The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Blankets
What are blankets made from?
Throws come in a variety of materials. Cotton blends hold up nicely when used often and washed frequently. Cotton weave goes one step further by creating the ideal insulation for your body heat in order to keep you warm and cozy. You’ll also find options using synthetic fibers such as polyester, fleece, microfiber, and acrylic. Synthetic designs are less likely to wrinkle. If you are looking for a throw that wicks moisture away while keeping you warm and dry without overheating, consider natural fibers.
Are sofa blankets machine washable?
Always check the care label on your throw before laundering. Some will require dry cleaning, while others will change texture after washing. Fleece and microfiber may need special care, but cotton blends will remain fluffy and soft after many washes. These natural fibers won’t pill or shrink either.
What size throw should I buy?
The size you need will depend on how you plan to use your throw. If you are simply looking for a sofa blanket for the living room, you can purchase a smaller throw. If you want a true covering that will reach from your head to your toes, look for a larger version. When buying a blanket for the bed, match it to the size of your mattress. Traditional throws measure 60 by 80 inches, which is the perfect size to cover your lap while watching TV or for taking along in the car.
How should I choose a color and pattern?
With so many colors and patterns available, you have a diverse range of options when buying a throw. Narrow down your choices by thinking about where you will use your covering. Match the color to the shades you have decorated with. Neutral colors like beige, ivory, and soft gray are perfect if you aren’t sure where it will be used. These colors are also ideal when giving the throw as a gift. Choose busy patterns to brighten a drab space and solid colors for rooms that already feel busy.
What are my options if I want something unique?
Whether buying a bed or sofa blanket, you have plenty of unique options. Not everyone wants a traditional throw, especially when giving one as a gift. Faux fur is becoming a popular design style. They are soft and cuddly as well as visually appealing. Denim adds a country look to your home décor, and wool offers a thicker option that can be found in interesting prints such a Navajo.