Pillow Expert Tips on Fluffing Down and Feather Pillows

Whether your down and feather pillow is brand new or a pillow you have
loved for years, the thing they both have in common is they must be
fluffed. Did you know there is actually some tips and tricks you MUST
know to get the best support out of your down and feather pillow?
There is! Let’s start at the beginning.

Brand new down and feather pillow

When you buy your new down and feather pillow from Pillows.com, it
will arrive compressed. Most the air has been removed from inside the
pillow and the down and feathers have now fallen flat. Don’t let this
scare you. All this new pillow needs is some good fluffing.

Step 1 – Take the pillow out of the packaging. Start pushing some air
into the pillow by grabbing the fabric on each side of the pillow and
fan them in and out like a bellow. This will push strong blasts of air
inside the pillow and give those down and feathers some life. This
first fluffing may take some extra time since you need to push a lot
of air into it. After you do this step for a few minutes, you should
notice a big difference in the pillows loft. If you got a larger
pillow size like a queen or king, follow these steps and then place
your pillow in the dryer on low or no heat and run the cycle for 20

Pillow in Pillows.com packaging

Step 2 – PILLOW PROTECTORS are down and feather pillows’ best friend.
These perfectly tight fitting cotton cases will insure your pillow
doesn’t fall flat. You use these with a normal pillowcase. Place your
pillow inside the pillow protector and then put your pillowcase over
that. Not only will your pillow have better support but it will help
protect your down and feather pillow and help it last longer.

Down and Feather (Pillowtex 75/25) fluffed and in Pillowtex Pillow Protector. Links down below in blog.

Getting your lofty full pillow inside a pillow protector and pillowcase can sometimes be hard. I learned a new trick to make it easier! Look! 

Step 1. Fold pillow in half and grab the corners. Place pillow in protector and then let go!
Step 2. Zip up protector
Step 3. Repeat step 1 and place pillow in pillowcase next.

Daily fluffing steps

Step 1 – While your pillow is inside the pillow protector and
pillowcase, do a few quick “bellow” fluffing movements. Grab the
fabric on each side of the pillow and fan them in and out to give some
strong blasts of air into the pillow. Rotate pillow and do again.
Shake the pillow up a little to get the filling to move around. We
want those down and feathers to not stick to each other.

Step 2  – Grab the top of the fabric of the opening of the pillowcase
and do a shake down motion. This will help the pillow to settle down
deep into the pillowcase and give us extra fabric to do the “hotel
pillowcase fold”

Shake down the pillow to the bottom and pull up any extra pillowcase fabric to the top


Step 3 – This hotel housekeeping trick really makes a difference! Once
you have that extra fabric pulled up, lay your pillow down and tuck in one side and fold in the other on top of that. Straighten out the edges and that’s it! Voila! A perfectly fluffed and folded down and feather pillow that will support you all night long. Once you get used
to doing this, it should take about a minute to complete and will
truly make your pillow that much better!

Tuck in the top part first
Fold in the bottom part of the pillowcase into the pillow
Smooth out the edges and make a clean crease
Beautiful lofty pillow fit for a five-start hotel.


*** products used in photos are the Pillowtex 75/25 in Standard Size – https://www.pillows.com/pidoandfepi.html   and the Pillowtex Pillow Protector – https://www.pillows.com/pillowtex-protectors.html

How to make your bed and pillows feel like a luxury hotel

Nothing is better than sliding into a cloud-like hotel bed and it is even better when it is your bed at home. One of the reasons we all love climbing into a hotel bed is by feeling all snuggly with the tightly fitted sheets. Making your bed with this step by step process will make this chore easy and will set a good tone for the rest of the day!

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Step 1- Bottom Sheet

Make sure the bottom sheet is tucked tightly around the entire mattress. This is the base of the sheets!

