Blankets are functional items, and although they are mostly purchased with a single-use in mind like bedcovering or couch snuggle buddy, they tend to become multi-purpose items as you become more attached to them (remember your "blankie" from when you were a kid?)
We find a lot of our community are looking for specific size throws and blankets. Below we have a guide to helping you choose the right size blanket for your needs.
To help make sense of the blanket sizes compared to the bed size you use below is a full chart of the American bed sizes. If you would like to learn more about mattress sizes and bed dimension we have your comprehensive guide here. This should give you a good idea on sizing of your blanket
Blankets and throws bring warmth, color, and texture into the home and are often used beyond what you intended them for, I know in our house our blankets are routinely used to build pillow forts, something we hadn't thought of as a use case scenario for our expensive throws.
Everyone knows snuggling up on a couch in winter with a good book or watching your favorite Netflix show is with a soft, cozy blanket wrapped around your legs or pulled up over your shoulders is the perfect end to a hard day.
When buying a blanket for a bed it's wise to do some research first before committing to a certain size blanket as beds come in different sizes with different mattress thicknesses. However, this is not the only criteria to consider when purchasing a blanket. Also worth keeping in mind:
Let's take a look at bed sizes versus blanket sizes. This guide is based on the intended function of covering your bed or mattress for an aesthetic bedroom look, but we also thought about what contributes to a good night's rest.
When you're out shopping for blankets or throws, ( you'll have a pretty good idea of what you need, but we all tend to get spoiled for choice with all the different colors, designs, fabric types, textures, weight, sizes, and brand names out there. Here are a few things to keep in mind when blanket shopping:
Unlike mattress and fitted sheet sizes, which are standardized, there is a lot more flexibility with blanket sizes. Blankets are woven to fit a range of mattress sizes that depend on the look you are after. For example, a queen-sized blanket can be used on a normal double bed, a queen-size bed, and a king-size bed.
The difference will be the amount of blanket that spills over the edges of the bed. Here are four of the most popular blanket sizes:
As you can see, the range of sizes is greatly reduced compared to mattress sizes. The blanket size you choose is a personal choice, and although you have the latitude in deciding on the size that best suits you, more emphasis should be placed on the quality of the blanket and how the fabric will contribute to improving comfort and overall quality of sleep.
As a general guideline to get an idea of what size blanket is best for standard bedding requirements, simply measure the width of your mattress plus the thickness (side) of the mattress (X2) and add 15 to 20 cm extra for tuck-in (about 10 cm on each side). Next, measure the length from your pillow line to the foot of the mattress and add the thickness plus about 10cm for tuck-in. This will give you a basic guide on what size blanket to purchase for your bed.
Some people may prefer to keep their feet exposed while they sleep to better control their core body temperature, and if you fall into this category, you will only measure the length from your pillow line to the bottom of your mattress. This also creates a different but pleasing look when your bed is made.
Weighted blankets are constantly being mentioned in bedding choices, so, in keeping with the trend, we will share an interesting fact about the size of weighted blankets. They are not made to fit mattress sizes at all but rather to fit the person who will be using them pretty cool, right?
Unlike regular unweighted blankets, weighted blankets are not a shared item. A weighted blanket is a medical device, and the weight is specifically selected for a person to help them better cope with underlying conditions like autism, anxiety, stress, and depression. They are also used to aid recovery from serious injuries.
Baby blankets come in a variety of sizes where the size or type is designed for a specific purpose. A newborn baby will be wrapped up in a receiving blanket that mimics the warmth and security of a mom's womb. This is the beginning of our dependency and affiliation to blankets as a means of warmth, comfort, and a sense of security. Here are the different types of baby blankets:
Yes, there is a baby blanket for every growth phase a baby goes through, and each phase requires its own blanket type and size. The main reason for the attention on size is because until babies gain head control and enough dexterity to remove bedding items away from their face, there is a real-time risk of suffocation.
Fortunately, infants do not move as much as older children and adults while they are sleeping, but once their motor skills are developed, size becomes less important but is naturally still a consideration.
Baby blankets help to regulate core body temperature and are essential for good health from day one. What all baby blankets have in common is the softness and the use of lightweight, breathable fabrics.
Blanket size is a personal choice that caters to individual household needs. There are too many variables to consider as far as correct size is concerned, and people vary in their creativity and style. This all comes down to what is more comfortable and which blanket will keep me warm when I need warmth.
Because blankets used primarily as a bed covering become very personal, it is less stressful in a family setting to have a few throws in the living room for the couch hours under the covers. Throws are also great as travel companions because they are usually lightweight and a bit smaller than conventional blankets.
In a way, the blankets we use define us as people, and much more consideration should be given to the benefits of different blanket types on our health and wellbeing. The Basotho pay great attention to the blankets they wear and use maybe, you should try doing the same :)
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