You want the best. From soft, fresh and cuddly, your new blanket has many qualities you might not even think about. Your sheets provide softness against your skin and your comforter offers warmth and décor appeal, but what about a cozy blanket? For most people the blanket is tucked in between the two layers and creates a special, extra pocket of comfort.
Who would’ve thought choosing a blanket is more than just picking a color and size? We decided to say goodbye to our old blankets and trade it in for a new, cozy one. But we had a few questions that needed answering first.
Does sleep temperature matter for you and your blanket?
When it comes to sleep temperature, experts recommend following the Goldilocks principle: not too cold, not too hot, but just right. “People seem to sleep best at temperatures between 62 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit,” says Alice Hoagland, PhD, director of Insomnia Services at the Unity Sleep Disorders Center in Rochester, N.Y. When your bedroom temperature falls too low, your sleep will be disrupted.
How do you choose the right blanket size for your bed?
If you’re buying a new blanket for your bed, you’ll need one large enough to cover your mattress with a few extra inches to tuck in around the sides and bottom. Keep in mind, exact sizes vary from manufacturer to manufacturer – be sure to measure your mattress size before buying. Below are typical blanket sizes:
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 – there’s a blanket to suit your unique needs. Some people prefer a fuzzy blanket, while others may prefer a smooth texture. We broke down the 6 most common blanket fabrics and their benefits.
Along with fabrics, blankets have different weaves that provide varying levels of warmth and weight. Let’s find the weave that right for you:
Made from synthetic materials, electric blankets let you manually adjust the temperature to your personal comfort level. Some have dual controls so two people sharing the same bed can program the different sides of the blanket to their preferred temperature. For safety, never place a comforter or another blanket on top of an electric blanket, and keep them away from children.
Ready to replace your current blanket? Measure your bed, pick the coziest fabric and enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep. Let’s get cozy and fresh!
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