Winter has arrived and with it comes the terrible cold that might make you want to crawl back into bed and stay there until spring rolls around. Unless you were born a bear, that is unfortunately not an option. But, luckily there are ways to make even the coldest of winter days and nights a little bit more cozy. Aside from a cup of delicious hot cocoa, a warm winter blanket will do a lot!
There is more to buying a blanket than simply picking one up at Walmart. If you want your blanket to last and keep you warm, particularly through heavy use, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
When choosing a blanket, consider what you will be using the blanket for and how easy it is to care for. Reading the reviews is always a good place to start.
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One thing to consider before picking a blanket is what you intend to use it for. Are you intending to use it every night or just occasionally? Or do you intend to use it more for decoration? We'll help you decide.
A blanket's breathability basically effects the airflow inside the blanket and will play a part in how warm or cool the blanket is.
You could say that a blanket with greater breathability is a better fit for someone who tends to get warm during the night or perhaps a blanket that will be used year-round. A blanket with less breathability, however, is perfect for someone who tends to get cold or for using during colder temperatures.
A blanket made out of wool, down or faux fur doesn't ventilate well, which means that not a lot of air circles through. What this means is that you are getting a blanket that is extra warm and perfect for someone who easily gets cold during the night.
Acrylics are often used as a substitute for wool or cashmere, and as you can imagine it is also a lot cheaper. This however means that the blanket is much more prone to pilling and breaking than other fabrics.
That said, one of the great perks of acrylics is that its also hypoallergenic, meaning that it is the perfect option for anyone suffering from allergies or sensitive skin.
A blanket made from cotton, particularly a knitted one, tend to have more breathability which makes it cooler and a better fit for someone who often gets hot during the night.
If you're looking for something in the middle, a blanket made out of fleece or sherpa is great at keeping you warm while still maintaining good breathability.
Microfiber is also a kind of synthetic material and blankets made from this usually come fairly cheap. They're also warm, but unfortunately microfiber blankets do easily attract static electricity, dust and especially hair. They are also much more prone to breaking and pilling. The plus side is that they're often inexpensive.
Weave can be just as integral to a blanket's warmth as its material. Thermal weaves are loose and lightweight, so this is a good choice if you find yourself getting really hot at the night. Knitted blankets are warm and heavy and you can count on them to keep you toasty all night.
Quilted blankets keep the blanket itself from shifting around when you’re sleeping at night, which is a good option if you are someone who moves around a lot in your sleep.
Conventional weaves provide maximum insulation and is recommended for very cold weather. You can also find two-sided blankets available that are warm as well as weather or waterproof.
Most blankets follow standard mattress sizes, but not all, keep this in mind if you are looking for a throw. This can also give you a good estimate of how big or small you can expect the blanket to be.
There are also wearable blankets available if you’re going to use them outside or on the sofa (or basically anywhere that’s not your bed). These usually have sleeves and are perfect for wrapping yourself up and getting cozy with a good book or a cup of hot chocolate in front of a good movie.
There are also smaller options available for those who want to use blankets on the go or over your the knee in chilly meeting rooms.
The internet makes it easy to find the right blanket for you. However, what might look good on your computer screen might turn out to be less great once it arrives in the mail. It’s always best to play it safe and buy one with a return policy in case it doesn't turn out the way you expected.
Sometimes a package arrives damaged, either from handling or manufacturing. Or there might be some defect which means that the blanket's life expectancy isn't what is expected.
That's why it's important that you check the conditions for the website where you're shopping. Make sure that you can return it or exchange it, if something happens to go wrong!
A blanket will last much longer if you care for it in the right way. The fact is that an easy way to destroy a new blanket is to overlook the care for instructions, and this is a mistake that many make. In order to ensure that your blanket lasts longer and stays in good shape, always check that your blanket is safe to wash in a washing machine.
If using a dryer, always use the lowest setting and always make sure to avoid harsh chemicals and fabric softeners, since they tend to break down the fabric faster.
While buying a blanket doesn’t necessarily have to be difficult, it is always a good idea to do your research before you decide. Depending on what you intend to use your blanket for, it is always recommended to make sure that the fabric of the blanket is strong and durable enough to last. After all, you don’t want to have to buy a new blanket every season.
Author: Vicky Taylor
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