Frequently Asked Questions
Koala is a therapeutic weighted blanket designed to be approximately 7 to 10% of your bodyweight. The Koala weighted blanket applies consistent, gentle pressure on your body (similar to a hug), which helps to lower your physiological arousal level. This pressure is scientifically proven to increase melatonin and serotonin levels (chemicals in the brain that regulate sleep and happiness) and decreases cortisol levels (aka stress) all while relaxing the central nervous system.
Studies show that the Koala Weighted Blanket has had a positive effect on the following disabilities, disorders and symptoms:
• Sleep disorders / insomnia (or problems with falling asleep)
• ADD and ADHD
The Koala therapeutic weighted blanket designed to be approximately 7-13% of your body weight.
The Koala Blanket comes with 2 size options: 48*78 inches and 60*80 inches. Both sizes have an option of 6.8kg or 9kg.
One side of the Koala cover is made from silky smooth 300 thread count bamboo for the warmer days and soft mink on the other side for the cooler days. Our weighted blanket is perfect for all year round.
Please consult your physician or doctor before using the Koala Weighted Blanket, if you have any heart problems and grade 2 diabetes.
Please consult an obstetrician before using the Koala Blanket during pregnancy.
The cover is machine washable and also can be dry cleaned. Remove the cover before washing, and wash in cold water on a gentle cycle, hang your cover to dry. Do not use bleach.
We recommend only washing the weighted insert by hand in cold water. Do not tumble dry, do not dry clean. Do not soak or bleach.
Please note: Other brands state that you can wash the weighted insert but doing this can break your washing machine due to the weight.
This is variable. Some people love their blanket straight away and feel the therapeutic benefits immediately. For others, getting used to a weighted blanket takes a few days but never more than a few weeks.
How long it will take you to get used to it depends on you. It’s important to remember a weighted blanket is heavier than a regular duvet or blanket, so there’s bound to be a small bedding in period (please excuse the pun).
You can use your Koala Blanket all year round because it is reversible with two different fabric outer layers.
For cooler nights, you use the Ultra Soft Mink Side, and for warmer nights, you use the Silky Bamboo side. These fabrics were chosen after extensive testing. They are lovely to touch and supremely comfortable.
Another reason the Koala Blanket is good for winter and summer is because of what goes in it. The ‘weight’ is provided by very small glass beads, which do not restrict heat loss and move around silently as you do. The unique pattern of the Koala Blanket keeps these beads evenly spread out for optimal comfort.
If you use your Koala Blanket in winter, use the loop and tie system to fasten it to your duvet. If you are using your blanket in summer, you can use the Koala Blanket with just a bed sheet or on its own. Whatever works for you.
Weighted blankets are dangerous to babies and toddlers. The Koala Blanket is too heavy for them and represents a significant suffocation risk.
The Koala Blanket has the potential to help reduce anxiety with Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS), which has been shown to reduce anxiety in studies.
There’s a lot of science surrounding this. A 2008 study published in the journal Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, and a 2011 study published in the Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering, found the same thing: participants suffering from anxiety found their symptoms reduced with an anxiety weighted blanket.
The reason is one of comfort and assurance. Having a weighted blanket over you is akin to being cuddled or hugged. This brings a sense of calmness to your being, reducing anxiety in the process, which can also improve sleep.
Weighted blankets have been scientifically shown to help improve insomnia  and reduce anxiety . They have also been shown to improve sleep disturbance in older children with autism  and older children with ADHD .
The same benefits are transferable to adults and teenagers.
The Koala Weighted blanket and other weighted blankets work on the principle of Deep Pressure Stimulation (DPS) to achieve these effects.
Sources:  SciMedCentral  JMBE  Research Autism  BMJ.
We dislike plastic for environmental reasons. The advantage of glass beads is they are non-toxic, BPA-free and fully recyclable. They also breakup and break down with pressure, unlike plastic beads which retain their form for a very long time.
This makes glass beads a more environmentally-friendly choice.
The glass beads we use are also smaller than most of the plastic beads used in competitor weighted blankets. This means they move around more freely and are less intrusive, making for a very, very comfortable blanket.
