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Size & Weight Questions

How heavy should a weighted blanket be? Could a weighted blanket be too heavy?

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Now that we understand a bit more about how weighted blankets work and what their benefits are, it’s important to know that not all are created equally, and there are tons of options when it comes to weights and sizes. So how do you pick the right one? Blankets are available in a wide range of weights, with the most common being 10, 15, and 20 pounds, but other increments also exist, starting with around 5 pounds for children, and up to 30 pounds or more for adults. First things first, you have to decide if the blanket is for an adult or a child.

Once you have the intended user in mind, the most important factor in picking a weighted blanket is weight itself, both that of the blanket and the person to use it. The general consensus is that an effective blanket is between 8-12% of body weight, with many sources defaulting to a clean 10%. For children, experts usually recommend something on the lighter side, 10% plus a pound or two.

Remember, the ideal blanket will have therapeutic properties and help lull you to sleep or calm your nerves; it shouldn’t crush you or be uncomfortable. Make sure and consider what position you sleep in: if you’re a back or stomach sleeper you can handle a heavier blanket, while a side-sleeper might opt for a lighter blanket. Finally, you also have to consider any joint sensitivity, such as in the knees, hips, or back, in which case a better option would probably be something on the lighter side.

With all that said, for all the science and studies behind figuring out what size is right for you, personal preference still takes precedence. Some people find they really need the extra weight to fully benefit from the pressure of a weighted blanket and feel the soothing effects. Maybe you’ve tried your partner’s blanket, not expecting to like it because you weigh 50 pounds less, but you end up loving it and that extra cozy hug it provides. Sometimes it’s a game of trial and error; some couples end up finding the perfect balance sharing a heavier blanket, with the weight distributed over both of them.

There are a few concerns that shouldn’t be ignored when it comes to weighted blankets. They should never be used on babies or toddlers, and children should always be able to lift the blanket on their own, as a safety precaution. Too heavy does exist, but once again, it’s a matter of how comfortable or uncomfortable you feel with the blanket; if you’re afraid of too heavy a blanket, start with a lighter one, around 10% of your weight, and you can always move up from there.

Blanket filling also comes into play when talking about weight. You may have noticed that most weighted blankets contain either plastic pellets or glass beads. Plastic pellets are bigger, whereas glass beads are about the size of a grain of sand or even smaller, and heavier than plastic pellets. This means that because of their smaller size, not as many are required to achieve the same weight as plastic pellets, so a blanket containing glass beads will be thinner and less bulky.