Choosing the Right Weighted Blanket

Whenever you are planning to buy something, choosing the best item to buy is always the hardest part. 

Knowing you have too many options is overwhelming. Your most likely response is to delay your purchase. Sometimes, delaying your decision can be beneficial. You need time to think of the most logical choice. Other times, it can also backfire because you might end up not making any decision at all. 

Everyone wants to make the right decision all the time.

It’s a tall order but not impossible to overcome. Equip yourself with the vital information you need before making a decision.

How to choose a weighted blanket

Selecting the right weighted blanket is all about the user’s preferences. After all, you’ll only use a product if you like it.

Think of it like shopping for a pair of shoes.

You would only consider it if you love the design, the color scheme, it’s a product of your favorite brand, it’s affordable, etc.

Once you have found the product that captures your attention, you try it on to see if it fits you perfectly. If not, you will ask to try the other available sizes. Once you have found the perfect size, you walk around to see how it feels. If you’re comfortable and satisfied, you go ahead and purchase it.

When it comes to your weighted blanket purchase, you still go through the same process.

To help you decide, here are the five things you should look for when planning to buy a weighted blanket.

  1. The material of the outer sheets

Using a blanket is just like wearing a piece of clothing. The texture plays a vital role since the added weight causes it to press firmly on your skin. Choose the material whose texture feels right for you. Each type of fabric has a different feel that affects the comfort level they provide. It is something that makes you want to relax or go to sleep every time you use it.

You should not be allergic to the outer sheets. If you suffer from allergic reactions in the middle of the night, it will only disrupt your sleep. Your safest bet is to choose the ones made with hypoallergenic materials.

Finally, check the manufacturer’s label to know how the blanket should be maintained. Knowing how to wash your quilt correctly will let you enjoy using it for many years.

  1. Filling materials

The type of filling materials used significantly affect the blanket’s appearance. Weighted blankets stuffed with poly pellets appear bulky. On the other hand, blankets filled with glass beads are thinner. It’s because glass beads are denser and smaller in size compared to poly pellets. Only a little amount is used to achieve the desired weight.

Synthetic filling materials are better than organic fillers because they won’t degrade over time. If you’re buying traditionally, examine the blanket closely. Try to shake it vigorously and see what happens next.

Is there an apparent shift in weight? The best blankets are the ones whose weight is evenly distributed. Even weight distribution provides a consistent pressure throughout your body. It’s necessary to achieve the optimum benefits of Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation or DPTS.

  1. Craftsmanship

Craftsmanship refers to quality and durability. Only buy the products that were made with perfection in mind. It makes you a proud owner. You can’t help yourself but show it off your friends when they come to visit you.

Look at how the seams are sewn together. You'll know how durable the blanket is. If checking the smallest details is not your cup of tea, visit their website to read their past client’s testimonials about their products. 

  1. Visual Appeal

Judging a product based on their appearance might be superficial, but you will only consider buying it if it matches your taste. The design and color scheme is what attracts you to it in the first place.

If you’re the type of consumer who prefers function over aesthetics, base your decision on other factors that are important to you. 

  1. Price

The last thing that helps you decide is the price. Essential items should always give you the highest value for your money. After all, you must earn your money before you can spend it.

Always check if there’s a money-back guarantee. It lets you know how confident the manufacturers are about their products. You also minimize the risks on your part if in case you found something that made the product unacceptable.

Weight recommendation chart

Weighted blankets should be around 10% of the user’s body weight. It’s what the medical experts recommend based on their years of experience.

If you’re buying one as a gift for your child, give it an allowance of a pound or two. Remember that they’re still growing. 

For adults, the chart only serves as a guide. Determining the perfect weight is entirely subjective and varies per person.

Here’s the chart to help guide you when you’re planning to purchase one.

 

Body weight(pounds)

Blanket weight(pounds)

20 to 40

3 to 6

30 to 50

4 to 7

50 to 70

6 to 9

70 to 90

8 to 11

90 to 110

10 to 13

110 to 120

11 to 12

120 to 130

12 to 13

140 to 160

13 to 14

160 to 180

14 to 16

180 to 200

18 to 20

Which weighted blanket is best?

Finding the perfect weighted blanket is entirely dependent on your preferences.

An effective strategy would be to try several variants until you find the one that feels just right. The kind of fabric used for the outer sheets also plays a vital role.

Blankets with outer sheets made of cotton, bamboo fabric, or linen make them ideal for use in the hotter months. They are breathable and highly-absorbent materials that keep you fresh during summer. Fleece, polyester, or wool, on the other hand, are suitable for use during winter as they keep you warm effectively. 

Consider your area’s climate conditions to help you choose the best blanket. 

What’s important is that you know which ones to use at the proper time.