Choosing an appropriate fabric for your new blanket isn’t as simple as you may think. The fabric should be based on individual preferences from how you sleep to any allergy concerns. We broke down the 6 most common blanket fabrics and their benefits.
Cotton. Cotton blankets hold up well when repeatedly washed, reducing the build-up of allergens in the bed’s microclimate. Cotton can be lightweight enough to use for summer sleep or heavy enough for winter use. The best qualities of cotton are its breathability and softness, enhancing comfort.
Wool. Wool can be heavy or lightweight and is often used to warm and insulate, especially when shivering during the winter months. Wool can also be lightweight and used in the summer to keep you cool as it helps dissipate moisture throughout the night. Some wool can be itchy but most modern wool blankets are smooth, lightweight and a good option for year-round comfort.
Down. A down blanket is similar to a down comforter but thinner and lighter. Down blankets contain a feathery layer sandwiched between the layers of fabric (usually cotton). There are many types of down blankets such as winter, summer, and warmth levels. Be aware that down can be very warm and isn’t a good conductor of moisture, which may cause nighttime sweating.
Synthetics. There are many synthetic fabrics used for blankets: acrylic and polyester are the most common ones. Synthetic blankets are warm but tend to attract static electricity and they don’t breathe or allow moisture to escape. These blankets hold onto hair, dust, and lose threads but on the plus side, synthetic blankets are generally less expensive than wool or down.
Fleece. Cozy, warm, and not too heavy, fleece may be the perfect fit for you if warmth is at the top of your priority list. Fleece is especially popular with children and there are many different types available.
Vellux. Referred to as hotel blankets, vellux contains a thin foam surrounded by plush nylon. These blankets are hypoallergenic, can withstand multiple washes, and are very warm. Vellux is ideal for anyone with allergies.
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