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Step 2- Top Sheet

Next, you will place your top sheet on the mattress. Lay this flat sheet 7-8 inches from the top of the mattress, so there is enough sheet to make and edges and to tuck in along the foot of the bed! Tuck in the sheet along the foot of the bed and leave out the corner sheets.

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Step 3- Tackling on the Corners

The corners are probably the trickiest part of this entire process. But don’t be scared because once you do it once you will see how truly easy it is. To get the crisp, edges that hotel beds have is actually easier than it looks. Now let’s focus on the corners. Lift the sheet in half and tuck that “tail” part into the mattress, then take the other have and tuck that in to create a clean cut crease. Repeat this on the other side to matching corners!

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Dana at pillows.com
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Dana at pillows.com


Step 4- Comforter

Add your favorite comforter or duvet. Hotels usually use duvet covers over comforters to make the comforters nice and clean and have the comforter last longer. The duvet covers are typically 100% cotton to make it breathable.

Dana at pillows.com

Step 5- Fluffing your pillow

Next step is fluffing pillows! Hotel pillows are typically down and feather pillows, which require daily fluffing. To ensure your pillow stays full and lofty, squish the pillow in and out which pushes air into the down and feather clusters to make the pillow full! There is truly not a right or wrong trick to this however, daily fluffing is a big MUST do. 

Dana at pillows.com
Dana at pillows.com


Step 6- Pillow protector

Next step is to put a pillow protector around your pillow. A pillow protector will help keep the pillow full and lofty! A secret tip to make this step a little easier is to fold the top two corners while using your arm in the middle of the pillow to flatten out the pillow. Slide the pillow into the pillow protector and release it once it is all the way in. Place the pillowcase over this using the same process. Fluff the pillow to have it sit nicely in the pillowcase. Next, by just grabbing the edge of the pillowcase, use a downward shaking motion to push the pillow to the bottom of the pillowcase. Next is a BIG housekeeping secret, do a fold and tuck with the extra pillowcase fabric to create a seal. Straighten out the edges to make a clean crease. This will method will tighten the pillowcase around the pillow and actually create a better feel and support of your pillows. 

Dana at pillows.com
Dana at pillows.com
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Dana at Pillows.com
Dana at Pillows.com

Step 7- Finishing Touches

Straighten out the pillows and make sure everything is wrinkle free! And that’s it! A hotel-quality bed in the comfort of your own home!

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Bedding Expert Tips

What you need on your bed you ask?

4 pillows. 2 soft and 2 firm

Soft sheets

Comforter with a duvet cover

1 light weight blanket at the foot of the bed. THAT’S IT!

Our 5 top-selling hotel pillows are:

  1. Pacific Coast Down Surround Pillow featured in Many Marriott Hotelshttps://www.pillows.com/pacodosupife.html
  2. Down Dreams Classic Firm Pillow featured in Many Hilton Properties– https://www.pillows.com/hilton-down-dreams.html
  3. Down Dreams Classic Soft Pillow featured in Many Hilton Propertieshttps://www.pillows.com/down-dreams-pillow-hilton.html
  4. Down Etc. 75% White Goose Feather/ 25% White Goose Down Pillow- Featured at St. Julien Hotel & Spahttps://www.pillows.com/st-julien-pillow-downetc.html
  5. Pacific Coast Double Down Surround Pillow- Formerly Featured in Many Ritz-Carlton Hotels- https://www.pillows.com/pacododosupi2.html



Hotel Duvets and Comforters


  1. Pacific Coast Down Comforters- retail version of the comforter used in many Marriott Propertieshttps://www.pillows.com/madoduc.html
  2. Asheville Comforter- Similar to the Comforter Found in Many Hilton Hotelshttps://www.pillows.com/asheville-comforter-hilton.html
  3. Pillowtex ® Classic Weight Down Alternative Comforters / Duvets– https://www.pillows.com/piclwedoatco.html
  4. Pillowtex ® Hotel Cotton Duvet Cover -Blend Wrinkle Resistant– https://www.pillows.com/pillowtexhotelduvetcotton.html


*** Sheets used in above photos are from Pillows.com website – Cariloha Bamboo- Classic White Sheet Set- Queen- https://www.pillows.com/cbcssq.html


Spring has Sprung! Bedding Guide for Spring Time

Spring has sprung and summer is not far behind! Warmer weather is upon us and what better way to celebrate than by refreshing your bedding? It’s time to start packing away those heavy down comforters and switch to something that is sure to keep you cool at night. Your options are endless and at times overwhelming, which is why we have listed five easy ways to guide you through this transition.


