Blankets give you the ideal warmth when temperatures drop at night. Choosing a blanket may seem like a straightforward thing to do, but there’s a little more to it than that. Factors such as size, fabric, and others come into play when selecting your ideal blanket. Read on to learn more.
Types of blanket fabrics
Selecting a suitable fabric for yourself should be based on your preference as well as any concerns to allergy. Whether if you prefer a fuzzy or smooth blanket, there are many kinds to suit to your unique needs. The most common fabrics used for blankets are cotton, wool, synthetics, fleece, and vellux. Take a look at the qualities of each fabric below.
Cotton is the best fabric to be used for blankets as it holds up well even if it’s washed repeatedly. This helps to reduce the build-up of allergens within the bed’s microclimate. It is ideal to be used during hot or cold weather. There are different grades of cotton, but the best cotton quality has better breathability and softness which enhances the comfort.
Similar to down comforters, the down blankets are thinner and lighter. Typically, it contains a feathery cotton layer that is sandwiched between the layers of the blanket. Nevertheless, there are a variety of down blankets made for each season. Do note that down blankets are very warm and aren't a good conductor of moisture, which may cause nighttime sweating.
The most common types of synthetics used for blankets are acrylic and polyester. Although synthetic blankets can keep you warm, it tends to attract static electricity. On top of that, the breath-ability is poor and allows moisture to escape. It also holds onto light-weight items that come in contact with it, such as hair, dust, and loose threads. Although synthetic is not the best in fabric in terms of quality, it is relatively cheap compared to wool or down.
Fleece should be at the top of your priority list if you want to keep warm when it comes to choosing blankets. This is because; this fabric is cosy, warm, and not too heavy. Generally, it is often used for children’s blanket and there are many different varieties available.
Often referred to as hotel blankets, vellux consists of a thin foam that is surrounded by plush nylon. The biggest advantage of this material is that it gets softer after every wash. On the other hand, those who suffer from allergy’s may be suited to use this blanket as it is hypoallergenic.
Type of weave
There are mainly three types of weave for blankets: thermal, knit, and quilted. A thermal weave is generally found in cotton blankets and allows air to circulate freely. The common traits of a knit blanket are cosy, heavy, and warm which is often found in synthetic or wool blankets. Lastly, quilted weave helps to keep contents in the blanket from shifting around and is often used for down blankets.