This depends on how much you weigh. If you weigh less than 85kg, choose the 6.8kg blanket. If you weigh more, choose the 9kg blanket. As a general rule, a good starting weight for an adult is 7-13% of your body weight.
If you feel uncomfortable, or the therapeutic effects of your blanket aren’t being felt, consider changing the weight or size to see if this helps. The Koala Blanket is available in two weights and two sizes to suit most people.
Your weighted blanket won’t come with bed bugs, but if your bedroom already has them, there’s a good chance they’ll live on your blanket too. If you see any crawling around, you should take the following steps:
1. Spray your weighted blanket thoroughly with an insecticidal surface spray that is designed for bedbugs. A product with good reviews is this one (link to Amazon). You should spray the blanket outer cover until it is damp with spray.
2. Hang your blanket out to dry. Let the spray dry on your blanket, without attempting to accelerate the process. Let it dry naturally.
3. Once your blanket is dry, remove the outer cover and inspect the interior. It is unlikely any bed bugs will be in there. Keep the inner blanket away from the room with bed bugs.
4. Now, put the outer cover in your washing machine on an hour-long cycle. You can safely wash the outer cover at 30°C. Use regular detergent and set the cycle on one of the gentlest settings, like a wool or hand wash.
5. Remove the outer cover, and gently spray a little more insecticidal surface spray onto it whilst damp. Let it dry naturally.
The bed bugs should now be gone from the blanket. However, you must make sure you eliminate them from your bedroom, otherwise they will come back. Bed bugs can be quite persistent, so we recommend calling a professional for help.
You can use your weighted blanket for as long as you like. It’s 100% safe.
A weighted blanket will only weigh 7-13% of your body weight, which really isn’t very much at all in the grand scheme of things. The weight will also be spread over your body, not all in one place. It feels like one big giant hug.
Weighted blankets consist of an outer cover, inner cover and a weighted filling, which is sewn into pockets. The weighted filling used depends on the brand of blanket, but in the case of the Koala Blanket the filling is glass pellets.
The glass pellets we use are identical and perfectly round. They are denser than plastic poly pellets, so can be smaller and less numerous. This makes the Koala Blanket supremely comfy - in fact, you probably won’t want to get out of bed!
The inner blanket is made from cotton, and so is the thread.
Weighted blankets have been shown in scientific studies to reduce the output of cortisol, the hormone that causes stress. Elevated cortisol in autism is directly linked, with it playing a functional role in heightened stress in flare ups.
People with autism respond to different stimulus in different ways. Weighted blankets have helped people on the spectrum cope with their disability. This can be through a reduction in stress levels, or by improving sleep quality.
Poly beads are larger than glass beads and not as dense. This means you need more of them to make the same weight. Therefore, they take up a greater volume in the blanket which makes them perceptible. This is obvious when you move, because the plastic beads will shuffle around. You can also feel them if you pinch the blanket.
Glass beads are around half the size, but the same weight give or take. They are less perceptible which is important for comfort. The Koala Blanket uses glass beads. Glass beads are also better for the environment and fully recyclable.
The great thing about the Koala Blanket is it has a reversible outer cover for winter and summer. During summer, your bedroom temperature is likely going to be over 18°C. If it is, choose the Silky Bamboo side of the outer cover. This is our coolest fabric with outstanding breathability. It’ll keep you cool during the night.
Still too hot? Ditch your duvet and wear just your weighted blanket. It’s also helpful to have an electric fan running, if you have one.
Although the Koala Blanket is sold in kg, some blankets are sold in lbs.
The 6.8kg Koala Blanket weighs 14.99 lbs, while the 9kg Koala Blanket weighs 19.84 lbs. If you weigh less than 187-lbs, choose the lighter version. If you weigh more than this, choose the heavier version of our blanket.
Elderly people should choose the lighter version, and if you are buying for an older child or teenager, the lighter version is also recommended.
Our kids weighted blanket is suitable for children over 35 kg/77 lbs.
Please talk with your child’s paediatrician or occupational therapist if you have concerns.