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8 Different Types of Blankets for Your Home

Looking to elevate your home decor or make any room in your house just a bit cozier? Getting to know the common types of blankets should be your first stop. 

A nice, warm blanket can help pull a room together and make any space feel more comfortable and lived in. But it’s important to know what you’re looking for when it comes to types of blanket material and styles before you simply choose the one you like best on sight.

Different blankets, after all, have different purposes — not to mention different blanket sizes that can turn an impulse purchase into a disaster. 

Whether you're wrapping up on a cold winter's night or looking for a light cover for a breezy summer evening, this guide will navigate you through your choices to ensure ultimate comfort and satisfaction.

1. Wool Blankets

Wool blankets, revered for their unparalleled warmth and moisture-wicking capabilities, are one of the best examples of how natural fibers can elevate a piece. Sometimes, simplicity really is best!

Beyond their warm embrace on chilly winter nights, these blankets boast hypoallergenic properties. The genius of wool lies in its ability to regulate body temperature, providing uninterrupted and serene sleep, irrespective of external conditions. 

The breathability and natural materials of wool blankets make them a popular choice among those who value quality and comfort. From the dense weave of a traditional bedspread to the soft drape of a throw blanket, wool blankets are versatile in function and style, making them an essential layer for any bedding ensemble.

2. Fleece Blankets

Fleece blankets are perfect for swaddling yourself in comfort and versatility, embodying the perfect blend of functionality and style. Their synthetic fibers strike an exceptional balance of warmth and lightness, appealing to those who seek a blanket that adapts effortlessly to all seasons. 

The unique attribute of fleece is its ability to provide substantial warmth without the bulk, making it a favored choice for both outdoor adventures and cozy nights inside. Fleece's synthetic materials are soft to the touch and offer the kind of drape that invites you to snuggle up any time of the year. 

Fleece blankets are also easy to care for because they can generally be machine-washed without losing their plush texture or vibrant colors. Whether used as a top layer on your bed or as a comforting throw in the living room, fleece blankets add a layer of warmth and coziness that's hard to resist.

3. Down Blankets

Down blankets offer a luxurious sleeping experience that cradles you in warmth without the heft, making them the warmest and most sought-after option for frosty nights. The secret to their exceptional warmth lies in the down filling, which traps body heat efficiently while allowing moisture to escape, ensuring a comfortable sleep throughout the night. 

Down comforters, often used as the bottom layer of a bedspread, provide warmth and unparalleled comfort thanks to their fluffy layers of fabric and breathability. These blankets are a perfect example of how natural materials can be harnessed to create a sleeping environment that is both cozy and conducive to rest. 

With their quilted design and soft cotton fabric, down blankets are not just about utility but also add an element of luxury and style to your bedroom décor.

4. Quilts

Quilts are like the cozy, creative cousin in the blanket family. Picture combining warmth with a splash of personality — that’s what you get with quilts. Quilts have a long, storied history — pun intended — as a way for different cultures and individuals to craft a coverlet that both keeps them warm in cold weather and tells a story.

They’re perfect for adding a bit of flair to your bedroom or snuggling under during a movie marathon. Quilts are fantastic because they work in any season. In the summer, they're light enough to keep you comfortable without overheating. 

When the temperature drops, they're great for layering up. Plus, quilts are super easy to care for. Just toss them in the wash, and they're as good as new. 

5. Duvet Covers and Comforters

Here's the scoop on duvet covers and comforters: duvet covers are the ultimate blanket wardrobe. They're like protective outfits for your duvets, making it a breeze to switch up your bedroom look. 

Comforters, especially our Miracle Made® Comforter, are what’s going to be wearing your duvet cover wardrobe…Okay, we’ll leave that metaphor behind. 

Our comforter is one of the most versatile pieces of fabric you can add to your arsenal because it’s intelligently crafted to help keep you at the perfect temperature all night long, and this can work wonders for your quality of sleep.

6. Throw Blankets

Throw blankets are the superheroes of home decor. They instantly add a cozy vibe to any room, whether tossed over a couch or draped at the foot of your bed. With all sorts of materials — from snuggly acrylic to luxe rayon — they're as versatile as they are cozy. 

Perfect for every season, they’ve got you covered whether you need a light wrap in the spring or something to fend off the chill during winter movie nights. Plus, they’re super easy to keep fresh. 

A quick spin in the wash, and they’re ready to make your living space stylish and snug again.

7. Electric Blankets

Electric blankets are the warm hug you didn’t know you needed. Imagine settling into bed and wrapping yourself in just-right warmth that you can adjust with the flick of a switch. 

These handy pieces of equipment don’t just replace heavier blankets with something lighter yet more warming. They can also help to soothe those achy muscles and promote deeper relaxation after a long day. 

Modern electric blankets are smart, too, with safety features and automatic shut-offs, so you can drift off without a worry. They’re like your personal sleep therapist, ready to help you find your perfect sleep temperature.

8. Weighted Blankets

Weighted blankets are like getting a hug all night long. Filled with tiny glass beads or plastic pellets, they apply a gentle, even pressure across your body. 

They’re more than just a fad — these blankets provide deep touch pressure, which has been shown to help reduce stress and improve sleep. Think of it as the blanket version of a calming deep-tissue massage. 

They come in a range of styles and materials, whether you’re interested in the softest sherpa or a stylish, minimalist afghan that will pull your room together. You can even use them on your bed, as long as you’re also using our Miracle Made® Sheet Set underneath to help you regulate your temperature and cut down on bacterial growth thanks to the inclusion of antibacterial silver. 

The Bottom Line

From wool's moisture-wicking properties to the Miracle Comforter's innovative cooling technology, the right blanket can transform your sleep experience. Whether you’re drawn to the enveloping warmth of a down blanket, the decorative charm of quilts, or the therapeutic benefits of a weighted blanket, the perfect blanket is out there. 

You just have to learn enough about the different kinds of blankets to know where to look!

Sources:

Best Temperature for Sleep | Sleep Foundation

Effects Of Thermal Environment On Sleep And Circadian Rhythm | National Library of Medicine

The History of Quilting | Zebeum Museum of Art

Environmental Benefits of Wool | Montana State University

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