Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Throw Blanket

Throw blankets are a versatile addition to your home that look great as decorations and work well when you need added warmth.

Bedsure Throw Blanket
Keep a throw blanket close to your bed in case you get chilled during especially cold nights.Bedsure

Feeling a bit chilly on the couch? Put on a throw blanket. Your comforter isn’t enough to keep you warm while you sleep? Put on a throw blanket. Throw blankets come in handy a lot at home and are a small price to pay for a big increase in your comfort level. When trying to decide which throw blanket to buy, you will find a lot of different options. There is no shortage of throw blankets anywhere. Here’s how to know you’re getting the right one for you.

Size

BEDSURE Sherpa Fleece Blanket Throw Size Grey Plush Throw Blanket Fuzzy Soft Blanket Microfiber
The size of your throw blanket depends on what you plan to use it for.Bedsure

Are you looking for a throw blanket for the couch or one for your bed? If you’re going for the latter, then you will need a bigger throw blanket that will cover the entirety of your bed with extra space on the sides. Oftentimes throw blankets come in sizes that correspond to bed sizes (queen, king), but are also available in smaller sizes meant for non-bed usage.

Fabric

Bedsure Fleece Blanket Throw Size Navy Lightweight Super Soft Cozy Luxury Bed Blanket Microfiber
You may be surprised at how many different fabrics throw blankets come in.Bedsure

The most popular fabric for throw blankets is microfiber. This is a great option if you’re looking for something incredibly soft, and also something that resists fading better than cotton does. Additionally, microfiber is more elastic and thus doesn’t bunch over time the way cotton does. Not to mention it is also wrinkle-resistant. But if microfiber isn’t your style, you can also choose from cotton, wool, down, fleece, cashmere and more. The fabric really comes down to personal preference.

Weave

Serta Reversible Sherpa/Fleece Heated Electric Throw Blanket
The weave of a blanket determines its weight and warmth.Serta

Typically, the weave of a throw blanket matches a specific fabric. For cotton blankets, you’ll find thermal weave, a weave typically found in lightweight blankets. For wool or synthetic blankets, you will find a knit weave due to the heaviness of the blanket. Down blankets are usually made with a quilted weave to keep the feathers in their place, so the blanket keeps its shape over time.