How to choose the right weighted blanket for you

There are three factors to consider when choosing a weighted blanket:

  1. Weight
  2. Size
  3. Filling
  4. Outer cover material

These four factors determine how a weighted blanket feels to use and how well it regulates temperature. To help you get your choices right, we’ve put together a little more information about these factors below.

  1. Weight

The first step in buying a weighted blanket is determining the correct weight. Your weighted blanket should weigh 8-13% of your body weight. This weight range is enough to simulate Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS) without being overbearing, so you can wear your weighted blanket anytime, anywhere.

Here’s what that means:

  • If you weigh <60kg choose a 4kg weighted blanket
  • If you weigh <85kg choose a 6.8kg weighted blanket
  • If you weigh >85kg choose a 9kg weighted blanket

Helpful pointer: A decimal point or kg between these weight ranges is fine so long as you stick to the 8-13% rule. If you happen to fall within a weight range that can use a heavier or lighter weight, try out the heavier blanket first and see how you get on. The Koala Blanket is available in 4kg, 6.8kg and 9kg weights.

  1. Size

This is simple - if you sleep in a single bed, choose a blanket that is sized for a single bed. If you sleep in a double bed, choose a blanket that is sized for a double bed, unless you have a partner who doesn’t want to also be under it.

Don’t choose a size that is larger than your bed! If you do, a large portion of the blanket’s weight could fall off you in the night, greatly reducing the therapeutic effects. It’s easier to use a smaller blanket than it is a larger one.

  1. Filling

Weighted blankets weigh more than a regular blanket because they are filled with plastic or glass pellets which add weight.

Glass pellets are ALWAYS superior to plastic pellets because they are denser and smaller. This means less pellets need to be used, and it also means the pellets are less perceptible when you move. Larger plastic pellets can be heard and in some cases felt when you move, which can make the blanket uncomfortable.

The Koala weighted blanket has a 100% glass bead filling. In fact, all the best blankets do. The glass beads we use are recyclable, non-toxic and BPA-free. They cannot be felt or heard when you move around or grab the blanket.

  1. Outer cover

Weighted blankets are often weighted without being thick, so they do not particularly provide additional warmth on their own.

However, the outer cover directly effects how a weighted blanket feels to wear and the breathability of the blanket. Some materials feel warm or cold, and some of the worst can create static or rub uncomfortably against your skin.

What you want is a soft and breathable outer cover made from a material you would be happy to wear as a jumper! Good outer cover materials include artificial mink, soft cotton or bamboo textile (or a combination of these).

The Koala Blanket offers just that with a reversible outer cover made from two different materials. One side is ultra-soft mink for colder nights; the other is silky bamboo for warmer nights. All you have to do is reverse the cover and you’re good to go.

Other weighted blankets tend to come with the option of a separate warmer or cooler cover, which means you’ll have to spend more money and find somewhere to store the other cover and change it over whenever needed. Some weighted blankets don’t come with the option of a second cover at all.

Summing up

Weight, size, filling and outer cover - so long as you consider these four factors, choosing the right weighted blanket is a piece of cake.