Definition of Featherbed

Meaning of the Term as it Pertains to Mattresses

What is a Featherbed?

A featherbed is a mattress topper stuffed with feathers. Used as an additional comfort layer for a mattress, a featherbed may use duck or goose feathers, down, or a combination of the materials. The result is an extremely soft sleep surface, which adds about six inches to the bed. Typically featuring baffle-box designs to keep materials evenly distributed, featherbeds provide custom cushioning which relieve pressure points at the shoulders, hips, and back.

Individuals who feel their mattresses are too firm may use featherbeds to achieve the plush feel they are looking for. Though the baffle design helps keep materials in place, featherbeds sometimes need shaken or fluffed to keep materials evenly distributed. Similar to a down comforter, a featherbed can retain heat, so sleeping hot may be an issue if the sleeping environment is already warm.