How to Choose a Weighted Blanket – Soothing Weight

How to Choose a Weighted Blanket

What Weighted Blanket Is Right For You?

Choosing a weighted blanket can be a little challenging.  There are many things to consider.  What size?  What weight?  What fabric?  Is the blanket washable?  Is the blanket weighted with glass beads or poly pellets?  Is the blanket made in the USA?

We will do our best to help answer these questions...

What Size?

When choosing a weighted blanket, you can choose a size to fit the length of your body or you can choose a size to fit your bed.  It is your personal preference.  Our blankets are offered in the following sizes...

Soothing Weight weighted blankets are made to fit the top of the bed and not hang over the sides.  If your weighted blanket hangs over the sides of your bed, gravity will cause the blanket to fall to the floor.

What Weight?

Studies have shown that a weighted blanket should be about 10% of your body weight.  One pound one way or the other doesn't matter so much.  Again, it is personal preference that matters most.

You can easily find the suggested weight for a weighted blanket using our free weighted blanket calculator or you can figure it out on your own using the following weighted blanket calculation formula.

For children:  10% of body weight plus 1 or 2 lbs
For adults:  10% of ideal body weight

The chart below is given as a quick guide...

 Body Weight Blanket Weight
20 lbs - 40 lbs 3 lbs - 6 lbs
40 lbs - 60 lbs 5 lbs - 8 lbs
60 lbs - 70 lbs 7 lbs - 9 lbs
70 lbs - 90 lbs 8 lbs - 11 lbs
90 lbs - 110 lbs 10 lbs - 11 lbs
110 lbs - 120 lbs 11 lbs - 12 lbs
120 lbs - 140 lbs 12 lbs - 14 lbs
140 lbs - 160 lbs 14 lbs - 16 lbs
160 lbs - 180 lbs 16 lbs - 18 lbs
180 lbs - 200 lbs 18 lbs - 20 lbs
200 lbs - 220 lbs 20 lbs - 22 lbs
220 lbs - 240 lbs 22 lbs - 24 lbs
240 lbs - 260 lbs 24 lbs - 26 lbs
260 lbs - 280 lbs 26 lbs - 28 lbs
280 lbs - 300 lbs 28 lbs - 30 lbs

    What Fabric?

    Do you want a thicker blanket or a thinner blanket?

    If you want a thicker blanket - our Minky blankets are perfect.

    If you want a thinner blanket - our Minky & Cotton or our Cotton Flannel blankets are perfect.

    Is the Blanket Washable?

    Our blankets are washer and dryer safe.  Machine wash with cool water on a GENTLE cycle.  Do not use fabric softener.  Air dry or tumble dry on LOWEST heat setting.  Use a dryer sheet or similar to control static.  If cared for properly, the blankets will handle multiple cleanings.   Never warm in microwave or dry clean.

    Please Note:  Always reference the owners manual for weight limits of your washer and dryer.  For blankets over 12 lbs, a commercial washer/dryer is recommended.

    Is the Blanket Weighted with Glass Beads or Poly Pellets?

    Soothing Weight weighted blankets are weighted with premium quality silica free glass beads manufactured right here in the USA.  Glass beads are smaller than poly pellets and provide a thinner profile blanket.

    We offer poly pellets if desired.  Contact us or leave us a note at checkout if you would prefer poly pellets over glass beads.

    Is the Blanket Made in the USA?

    Yes!  Soothing Weight weighted blankets are made in the USA.  We are a family owned and operated company located in Utah.

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