Weighted blankets have become a necessity for anyone who struggles with unrelenting anxiety, occasional work stress or middle of the night tossing and turning. Once a niche product, they officially went mainstream with the launch of the Gravity blanket in 2017. Since then, many brands have launched their own versions of the blanket, from chunky knit options to special cooling weighted blankets for hot sleepers. Best of all, these heavier-than-usual blankets come in an array of modern colors and designs, which means you no longer need to sacrifice style in the pursuit of wellness and self-care.
Still, even with an ever-expanding number of stylish weighted blankets on the market, figuring out how to incorporate one into your home décor can be a little tricky. That’s why we’re rounding up some of our favorite ways to style a weighted blanket, whether it’s taking up residence in your bedroom, the living room or a cozy nook. Read on for a few styling tips that will make you want to use your weighted blanket even more!
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Use it as a stylish comforter
The bedroom is arguably one of the best places to incorporate a weighted blanket due to their scientifically-proven ability to help combat insomnia. Besides helping you wind down for bed (goodbye, ruminating thoughts), these cozy sleep aids promote a more restorative night’s sleep by minimizing tossing and turning. But how do you style your bed with a weighted blanket? One simple way is to replace your old comforter with a weighted blanket. These days, weighted blankets come in a range of sizes to fit king, queen, full and twin-sized beds. Not only does a weighted comforter instantly elevate your bedroom style, but you’re bound to experience your best sleep ever!
Style it across your bed
Do you prefer it if your weighted blanket doesn’t cover the entire bed? If so, consider incorporating a weighted throw blanket into your bedding. Weighted throw blankets are the perfect way to add comfort and cozy texture to your bedroom, and you can style them in many different ways. For example, if you want your bedroom to resemble a five-star hotel, you might try folding your weighted throw blanket and keeping it at the foot of your bed. Do you prefer a more casual look? Place the weighted blanket on the corner of your bed so that half of the blanket drapes down to the floor.
Another way to style a weighted blanket on the bed is to layer it with another blanket — preferably, one of the non-weighted varieties. (After all, there is such a thing as too much weight in a weighted blanket.) Start with a large, patterned throw on the bottom and place the smaller, solid-color weighted blanket on top. This will make your smaller weighted throw blanket look larger while adding a bit of visual interest to your bedding.
Utilize the arm or back of your couch
Do you enjoy relaxing with your weighted blanket while watching TV or reading? In that case, consider giving your weighted blanket a permanent home on your couch in the living room or family room. For example, you could fold the blanket in half and drape it over the arm of your couch (the back of the couch works, too). This is another great way to add interest and warmth to your space, especially if you choose a weighted blanket in a fun texture, like faux fur or chunky knit.
Drape it over an armchair
Is there anything more relaxing than sitting in a cozy armchair with a weighted blanket draped over the top of you? (Answer: we think not.) To instantly transform your favorite armchair into a self-care station, drape your weighted blanket over the back or arm of a chair. Simply fold the weighted blanket horizontally and allow it to hang over one side.
Another option? Toss the blanket haphazardly over the top of the chair and let it drape elegantly to the floor. The next time you’re feeling stressed, you can plop down in your favorite armchair and wrap yourself in a soothing cocoon of comfort.
Store it in a stylish bedding basket
Who doesn’t love a good blanket basket? Not only are they the perfect way to corral all of your extra blankets, but they also come in an array of designs to blend into your décor effortlessly.
Of course, most blanket baskets are far too small or flimsy to withstand the size and heaviness of a weighted blanket. The solution? Look for a bedding basket instead. A stylish way to store comforters, pillows and extra blankets, these decorative utility baskets come in a range of hefty sizes that can accommodate a weighted blanket. Check out this list of large storage baskets to see what we mean.
Add it to a meditation nook
Meditation nooks are growing in popularity, and with good reason. A wealth of research shows that meditation is amazingly effective at quelling anxiety caused by the daily stressors of modern day living (finances, climate change, political strife — you get the picture). By creating a meditation nook, you can add some much-needed calmness to your day.
For an extra dose of Zen (and style), why not add a weighted blanket to your meditation nook? Start with a colorful rug or yoga mat and add some poufs and large floor cushions. Then, drape your weighted blanket across one of the larger cushions. Voila! You now have a cozy space for meditating. And if your meditation practice doesn’t stick, you can always use the space for reading, journaling or just hanging out.
Contrary to popular belief, weighted blankets don’t have to look sloppy when they’re not being used. By utilizing these design tips, you can turn your weighted blanket into a beautiful accent piece that perfectly complements your décor!