hancock & moore down cushions

bakabakaianJune 4, 2007

I wanted to see what the difference is between "fiber down" and "ultra down" cushions in H+M. I've read a couple of good threads explaining "spring down" vs. "ultra down" but none really explains "fiber down."

I've decided to get "spring down" for my seat cushions and am trying to decide what to get for the back cushions. The sofa and chair I'm getting are large and deep and come with throw pillows, so I doubt the back cushions will get that much use. I'm leaning toward "ultra down" but want to make sure I understand how it's different than "fiber down."

Also, do you think I'm crazy to be getting a fabric sofa from H+M? I've had leather for the last 10 years and honestly.... I'm ready for a change. As I noted this is a big, wide, deep sofa and I just think there's something really comforting about fabric. And H+M has some REALLY pretty fabrics! I know it's known as a leather specialist though.....

Any help would be appreciated!


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You're buying a high quality sofa. So cushion filling is simply a matter of what feels most comfortable to you.

I'd stay understand what each entails, how it will hold up and what it feels like; cost difference. Then if you haven't already, go sit on sofas with each of those pillow types at the showroom and see which one you like best. Take your time with that. Take a friend/spouse/partner.

I sat on dozens of sofas before I found one that felt right to me.

As for fabric vs leather, I don't see a difference. You've buying a quality sofa. If you get a durable fabric for it you will have years of service.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2007 at 9:15AM
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thanks for your response. you're right that money doesn't matter -- they are all very close in price, and nothing compared to price of the overall sofa!

i guess i'm worried about long-term issues like sagging with down and so on. also, the local retailer where i tried the cushions didn't tell me about "fiber down" but apparently it's an option so i was trying to assess what that was.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2007 at 4:30PM
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Standard Fiber down cushions are are blend of feathers and down with conjugated fiber. Usually 50-50 meaning that half of the fill is conjugated fiber and the other half is feathers or feathers with some down mixed in usually no more than 25% down . This mixture provides more filling power and makes a firmer cushion than would be if all feather/down blend. I would stay away from any cushions that didnt have at least 10% down and goose feathers is better than duck feathers.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2007 at 12:02PM
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When you sit on a down, or mostly down, sofa cushion it leaves the imprint of your body when you get up. It is the nature of the material. It is not a wear issue at all. Over time, when the cushion gets worn down it can be refilled by the upholsterer.

The highest end sofas have those types of cushions so they have that look. It's not wear.

The long term issue I would be worried about is fabric durability, not construction issues. That's why you're buying a high quality sofa.

And these days, a good sofa should wear for at least 20 years. It should not need replacing (even if the kids do jump on it occasionally). I've had a really good love seat now for 33 years. It's in its 3rd and last reupholstery and the cushion was originally and always has been down. It's been refilled for the 3rd time, too.

It will surely outlive me.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 9:37PM
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With down you really have to sit on it. We rarely sell down, and the few we have, well, I didn't care for it.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 10:22PM
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