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Important Weighted Blanket Guidelines To Know Before You Buy

Important Weighted Blanket Guidelines To Know Before You Buy

If you’re reading this, you’re here because you want to know if a weighted blanket is worth the investment. In the article below, we’re going to list out several weighted blanket guidelines to ensure your future purchase of a weighted blanket goes smoothly.

There isn’t an officially established set of guidelines out there today to help shoppers determine their next purchase, we’ve created our own set of guidelines to help people curious about these magical blankets. We’ve created a set of guidelines through research, consultations, and recommendations.

Disclaimer: The tips and recommendations given here are intended to be used as guidelines. Do not replace our advice for a registered health professional or therapist's advice. It’s best to consult with a healthcare professional if you have a special condition.

What Is A Weighted Blanket?

A weighted blanket is exactly what the name entails, it’s a weighted blanket that’s filled with weighted materials. Usually, these weighted materials include glass-beads, plastic pellets, and/or food. The blanket was created to recreate a feeling of being hugged to calm down individuals suffering from insomnia, anxiety, stress, and other similar conditions.

What Is A Weighted Blanket For and How Do They Work?

As mentioned above, weighted blankets were designed to recreate the sensation of being hugged and cuddled. It’s a tool used to help individuals dealing with issues such as stress, anxiety, insomnia, and much more. 

The main reason why weighted blankets were made was to help sleepers increase their low endorphin and serotonin levels (hormones). The hormone Endorphin is to help give a sense of pleasure while serotonin is the hormone that gives a sense of happiness. Serotonin converts itself into melatonin and helps sleepers get a better night’s sleep.

This is all done through Deep Tough Pressure Therapy that's embedded a weighted blanket. Furthermore, weighted blankets help reduce the stress hormone cortisol within the body. When there's an increase in your endorphin and serotonin levels, ultimately, there's a decrease in cortisol levels. This helps you sleep longer.

Here’s a list of disorders and issues weighted blankets help treat:

  • Night terrors
  • Autism
  • Stress
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • PTSD

What Materials Are Used for Weighted Blankets?

In today’s market, there are several different weighted blankets available in all shape and sizes. But, you’re probably asking, “What materials are used for weighted blankets?” Good question! There are several popular materials that are used for weighted blankets. We’ll list some of the most common ones right now.

Popular materials include:

  • Cotton (regular, organic and blended)
  • Polyester
  • Fleece
  • Denim
  • Mink
  • Bamboo **new**
  • Rayon-Linen

What Is Inside A Weighted Blanket?

There are hundreds of weighted blankets out there with different fillings. In this section, I’ll discuss a couple of the most popular options you'll most likely see. Plus, I'll list some pros and cons of each. This will help figure out the best weighted blanket for your needs.

Plastic poly pellets

You’re probably asking what the heck are plastic poly pellets? Good question! These are, histologically,  the most popular options of weighted blanket fillings on the market. They’re plastic pebbles embedded in a weighted blanket. As the name entails, they’re all made out of plastic.

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to create your own weighted blanket or looking to purchase one, always look for 100% virgin polypropylene pellets if you choose plastic poly pellets. These are the best option for people looking for a plastic pallet-based weighted blanket. You want to make sure your plastic poly pellets are machine washable and machine-dryer ready. 

You also want to make sure the plastic pellets within your weighted blanket has a high-temperature rating. Make sure you contact the manufacturer if it's not listed on their product page. You don't want melted plastic pellets within your weighted blanket. It's highly dangerous for your health and defeats the purpose of a weighted blanket. 

Pros

  • The most common filling option for a weighted blanket.
  • Usually machine washable (some options may say different)
  • Long shelf life.

Cons

  • Most weighted blankets using plastic poly pellets use lower grade versions of it.
  • Can hold a strong odor if not aired out correctly. 
  • It’s reported they can be a bit uncomfortable if you’re very sensitive to touch and sensations. Be cautious before you buy.
  • Easily makes weighted blankets feel uneven.

Micro glass beads

Most new modern weighted blanket companies use micro glass beads for their fillings. These glass beads are much smaller than the traditional plastic poly pellets discussed above.

The reason why glass beads became the preferred filling option for weighted blankets is due to their density and smooth sensation. It spreads more evenly throughout the blanket than plastic pellets. Plus, they don’t create an uneven feel as plastic pellets do.

