Choosing a Comforter

There's nothing like cuddling up in a warm, cozy comforter on a cold winter night. In addition to being warm and comfortable, a comforter can be an important design element in a bedroom, adding color and pattern.

When shopping for a comforter, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure the design of the comforter will complement the furnishings and style of the bedroom. Take note of the thread count of the comforter covering, or shell. Comforter thread counts below 250 tend to be rougher to the touch, while those over 250 tend to have a softer, more luxurious feel.

Also, make sure to measure your bed when searching for a new comforter. Comforter sizes can vary and you'll want to make sure that the comforter's measurements will work with your bed. Just because a comforter is marked full/queen doesn't mean it will fit your queen size bed.

There are several different comforter types available on the market.

- A down comforter is usually a cotton shell filled with goose or duck feathers. Look for a down comforter with a shell that is tightly woven and has a high thread count, to keep feathers from poking through. This type of comforter is very light, but also very warm. People with allergies might have problems using some down comforters, but hypoallergenic down comforters are available. A down comforter will usually need to be professionally laundered.

- A cotton comforter is made from both a cotton shell and cotton fill. This type of comforter is much heavier than a down comforter, and not as warm. A cotton comforter works well in summer or in warmer climates.

- A synthetic comforter is filled with polyester batting. This type of comforter is popular because it is hypoallergenic and can be thrown in the washer when it needs cleaning.

-Microsuede comforters

- With its shell and fill made of silk, a silk comforter is a luxurious choice. It is also a good choice of comforter for those suffering from allergies, since a silk comforter is hypoallergenic. Because it is a lighter comforter, it is also a good choice for the warmer months.