Guide to choose the right blanket for your bed

As winters are coming, you would want your bed to be the warmest and comfiest place in the world. When the temperatures drop at night, you always reach for an extra blanket or two to have that cozy warmth for your bed. Besides the crisp perfect sheets, comforters or duvets add extra softness and care that you crave for.

It may be not that difficult a task to choose a blanket for your bed but there are some little things which you should keep in mind when buying one. Here are some of them-

1. The Right Size

When you go shopping to buy a blanket for your bed, choose one that covers your mattress and significantly bigger than the bed to tuck in around the sides and the bottom with a little bit of it hanging around the sides of the bed. It also depends on the coverage you want for your bed and the depth of your mattress.

Though the sizes may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, there are some standard sizes for blankets listed below:

  • Crib: 45 by 60 inches

  • Twin: 66 by 90 inches

  • Double/Full: 80 by 90 inches

  • Queen: 90 by 90 to 100 inches

  • King: 108 by 90 to 100 inches

2. The Right Fabric

 

It can be a bit problematic while choosing the perfect fabric for your bed as it determines the comfort level and sets the tone of your bedroom style, so pick one which suits your need:

  • Cotton- They are one of the evergreen choices when it comes to blanket as they can be used in both summer as well as in winters and that depends on the weave of the blanket. It can be the perfect choice for you if you suffer from any kind of allergy as it can be easily washed and that too repeatedly.

  • Cashmere- They are known for their softness as they are silky in texture and add extra warmth to your bed.

  • Fleece- They are the popular choice among kids as they are extra cozy, warm and light in weight.

  • Warm- A perfect choice for the people who want a heavy and warm blanket for their bed. They may not suit people with allergies or the ones who are sensitive to wool. It provides you with great insulation as it allows moisture to evaporate.

  • Down- They are very warm and lightweight due to layers of feathery down or synthetic substitute sandwiched between the layers of fabric.

  • Synthetics- They come in many variants such as polyester, acrylic, and microfiber and are on the cheaper side.

  • Vellux- They have a thin foam core and have a velvety texture. They are often referred to as ‘ Hotel blankets’

3. Let us come to different weaves

The amount of warmth your blanket provides and the weight it carries depends on different weaves along with the fabrics. Some of them are mentioned below-

  • Knit- Generally made from wool or synthetic fibers, knit blankets are warm, cozy and on the heavier side.

  • Thermal- The air is circulated easily through them because of its loose weave. Most commonly found in cotton blankets, these lightweight blankets can be the perfect choice for summers.

  • Conventional- The weave of this blanket is very tight and close which makes it a great insulator for body heat.

  • Quilted- The blankets are quilted to keep the substitute from shifting inside the blanket.

4. What about Electric Blankets?

You can go for an electric blanket if you want as they let you adjust the temperature according to your comfort level. They are generally made from synthetic materials and can be a good alternative to your regular blanket.

 

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