How to Use a Feather Bed Topper


A feather bed topper (featherbed) is a portable, easy-to-use bedding item that can be transferred from one mattress to another. Resting flush against your mattress, the feather bed topper allows you to enjoy a pillow-like softness during your nightly respites without dramatically changing the overall texture or firmness of your mattress.

Things You'll Need

  • Protective (cotton) cover

Feather Bed Topper Basics

  • Fluff your feather bed topper to allow the down fill to expand to its full potential. Place the topper on a flat surface and use your fingers and forearms to push the fill through the baffled boxes or channels so that it is evenly distributed.

  • Protect your feather bed topper with a cotton cover to extend the time between dry-cleanings or home launderings. These are similar to duvet (comforter) covers and may be secured with zippers, buttons or ties.

  • Air out your feather bed topper routinely. A couple of hours in a sunny spot freshens up the down fill and gives it more loft.

  • Gently steam the fabric cover of your feather bed topper if it becomes wrinkled. Never iron down bedding.

  • Dry-clean your feather bed topper when necessary. It's possible to launder this item of bedding at home. But, because it's easy to damage down bedding, dry-cleaning is preferable to home washing.

Tips & Warnings

  • If a small area of your feather bed topper becomes soiled, spot clean it using the least amount of water possible.
  • If you choose to wash your feather bed at home, use a front-loading washer and large-capacity dryer. Wash on the delicate cycle with mild detergent (and no bleach) and tumble dry on low heat.
  • Most down bedding has cotton ticking (the fabric cover), which can shrink in the dryer.

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