Selecting the right blanket for your bed ensures you are fully covered throughout the night. It complements your bed aesthetically. Some blankets are only meant to be placed on top of your bed for decorative purposes. These blankets are available in different sizes. You can use them decoratively for your child’s bed. Decorative coverings, usually smaller in size, are made from high-end fabrics such as acrylic and wool. Here are some of the common types of blankets.
Common Blanket Sizes
King blankets sizes are 108 inches by 90 to 100 inches. They are aptly named because they can fit a king bed or a California king mattress. Note that you can also use king-size blankets on queen-sized beds, but the extra fabric will hang over the sides.
These blankets’ sizes are 90″ by 90 to 100″. They are perfect for a queen size bed but can also be used on a complete bed if you are looking for extra draping to the sides of the bed.
Double size blankets range from 80″ to 90″. They are a perfect fit for double beds. You can use them on a twin mattress, but some extra fabric will be to the side.
They are about 80″ to 90″ and perfectly fit a twin XL or twin mattress. You can use a twin blanket on a child-size mattress even though it is often large.
It is a decorative and soft blanket, usually measuring 50 inches by 60 inches. Throw blankets are used to keep yourself warm while reading or watching TV on the sofa. They are not large enough to cover your whole body.
They are also referred to as toddler blankets and usually measure 45 inches by 60 inches. Crib blankets are used inside cribs. They are made up of 2 different materials on top and the bottom. They can be used in different ways. For instance, they can be used as burp cloths and swaddle cloths. You can also use a crib blanket for your child’s tummy time or as an emergency diaper changing station.
These are usually 40 inches by 40 inches and can also be used as crib blankets for infants and toddlers. They are made of thin material to prevent children from overheating when swaddled.
Lap-size Afghans are usually 36 inches by 48 inches. They are made out of yarn. Wheelchair users often use them to stay warm.
These blankets are placed over babies sitting in their car seats or strollers. You can use them to keep your child warm as they sleep in the stroller or car seat. They are available in different sizes, from 22 inches by 30 inches and 30 inches by 36 inches. They are quite similar to Lapghans but smaller to fit children.
These are 18 inches by 24 inches blankets usually donated by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for babies. They are usually made from yarn.
They are 14 inches by 30 inches in size and are used for infants in a cradle.
These are security blankets for infants and toddlers. Baby blankets are usually crocheted and measure 14 inches by 16 inches. They are available in various designs and patterns.
Loveys are security blankets that babies use to bond with and cuddle. These are 12 inches by 12 inches and come with an attached stuffed animal. It’s recommended to wait until your child is at least a year before they can start sleeping with a lovey.
Types of Materials Used to Make Blankets
Blankets are made out of different materials such as polyester, cotton, or wool. The type of material affects the price, durability, and texture of the blanket. Here’s what you need to know about the different materials used to make blankets.
All types of bedding, such as bedsheets, pillows, and bed skirts, are made out of cotton because it is hypoallergenic and breathable. The varying cotton stitch patterns affect a blanket’s texture and durability. The most common weave patterns are sateen and percale.
Wool blankets are heavy, warm, and made out of sheep’s wool. They are moisture-wicking, so you can always stay dry. Wool blankets are natural flame retardants, safe and non-toxic. However, they can be pretty expensive and often cause allergic reactions.
It is a soft, luxurious, and warm material often used to fill duvets and comforters. Down is a pricier material than other blanket fills, so you can always choose an alternative, but it might not be as durable or traditional. Some people are also allergic to duck and goose feathers used to make down.
Vellux is made of unique construction with an interior of polyurethane and an exterior of nylon. It is a soft and pliable fabric mostly used for hotel blankets. It is a very warm material that is durable without being too heavy. Vellux is hypoallergenic since it’s a synthetic material.
Synthetic materials are usually very affordable, hypoallergenic, and easy to maintain. The most common types are polyester, fleece, and acrylic.
Polyester is a very durable synthetic material but can be quite rough when used on its own. When blended with natural fibers, it becomes softer and more durable.
Acrylic – It is expensive and durable wool. It is an alternative to cashmere since it is very warm and lightweight. It doesn’t fade after washing.
Fleece – It is similar to wool, warm, and soft. It will not trigger allergies since it’s not made from animal fur.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will a Full-size Blanket Fit a Queen Bed?
You can use a full-size blanket on a queen mattress. Double beds and queen blankets are the same width depending on the brand, but they don’t have the same length. A full bed is 54 inches by 75 inches, while a queen bed is 60 inches by 80 inches. Choosing a too-small blanket for your mattress makes it too short and will not hang off the sides, affecting the overall visual appeal.
Should a Bed Spread Touch The Floor?
If your bedspread is touching the floor, it will collect dust and start wearing faster. Your blanket and comforter should reach the end of the mattress. If you want something longer, it should be a few inches off the ground.
Should I Buy a Blanket Bigger Than My Bed?
No. You don’t need to buy a blanket that’s bigger than your bed. However, you can get a more oversized blanket if you share a bed with someone. The blanket will not come off at night, and you will both have sufficient coverage when sleeping. When buying a bigger blanket than your bed, make sure it’s just one size bigger than your mattress.
Is There a Blanket Bigger Than a King?
There is an oversized king blanket measuring 132 inches by 120 inches. These blankets fit on Texas, Alaskan, and Wyoming king mattresses. They are quite rare, and unless you have an extremely large bed, you don’t need to search for an oversized king blanket.
Do You Know Your Next Blanket Size?
You should choose a blanket size depending on how you plan to use it. If it’s a standard sleeping blanket, make sure you choose a matching blanket for the mattress size. Depending on the thickness of your mattress, you can choose the next size. When buying a blanket for toddlers and infants, you should look for blankets for their age or something multifunctional and large.
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