A Good Blanket Has Never Been More Useful. Here Are 12 of Our Favorites.
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A good blanket changes everything. It’s the difference between an okay night of sleep and a great night of sleep, a comfortable night spent on the couch versus a truly cozy night on the couch. And with more time spent in the confines of one’s home — or spent outside trying to hang out with friends or family in the safest way possible, for as long as possible, even as temperatures drop — blankets are more crucial than ever.
It’s time to start respecting the place of a blanket beyond the bedroom or couch, but instead as everyday accessories of sorts. We’ve all heard the term “safety blanket,” but there’s never been a more appropriate time to interpret it quite literally. When a hug is no longer feasible, turn to your blanket for the feeling a warm embrace provides, as well as a sense of security. Besides, when shit really hits the fan, you can seek cover underneath your cozy companion.
Below are 12 blankets for enveloping yourself in as you migrate from your room to the kitchen to the couch or even your backyard, including everything from sherpa throws to pure wool and faux fur blankets. We even threw in a cashmere option for when you’re feeling particularly extravagant.
Baloo Weighted Blanket
Assuage some of that stress you’ve been experiencing with Baloo’s Eco-Friendly Weight Blanket. The deep pressure touch of the 12lb blanket will help to soothe your nervous system and thus lower your anxiety levels, with studies showing that weighted blankets support the increase of serotonin and melatonin, and decrease of cortisol. You’ll finally sleep like a baby again.
Faherty Sherpa Throw Blanket
Show that you’re a man who contains volumes with this rugged yet soft blanket from Faherty. The sherpa side is perfect for curling up on the couch on those cold nights, while the western-inspired pattern is fit for the manliest of cowboys. After all, real men get chilly too.
Boll & Branch Plaid Oversized Throw Blanket
If you’re already feeling a little festive but don’t want to drag out the holiday decorations just yet, allow Boll & Branch’s oversized plaid throw to add a subtle touch of holiday spirit to your home.
Urban Outfitters Stargazer Plush Throw Blanket
Imagine your favorite fleece turned into an oversized blanket. The result would be something like this Stargazer Plush Throw Blanket from Urban Outfitters, crafted from fluffy fleece for feeling like you’re on a cloud.
L.L.Bean Chunky Cabled Fleece Throw
To be paired with an equally chunky cable-knit sweater. A steal at only $60.
Susan Kare Cairo Throw
Before there were emojis, there was Susan Kare’s Cairo typeface, designed in 1984 for the first Macintosh operating system. Taking inspiration from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, Kare hand-drew each symbol using a bitmap grid, some of which still exist today, like the cursor and watch. Now you can find all of Kare’s symbols on this blanket-cum-work of art, a woven blanket that’ll keep you occupied while chilling.
HAY Mono Blanket
In keeping with their minimalistic aesthetic, Danish design brand HAY’s Mono Blanket is simple yet effective — crafted from 100% pure wool, it’ll feel like just as cozy as your favorite sweater, while the subtle diagonal stripes and relaxing blue hue add just a touch of color and texture to one’s living space.
Sophie Faux Fur Throw Blanket
If there’s one thing that’ll instantly make you feel like you’re living in the lap of luxury, it’s a (faux) fur blanket, like this one from Anthropologie. Available in a range of colors, consider buying one for every room in your house.
Brooklinen Faribault Wool Throw
This throw isn’t made from just any kind of wool, but wool from the Faribault Woolen Mill in Faribault, Minnesota, one of the last vertical woolen mills in America. The reversible throw is made from two-ply merino wool on a jacquard loom to lend the blanket a double-faced effect.
Naadam Recycled Cashmere Waffle Throw
Is there anything quite as luxurious as lounging with a cashmere blanket, besides maybe wearing head-to-toe cashmere while doing so.
Uniqlo HEATTECH Full-Size Blanket
For those who find themselves especially chilled in the fall and winter, Uniqlo has brought their famed HEATTECH to this supremely soft full-size blanket. The brand’s heating technology will help to retain heat while also absorbing moisture, without leaving you feeling smothered.
Schoolhouse Cotton Pinstripe Blanket
Sometimes you want just a basic and classic cotton blanket, like this 100% cotton one from Schoolhouse featuring a contrasting striped weave. The cotton construction will still provide warmth and comfort but will make for a more ideal layering companion with your other bedding, so you won’t find yourself drenched in sweat when you wake up.
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