How to choose a blanket

Full sleep is one of the basic human needs. In a dream, he spends a third of his life. According to scientists, quality bedding, pillows and blankets are important for normal restorative sleep. Therefore, choosing a good blanket, you need to consider its quality characteristics.

Sewing method

Sewing blankets with filler is done in two ways:

Stitch method. This method of sewing consists in performing parallel vertical and horizontal quilting seams across the entire product area connecting several layers of fabric and filler. At the quilt, a perimeter rim is made.
Cassette method. Sewing by this method consists in sewing between the two layers of fabric partitions, forming separate sections-cassettes, which are filled with downy mixture. The cassette blanket cannot “stray”, and thanks to the dense fabrics used to sew it, the filler does not migrate outward.

The size

By the size of the blankets are divided into two main categories - one and a half and double.
check One and a half:
140x205 cm;
145x205 cm;
150x210 cm.;
155x215 cm.;
160x220 cm.
Double:
172x205 cm;
175x205 cm;
180 x 210 cm.;
200 x 220 cm .;
240 x 220 cm.
The standard for the CIS countries is 172x205 cm.
European standard - 200x220 cm.

Heat degree

A comfortable blanket should warm in the cold and create coolness in the heat. The warming qualities depend not only on the cover, but also on the thickness of the filler and its density. The degree of warmth of blankets with different filling density is as follows:

products are especially warm at a filler density of 420 g \ m²;
warm at a filler density of more than 350 g \ m²;
standard (off-season) 300-345 g \ m²;
lightweight 200-295 g \ m²;
light (for summer) 150 g \ m².
The degree of heat of a particular product can be found by marking the labels. It is indicated by a number from 1 to 5 or the corresponding number of points.

Fillers

Swan Down Blankets

Natural swan fluff in modern production of blankets is not used due to the extremely high cost of the source material. Instead, a synthetic analogue is used - thinsulate. Artificial filler has a number of specific properties, and products from it are ideal for the off-season in the autumn-spring period.

Pros of swan fluff: Hypoallergenic. It is absolutely safe for allergy sufferers; dust mites and other pathogenic microorganisms do not start in the synthetics structure; Average thermal conductivity. The blanket of this material is not as warm as that of natural fillers, but surpasses many synthetic analogues in this parameter; Weight. The product has a small mass - the average blanket rarely weighs more than half a kilogram; Simple care. It does not require special care, it is easy to wash and dries very quickly; Durability. Tinsuleyt perfectly holds its shape, does not cake and is quite elastic.

Cons Swan Down Blankets: Electrostatic. The material strongly accumulates static; Moisture resistance. Absolutely does not absorb and does not release moisture; Poor microcirculation. The filler practically does not allow air masses through, which creates a danger of overheating of the body.

Bird fluff

The most commonly used filler is goose down. The traditional version of animal origin, quality structure, but high price. The long service life of such products was made possible thanks to modern technologies for processing the source material, in general, we can say that bird fluff is a good filler for the blanket.

Cons of bird fluff filler: Cost. Goose down blankets are some of the most expensive; Weak moisture exchange. Well letting air in, fluff simultaneously retains a significant part of the moisture, which entails a gradual wetting of the product; Potential allergenicity. In such products, there is a very high probability of dust mites settling into the filler structure; Special care. Duvets need special storage conditions and regular treatment against ticks.

Advantages of bird fluff blankets: Good thermal insulation properties along with high-quality thermoregulation; Air permeability. Such products create a good microclimate due to the possibility of circulation of air masses; Resistant form. Quilts made of bird fluff are quite elastic, do not bob, and keep their shape perfectly; Light weight. A duvet is the lightest among all possible options; Durability. Modern products of this type can last up to two decades; Antistatic effect. Down filler is not subject to static electricity.

Sheep’s blanket

A fairly popular natural filler, which clearly outperforms bird fluff due to its lower cost, but has additional disadvantages.

Pluses of fleece blankets: Good heat capacity. Sheep's wool warms well, holds heat for a long time, while in a number of countries it is used as a prophylaxis of muscle atony and osteochondrosis; Air exchange. Like bird fluff, this filler creates optimal conditions for microcirculation of air masses; Balanced moisture exchange. A blanket made of sheep’s wool absorbs and loses moisture well, remaining dry for a long period of time; Antistatic effect. The material is not subject to static electricity; Low cost. Blankets with such a filler are available to the general public and cheaper not only bird fluff, but also some products on a synthetic basis.

Cons: Allergenic. Animal wax in the filler structure, as well as dust mites, often present in the blanket, increase the risks of allergic reactions in humans; Short service life. On average, sheep’s blankets last about 4 years, after which they quickly cake and lose their shape; Weight. Products of this kind have a high mass comparable to cotton counterparts; Difficult care. Products cannot be washed, only chemical surface cleaning is used with caution.