While duvets and comforters are all the rage right now, some people still prefer blankets for their thinner and looser feel. And they are definitely one of the most versatile items you can have in your linen closet. They can be folded up and placed at the foot of the bed, or they can cover the entirety of your bed.
The best thing about blankets is that they are available in a variety of different fabrics and styles that you can choose one for specific times of the year and different styles you may want to achieve. Choosing the best material for you depends on what benefits you are looking for.
Soft and hypoallergenic, cotton is perhaps the best type of blanket suited for babies and people with sensitive skin or suffering from allergies. Cotton is a natural fabric that is soft, comfortable, and breathable that is perfectly suited for regulating temperatures on a hot summer night. Plus, it’s very easy to care for – just toss into the washer and dryer and you’re good.
Best for: Summertime and warm climates.
Wool refers to fibers derived from the fleece of lambs, sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas. It is also a highly versatile fabric since they are warm and yet breathable. When the weather cools down and you need extra insulation, a wool blanket can provide you with plenty of warmth. Its breathability and moisture-wicking properties can also draw perspiration away, promoting a comfortable, dry temperature.
Best for: Fall and chilly nights.
Cashmere is a type of wool that is derived from the Cashmere goat. It has a soft and downy texture with a cushy and luxurious feel. It is very lightweight but can still keep you superbly warm. It is slightly difficult to maintain, however, as it requires specific conditions for washing to protect the fabric.
Best for: Wintertime and cold nights by the fire.
Fleece is a perfect alternative for those who are sensitive or allergic to but want to have the softness and warmth of wool. Fleece can be made from synthetic and natural materials such as cotton and silk but has many of the same qualities as wool. It also wicks moisture away from your body and provides warmth on a cold night but is more lightweight than wool. Fleece blankets can be washed and dried at home. However, it should be done on a gentle cycle with cold water.
Best for: Wintertime and chilly nights.
Linen comes from the fibers of the flax plant. It is very difficult to manufacture but is absorbent and is highly valued for its exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. It is cool to touch, has a high natural luster, and is very durable. It’s exceptional at not trapping heat, making it perfect for hot climates. It wrinkles easily but will get softer with every wash. However, it is relatively more expensive than, say, cotton.
Best for: The height of summer and warm climates.
Polyester is perhaps one of the most affordable fabrics that are made from long-lasting materials. It will stand up to washing and drying for years without any trace of losing its color or shape. It is also one of the best materials to use for blends. A blanket made with a blend of polyester and cotton or other natural materials is a good way to obtain the strength and sturdiness of polyester without sacrificing much in terms of softness and breathability.
Best for: Generally warm climates.