how to store our down bedding so that it retains its resilience and does not lose its enveloping fluffiness.

Why store down comforters and pillows properly?

Improper storage of down bedding can lead to a partial loss of their insulating and thermoregulatory properties. Down filling is one of the lightest natural fillings, is characterized by excellent elasticity, insulates against cold but also against heat. Goose down is considered one of the best natural fillings. However, due to its delicacy - improper storage of a down comforter can lead to distortion and "clumping" of the down, and the down can lose its resilience and fluffiness.

How to store down quilts and pillows - practical tips used by our Family for nearly 100 years

  1. Down quilts and pillows like space, it is good to give them more space and not to squeeze, press, roll or crush them, because the quilt may deform.
  2. It's a good idea to keep quilts and pillows in covers only made of natural materials and sufficiently spacious for the size of the quilt or pillow. We pack our quilts in thick cotton covers with gold thread designed for storage. The cover can be viewed here. Down needs to breathe. We don't keep quilts in the plastic bags that some manufacturers pack quilts in. We don't pack down quilts in vacuum bags. The down will clump, won't be as fluffy and will lose its unique properties.
  3. Let's keep bedding in closets, drawers, in a lockable container under the bed (if it is spacious enough), in boxes made of natural materials.
  4. We can put a bag of sun-dried lavender in the closet or drawer, and remember to shake out and air out the comforter well before packing it in a cotton cover.

How to take care of down comforters and pillows? For more practical advice, visit the Emkap manufactory website.

A duvet for summer. What kind of duvet will be pleasant, airy and provide comfort on hot summer nights?

What kind of duvet to choose for the upcoming warm spring-summer season? First of all, one under which it will be pleasant, airy and cool. A good and undisturbed sleep allows the body to regenerate. Often in summer, temperatures at night are high disturbing our rest and making it difficult to fall asleep.

Why change duvets depending on the season?

Our body temperature is a key factor in getting a good night’s sleep. In order for our body to get ready for sleep we need several physiological changes to occur. Our core body temperature needs to drop by 1-2 degrees Celsius, we need our breathing to slow down and for our muscles to relax. If our body temperature is too high, it signals that we need to stay alert and awake. A drop in body temperature activates thermosensitive cells in the brain. They send a signal to the suprachiasmatic nucleus (that's kind of our 24-hour biological clock) for evening melatonin production and with it sleep. Thus, melatonin levels depend not only on the decrease in light in the evening but also on the decrease in temperature - these two factors are crucial to the process of falling asleep.

A summer duvet will help regulate our body temperature and keep us cozy without feeling overheated. 

What kind of duvet will work best?

Why is it that a natural down duvet provides comfort during hot nights?

The secret lies in the properties and structure of down - a single ball of down has an irregular, three-dimensional structure, resembling a snowflake. It is the free spaces between the curves of the down fibers that collect air, creating a natural barrier against cold and heat, providing thermoregulation and air circulation. The properties of down mean that bedding filled with it warms us in winter and insulates us from heat in summer.

With the hot summer and the need for a good night's sleep in mind, we have created a down duvet in the light version of both the collections „1926” and „Maria”.  

Wrapped in pure cotton, with luxurious 100% natural down filling, it keeps you snug without overheating you. We designed these duvets with the right weight of down filling for high temperatures.

A good quality down is an environmentally friendly investment.

Duvets sewn by hand according to labor-intensive, pre-war techniques are a purchase for years to come. There will be no need to replace our duvets or cushions with new ones after a few years. We offer our regular customers a down duvet restoration service.

What is the best comforter? Advantages of a quilt made of 100% goose down.

Goose down is a natural raw material of the highest quality. Pure goose down, obtained in an ethical manner is one of the most expensive, but also the best natural fillings for comforters, pillows and winter clothing.

People have always wondered what makes geese so well able to withstand even the harshest frost. It turned out that this exceptional resistance to low temperatures is due not so much to the outer covering of feathers, but to the fine down that grows right next to the skin of the goose.

The whole secret lies in the structure of the down - a single puff of down has an irregular, three-dimensional structure, resembling a snowflake. Free spaces between the curves of the down fiber collect air, creating a natural barrier that protects not only from the cold, but also from the heat.

Goose down is springy, durable, lightweight. It has insulating, thermoregulatory properties and provides excellent air circulation and moisture removal. A down comforter is the best covering during sleep.

It is worth taking into account whether the quilt is filled with 100% down. According to current standards, a down comforter can be called so when it contains 60 % down, where the rest is feathers (that is, feathers with a hard "end", the so-called stack). Always buy comforters with 100% down content. Such a comforter will be light and resilient, will pleasantly wrap and warm the body and will serve for many years.

It is also worth checking the resilience of down,which is measured by the CUIN scale. 650-800 is a great score and we can be sure that the down is of high quality. And the better the down, the less of it is needed to fill a warm quilt. Cheaper feathers need to be used a lot more for the bedding to have the desired volume. And this in turn makes the quilts overwhelmingly heavy.

The highest quality comforters sewn in our manufactory in the popular size 155x200 made from the best down weigh only about 1 kg! Quilts from the "1926" Collection, as they are referred to, feature the best possible goose down and an exceptionally pleasant batiste cover.