Let’s start with pillows! Not many would think that a pillow can mean the difference between staying cool at night and waking up every so often to kick off the blankets. When we sleep we generate a lot of heat and it can be difficult to find a happy balance that allows us to reach maximum comfort. With a plethora of options at your disposal I have chosen the Technogels ® Classic Pillow that comes with a cooling layer. This layer will actually adjust to changing body temperatures to keep you cool and comfortable night after night, ensuring a great night’s sleep.


When we think of winter in regards to bedding a few words spring to mind but none more important than comfort. One of my favorite things about those colder months is climbing into bed and feeling enveloped by what feels like a warm fluffy cloud that just so happens to actually be my duvet cover. Every spring there is a little tinge of sadness when packing up my winter bedding but who says you can’t be just as comfortable in the spring as you were during winter? When looking for a spring comforter you want to pick out something that is light weight to ensure a cool body temperature throughout the night. A great alternative to a heavy down duvet is The Pacific Coast ® Satin Trim Down Blanket. Compared to that of a duvet, the down blanket has a lesser down content which makes it lighter-weight making it perfect for the warmer temperatures of spring.

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Once you’ve purchased your duvet blanket, one might wonder “how in the world do I keep this thing clean?” Duvet covers are often a forgotten novelty but there is no better way to protect your duvet blanket than by investing in a cover. A cover protects your comforter from dirt, liquid spills and for those of us with fur-babies, all the beautiful messes that our four legged friends inevitably create. One of our most popular brands 1888 Mills ® provides a beautiful selection of duvet covers that are available in a variety of colors. For those looking for a crisper, clean look 1888 Mills ® Magnificence Woven Stripe Duvet Cover is the choice for you! For those looking for something bold and colorful I would recommend the Amala Duvet Cover by Designers Guild ®. The duvet cover is beautiful and colorful but still maintains a respectable amount of elegance that will make any room all the more gorgeous.


Now onto accessories! After the arduous task of finding all the larger items for your bedroom, it’s time to start thinking about the smaller items that can really bring a room together. A nice duvet blanket is light and everything you want a spring blanket to be but for those who, like me, just like to lounge in bed and read a book, a blanket is sometimes just too much. Throws are a great alternative to a blanket and when you find the right one can be both chic and comfortable. For spring I would recommend the Thom Filicia ® Surf Blue Acrylic Throw. Not only does it come in the prettiest of blues but the blanket is also exceptionally soft while still remaining light and perfect for those breezy spring nights.


Lastly, decorative pillows! Some might regard decorative pillows as impractical seeing as the majority of us don’t actually use them for sleeping. However we know better and while these pillows are an added expense, sometimes they are just the thing that can pull a room together. Think of decorative pillows in terms of an outfit. It isn’t the clothing that can bring an outfit together but the accessories such as a bold statement necklace. Decorative pillows are the statement necklace of the bedding world. From funky patterns to flowery prints, there are an abundance of options! Designer Guild ® offers a variety of lovely and quite frankly, stunning patterns that are perfect for spring and are sure to add some life to your bedroom.

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The main thing to remember during this perennial process is to have fun and be creative. While your bedroom should be an oasis of comfort, it should also represent who you are. What better way to ensure both than by starting with a few simple swaps that will prepare you for the upcoming warmer seasons and brighten up your bedroom!


Blog Author: Diana D.| Bedding Expert