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How to Choose the Best Throw Blankets for Your Home

by Maria Andreas
Throw Blankets

Throws make your home snugger and more comfortable. But, more than that, they can add sophistication to your interior when you choose stylish throw blankets and rugs.

How do you choose the best throws for your home? Well, the answer is not straightforward. Throws are made from different fabrics that need careful consideration when choosing the best one for your home.

What are the considerations in choosing the best throw fabric?

Before we go to the different types of throw materials, let us look at some considerations in choosing the best throw fabric for your needs.

  1. Weather and season. Depending on the weather and the season, you would want to match your throw blankets to your needs. Warmer weather calls for a lightweight and breathable throw, while colder weather calls for a thicker, warmer throw.
  2. Weight. You might want to choose throws depending on how light or heavy the fabrics are.
  3. Allergies. If you are prone to allergy, be sure to get throws that are hypoallergenic.
  4. Breathability. Some throw fabrics are breathable, while some are not. Pick what you want and need best.
  5. Sturdiness. Throw fabrics are not made equal. Some materials are sturdier and can stand more washes than others.
  6. Cost. Premium quality throw blankets and throw rugs may be more costly than others but can give you greater value. Be sure to look at both the price and quality of the throws.
  7. Texture. You may want to choose your throws based on their surface and feel.
  8. Style. Choose a throw style or design that matches the overall feel and theme of your home. This way, your throw can serve both its functional and aesthetic purpose.

What are the different types of throw fabrics?

Blankets Febrics

Now that you know how to choose the best throw material let us look at the different throw fabrics and their characteristics.

Cotton

  • Natural fibre
  • Soft
  • Lightweight
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Breathable
  • Suitable for all types of weather

Wool

  • Soft, but may have a scratchy surface
  • Breathable
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Fire-resistant
  • Adaptable material that’s suitable for all types of weather

Fleece

  • Synthetic material
  • Alternative to wool (if you are allergic or sensitive)
  • Soft
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Provides warmth (great for colder climate)
  • More lightweight than wool

Cashmere

  • Very soft
  • Lightweight
  • Fine texture
  • Durable
  • Good insulation
  • Luxurious

Acrylic

  • Synthetic material
  • Alternative to cashmere and wool
  • Warm
  • Lightweight
  • Hypoallergenic
  • More damage-resistant than natural throw fabrics
  • Budget-friendly
  • Easy to maintain

Polyester

  • Synthetic material
  • Can blend with cotton
  • Long-lasting
  • More affordable than natural materials

Other types of throws

Microplush

  • Sometimes called microlight or microtec
  • Soft
  • Thick
  • Comfortable
  • Budget-friendly

Down

  • Made of feathery material between pieces of fabric (polyester, fleece, etc.)
  • Lighter than comforters
  • Both indoor and outdoor use

Electric Blanket

  • Synthetic material
  • Available in different types of fabric
  • With Heating element (adjustable thermostat)
  • Comfortable

What Size Throw Is Preferable?

Decorating a living room is a challenge and have its dos and don’ts, but throw blankets are always a good idea. A throw blanket is available in a variety of sizes and shapes that are suitable for both a living room and a bedroom. The size of a throw blanket (for a living room) depends on various factors, such as the living room (theme), the sofas, the table, or even the rug.

Generally, the size of throw blankets for living rooms should not exceed 50 inches by 60 inches. Manufacturers also recommend 54×60 or 54×70-inch throw blankets. (Note: Throw blankets are measured as width x length.)

It’s time to check out some types of blankets that will make your entire bedroom look attractive.

The Best Throw Blanket Types

You can find different types of throw blankets that would go well with the room theme, just like you can find different sizes. To achieve this, a good fabric must be considered. Fabric options include Cashmere, Cotton, Fleece, Microtec, and many others.

Here are some examples of throw blankets:

One-Sided Throws

Throw blankets decorated with just one layer are used in living rooms. It is important to note, however, that they are thinner and some of the materials they are made from are hypoallergenic. There are many throws made from soft and durable fleece. They are perfect throws for spring and summer.

Reversible Throw Blankets

These are usually used during the winter because of their warmth and the fact that they have two layers. Additionally, these two-sided throw blankets can be made from a single material or two different fabrics, depending on your preference.

Printed Throws

With the addition of printed throw blankets to a living room with a simple and subtle design, this room looks perfect. You would choose these printed throws if, for example, your floors, cushions, or sofa are plain-colored (without any prints). The fabrics commonly used for them are cotton, fleece, and wool. These throws inspire others with their unique pattern and beautiful print even today.

Striped Blankets

Another one is the striped throw blankets that work well with two-toned themes. Suppose you have a black and white theme in your living room, then a striped throw blanket would add to the style. Trends today include snowflakes, geometrical designs, and webbed patterns. Strips can be added to your furniture to create a new look.

Knitted Throw Blankets

You can add unique style to the living room by presenting it with a chunky knit throw blanket, which looks incredible and brings value to any furniture placed in it. Also, throws woven with soft knit fabrics give the living room a very cozy appearance.

Throws with Tasseled Edging

As the trends change, you may want to give your home a different appearance every other year, by keeping it according to your intuition. It is trendy to drape throws that have tassels on the edges for the lounges, lobbies, and bedrooms.

So how do you pick the best throw blankets?

We have now shared the different throw materials and some essential considerations in choosing the best fabric. We hope you will pick throws that give you the best comfort, style, and satisfaction within your budget.

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