Choosing a weighted blanket can be challenging if you don't know where to start. This contemplation tends to lead to questions coming up when you decide to shop around. What size should I buy? What weight do I need? Can my child use one? Are these weighted blankets washable? What's inside making it weighted? Does this sound familiar?
At Mosaic Weighted Blankets, we've helped thousands of people buy their first gravity blanket and duvet cover. We have even helped customers choose the right gift for their loved ones and the right aid for those with sleep disorders such as, sleep apnea, post traumatic stress disorder, overall anxiety and chronic insomnia. That's why we have compiled this buying guide to help you get achieve your best night's sleep.
Why Buy a “Weighted” Blanket?
Most blankets are cozy, warm, and offer at least a cursory feeling of security. But weighted blankets go much further and deeper. They provide a form of therapy known as deep pressure stimulation. Many studies have shown that this gentle, constant form of pressure can help with a wide variety of discomforts and conditions, and induce a general feeling of peace.
We recommend that you research the benefits of weighted blankets to understand how a weighted blanket can help you and your loved ones.
Once you’ve decided to give a weighted blanket a try, the next step is selecting the right one.
How Heavy Should My Weighted Blanket Be?
We recommend a blanket that is 10% of your body weight. You can also add 1 or 2 extra pounds of weight for additional pressure, depending on what kind of benefits you’re hoping to gain and how you’ll use the blanket. For instance, a casual weighted blanket user will likely go with 10%. However, someone suffering from stress and anxiety may opt for those few extra pounds.
For a larger or shared blanket, we recommend a 20-25 pound King or Queen size.
Check our buying guide for quick reference:
Recommended Weighted Blanket Chart
Your blanket should be about 10% of your body weight.
Adults, feel free to add extra 1-2 lbs extra for additional pressure.
A kid’s blanket should be about 10% of the bodyweight plus 1-2 lbs.
If there are two of you (or you would like a bigger blanket), buy a 20/25 lbs King or Queen blanket.
We invite you to explore our weighted blanket chart to find your perfect fit:
Can a Weighted Blanket be Too Heavy?
A weighted blanket may feel unpleasant if it is too heavy, but you may not feel the full effects if it is too light. While it’s typically a safe bet to adhere to the 10% rule, plus or minus a pound or two, everyone is different.
According to one study, some adults may enjoy the feeling of blankets weighing up to 30 pounds. Others, however, may want something lighter than 10% of their body weight. If you feel that your blanket is not the correct weight, please review our return and exchange policies. We’ll work with you to get you the weighted blanket you need!
What Size Weighted Blanket Do You Need?
When buying a weighted blanket, you can buy it to fit the length of your body or buy it to fit your bed. It comes down to personal preference. If you want one to fit your body length exactly, you will want to purchase our Twin size weighted blanket. If you want the weighted blanket to fit the bed, you can buy our Full/Queen/King size blanket. Either way, the weighted blanket can provide numerous benefits if the weight is correct.
Mosaic Weighted Blankets® are designed to lay on top of the bed, or match your body size, not hang over the sides. If it hangs over the sides of your bed, gravity will pull the blanket to the floor.
How to Buy a Weighted Blanket for a Child
For children, you may want to add 1-2 lbs to 10% of their body weight. Some kids like the extra pressure when trying to sleep. But others may become uncomfortable if the blanket is too large or heavy.
We sell kids weighted blankets specifically designed to fit small children. Also, our throw size weighted blankets are perfect for a larger child. While you can buy a larger size to allow your child to grow into their blanket, you should still adhere to the general weight guidelines of how much they weigh now.
We also suggest consulting with your doctor, occupational therapist, or another health care professional before purchasing a weighted blanket for a young child (especially if they are under the age of four).
You should never use a weighted blanket for a child less than two years old.
How to Choose Your Weighted Blanket Fabric
When you choose one of our blankets, you don’t only consider the color, size, and weight. Our high-quality blankets come in different fabrics to suit your needs.
If you want a crisp, cool blanket: Cotton is for you! The fabric is 100% cotton and breathable. The weighted portion of the blanket (the pellets) will acclimate to the temperature of the room. So if the room is cool, the blanket will be cool. You will never be too hot at night with our cotton weighted blanket.
If you really want to stay cool: Check out our cooling weighted blanket! We carry a patented cooling fabric called Cool Max, designed with hot sleepers like you in mind.
If you want a warm, soft plush fabric: Minky fabric is for you! We carry Minky blankets that are 100% polyester and very soft to the touch, making them perfect for cuddling up. These blankets also help to keep you warm on those cold nights!
For hospitals/institutions: Our line of antimicrobial fabrics are perfect for comfortable, durable use. They can also withstand multiple laundering sessions.
Choosing a Washable Weighted Blanket
You need to exercise care when buying a weighted blanket for children. You want to make sure the blanket you choose has the easiest care instructions.
That’s why we make our blankets 100% machine washable! Our fabrics are extremely durable, and can easily withstand multiple cleanings when washed in cool water and air-dried. The blanket can also be spot-cleaned and put in the dryer on low heat for a short time.
For more information on how to care for your weighted blanket, check out our Blanket Care page.
Please note: For blankets over 12 lbs, a commercial washer and dryer are recommended. Do not dry clean or microwave.
Choose Mosaic Weighted Blankets®
Mosaic Weighted Blankets® was established in 2011 and we have sold thousands of blankets to many satisfied customers. We are the experts in this industry.
Are you still unsure about how to choose a weighted blanket? Then call us at 512-514-5529 or contact us online. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have, and we’d love to share our expertise to help you find the perfect blanket for your needs.
We invite you to read some of our 2000+ positive reviews about Mosaic Weighted Blankets®. You’ll learn why our customers love us, and you can join our list of satisfied customers!