Blankets and Quilts
Enduring the frosty wrath of mother nature can be a tough bit, especially during the winter. Throughout those months, going outdoors can be a task, and you may need some motivation to get out of bed. I have found that the best motivation for leaving the house is knowing that you can return to it later: the thought of that nice, warm blanket or quilt on the sofa --the one that sits all day long awaiting your return--that's your motivation. If you don't have a blanket, the best way for you to achieve that "chuffed to buggery" state is to invest in one. Then, after a day of errands, you can grab a nice cup of cocoa and a warm blanket, and drone out in front of the telly.
Which Should I choose?
Ask yourself a few questions before deciding which blanket (or quilt) to buy:
- Is it for warmth or for show? Place lightweight quilts on beds and sofas to add a decorative touch; even though they can provide some warmth, quilts are usually too lightweight to be used as the primary bed cover. Blankets, however, are made to provide warmth--they may not be as pretty as the quilt, but they sure are warm! If you want style and warmth, maybe you can buy an inexpensive blanket to go underneath a quilt.
- Are you someone who is always hot, always cold, or in between? The fabric in which you choose to buy your blanket or quilt should correspond with your body's natural temperatures. A cold-natured person should opt for a heavy winter blanket, whereas a hot-natured person should opt for a lighter material, like cotton.
- How much use will I get out of this blanket? Quality blankets can be pricey, but if the blanket will be getting a lot of use, it is best to buy something that is higher in price and higher in quality. Keep in mind, however, that expensive does not equal quality. Check the threading and material to see how it is made; don't be shy to ask the seller about the material, thread, or manufacturer.
- How large is the surface you wish to cover? Measure the area that the blanket will cover to ensure that you get the right fit.
- Electric Blankets : During cold winter months, most people need to crank up the heat to stay warm and toasty, but inventing in an electric blanket could save you money on your central heating bill and keep you toastier than ever. Just be sure to read the user instructions before plugging in the blanket and electrocuting yourself.
- Safety Tips for electric blankets (as seen on bedsforhome.com):
- Always read the manufacturer's guidelines on electric blanket use. Some suppliers may recommended removing other bedding materials when your electric blanket is turned on.
- The electric blanket should be connected directly to a 220 volt socket. Some manufacturers state that you should not use extension cords.
- If you use an electric under-blanket and over-blanket, make sure you don't have them at a heat that may result in burns.
- Make sure the blanket cord does not become trapped in-between the mattress and bedspring. This can also result from blankets that are too big for your bed size, so select the correct size to prevent trapping and folding.
- Keep the thermostat controls away from any dangers of getting wet.
- Switch off the heated blanket when not in use.
- Never use an electric blanket and hot water bottle at the same time
- Follow the washing guidelines for your electric blanket provided by the manufacturer.
- Book in for an electric blanket service by an expert every three years, unless otherwise indicated by the manufacturer.
- Waterproof Blankets : Waterproof blankets are good for outdoor trips, picnics, and spill-prone kids (or adults!). They are coated with a nylon, Teflon, or urethane to repel water and harsh weather.
- Anti-allergy blankets : For those of us with allergies, we know just how hard it is to shop for anything that is a potential dust magnet. Keeping your allergies in mind:
- Look for products that are machine-washable to keep dust and allergen levels at a minimum--wool is a good choice because it is an uninhabitable surface for dust mites.
- Avoid down comforters, pillows, and other bedding products because down feathers will irritate allergies--if you do choose a down blanket, opt for the hypo-allergenic goose down.
Quilts are beautiful and cosy pieces of art that add a nice touch to any room.
- Keep blankets and quilts in a room with low light levels because light can cause irreversible fading--especially to quilts.
- During the months when the blankets and quilts are not used, store them in an acid free box or a vacuum bag. You may also store them in a pre-washed pillowcase.
- Antique, fragile quilts are very delicate and should be referred to a professional quilt conservator.
- Cedar chests are not ideal storage containers because they have poor air circulation and can cause staining and fibre breakage.