The weather is changing in our corner of the world. Pretty soon, people will begin swapping shorts and sandals for sweaters and scarves.
And just as your wardrobe changes with the seasons, so too does your bedroom. The blankets you’ve been using all summer will likely not do the job in winter and vice versa.
In this blog post, we’ll look at the best blankets to use in hot and cold weather.
What are the best blankets for winter?
Cool and silky blankets might feel nice in the summertime, but when the weather gets colder, you’ll want to consider different materials.
- Cashmere and wool – These fabrics range from midweight to lightweight, making them ideal for wintertime sleeping. Made from the thick coats of animals like sheep or goats – or more exotic creatures like llamas and alpacas – the bulky fibers in these blankets are great for keeping guests warm. Wool is also naturally breathable and wicks away moisture.
- Cotton – Although cotton is an all-seasons material, cotton blankets for winter tend to have more weight, while also being prized for their breathability and moisture-wicking properties.
- Synthetic blankets — Blankets made from synthetic fibers such as acrylic and polyester offer luxuriant softness and excellent warmth. We should note that both synthetic and cotton blankets are less likely to cause allergic reactions than wool or cashmere.
What are the best blankets for summer?
Sleeping in the summertime can be a challenge. Even with central air, the wrong bedding can leave you feeling uncomfortable.
Here are a few ways you can make sure you have the best blankets and bedding for summer.
1. Start with a light top layer
When warm weather comes, it’s time to put away those thick down comforters and warm flannel sheets. Instead, go with lighter materials, like a duvet or comforter made from cotton or linen.
2. Summertime means light colors
It’s time to put away the deep reds and blues from fall and winter and give your bedding a summery makeover, using shades like white, sky blue or light green.
Not only does this give your rooms a fresh new look, your bedding will absorb less heat during the day, making them cooler at night.
3. Go with lighter sheets and blankets
In addition to lighter comforters, you’ll also want to go with sheets, blankets and pillowcases made from light, natural fibers such as cotton, silk and bamboo. They’re all very breathable materials that are good at wicking away moisture.
Using several layers of thin blankets and sheets will allow guests to adjust their comfort level throughout the night. Get too cold, add a few more layers. Get too hot, take a few off. Your best bet might be a lighter top sheet with a thinner cotton blanket.
3. Keep a thicker blanket around just in case
On cooler summer nights, the best blanket might be the one you’d normally use in winter. Having a thicker blanket around may be your best bet. You can also use a quilted blanket – these are great for winter too – which can be placed inside a duvet cover.
4. Reversible blankets
All season reversible blankets offer a year-around option. These blankets keep you warm without weighing you down. Some reversible blankets even come with a different color on each side providing even greater flexibility.
No matter what the weather is like outside, InnStyle has a blanket for you. Contact our sales team at 1-800-877-4667 to find bedding that will keep your guests comfortable in any weather.