Storing Feather or Goose Down in Vacuum Storage Bags

The dos and don’t of storing feather or goose down in vacuum storage bags, plus some alternatives to avoid problems

If you take the following simple steps, you can successfully store down duvets in your vacuum storage bags. Of course, the following tips are for use at your own risk, but many people use vacuum storage bags safely with their down and feather products using this simple advice.

Like all vacuum storage bag brands, we don’t recommend storing feather duvets or goosedown in vacuum storage bags. In fact, our instructions specifically say not to, which occasionally gives rise to an email from a customer asking why not. Let’s take a look at why you may not want to and then explain how (at your own risk!) to actually use vacuum bags for goose down or feathers while minimising the risk of damaging the duvet.

If after reading our guide you decide against risking storing your feather or goose down in a vacuum bag, then Neusu has a whole range of duvet and bedding storage bags which don’t compress your duvet, and offer capacities up to 200 Litres, more than enough for multiple duvets.

Storing Feather Duvet in Vacuum Bags

Why can’t I use a vacuum storage bag for feather or down bedding?

  1. Feathers – this is quite simple. Full feathers have quills that are brittle and if you compact them with a vacuum, some of the quills will snap, leaving quite a lumpy duvet. If your feather duvet is quite old, this may have happened over time anyway, so it may not bother you.
  2. Down – goose down or eiderdown is different from feather. Down comes from the underside of the bird and is very soft and doesn’t have hard quills. The problem with reducing a down duvet is not that it breaks, but that the down works because the tiny feathers capture the air between them to create the insulation. It’s why the bedding is so light and fluffy yet warm. If you vacuum them, you squash them all together and even if you shake it out fully when you take it back out, it is likely to be less effective than originally. As these types of bedding are quite expensive, it would be a shame to ruin it.

How to use vacuum compression bags for down or feathers without damaging them

Having said why you shouldn’t use vacuum storage for down and feather, we’re now going to tell you how you can do it anyway, as long as you understand that this is at you own risk, and you’ve read what can happen to the duvets.

Pack the bedding into a suitably large vacuum storage bag – Neusu has bags up to 130cm x 100cm Jumbo, and we’d recommend that. Seal it properly and check the zip is fully sealed as normal. Attach the vacuum cleaner to the valve and start removing the air. Pat the bag as you do it to ensure the bedding is packing down evenly. Do not remove all the air. Stop removing the air when the duvet is reduced down in size, but before it has been compacted to the point that the down is being compressed or quills broken. This means leaving in 20-30% of the air.

You should determine how much air exactly to remove on a case by case basis. So, rather than take all the air out at once, do it in small steps, checking the bag and contents as you go to ensure that you don’t overdo it. You will still have a significantly reduced size and an easy way to store the duvets, but you shouldn’t have done any damage to the bedding.

When you take the duvet back out, ensure you fully shake it to get the air back in and re-ventilate the down.

No Quibbles Returns Policy

If you wish to return your product for any reason, you can do so up to 30 days. We do not need you to explain why.

Simply return the product unused in its original packaging – contact us first for a returns number.

If there’s a problem with your order or product, then contact us first and we will resolve the problem for you. Our customer service is always available to help.

Speedy Dispatch

All products which are shown as “in stock” are in stock in our warehouse in Bristol, UK. We dispatch directly from there and our cut off window for a day’s orders is officially 2PM. Orders placed on a weekday before then will be processed and packed that day.

Orders placed over the weekend will be processed on the next working day (normally Monday, bank holidays excepted).

We also offer expedited UK delivery, which we endeavour to ensure is next business day for orders placed before 2PM. Orders placed on a Friday will normally be delivered the following Monday (bank holidays excepted).

Expedited UK delivery is normally sent via UPS. We cannot guarantee that any service will always manage to deliver next day.

Don't Miss Out!

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get notified about new free gifts

By subscribing, you are confirming you have read and agree to our Privacy Policy. Don’t forget to confirm your address from your inbox.

Delivery Details

  • Standard UK Delivery is only £3.99 per order (unlimited items). Free standard UK delivery on orders over £40.
  • UK standard delivery is normally 3 business days, dispatch from our warehouse in Bristol
  • Express UK delivery options are also available via UPS for £7.99, or free on UK orders over £50. We make every effort to ensure orders before 2pm are delivered next day when expedited, but cannot guarantee UPS or any replacement next day service will always manage it.
  • EU delivery charge is £7.50. ROW delivery is by arrangement only. Contact us for details.
  • See the delivery policy for full details on shipping methods, costs and delivery times

As well as free delivery for orders that qualify, Neusu offers a range of tiered free gifts with every order – free items are added to your basket automatically.

30 DAY RETURNS AND EXCHANGES

  • No quibble returns – send it back unused in its original packaging for a full refund
  • See conditions and procedure in our returns policy.
Free Gift

We have 5 free gift tiers:

  1. With any purchase – Free Razor Holder worth £9.99
  2. £40 spend – Free Razor Holder + Free UK shipping worth £3.99 (Total: £13.98)
  3. £50 spend – Razor Holder + Free UK expedited shipping worth £7.99 (Total: £17.98)
  4. £60 spend – 5 x Velvet Covered Wood Hangers worth £9.99 + Razor Holder + Free UK expedited shipping (Total: £27.97)
  5. £75 spend – 10 x Velvet Covered Wood Hangers £19.98 + Razor Holder + Free UK expedited shipping (Total Value: £37.96)

You can check out without subscribing to the newsletter, but any free gift products except for shipping that are in your order will not be included.

All gifts are subject to availability. Stocks are limited. We reserve the right to substitute an alternative if any gift is not available. If you have any questions about our free gifts, please do email us at info@neusu.com

 
 
 
Neusu

Free
Gift

Worth £9.99

Free Gift With Any Purchase*

* All you need to do is subscribe to our email newsletter when you check out.

We have 5 free gift tiers, worth up to £37.96, so the more you buy, the more free stuff you get!
Everyone starts with this amazing silicone razor holder for showers, worth £9.99, but yours absolutely free with any order. All gifts are added to the basket automatically.

You can check out without subscribing to the newsletter, but any free gift products except for shipping that are in your order will not be included.

All gifts are subject to availability. Stocks are limited. We reserve the right to substitute an alternative if any gift is not available. If you have any questions about our free gifts, please do email us at info@neusu.com

Basket
Your FREE gifts will show automatically as £0.00 at checkout. T&Cs apply.
  • No products in the cart.