If you’ve been looking around our site or researching down comforters, you’ve probably come across the term “baffle box.” Here at Down To Basics, we have several “baffle box” products, in fact. But what does “baffle box” mean, and why is it so important to luxurious down bedding?
In this article, the down bedding experts at Down To Basics are going to explain it all.
What is Baffle Box?
Baffle box bedding is a type of bedding construction that is used in comforters, duvets, and sometimes pillows. The term “baffle” refers to a three-dimensional box or chamber that is sewn into the bedding. These boxes are designed to help keep the filling (usually down or synthetic fibers) evenly distributed and prevent it from shifting around too much.
Baffle box bedding is often preferred by people who want a fluffy and lofty comforter or duvet that will stay evenly distributed and not form lumps or clumps over time. The three-dimensional boxes also help to trap air inside the bedding, providing extra insulation and warmth.
Are there other styles of bedding?
Of course! Some other types of bedding construction that are commonly used include channel quilting (in which the filling is sewn into long, narrow channels), diamond quilting (in which the filling is sewn into diamond-shaped patterns), and plain box quilting (in which the filling is sewn into simple squares without any three-dimensional features). However, baffle box bedding is often considered to be a high-quality option due to its superior insulation and durability.
How is it made?
Baffle box bedding is created through a specialized sewing process that involves stitching the outer shell of the bedding to a liner fabric in a way that creates three-dimensional boxes or chambers. These chambers are then filled with the desired filling material, which is usually down or synthetic fibers.
Here are the general steps for creating baffle box bedding:
- Cut the outer shell fabric and liner fabric to the desired size and shape for the bedding item (e.g. a comforter, duvet, or pillow).
- Sew the outer shell and liner fabrics together in a grid pattern that creates a series of rectangular or square chambers. The stitching should be strong and durable to prevent the filling from escaping over time.
- Leave a small opening in each chamber for the filling to be inserted.
- Fill each chamber with the desired amount of filling material (usually down or synthetic fibers), using a funnel or other tool to help keep the filling inside the chamber.
- Close the openings in each chamber by sewing them shut, again ensuring that the stitching is strong and durable.
- Repeat the process for each chamber until the entire bedding item is filled.
The result is a bedding item that has a three-dimensional structure with individual chambers that help to keep the filling evenly distributed. This provides a fluffy and lofty texture, as well as superior insulation and warmth.
What baffle-box down bedding does Down To Basics have?
Some of our most luxurious down bedding products feature baffle-box design, including the “oh so light” Palm Beach Siberian Down Comforter.