Comforters are not only an essential bedding item during the winter, but you can use them around the year for a comfortable good night’s sleep. To have sound sleep, creating a proper sleep environment is important. The type of mattress, pillows, bed sheets, blankets, and comforter we use has a crucial role in creating the right environment for sleeping. We snuggle under a comforter to remain warm and cozy. Not every comforter gives the same level of warmth and comfort. This is because comforters vary in outer shell fabrics, fill power, fill weight, and stitches. Nowadays, one of the most preferred comforters is the cotton reversible comforter.
Even before we go through the benefits of a cotton reversible comforter, we must know about the important features of a comforter that we need to look for when buying a reversible comforter.
- 1. What is a reversible comforter?
- 2. Down versus Down Alternative Comforter
- 3. How to choose a reversible comforter
- 4. Benefits of using a cotton reversible comforter
- 5. Choosing the best cotton reversible comforter
- 6. Conclusion
1. What is a reversible comforter?
As shown in the picture, it is PeaceNest 3-Piece Plush to Sherpa Down Alternative Comforter Set, which has one brown side and white on the other side. It is filled with 3D microfiber filling to provide softness and warmth. If you are looking for good quality warm down alternative reversible comforter, then it will be a good choice.
So, a reversible comforter is one in which there are two different colors or patterns on the two sides of the comforter. You can buy a cotton reversible comforter with solid colors or with patterns. A reversible comforter can have different fabrics used for the outer shell. Similarly, the comforter can have different fill materials. The most common fill material of a cotton reversible comforter is the Down of duck or geese. Before we can discuss in detail the Down and Down Alternative cotton reversible comforter, we must know the benefits of using a reversible comforter.
1.1 Benefits of a reversible comforter
Buying a reversible cotton comforter offers many benefits.
- You get two different colors or patterns on the same comforter. If you love both solid color and pattern, you can even buy a cotton reversible comforter having a solid color on one side and a pattern with a matching color combination on the other side.
- You invest once and get the benefits of two comforters.
- You have to wash it once and both sides (two comforters) are cleaned.
- You can quickly change the side of the comforter and bring change to the look and feel of your bedroom.
2. Down versus Down Alternative Comforter
The fill material of a cotton reversible comforter is of two types-Down and down alternative. Each filling material has advantages and disadvantages.
2.1 Down filling
2.11 Pros of down filling
Down is the small delicate layer of fine feathers found under the exterior feathers in birds. The Down Fill cotton reversible comforter is made with the Down of geese or ducks. Down gives the comforter a soft feel and smooth look. The Down comforter is lightweight. As the Down can expand, they help in better air circulation. Down is a breathable material, so you will not sweat while sleeping. If you are looking for a cotton reversible comforter that is fit for round-the-year use, lightweight, and warm, a Down Fill comforter should be your choice.
2.12 Cons of down filling
If you consider warmth to weight ratio, no other cotton reversible comforter can beat a Down comforter. But, these comforters can trap allergens such as dust, mites, pollen grains, etc., easily and can aggravate allergic symptoms in people. So, down comforters should not be used by allergy-prone people. Down comforter is expensive compared, and you cannot wash it at home. A Down comforter needs professional cleaning.
2.2 Down Alternative filling
2.21 Pros of down alternative filling
A Down Alternative cotton reversible comforter is made with hypoallergenic materials. The fill is usually microfiber or polyester. You can also get comforters filled with cotton or wool. Down Alternative comforters are also made with soft Sherpa fleece or natural fabrics such as eucalyptus or bamboo. These fabrics make the comforters light and breathable, thus ensuring a comfortable sleep minus allergies. The Down Alternative cotton reversible comforters are cheap, so anyone worried about the budget can easily buy these comforters. These comforters can be washed in washing machines.
2.22 Cons of down alternative filling
As synthetic materials cannot expand, they are not breathable. They cannot regulate body temperature very well. You cannot get a fluffy comforter when you choose a Down Fill comforter. To get similar warmth given by a Down comforter of the same size, a Down Fill comforter must have more filling. It means the weight will increase.
3. How to choose a reversible comforter
Other than the fill type, other factors are there which are crucial when you choose a reversible comforter.
This indicates the warmth of a cotton reversible comforter. The fill power is the amount of space occupied by one ounce of fill. It is measured in GSM.
400 GSM or less- ideal for the summer or hot sleeper
400-600 GSM- it can be used throughout the year
600-800 GSM- it is ideal for the winter months
800 GSM and more- It is a comforter with extra warmth.
The higher fill power indicates a lower fill weight. The fill power is the ability of the fill to trap air. The comforter with higher fill power is used in the winter. The Down Fill comforters have a higher fill weight. Down is a natural material and can expand. Thus, it can trap more air than any other material. Expansion of Down ensures better breathability, which helps in body temperature regulation. The right body temperature is important for a comfortable sleep. That is why we must consider the fill weight while buying a reversible comforter.
