When to Replace a Down Comforter

Bailey Granger

A down comforter is a blanket filled with goose feathers, and this type of bedding creates a warm place to snuggle during those cold months. Taking proper care of your down comforter can make it last forever, and cleaning and using a duvet cover can help keep your down comforter in shape.

There are times where your comforter may not seem up to par and you may need to replace it.

Poking Feathers

If the feathers are starting to poke through the comforter, making small tears in the fabric, it is time to replace the comforter. Look for a new one with a higher thread count. The higher the thread count, the better the quality, and the chance of feathers poking through the fabric again is slim to none.

No Duvet Cover

If you have not used a duvet cover to protect your down comforter, it might be time to replace it. A duvet cover is a slipcover for your comforter, helping to keep your comforter clean. The cover can be removed and machine washed, and you can have multiple duvet covers if you like to change the decor if your bedroom. If your comforter is stained beyond repair; has absorbed liquid, such as milk; or has holes in it, replacing the comforter and purchasing a duvet cover may be in your best interest. If your comforter is still in a satisfactory condition, protect it with a duvet cover to extend its life.

Stitching Is Gone

Down comforters are like a quilt in the sense that they are stitched into squares. Each square is filled with goose feathers. The squares keep the feathers from all migrating to the bottom or one side of the comforter. If the stitching becomes loose between the squares, the feathers will shift out and you will have a difficult time keeping the feathers spread throughout the comforter. Look for a comforter with a higher thread count and strong stitching to avoid this.