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Pillow Guide

Homescapes Pillow Guide

All of Homescapes bed linen are designed with one goal in mind, to improve the sleep quality of the user. We have developed a selection of guides to our products with the sole purpose of helping the user understand which style of bedding will suit their sleeping style and preferences. By selecting the perfect bedding set up, the user can discover new means to achieve that ever elusive perfect night's sleep.

 

PILLOW SIZE GUIDE

Standard UK Size:
19 x 29 Inch or 48 x 74 cm
King Size:
19 x 36 Inch or 48 x 91 cm (approx.) or 3" long.
Body Pillow Size:
19 x 54 Inch or 48 x 137 cm or 4'6" long.
V Pillow Size:
31 x 31 x 44 Inch or 80 x 80 x 110 cm
Square (Continental) Pillow Size:
26 x 26 Inch or 66 x 66 cm

Note: All Homescapes pillows are always full sizes as described above and unlike many online and high street retailers, Homescapes does not allow any compromise on size or quality with a view to reduce the cost of the product.

 


PILLOW FILLINGS


Pillows come with a number of different fillings which all have their own specific properties. It is important to familiarise yourself with the different properties of the pillows as the knowledge can be a vital ingredient in improving your sleeping experience.

Natural (Feather and Down) Fillings

Feathers are traditionally used to fill pillows as their natural properties allow them to mesh together and trap air. The 'fluffiness' of feathers owes a lot to the pockets of air created when pillows are plumped up. One of the main reasons that feather pillows are so popular is that this 'fluffiness' is very difficult to imitate using other fillings.

In order to ensure the best possible quality of feathers, Homescapes only use small flight feathers which are 2-3cm long. This smaller size means that the quills are less likely to snap through being repeatedly lofted. When feathers snap, air trapping properties are reduced to zero and pillows lose loft as the snapped feathers become dust that hangs around in the bottom of the pillow. Smaller quills also mean less irritation and that the quills are less likely to poke through the fabric.

Homescapes feathers are all certified to Oekotex standards making them hypoallergenic. This process involves steaming the feathers, killing all dust mites and ensuring they are safe to be used by allergy sufferers.

Research has shown that many people who believe they are allergic to feathers are actually allergic to dust and dust mites trapped by the feathers and not the feathers themselves. Feathers are naturally very good at trapping dust, which explains their use in feather dusters. By ensuring full cleaning of feathers before they are placed into our filled products, Homescapes ensure that all traces of dust and dust mites are eradicated. The feathers are then packed into high thread count cotton fabric. Encasing the feathers in such tightly wound cotton means that dust mites are unable to pass through the cotton of Homescapes pillows, making them some of the most hypoallergenic and allergy friendly pillows on the market.

 

Here is a brief description of the types of natural fillings used in Homescapes pillows.

♠Duck Feather

Duck feathers provide an excellent filling for pillows as they're light and lofty meaning they can trap air and hold their position very well. The natural properties of duck feathers mean that they can hold their integrity after years of being fluffed up repeatedly.

♠ Goose Feather

Goose feathers have a greater loft to weight ratio than duck feathers. Goose feathers are lighter and form larger pockets of air making them 'fluffier'. It is also possible to achieve greater fill power with goose feathers. Goose feathers also provide better insulation as they generally live in colder climates. However, some grades of duck feather especially the smaller feathers of the older birds, provide as much or better support than the Goose feathers.


♠ Feather and Down Pillows
 

The down of birds is a layer of fine feathers found under the tougher exterior feathers. Down is the soft feather like substance that protects the body of waterfowl allowing them to swim in cold waters. Down therefore has an amazing softness that is difficult to replicate. The lack of a quill means that down offers exceptional loft for very little weight. The higher the percentage of down in the pillow provides a good indicator of how soft the pillow is.

 

view our range of feather pillows

 

Synthetic (Man Made) Fillings

Synthetic fillings are made out of polyester and provide a feather free sleeping solution. Due to their being no feathers to source, most synthetic fabrics are usually cheaper to manufacture, however, there are some synthetic fillings like our super microfibre filling, which replicates the characteristic of real goose down is dearer than some natural fillings.
Synthetic fillings provide the best possible solution for allergy sufferers. The pillows can be washed at 60 Degrees without damaging the pillow's shape or performance. Washing at 60 Degrees will kill all dust mites therefore reducing the effects of any dust or dust mite allergies.

Synthetic pillows are easier to wash, so sometimes families with smaller children prefer them over the natural ones. Homescapes Super microfibre pillows provide most goodness of natural pillows whilst being a synthetic pillow.

