Blankets: From Weighted to Woollen, the Benefits of Each
12 June 2020
Blankets and throws are a home staple. From that extra layer (or finishing touch) for the end of the bed, to the cosy number you wrap up with for movie nights, or even the one you take outside to watch the stars under, we use blankets throughout our living space. But what types of blankets are out there? We take a look at the benefits of each…
Relatively new on the blanket scene are weighted blankets, but what are they and why is everybody talking about them?
What are the benefits of a weighted blanket?
Weighted blankets are gaining in popularity around the world with the two primary benefits believed to be that they assist with the treatment of anxiety and sleeplessness. They have also been linked to helping with other conditions such as autism, ADHD, osteoarthritis and chronic pain thanks to their ability to help soothe and comfort the user.
How does a weighted blanket work?
Usually weighing between 2.5kg to 11kg, weighted blankets are also known as therapeutic blankets with the extra weight mimicking a technique called deep pressure stimulation which is said to relieve pain, lessen anxiety and improve mood. Weighted blankets turn a usually hands-on therapy practice into a hands-off approach with the blanket providing the same pressure when wrapped around the body. Either when you’re sleeping or just relaxing at home.
What is a good weight for a weighted blanket?
The right weight for a weighted blanket will depend on your preference on how heavy you want the blanket to feel, however most guidelines say you should choose a blanket which is between 7% to 12% of your body weight. Weighted blankets should not be used for anyone three and under or for those with certain medical conditions such as respiratory issues or sleep apnoea, so make sure to do your research and talk to a medical professional before buying one.
The classic blanket if you will, the wool blanket is often associated chunky knit styles but they can also be fine woven too. Usually beautifully soft, they are warm and cosy too but also come with strict care instructions, so always read the label and avoid them in areas where spills are likely to happen often.
Much easier to care for than wool, cotton blankets do a great job at mimicking woollen throw designs and are also used for more sleek styles too. Available in endless colours and patterns, cotton blankets and throws are heavy duty accessories perfect for busy homes and can usually be popped in the wash whenever they need a refresh. They also tend to be slightly cooler than wool varieties so a must for anyone that likes to snuggle up under something but doesn’t want to get too hot.
The ultimate in luxury, cashmere is also a popular choice for blankets and is one of the most decadent materials you can add to your home. It does come with a higher price tag, but offers a host of benefits too. Known for its exquisite softness, it’s up to eight times more insulating than regular sheep’s wool but is also extremely lightweight. So you don’t need to reach for a bulky blanket when you feel a chill. It also has excellent temperature adaptability due to the high moisture content in the wool, meaning it will keep you cool in summer too.
Super soft, fleece blankets might not have always been known for their style factor but you can’t beat them for wrapping up in on chilly nights. Certain brands like Zoeppritz Since 1828 have transformed the way we see fleece blankets, giving them a chic style update but retaining their exceptionally soft texture and practical care benefits.
Quilts, Bedspreads & Comforters
Called many different things all over the world, these types of blanket are usually used on top of the bed either as a decorative finishing touch or for an added layer of warmth. Wonderfully thick, they are often quilted and filled with either synthetic or natural fibres such as feathers. Not quite as weighty as a weighted blanket, they are however bulkier than the other varieties we’ve mentioned so not as easy to use on the sofa.