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Down Comforter Construction: A Primer

You’re looking for a white goose down comforter for your bed. You know what type of down you’re looking for, but do you know the difference between the typical patterns these comforters are quilted (sewn) in?

There are two basic types of /strong>down comforter construction: baffle box and box stitch or “sewn-through” construction. Both use cotton or silk fabric sewn together to create compartments called baffles or boxes that keep the down in place.

Baffle box comforters feature strips of material that attach the fabric at the top of the comforter to the fabric at the bottom of it, creating boxes for the down. The boxes are typically between 6” and 15” square and sewn in a checkered pattern. An equal amount of down fills each box.

Box stitch or “sewn-through” comforters stitch the top and bottom of the comforter together in a checkered pattern.

Which construction is right for you? That depends on your needs. Both types corral the down and keep it evenly distributed and both will keep you warm at night. But if you need a lightweight comforter with a fill of less than 30 ounces for a warmer climate, the box stitch will probably be a better choice. For those in colder climates who need a heavier, warmer comforter, the baffle box works better. If you’re looking for a nice fluffy comforter to give your bed a full look, choose the box stitch with a fill power over 40 ounces.
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