Feather Pillows Feather pillows are great for sleepers that need more firmness than a typical down pillow would provide. Because down does not contain any quills, it tends to make a much softer pillow; whereas the structure of a feather gives more substance to the pillow. Linenplace offers the perfect solution - the Sandwich Pillow - it has a feather core wrapped in a layer of down. This way you can be sure you won't get poked by any protruding feathers!