The construction of a comforter is also an important point to be considered. The level of warmth given by a cotton reversible comforter can vary according to the type of stitches used for the construction of the comforter. The types of stitches used are channel, Baffle Box, Quilt stitched, and Gusseted. Out of all these constructions, the Baffle Box is the most preferred construction type. These comforters use checkerboard stitches. The walls of each box of fill have fabric baffles, so they are lofty. Due to these baffles, the fill gets maximum rise and it gives maximum warmth. It is the most expensive comforter construction. Your initial investment in a comforter with Baffle box construction may be more but you will get the best return in the coming years. The comforter with a Baffle box stitch will remain functional for years. So, you will not need any replacements or new purchases.
The outer fabric is also an important feature of a comforter. The outer fabric comes in direct contact with your skin. So, you should choose a fabric that is soft on the skin. Cotton is the best choice for the outer fabric of a comforter. Silk and wool are also soft to the touch. You can also opt for these fabrics as the outer fabric of a reversible comforter. The Thread count of the fabric indicates the fabric’s quality. The higher the thread count of a fabric, the finer it is. Thread Count is the number of threads in a square inch of fabric.
Comforters are of various sizes. They can be Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, Oversized Queen, King, and California King.
Twin- 39”x 75”
Twin XL-39”x 80”
California King- 104”x 92”
4. Benefits of using a cotton reversible comforter
Cotton is a natural, super-soft fabric that has an antibacterial property. Cotton is lightweight and comfortable. It is the most widely used fabric for bedding worldwide.
When you sleep with a cotton reversible comforter, your body temperature will be regulated properly. Cotton is a breathable fabric and it absorbs moisture and keeps us dry and cool. It is the best fabric that can create an ideal sleep environment. A cotton reversible comforter will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. So, you can use cotton throughout the year.
Soft and comfortable
To have a sound sleep, we must be comfortable. Cotton is soft and is not harsh to the skin. Using a cotton reversible comforter will ensure a luxurious sleep at night.
You cannot sleep if you wheeze or sneeze the whole night. Many people are allergic to certain fabrics but cotton is certainly not among those. Cotton is a hypoallergenic fabric that does not trigger any allergic symptoms. That is why it is always recommended to use cotton bedding items.
Cotton is an environment-friendly fabric and is bio-degradable.
If you buy a cotton reversible comforter for your bedroom, it means you save on the maintenance charge. Cotton requires minimal maintenance. You can clean cotton comforters at home in a washing machine.
5. Choosing the best cotton reversible comforter
With so many types of cotton reversible comforters available in the market, it is a daunting task to choose the right comforter. There are certain points that you need to consider when choosing the best cotton reversible comforter.
Quality of cotton:
Many people think that thread count determines cotton quality, but that is not true. The high thread count of cotton used in bedding items means better quality. But, the quality of the cotton fabric used in making the threads matter more than the number of threads. If the cotton fiber is of good quality, the fabric with a lower thread count will be softer and more durable than the cotton with low-quality fabric and higher thread count. For example, a Verden standard cotton 120 TC reversible comforter set is a good choice for all types of bedrooms.
The weight of the cotton reversible comforter is also an important aspect. The comforter’s fill weight must be low and at the same time, it should be able to give you desired amount of warmth and coziness. For a light and warm cotton reversible comforter, the best fill in the Down.
Colors and patterns:
We buy comforters to keep ourselves comfortable while sleeping. Comforters can also change your mood and the look and feel of your bedroom. So, you must choose the colors and patterns of your comforter wisely. Colors, such as white, off-white, beige, blue, green, and orange have a soothing effect on our nerves. They help in creating the right environment for a sound and comfortable sleep. Some other colors such as deep purple, deep red, and black, may cause sleep disturbances. The Cotton reversible comforters with patterns, such as floral, checked, striped, or geometrical, can add a vibrant look to your bedroom. So, choose your comforter according to the theme or mood you want in your bedroom. For example, you can buy a Lyon cotton reversible comforter set to uplift the look of your bedroom. They are made from 100% cotton. You can get them in solid colors or patterns.
Price is an important factor when buying a new cotton reversible comforter. If you opt for a cotton comforter with down fill, it will cost you more. But, if your budget is tight, you can buy a cotton reversible comforter with Down Alternative fill. A Down Alternative comforter is filled with synthetic materials like polyester or microfiber. So, they are cheaper and can give warmth equivalent to a Down fill comforter.
Comforters are available in many sizes. Before making the final decision about your comforter, you must consider the size of your bed. The comforter should fit your bed. The look of your bed will be spoilt if the comforter is oversized or undersized.
The levels of comfort and luxury are not the same for all. One of the bedding accessories that can significantly affect our sleep quality is a comforter. Whether you are a hot or cold sleeper, a cotton reversible comforter will help you get a sound sleep every night. Cotton is a natural fabric. It allows more breathability than many other fabrics thus helping in regulating the body temperature of the users. With a rightly chosen cotton reversible comforter, you can bid goodbye to sleepless nights and wake up fully recharged every morning. Along with the fill type and outer fabric, the color and pattern of a cotton reversible comforter can also affect your sleep. Some colors help in getting asleep faster while there are some colors which we should avoid in our bedrooms. This article has provided important insights into the comforter types and how to choose the right comforter for your bedroom.
However, if you do not like cotton material, then have a try for the PeaceNest 3-Piece Plush to Sherpa Down Alternative Comforter Set mentioned before. Covered with velvet fabric on one side, and lamb velvet on the other side, filled with 3D microfiber, bringing you the soft, comfortable, and reversible warmth.