Whether you call it a bedspread, a duvet, bedcovers, a coverlet, a quilt, or a throw, blankets are the most cuddly and snuggly of home accessories. They’re the type of accessory that helps turn a house into a home and make a space more inviting. They make faithful cuddle buddies, they’re great for winter blanket fort building, and with the trend of blanket shawls showing no sign of abating, they’re about a half-second away from becoming a fashion accessory. Blankets, in short, may be designed to keep you warm when you’re in bed, but they’re so much more. You can keep throw blankets (the term for out-of-bed blankets) on your sofa, draped over chairs, in special storage-ready blanket boxes, or at the foot of the bed in the guest bedroom for quick access to extra layers at any time in the cooler months and anyone who enters your home will thank you for your extra thought and care for their well-being.
In a drafty home it can be especially difficult to stay warm during the winter. It’s quite important to maintain a steady body temperature, especially if it’s a lazy Sunday afternoon and you’re having a kip—not generating too much heat of your own. Blankets are especially designed to help trap and retain body heat. They may look like colourful accessories (and they are!), but they also serve an important function. If you’re prone to runny noses and freezing toes in the winter, here are a few tips to help you get the warmest blanket you need.
If you want to shop online for a blanket, keep an eye out for the dimensions. The size of your blanket determines how many times you can curl it around you and wrap yourself up in a big blanket burrio; at Wayfair UK we offer everything from small bed throws to super king bedspreads and everything in between. Our helpful website has all the custom search filters you need in order to search by the size that works best for you.
The fabric of your blanket will also determine how warm and toasty it is. Down/feathers are the warmest possible filling, seven times as warm as lamb’s wool. They’re also extremely lightweight and not at all bulky, so you can pull a feather down bedspread around your shoulders without any drag. The density of the down determines how warm it is, but almost all down bedspreads are machine washable, making for easy care (most have to be placed immediately thereafter in a dryer, however; the addition of a few tennis balls into the dryer cycle will ensure that the feathers don’t clump. Of course, you could skip the natural materials altogether and look for an electric blanket, but why do that when you could choose from angora, alpaca, or cashmere? They’re all luxurious fabrics that are fluffy and gentle to the touch; they’re all also warmer than wool and come in a range of subdued hues. Natural shades of these fabrics run from beige and cream to tans, browns, and at least fifty shades of grey.
Wool is the workhorse of blanket fabrics—they wick away moisture and naturally repel allergy-causing bacteria. Furthermore, wool blankets will keep you far from frostbite from now until next June; the downside is that they can be a bit scratchy. This is also what differentiates blankets from sheets. Sheets, which touch the skin, are typically made from cotton, as it is softer on the skin. Cotton can be a popular option for summer-weight blankets, when you’d like an extra bit of fabric around you but you’re not exactly shivering without it. Synthetic fabrics are also suitable for lighter-weight blankets: fleece blankets, for example, can be extra soft and many can be thrown in with the rest of the laundry, making them an excellent choice for pet blankets or travel blankets.
When you’re considering adding a bedspread or a duvet to your room, think about the way you would if you added a layer to your own clothes. An extra layer can increase visual interest, especially if it’s a bright, contrasting pattern or texture—vivid hues and faux furs can do wonders for a space that needs a bit more life popped into it. When you shop online at Wayfair UK, we’ll send one of our best-selling blankets, throws, or duvets straight to your door, with free delivery on all orders over £40. With Catherine Lansfield throws, Ian Snow blankets, and duvets with every kind of print from botanical to cheery cottage quilted, we’ve got just what you need. There’s never been a better time to Wayfair your blanket.
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