So you’re cruising around the internet, looking for down blankets? You’re not the only one. Down blankets, jackets, and other clothing have been popular for years, and now that people are using the internet to find exactly what they want, they don’t have to rely on whether or not the local store has down blankets in stock. Here you can find everything you’ll need to make sure you buy the perfect down blanket that’s right for you.
First of all, what is down, exactly? Of course we know that down comes from birds, but it’s a little more complicated than ‘bird feathers.’ While many types of down are still referred to as feathers, they are actually not feathers at all, but a soft padding underneath the feathers on the outside. Baby birds don’t have any feathers, only down to keep them warm. That’s why we want down blankets. If you think about all the cold places where birds live without any clothes to protect them, then you see why humans have been using down blankets for so long.
The earliest down blankets documented where in Russia, where there is a record of down being sold to be used in blankets.
Enough with the history lesson, let’s get about finding what kind of down blanket is right for you. Many major retailers offer down blankets direct to order from their websites. These are definitely an option. Prices are highly dependent on size of the blanket. Baby blankets can run from $10-$50 depending on the quality. Queen and king sized down blankets will cost more. If you really want a high quality, be prepared to pay upwards of $100. Don’t forget about the little people. There are plenty of small-time, reputable sellers or high quality down blankets. Some websites and companies specialize in down blankets. If you have to wait anyway, and you’re willing to pay a little extra for high quality, hand craftedness, look no further.
First, you need to decide what kind of down blanket you want. What are you going to use it for? Where is going to be when you’re not using it? A down blanket doesn’t easily store in a closet, and smooshing it to fit can sometimes make it less effective. A down blanket needs to be kept in the open- on top of a bed or couch. If you want something that can be tucked away and stored, then you probably don’t want a down blanket. A nice wool blanket would serve that purpose.
Because down blankets should be kept in the open, it matters what they look like. If the blanket will be used on a bed, you need to make sure that it matches the rest of the room. The best way to do that is to look at the room. Taking a picture of it would be a good way to help you shop. If you have a digital camera, take a picture of the room, and if you know anything about Photoshop, you can even “try out” blankets in the store by pasting them into the picture. (Don’t worry if you aren’t a photoshop whiz, you can at least look at the blanket next to the picture.) Make sure the color’s right, and you will be happy with your purchase.