Homescapes synthetic pillows are available in two variations; hollowfibre and Super Microfibre.

Hollowfibre
Hollowfibre pillows provide a high value solution for allergy and asthma sufferers and those who find themselves washing bedding repeatedly. Hollow fibre pillows are a good budget solution, but the filling does not retain its loft or softness over a longer period of time. If you like to change your pillows periodically then hollow fibre pillows offer a good value
Super Microfibre ( 5 Star Luxury)
Super Microfibre Pillows have all the properties of natural goose down and is a truly world class luxury sleeping experience. The super soft, true bounce back super microfiber pillows with 100% microfiber casing and filling has been specially created for five and seven star hotels world-wide.


HOMESCAPES FIRMNESS RATING INDEX


In order to achieve the perfect sleeping experience it is important to consider your personal sleeping preferences and style. Different sleeping positions can impact greatly on which kind of pillow you will be best suited to. If you sleep on your back a medium – firm pillow is recommended. For side sleepers a firm pillow is advisable for proper neck support and stomach sleepers should choose a soft pillow for cushioning and support. Each of our pillow fillings provides a different level of softness and support. Below is a quick run-down of our variety of fillings and our firmness ratings, all engineered to provide you with the best possible sleeping experience.

Filling
Firmness Rating
Duck Feather
Medium - Firm
Duck Feather & Down
Medium - Soft
Goose Feather & Down
Soft- Medium
Duck Down
Soft
Super Microfibre
Soft
Down Surround
Soft- Medium
Cotton Damask
Soft
Hollowfibre
Medium


OTHER PROPERTIES


♠ Fabric - All of Homescapes natural pillows are encased in high quality down proof cotton with a minimum of 233 thread count. The high number of threads per inch offer exceptional protection against dust mites as they are unable to penetrate the dense fabric. All of our pillow casings are treated to make them down proof and hypoallergenic.

♠ Stitching- Great care is taken with the stitching of Homescapes products. All of our pillows are double stitched at the edges to provide extra protection against filling leaking.

♠ Storage Cases- Homescapes pillows all come in high quality zip storage cases which can be used again and again.

 


WASHING & CARE INSTRUCTIONS


For Natural Pillows

1. Washing Instructions

<strong >Step 1: Machine wash at 40 degrees unless specified on the care label using a small amount of liquid soap. This should be done on a 'delicates' setting if possible with no other items in the washing machine. There is a likelihood that bleaches or fabric softener can leave a residue affecting the fluffiness of the pillow when you come to use it again.

<strong >Step 2: Gently squeeze out any excess water from the pillow before drying. Homescapes recommend that down pillows are put through at least two rinse cycles to prevent residue and ensure maximum comfort throughout the lifetime of the pillow.

<strong >Step 3: Tumble dry on a low heat setting separately to allow adequate space for drying. Using dryer balls helps to ensure that the filling is effectively separated and dried equally during the drying cycle (Homescapes do not recommend using tennis balls as the dye can transfer onto the pillows). Do not leave down pillows in the dryer for long periods of time without checking as pillows can scorch. Between cycles, remove pillows and fluff pillows by hand. The drying cycle should take 2-4 hours depending on the density of the pillows.

Step 4: When not in use, store in a dry, well-ventilated place to avoid mildew.

2. Care Instructions

1.
Always use your feather pillow with a good quality pillow case to avoid moisture and dirtiness.
2.
For minor spots etc. spot cleaning is recommended.
3.
Air your pillows regularly to enjoy the fluffiness and complete loft of your pillows.
4.
Please follow the washing instructions and please ensure that the feathers dry completely and there is no moisture left to avoid any smell etc.
5.
When not in use, please keep the pillows in the storage bag provided by Homescapes in a dry well ventilated place to avoid smell and mildew.

For Synthetic Pillows

All of our synthetic pillows are machine washable with a small amount of liquid soap (always check the care label for washing temperatures). We recommend that all of our synthetic pillows are dried separately in a tumble dryer to allow each adequate space to more around and dry fully. All our synthetic pillows are washable to 40 Degree C and some can also be washed to 60 Degree C.

 


FAQ NATURAL (FEATHER &DOWN) PILLOWS


Why choose feather and down pillows?

Feather pillows are an excellent way to ensure a good night's sleep. Feathers mesh together to trap air and make a light fluffy malleable solution that mould to your sleeping style. The feather construction means that feather pillows can be 'fluffed up' repeatedly without damaging the pillow.

What is the difference between Goose and Duck feather pillows?