Pros

  • They don't rely on plastic.
  • Completely odorless.
  • Lays smoothly on the body and comfortable.
  • Evenly distributed through the blanket.
  • Machine washable and dry-friendly. 

Cons

  • More likely to have leakages due to their smaller body.
  • They’re harder to manufacture in the production stage.

If you’re looking for a great option for a glass bead-filled weighted blanket, check out our weighted blanket here.

Dried Grains, Beans and Rice

There’s no need to explain this one. But you may be asking “Why do people use food in their weighted blanket?” This is the most cost-effective option of all. The above options can easily cost you hundreds of dollars to make. But, if you're looking for a SUPER cheap option, this may be for you. 

We have never seen certified manufacturers use these as fillers but we have seen plenty of people attempt this option. If you're looking for a fun project or need something very temporary, this may be for you. 

Pros

  • Cost-effective and cheaper than plastic pellets and glass beads.
  • Fun project to attempt. 

Cons

  • Using this option, you will make your weighted blanket unwashable. 
  • It can get very messy and the clean up is a pain. 
  • If any liquids make contact with your blanket, you’ll run the risk of causing mold or mildew thus leading to health problems down the road.
  • Even if you keep your weighted blanket dry, the materials will create a bad odor.

Ultimately, we do not recommend this option but if you do choose to go this route make sure you understand the health risks associated with it.

In the end, it comes down to the classic glass vs poly weighted blanket. In our opinion, we choose glass beads due to the fact they’re more comfortable, dense, and odorless. You can check out our glass bead-filled weighted blanket by clicking here.

If you’re still going to make your own custom weighted blankets then go with glass beads. But, fair warning, if you go the route of making your own weighted blanket, it’s going to cost you a lot of time and money. 

What Size Weighted Blanket Do I Need?

This is a good question that’s not simple to answer because most weighted blankets come in all different sizes. In this section, we'll do our best to help you choose the right size for your needs. 

If you’re someone who’s a bit on the smaller side and would like a weighted blanket that doesn’t completely cover your body then we’d recommend a 41x60 weighted blanket. This weighted blanket would be perfect for growing teens and people who are either on a twin or full-size bed.

If you’re bigger and would like a full-body immersion and/or have a queen size bed, we recommend the 60x80 weighted blanket. This is the most popular weighted blanket on the market.

If you’re a bigger individual on a Cali-king size bed or looking for a weighted blanket size for couples then we recommend an 80x87 weighted blanket.

Once you’ve figured out the right size you need. You want to understand how to choose the correct weight needed. In the following section, we’ll discuss how to choose a weighted blanket by weight or click here for our weight/size chart page

How to Choose A Weighted Blanket by Weight

It’s important to choose a weighted blanket that’s approximately 10-12% your body weight. Note: If you’re heavily into fitness and a fitness competitor like a fitness model, mixed-martial artist or fitness competitor of any kind and weight jumps up and down, get a weighted blanket based on your off-season or walking weight. If you’re looking into getting a larger couple size weighted blanket like the 80x87, still applies as well.

If you’re looking to get a couple's weighted blanket (80x87) we recommend you still follow our weight rule. For example, if your husband or wife weighs 180lbs and 130lbs, you may want to get a weighted blanket that fits between 10-12% of both your body weight. If you can’t find something that’s within the reach of the heavier person, it’s recommended to go lighter. You’ll still receive the benefits of a weighted blanket.

Our Final Thoughts

Weighted blankets are blankets that use Deep Tough Pressure Therapy (DTPT) to help sleepers eliminate various issues and disorders including night terrors, autism, stress, travel anxiety, ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, depression, fibromyalgia, sensory processing disorder, and other conditions.  

Weighted blankets, in general, come in all shape and sizes. It’s best to pick a weighted blanket that uses glass beads above all. You’ll get the maximum ROI on a weighted blanket that’s embedded with glass beads due to it being machine washable, odorless, and evenly distributed.

When you’re picking the right weighted blanket, make sure you’re getting a blanket that’s 10-12% your body weight. Also, consider getting a blanket that compliments your relationship status and bedding size. You don’t want to get a small weighted blanket that only covers you if your significant other sleeps on the same bed.

If you want more information on weighted blankets, click here to learn more. 

Disclaimer: The tips and recommendations given here are intended to be used as guidelines. Do not replace our advice for a registered health professional or therapist's advice. It’s best to consult with a healthcare professional if you have a special condition.

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