How to Choose a Blanket

Blankets are one of the most versatile items in your linen closet.
A blanket can chase the chill on a spring morning or warm your
bones on a frosty winter night. Choosing which blanket is the
right one for you depends on the warmth and texture you prefer.

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How to Choose a Blanket

Blankets are one of the most versatile items in your linen closet…

A blanket can chase the chill on a spring morning or warm your bones on a frosty winter night. Choosing which blanket is the right one for you depends on the warmth and texture you prefer.

Blanket Fabrics

All of our blankets fall under the following categories with a unique texture and level of warmth:

  • Natural fleece. A luxurious fabric characterized by a thick, deeply napped or “brushed” surface for extra warmth and softness. The term usually applies to wool fabrics, although there are fleeces of other natural fabrics such as cotton and silk.
  • Wool. The term “wool” refers to the fibers from the fleece of lambs, sheep, Cashmere goats, Angora goats, camels, Llamas, Alpacas, and Vicunas. Wool from sheep is the most common, lamb’s wool is shorn from sheep less than eight months old, and Merino wool is from a specific breed that yields the finest and softest sheep wool. Mohair is the wool of the Angora goat.
  • Chenille. The French word for caterpillar, Chenille yarns are fuzzy with a pile that resembles a wooly caterpillar.
  • Cotton. Cotton is the thread or cloth made from the fibers of the cotton plant. Cotton is used in clothing and home fashions, spun into yarn, and woven into sheeting and blankets.
  • Cashmere. Cashmere is the fine, soft downy wool undergrowth produced by the Cashmere goat, which is raised in the Kashmir region of India, Pakistan, Tibet, and parts of northern India, Mongolia, Iran, and Iraq.
  • Silk. Known for its strength, softness and warmth, silk blankets offer the ultimate in luxury. Silk also has natural anti-fungal and anti microbial properties.
  • Down. You don’t need to give up the pleasure of sleeping under a down comforter in the warmer months. A down blanket or down throw is a lighter-weight version of the comforter you put away in summer. Add a flannel cover to boost the warmth on a cooler night.

Blanket Sizes

  • Throw. Generally, our throw-size blankets are 50" x 70", though some may vary.
  • Twin. Generally, our twin-size blankets are 66" x 90", though some are cut oversized.
  • Queen or Full/Queen. Queens are usually 90" x 90".
  • King. Kings tend to be 111" x 90".

Please note that sizes may vary by blanket. Check the “Size & Fit” tab on the product webpage to confirm specific dimensions.

Which Blanket Is for You?

Choosing which blanket is the right one for the job depends on what you want it to do.

Thicker blankets, such as wool blankets, cotton fleece blankets, and cashmere blankets, are the warmest. The spaces between the fibers in a fuzzy or napped blanket trap warm air, keeping you warmer. This same principle explains why down is such an excellent insulator.

How a fabric holds moisture is as important as the thickness of the fibers:

  • Natural fibers (cotton, linen, wool, silk) are all absorbent.
  • Synthetic fibers such as polyester, nylon, and acrylic are not.
  • Absorbent fabrics will tend to keep one quite comfortable, wicking moisture away from the skin and leaving a layer of warm, dry air.

If allergies are a concern, be sure to choose a blanket that can be washed in hot water. Cotton is an excellent choice for this reason. A down-filled blanket is also a good choice for those with allergies to wool — and for those with allergies to down who still want the warmth of down, a synthetic down-filled blanket will work well.


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