Choosing the right fabric for your new blanket is not as simple as you might think. Fabrics should be based on personal preference, from the way you sleep to any allergy concerns - there is always a blanket to suit your unique needs. Some people prefer a fluffy blanket, while others may prefer a smooth texture. We break down the 6 most common blanket fabrics and their benefits.
cotton. Cotton blankets hold up well over repeated washes, reducing the build-up of allergens in the bed's microclimate. Cotton can be light enough for summer sleep or heavy enough for winter. The best qualities of cotton are its breathability and softness, which improves comfort.
wool. Wool can be heavy or light and is often used for warmth and insulation, especially when it shivers in winter. Wool can also be lightweight and will keep you cool in summer as it helps dissipate moisture throughout the night. Some wools can be itchy, but most modern wool blankets are smooth, lightweight and a good option for year-round comfort.
fleece blanket. Down blankets are similar to duvets but thinner and lighter. Down blankets contain layers of feathers sandwiched between layers of fabric (usually cotton). There are many types of down blankets, such as winter, summer, and warmth levels. Note that down can be very warm and is not a good conductor of moisture, which can lead to night sweats.
synthetic material. There are many synthetic fabrics used for blankets: acrylic and polyester are the most common. Synthetic blankets are warm but tend to attract static electricity, and they won't breathe or allow moisture to escape. These blankets can trap hair, dust, and lose threads, but on the plus side, synthetic blankets are generally less expensive than wool or down.
wool. If warmth is your priority, a comfortable, warm, and not too heavy fleece might be perfect for you. Wool is especially popular with children, and there are many different types to choose from.
Velux. Known as a hotel blanket, Vellux consists of a thin layer of foam surrounded by plush nylon. These blankets are hypoallergenic, can withstand multiple washes, and are very warm. Vellux is great for anyone with allergies.