Different Types Of Blankets Explained
There’s nothing better than snuggling down with a cosy blanket wrapped around you. They keep us warm, provide comfort and security, and can even be used to add style to a room.
But, when you think about it for a second, you might be surprised to realise just how many different types of blankets there are. From bedspreads to Snuggys to electric blankets, each has its own unique features and benefits.
Let’s take a look at the different types of blankets and what they can be used for.
Fleece blankets are usually made from a blend of synthetic fibres like polyester and are what you might picture when you think of a blanket. Although they come in a range of sizes and patterns, they tend to be simple designs and have a soft feel. They’re also usually easy to care for, being machine washable and fast drying.
There are two main types of fleece blankets: polar fleece and microfleece. Polar fleece blankets are thicker and more insulating, making them the better choice for cold weather. Microfleece, on the other hand, is lightweight and breathable.
Lots of people choose to drape fleece blankets over their beds or sofas to add a homely feel to the room. They’re useful to have around, being easy to layer and adding warmth where needed.
They’re also often versatile enough to be used outdoors as picnic blankets, for example. During the pandemic, when we were spending large amounts of time outdoors in the cold, fleece blankets became invaluable, helping to make seeing loved ones bearable.
Electric blankets use electricity to generate heat. They have a built-in heating element that is usually controlled via a thermostat, timer, or both. This means they can be adjusted to suit the preferred temperature of whoever is using the blanket at the time.
One of the biggest benefits of electric blankets is that they use less electricity than heating an entire room. If you are concerned about your energy consumption during winter, you should consider investing in an electric blanket to conserve energy and focus heat where it’s needed.
Some people are concerned that electric blankets might be unsafe, but this isn’t something to worry about. As long as you buy your electric blanket from a reputable retailer, it will have undergone a full safety check and be fitted with many safety features to make sure that this isn’t a problem.
It’s possible to buy electric blankets with additional features, such as a cold setting for balmy summer nights or a massage setting.
Weighted blankets have small beads or pellets sewn inside to weigh them down. These pellets are usually made from glass, plastic, or metal and are evenly distributed throughout the material.
The purpose of a weighted blanket is to provide a sense of comfort to the user. This is done through a process known as deep pressure stimulation, which gives the feeling of being hugged or swaddled in blankets as a baby.
People with autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, insomnia and a whole host of other disorders can benefit from using a weighted blanket. They have a calming effect on the body, reducing anxiety, soothing the mind and promoting relaxation. For this reason, many people who are simply feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or a bit lower than normal choose to seek comfort from weighted blankets.
Cellular blankets are made with a series of small, interconnected cells or holes woven in. These holes form a honeycomb-like structure that allows air to circulate freely through the blanket.
Cotton, wool and polyester are all popular materials for cellular blankets. Although, as these types of blankets are often used for newborns and babies, cotton is more often than not the preferred choice.
The reason why cellular blankets are used for babies is because the interwoven holes allow for airflow, even if the blanket is covering the face. This is a safety precaution that helps to prevent the baby from suffocating overnight.
Cellular blankets are lightweight and breathable, which also helps to minimise overheating. On top of this, they’re usually hypoallergenic, small and easy to carry around on the go.
Hooded blankets are a cross between a hooded sweatshirt and a blanket. They’re designed to give the wearer the warmth and cosiness of a blanket with the practical wearability of a hoodie.
Hooded blankets are often made of fleece but can technically be made of any fabric. They fit into the loungewear category of clothing and are sometimes adopted as a fashion statement.
Popular uses for hooded blankets are to wear at home, when travelling, or during sleepovers with friends. They come in a variety of sizes and designs, with some including pockets for carrying a phone or keeping hands toasty warm.
Bedspreads, sometimes known as comforters or coverlets, are blankets that are placed on top of a bed. Not to be confused with duvets, bedspreads are normally used in addition to a standard set of bedding.
It’s common for people to use bedspreads as a decorative item, as they come in a range of materials, patterns and sizes. Satin bedspreads are popular, as are woollen and cotton ones. You can find bedspreads to suit any bedroom design, from ultra-modern and minimal to cosy and traditional.
In addition to their decorative function, bedspreads also have practical benefits. They can be used as a dust protector when you are away on holiday, or to provide an added layer of warmth on particularly cold nights.
Finding the right blanket
Blankets are versatile home items that can provide style, comfort and warmth. From lightweight cellular blankets to advanced electric blankets, there’s a blanket to suit every need and preference.
If you’re looking for a blanket to add cosiness or decoration to your home, take a look at our collection of fleece blankets and Snuggy hooded blankets for children and adults. You can even find a Snuggy for your dog!