Choosing a quilt or blanket can be a challenging task. So many options are available, but how do you know which is right for you? Here’s what to consider when choosing your next set of quilts for your home.
Blankets are an essential part of your home
When you think about blankets, you probably only think of using them during the winter. However, they can be used all year round. In summer, use them as a throw on the couch or bed or simply as a blanket for your kids when they sleep. Use it in the car in spring and autumn to keep warm and travel. It will help you feel comfortable in any situation.
Blankets get better with age
A quilt is an excellent investment because they age well.
- Since it lasts a long time, you’ll have your quilt for many years.
- Quilts can be washed and dried in the washer and dryer without special care or treatment. You don’t have to worry about ironing or steaming your quilt like you would with a comforter.
- Because they’re so lightweight, blankets are suitable for warmer months too.
Be a little mindful
Washing your quilt is essential to keeping it in good condition. While you may be tempted to throw your quilt in the washer and dryer (or worse, just the dryer), you should know a few things before doing so.
- Wash on a gentle cycle
- Use a mild detergent
- Dry on low heat setting (no higher than 150 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Don’t use bleach or fabric softener, as these can break down the fibres over time
The thickness of your quilt
Quilts come in several different types, and you should choose the one that best suits your needs. A quilt can be made from cotton, wool or down, and each has its benefits. The cotton quilt is generally lighter than its counterparts but doesn’t insulate. The down quilt is insulating and lightweight but gets wet quickly and needs to be dried correctly, so they don’t lose their loft (or ability to keep you warm). Wool is a great alternative if you live in an area with cold winters because it can absorb moisture without losing its insulating properties as other materials.
The thickness of your quilt depends on the season: during winter months, opt for thicker ones, while summer calls for lighter models that won’t weigh down on top of you while sleeping at night.
Regardless of what type or size best fits within budget limits, always remember that choosing quality over quantity will ensure longevity without sacrificing comfort.
Look at the fill power and weight of the product
When choosing a new quilt, look at the fill power of the product, as well as the fill weight, which will determine how warm it is. Fill power measures how much space a given amount of down or feathers will fill and is one quality indicator. The higher the fill power, the more air it can hold and the less space e you need to heat up with your body heat.
The amount of material used to stuff a quilt also impacts warmth: A heavier layer mee’s more material insulating you from cold air. But this can make it harder for you to move around freely inside your sleeping bag if it’s too thickly padded.
Consider buying a quilt made of hypoallergenic materials
If you or anyone in your family have allergies, buying a quilt that contains hypoallergenic materials will be a lifesaver. Although all blankets are designed to regulate temperature, the types of fibres they use can affect how well they do so.
Studies show that these fibres reduce symptoms of allergies by reducing allergen levels in mattresses and pillows. They are also less expensive than synthetic options such as polyester or acrylic. On top of being easier on the lungs, natural materials like cotton and wool also tend to be more breathable.