How to tell when it is time to replace your Down Comforter

Down comforters offer a tremendous level of comfort, but they are not going to last forever. A down comforter should last 10 to 15 years, but there is no timer set to warn you when it’s time for a change. However, there are some simple tests you can do yourself.

  • Remove the down comforter from the duvet cover and hold it up to the light. This will show you the areas where the down has started to dissipate. When you notice a lot of missing down in the center compartments, it is a sign that you are just sleeping under two layers of cotton and very little down. That means it is time for a change.
  • Look for signs of wear in the shoulder compartments. People who sleep on their side have a tendency to wear these areas out. Tossing and turning in your sleep will also cause the down clusters to abrade and slowly migrate out of the comforter shell. So when the shoulder compartments start to go, a new down comforter should be in your future.

Here is a video showing some additional insight on the signs that tell you when it’s time for a new down comforter.


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Is it time to replace your down comforter?Down comforters are not a cheap purchase, which raises the question why do they wear out? Friction is inevitable and it is just a matter of time before the down turns into dust. But that does not happen overnight. Here are also some ways you can get more life out of your down comforter. 

  • Spend more time underneath your down comforter instead of on top of it. This will reduce the amount of friction and keep your own weight from breaking up the down over the course of time.
  • Rotate the down comforter. Every so often, flip your down comforter so that you are not always curling up under the same end. 

Below is a video offering some helpful hints you can use to identify the various down comforter styles and also what to be on the lookout for when shopping around for a new one.


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