Everybody loves a throw blanket at some point, even the manliest of men (though they’d never admit it). If you’re looking to find out more about throws, read this quick blog about some of the different options available to you. To make it even easier, we’ve broken up the considerations into two main categories: materials and sizes.
Here are some of the most common materials used to make throw rugs and their properties:
Cotton: cool, breathable, and cheap, cotton is warming without being too cosy. Perfect for trans-seasonal times or if you’re that person who’s cold all the time, even during summer. Just don’t get it wet!
Flannel: a fabric rather than a fibre, flannel is characterised by its thickness and softness. It is usually made of cotton, but was originally made out of wool and can now be found in synthetic forms.
Wool: the stuff which made Australia rich. Today’s wool blankets are perfect for winter, being warm and, with contemporary manufacturing techniques, far less scratchy than the woollen garments of yesteryear. Also commonly found as sherpas and fleeces and blended with other fibres.
There are plenty of other fabrics. The high-level designer brands will often make throw blankets out of materials like fur, mink (the real stuff), and cashmere. These are gorgeous throws, but be prepared to pay a pretty penny for them!
If you plan to be sharing your throw blanket or spreading it over your whole body, then size matters. Length is the most important measurement, generally ranging from 150cm to well over 200cm. Width is generally smaller by around 30cm. Note also that bigger blankets will take more room to store, so ensure you’ve got something like a blanket box to keep your blanket tucked away when not in use.