Sheepskin Vs. Feather Mattress Topper

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Sheepskin Vs. Feather Mattress Topper
Most feather beds are made from down feathers (duckling image by saied shahinkiya from

A mattress topper is a thick topper placed on top of the mattress to provide additional comfort to the sleeper. Mattress toppers vary in size, but many are between 4 and 8 inches thick. Mattress toppers come in a variety of different materials. Two natural options are sheepskin or feather mattress toppers. These two materials vary greatly, and each offers different benefits and drawbacks.

Sheepskin Properties

Sheepskin is a type of wool that remains attached to some layer of the sheep’s skin. Sheepskin is soft, durable and has outstanding insulation properties. Sheepskin is all-natural, and is a preferred choice for allergy sufferers. Sheepskin provides a thick luxurious feel to any bed. Sheepskin mattress toppers sometimes come as sheepskin only, and sometimes come with added filler to make the topper even thicker.

Feather Properties

Feather mattress toppers usually use soft down feathers for softness and insulation. Feather mattress toppers are extremely soft, and provide perfect insulation in cooler climates. Feather mattress toppers are not as firm as sheepskin, and due to the nature of the feathers must have an outer lining of some other material, such as cotton.


Each form of mattress topper has its own benefits. Sheepskin is a recommended material for individuals who must spend long periods of time in bed. Sheepskin provides the breathability that prevents bed sores from forming. Sheepskin is also soft and firm at the same time, which helps with spinal alignment and prevents sore muscles. The unique insulation properties of sheepskin make it able to keep the sleeper cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Feather mattress toppers provide superior comfort and softness. They meld with the sleeper’s body, providing the perfect shape for each individual. Feather mattress toppers also provide insulation during the winter, which helps keep the bed warm.


Both sheepskin and feather mattress toppers are somewhat difficult to clean. Washing sheepskin or feathers in a washing machine can ruin the topper. Sheepskin is very expensive, and can only be harvested after the sheep has died. This may make some people uncomfortable enough to avoid the material. Feather toppers can become hot and sticky in the summer. The feather mattress toppers may also stick to the body, which can be uncomfortable. Feather bedding is usually not recommended for allergy sufferers.


There are several things to consider when choosing a mattress topper. Think about why you need the mattress topper. If it is to provide extra comfort while sleeping, then both sheepskin and feather toppers work equally well. Allergy sufferers should stay away from feathers, as dust can collect inside the topper and cause unwanted problems. If you prefer a firmer sleeping surface, then sheepskin will provide a better fit.

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