December 18, 2021 4 min read
So you’ve decided to purchase a weighted blanket and are now asking yourself, “what kind of weighted blanket should I get?”. From weight, to size, to print, to price, there are a lot of things to consider before settling on 'the one'. To help make your choice easier, we compiled 4 tips to consider when shopping for your perfect weighted blanket.
TIP 1: Ask yourself what you want a weighted blanket for
First things first. Why are you looking for a weighted blanket? Are you shopping for yourself, or for a loved one? Are you looking for a fun and comfortable weighted blanket or one to provide some therapeutic benefits for you or your loved one?
If you want a weighted blanket for recreation, all you really need to look for is a blanket that is 10% of your body weight, and matches your personality (we have tons of options to suit everyone’s style!).
If you or your loved one suffers from any kind of condition such as restless leg syndrome, anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, etc, and you're looking for a therapeutic weighted blanket, consider what your specific problem area is.
For example if you’re seeking to improve your sleep, then you’ll want a blanket that is a rough match for the size of your bed.
If your condition affects your legs, you might consider a lap blanket instead of, or in addition to, a full-size weighted blanket.
Remember that weighted blankets work due to the gentle pressure that lays evenly across you and creates a sense of security.
Like a big hug.
For more information on how they work, check out our article on the benefits of weighted blankets.
Once you’ve determined exactly why you want a weighted blanket, the next 3 tips should help you settle the rest of your decision.
TIP 2: Make sure you get the size right
When buying a weighted blanket, you can choose one that matches the length of your body or one that fits across your bed. We also offer lap weighted blankets and weighted neck wraps to expand your choices even further. Once you’ve determined what purpose you want your blanket to serve (see TIP 1), deciding what size should be an easy next step.
If you want a blanket that you’ll be taking around with you from your bed to the living room, to your reading room or study, or anywhere else you’d like to bundle up nice and cozy, we’d recommend you go for the twin size.
If you want a blanket to help you sleep and intend to keep it on your bed, match the blanket size to your bed size. A weighted blanket is designed to fit to your bed exactly, not hang over the sides of the bed, as it will naturally fall to the floor if it’s too big.
TIP 3: Make sure you get the weight right
Now to choose the right weight, the most important part of buying a weighted blanket.
Simply put, your weighted blanket should be roughly 10% of your body weight. With that said, if you know you would like a blanket that is a bit heavier, then you can choose to add a few extra pounds. Your comfort is key and you know what will be best for your body.
If you are purchasing a weighted blanket for a child, you will want to add 1-2 lbs to 10% of their body weight. As they grow, their blanket can grow with them for a bit!
TIP 4: Choose your fabric carefully
The overall best fabric to purchase for your weighted blanket is a 100% cottonfabric. 100% cotton is a high-quality fabric that will allow for air flow and breathability. The plastic (polystyrene, BPA free) pellets tend to acclimate to the temperature in the room, so if you keep your room at a comfortable temperature for yourself the blanket will work well for you, and you can relax and sleep better. This “cotton rule” applies to adults as well as children. Kids who get too hot will wake up, so a blanket that is 100% cotton is a good solution for your child.
However, if you consider yourself a “hot sleeper” or just prefer a cooler fabric, you might consider a weighted blanket made with a cooling fabric that is even more breathable. COOLMAX is a patented fabric that helps to wick away moisture so you can stay even cooler during the hottest summer months, or if you tend to run warmer when you sleep.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, some people tend to run cool and need some extra warmth at night. If you would like a blanket that keeps you a bit warmer, try a minky blanket. 100% polyester, these plush, soft, and cozy fabrics are pleasant to the touch and keep you nice and toasty at night.
Have specific questions about weighted blankets?Our team is available any time to answer all your questions. We want you to be completely satisfied and comfortable with your weighted blanket, and if there is anything we can do to help you make the best choice for your needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us.