Duck feathers pillows provide an excellent comfortable sleeping solution due to their natural properties. As Geese are generally bigger birds, their feathers provide better fill power and trap air more efficiently, making Goose feathers a premium quality filling that offer more loft than duck.

What is the difference between feather and down fillings?

Down is the fine layer of feathers found underneath the tough exterior feathers of waterfowl allowing them to swim in very cold waters. Down feathers don't have a central spine, which improves air trapping properties and pliability. Most pillows will have a combination of down feathers and regular feathers for optimum warmth and comfort.

Is a higher down content always better?

The higher the down content of a pillow, the softer it will be to sleep on. However a higher down percentage is not always necessarily linked with pillow quality. Down content usually comes down to personal preference, for those who prefer soft pillows, high down content is a good thing. However, for those who require support for their head and neck area, high down content pillows can mean a pillow is too soft, adversely affecting their sleeping position and causing strain. A combination of feather and down usually the answer in this situation.

Is Goose feather always better than Duck?

This is generally the case, but not always. Feathers from an older duck will generally be better than that of a young goose and quality varies between suppliers. However Homescapes rigorous feather quality control systems mean that only the finest feathers are used in our natural filling.

What does the Oekotex procedure involve?

In order to achieve full Oekotex certification, Homescapes feathers are steamed at 155 degrees for 30 minutes in order to kill all dust mites and ensure that the filling is 100% certified hypoallergenic. Then Homescapes natural feather fillings are packed into 200 thread count high density cotton in a sterile environment, making them some of the most hypoallergenic products available on the market.

Why do Feather and Down products vary so much in price?

There can be a lot of disparity in price when it comes to natural filled products. This can be slightly unnerving for the first time buyer. The general rule is that you get what you pay for with filled products. Many cheaper products can use lower quality feathers (such as longer 'curled' feathers and feather dust) and use inadequate cleaning procedures to save cost meaning that the feathers aren't fully hypoallergenic. However Homescapes has full control over the process of manufacturing our pillows, from sourcing to selling, and this allows us to cut out the middlemen and break tradition by offering hotel quality bedding at excellent value prices.

How long should my natural pillows last?

Provided that the pillows are adequately cared for and properly treated (see care guide below), Homescapes pillows should last for many years without losing loft or softness.

Why are my pillows still clumpy after washing?

Too much soap or inadequate drying time can cause residue to stick to the feathers reducing the feathers' natural loftiness. If this does happen, Homescapes recommend repeating the washing cycle, allowing more time for drying.

What happens if down gets wet inadvertently?

When down becomes sodden, the air trapping properties are virtually eliminated. If a down pillow does get wet, the best solution is to wash it following our care instructions and ensure it is dried throughout before using.

Can I line dry my down pillow?

Homescapes do not recommend line drying down pillows as it can mean the pillow dries unevenly, which can lead to mildew or loss of natural lofting properties, the spinning motion of a tumble dryer combined with the gentle heat provides the best solution for even drying.

How often should I wash my down pillow?

In order to increase the lifespan of down pillows we recommend that they are only washed once or twice a year.

How should I protect my pillow?

Covering your pillow with a high quality cotton pillowcase will mean it stays dust, dirt and oil free for as long as possible. Homescapes also recommends regular washing of pillowcases to prolong the life of the pillow and minimise the effects of dust mites.

What do I do if my down pillow starts to smell?

As down pillows are made of natural filling, smells are inevitable from time to time regardless of pillow quality. In order to minimise this effect, it is recommended that you place the pillows in a dryer with some dryer balls on a low setting for 2-4 hours, stopping every hour to fluff and reshape the pillow. Also leaving the pillow to 'air' in a warm dry room should help minimise this effect. In smaller washing machines, dry pillow sets separately to ensure adequate space to dry fully.

Are the feathers likely to penetrate the pillow cover?

With cheaper made down pillows this can be an issue. However with our high thread count pillow casings; this should not be an issue. If this does occur, ensure you fluff your pillows regularly and cover them in a high thread count pillow case.

How do I know if I need a new down pillow?

A poor night's sleep should always be a first warning sign that a pillow needs replacing. But other indicators are that the pillow has lost its natural loft or is lumpy and uncomfortable to lie on.

What level of firmness should I use?

When deciding which pillow to buy, it is important to consider your sleeping position and preferences. Refer to our sleep guide for further information.



 

We have sold our products to millions of households around the world, and this is what our customers are saying about us.

  • " Homescapes have an excellent choice of throws to choose from. I found Homescapes to be very helpful and prompt. " -Liz D, United Kingdom
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