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Down is a small sphere-shaped feather from the underbelly of the birds. There are far more regular feathers on birds than down, consequently, the higher the down content, the greater the quality and the higher the cost. For higher quality down cushions, we recommend either the 25/75 or 50/50 grade or better. This ratio reflects down/feather content. The higher the down content, the less feather leakage will occur. The white goose is more resilient and self-fluffing because it has a larger feather than duck down. This larger feather must be balanced by greater down content and consequently is much more expensive. The less expensive grades like 10/90 will leak more feathers and this is not something we warrant.
When selecting a foam consider your desired firmness and the dimensions. If your down cushions is 4" thick and you want it soft and cradling but not too soft choose EverFlex™ V24 foam. If you want it a little more supportive choose EverFlex™ V34 foam. (You can select foam options after specifying the dimensions of your down envelope and selecting the fill type.) Some people want to order our firm v44 foam or a harder foam but this is counter to the idea of using down and not recommended since it is so firm.
Down envelopes will cause the overall cushion to finish approximately 3" thicker at its peak in the middle of the cushion and gradually taper down to the edges. This overstuffed look is called a crown and is normal. A poly down envelope will finish 3"–5" thicker since the poly fibers have a greater loft. You can reduce the total cushion thickness by reducing the thickness of the foam inside. Don’t reduce the thickness of the down envelope. Down envelopes need room to expand, so having foam that is 1" thinner than the actual down envelope works best. Down envelopes need to be ordered the same dimensions as the outer cover to fill out the outer cover properly (and always choose the option to “add allowances”).
If you don’t want such a large crown then add to the comments section in the shopping cart that you want your foam 1" thinner, and this will lower the crown by 1". You may order the foam up to 2" thinner than the down envelope without much consequence to aesthetics. Certain combinations of foam and down are best in these circumstances, so call our sales staff for recommendations.