Padding: What’s the best of 2021?
Today we are going to talk about padding, a very important article for our comfort, but not always very considerate.
Below, you will find out which are the best and most indicated types of pillow fillings, in addition to finding out about their hygiene and care. Come on?
First, the most important
- The padding is responsible for providing us with comfort and well-being when lying on a bed or sitting on an armchair or sofa.
- It can be filled with different types of materials, whether synthetic or not.
- Some materials, such as viscoelastic, are very common in the composition of pillows, since they have a specific objective in combating pain in the neck and back region.
- Proper cleaning is essential in maintaining the padding and helps to combat dust mites
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The best padding: Our favorites
Choosing the ideal padding for your pillow seems like a very simple mission, right? In fact, it is a task that is not very laborious, but that requires some care. If you are not an expert on the topic, here are some interesting shopping options:
The choice of your pillow pad should take into account comfort, practicality and even your health. In the guide below, we will explain why you should not leave this decision in the background.
What types of pillow fillings?
The first thing you have to decide when buying your padding is the material. There are a multitude of possibilities, ranging from feather to foam. Next, we will highlight some of the more traditional ones.
These are a little expensive, but also well known for their softness and comfort. Here, we can highlight the feather and down fillings, known for their high durability and low possibility of deformation. Ideally, you should buy hypoallergenic options.
Syntactics are the most popular and inexpensive, super easy to find. They can be made of polyester, silicone fiber or even acrylic. They are the easiest to produce, but they also have less durability, with great chances of deformation in the long run.
Known to be firmer, these are usually considered “anatomical”, having different densities. Foam is also a synthetic material, so its durability is not strong.
Finally, the viscoelastic, more common in pillows . This is a controversial filling, hated by some and loved by others. It is quite firm and can be considered even a little hard, being indicated for people who suffer from neck and back pain. It is anatomical and does not absorb heat.
How to sanitize your padding?
Contrary to what many people think, cleaning the padding is much simpler than it looks.
It is recommended that the washing is done in the washing machine , with cold water and preferably liquid soap, which is more easily absorbed.
At the time of washing, put the machine on the gentle cycle and if you like, also use fabric softener. Never use bleach.
Avoid twisting your padding and never put it in the dryer
After cleaning, allow the machine to centrifuge the filling and set it to dry in a cool place, but without direct contact with the sun. Avoid twisting your filling and never put it in the dryer, as the fibers can be destroyed by heat.
Finally, make sure it is 100% dry before using it again, because if it is still wet, it can end up molding and spreading fungi.
How to make your own padding?
If you are part of the team that likes to get your hands dirty, you shouldn’t bother making your own pillow filler, which despite being a little bit of work, is not at all complex.
Next, we will explain how to make the filling of acrylic blanket, synthetic material, simple to handle and easy to find for purchase.
You will need: acrylic blanket, scissors, pins, needle and thread.
- The first step is to cut two square pieces of blanket to the exact size you want, as perfect as possible.
- Then cut two more squares of acrylic blanket , but this time in slightly smaller proportions, about two less fingers.
- Go cutting into proportionally smaller sizes , to form two pyramids of about six pieces (the smallest on top, and the largest below).
- Now, you should take one of the pyramids and place it on top of the other , but upside down, so that the two smaller surfaces are in contact.
- Fluff well , and place this acrylic blanket sandwich in two more layers, one centimeter larger than the base layers.
- This done pin the sides , and sew manually.
- Its filling is ready to receive a beautiful cover and be used as you prefer!
id you know that padding can cause allergy?
This can happen mainly in models that are not hypoallergenic. A good way to keep your filler free of dust mites is to wash them every three or four months and keep them in cool places, away from moisture.
It is also interesting to let them sunbathe for an hour, at least once a month.
How much does it cost and where to buy?
The cost of filling it will vary according to the type of material chosen. In the case of synthetics, it should cost between R $ 12 and R $ 60, however, those of animal origin, for example, can be quite expensive, around R $ 200 or more.
Stores that sell items for the home are usually the best physical location for this type of purchase, however, online stores, such as Amazon are also an excellent option.
Purchasing Criteria: How to Compare Pillow Fills
As you may have already noticed, padding is a product that requires some care, so we selected some points that can make all the difference at the time of your choice:
- Filler material
- Cushion cover
Next, we’ll explain each one a little better.
As we already said, choosing the material for your filling is more than half done. There are several possibilities, and each of them fits a situation better.
If you seek such comfort and high durability, bet on materials of animal origin. Those of synthetic origin, such as fibers, polyester and acrylics, are much cheaper, but less durable and may have different densities.
The most important issue when choosing the filler is comfort, so if possible, test the chosen model before hitting the hammer, and make sure it pleases you.
If your pillow will stay on your bed and will support you during sleep, make sure it does not cause pain or discomfort especially in the neck and back.
As you already know, pillows can accumulate dust and cause respiratory diseases, such as allergy.
In order to prevent this from happening, prefer hypoallergenic models, manufactured with specific fibers so as not to spread mites. Although more expensive, they are the most suitable for maintaining impeccable health, and require less care.
A pillow cannot bear this name if it consists only of the padding. To be complete, it must have a cover.
In this case, the choice of design may vary according to your taste and the environment in which it will be, which can be colored, printed, neutral or as you prefer. Abuse of creativity!