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8 Common Types of Blankets: What You Need to Know Before Buying

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Ever since we lived in caves, our hunter-gatherer ancestors used animal pelts and other materials to protect themselves from the harsh elements. Granted, we live in much safer homes now, but there is no denying that most of us feel safer snuggled up under the covers.

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Sleeping is an important experience and it needs to be treated as such, much like what we discussed in our guide to engaging your senses when you sleep. Blankets are an essential and somewhat under-appreciated part of your daily rest, and most of us do not know what we are missing out on. That changes today!

What Makes a Blanket?

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In essence, a blanket is a big piece of cloth that covers your entire body while you sleep. This is a very simplistic definition, though. Modern blankets come in a variety of fabrics, weaves, weights, etc. But at the very core, they have one function, to cover you while you sleep and prevent the unnecessary escape of body heat.

Things to Consider When Buying a Blanket

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The sheer number and types of blankets on the market can quickly become overwhelming. Here are some factors to consider when shopping for a blanket in Singapore:

Blanket Fabric

Whether you get a thin cotton blanket or a thick quilt, the fabric dictates the blanket’s properties. A thin, lightweight fabric like a microfiber blanket or cotton blanket might be ideal for dissipating body heat. At the same time, materials like wool or fleece are suitable if you are looking to keep yourself warm.

Blanket Weave Method

The denser the weave of threads are, the less space there is for air to move through the fabric. Different types of blankets leverage different weaves, and it is a significant factor to look into when buying blankets in Singapore.

Season

For summers, you will need light and breathable blankets, like a cotton blanket or a TENCEL™ blanket. For winters, a woolen or fleece blanket would be the better option. There are options like silk blankets, but it is best that you consider whether they are appropriate for your area’s climate.

Size of Blanket

If you are sleeping alone, a single blanket might be enough. If you are sharing the bed, a queen or king-size blanket is naturally more suitable depending on the size of the bed.

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Weight

Some people might be more comfortable in a thin cotton blanket, and others cannot sleep without a gravity-weighted blanket. You can buy blankets in a variety of weights, and the choice will be dictated partly by the material, and partly by preference. Having your mind made up about what you want can make a world of difference.

Sleeping Habits

Your sleeping habits significantly contribute to your choice of blankets. Whether you like to wrap yourself up all snugly in a warm quilt, or just want a soft, reassuring duvet, take your sleeping habits into account as they will dictate a lot of the prerequisites that directly affect your decision-making process for buying a blanket.

Common Types of Blankets

We have covered a few types of blankets in detail in another article here, but it is by no means an exhaustive list. Here are the major types of blankets on the market you can choose from:

Comforter

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A comforter, also called a comforter blanket, is a blanket made of two pieces of cloth (usually cotton or polyester) sewn together at the edges. These can be stuffed with various materials such as polyfill or feathers. 

A comforter blanket has the advantage of being warm yet lightweight, and is favoured by those who do not like heavy blankets. They can also be put in duvet covers for an added benefit of customisation, but a comforter usually does not need a cover.

The disadvantage is that they are not suitable for warmer weather thanks to the filling, and often need special care like dry cleaning.

Throw blanket

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Throw blankets are small blankets, usually knitted or woven. They are made of a single layer of cloth, made most commonly out of wool. They are meant to be used as accent pieces for the bed or sofa and provide additional warmth over another type of blanket.

A throw blanket is typically used when watching TV or when you just need to cover a bit of your body without wrapping yourself. Perfect for lounging in it.

Duvet

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While very similar to a comforter, a duvet has a few key differences. It is typically white in colour and is often paired with duvet covers, allowing for greater versatility in customisation and comfort. A duvet tends to also be built with ties on the corners to tie it to the cover. 

Other than that, the filling is always of an easily washable material, like down or ball fiber. This is in keeping with the philosophy behind it: to provide warmth without adding to the complexity of the bedding.

The significant advantage of a duvet is that the covers can easily be removed and washed. This means that you are not locked into a specific look since the covers are interchangeable. The disadvantage is that if the duvet comes loose from the cover, it becomes lumpy and uncomfortable.

While duvets can come with various shell materials, a breathable one is necessary. TENCEL™ blankets and cotton duvets are good for a comfy and warm feel. We offer a good selection of TENCEL™  duvets, and if you are wondering where to buy these blankets in Singapore, you can check them out here.

Quilt

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A quilt is similar to a comforter, with the addition of being quilted. That means its stuffing is sewn into the outer fabric by stitching the material together in cells. This turns it into a single unit of three layers rather than two layers filled with loose stuffing.

Quilts can be stuffed with cotton, down, synthetics, or any warm material. Since they are thinner than comforters, they are a good idea when looking for a cooling blanket in Singapore. Quilts can be less cumbersome than duvets and more accessible to clean than comforters. However, it may still need dry cleaning which can become a hassle for daily use.

Weighted Blanket

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While they started off as a therapeutic aid for people with anxiety disorder and other similar problems, weighted blankets, also known as gravity blankets, have caught on with the general public. And with good reason, as gravity weighted blankets offer a lot of benefits for your sleep, such as simulating deep touch pressure therapy. We have also compiled a few benefits of weighted blankets here.

While there are a lot of benefits to these blankets, you need to consider whether you will be comfortable in one. Even with all the gravity blanket benefits, some people may have slight difficulties getting accustomed to the additional weight, which is usually about 10% of your body weight.

Knitted Blanket

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Contrary to weighted blankets, knitted blankets are more suitable for people with medical conditions such as chronic respiratory or circulatory issues. Knitted blankets are not only stylish but also extremely cozy and charming. The best part about this type of microfiber blanket is that it comes in a variety of designs and patterns.

Fleece blanket

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There is a reason why so many people love fleece blankets, and that is because they are ridiculously soft. Fleece blankets are insulating blankets made of a synthetic fabric blend that comes with several gravity blanket benefits. They are not only lightweight and comfortable, but are also durable and highly breathable.

Electric blanket

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Lastly, integrating electricity into the comfortable blankets, we have the electric blankets. This kind of blanket contains integrated electrical heating wires that work like heating pads. The insulated wires are attached to the fabric, and are then heated whenever you plug it in. 

Despite sounding dangerous, this type of weighted blanket or gravity blanket is a minimal safety risk. However, if and when it does become too old or damaged, an electric blanket definitely poses fire and burn hazards.

Conclusion

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The hunt for the perfect blanket is not easy but also not impossible.

There are many types available, and it can become a difficult choice for a new shopper. However, fear not. Whether you need a weighted blanket or a knitted one, go through our guide and narrow the search down to the perfect blanket to accompany you for years to come.

 

Weavve’s Weighted Blanket

Weavve's Weighted Blanket

Weavve’s weighted blanket consists of 100% polyester & lead-free glass bead filling, designed with smaller compartments for even weight distribution. Our weighted blanket helps you relax by simulating the feeling of being held or hugged. 

Additionally, our weighted blankets are hypoallergenic and non-toxic with a breathable fabric that is machine and dryer safe, so you can be sure to get a good night’s sleep.

 

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Weavve’s Lyocell Duvet

Weavve's Lyocell Duvet

Weavve’s TENCEL™ Lyocell duvet is the first in Singapore featuring 100% pure TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers in both its exterior fabric and inner filling, providing you with great thermal regulation properties for maximum comfort and rest.

 

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