Basically, blankets are used to provide warmth, especially while sleeping. There are many types of blanket as outlined below but each is different in terms of thickness, construction and fill material.
Did you know that the word ‘blanket’ came from Thomas Blanket, the man who pioneered a heavily napped woolen weave called Blanket Fabric?
Thread count, which you’ll see a lot when buying blankets of sorts, means the number of thread woven together lengthwise and widthwise in a square inch. For example, to produce a thread count of 300, 150 lengthwise threads are woven together with 150 widthwise threads. The idea is that the finer threads you can weave together, the softer and finer the fabric.
- Afghan Blanket
- Blanket Sleeper
- Electric Blanket
- Hoover Blanket
Quilts are warm bed covering made of padding enclosed between layers of fabric and kept in place by lines of stitching. What makes it different from others is the way pieces of cloth are stitched together.
Normally, quilts consist of three layers. The top piece is the layer that is decorated and most elaborate. The middle piece is a layer of batting that provides warmth. The third piece is the backing. These three layers are held together with lines of stitching that may be worked in a grid, in straight rows or elaborate patterns. Most quilts are home made from different colors of cloth. Mothers and grandmothers will make them mostly from old dresses, shirts, and material purchased from sears for just that use.
A duvet is a bag filled with down, feathers, wool or other natural stuffing to create a warm bed covering that takes the place of quilts and bedspreads. Duvet is the French word for down, as in down from birds. Duvets are rather like comforters, except that they have replaceable, washable covers – much like large pillowcases.
A type of blanket intended to keep the user warm, especially during sleep, although they can also be used as mattress pads. Comforters are generally large and rectangular in shape, filled with natural or synthetic insulative material and encased in a shell/covering.
An afghan blanket is usually knitted or crocheted in geometric shapes. Such blankets were first made in Afghanistan and commonly used yarn to make the blanket with geometric designs and many holes in lacy patterns.
A type of warm sleeping overall worn, especially by young children, during winter. Normally, the blanket sleeper consists of a loose-fitting, one-piece garment of blanket-like material, enclosing the entire body except for the head and hands. Like bag-like coverings, the blanket sleeper is designed to be sufficiently warm as to make regular blankets or other bed covers unnecessary, even in colder weather.
A blanket with an integrated electrical heating device usually placed above the top bed sheet. Electric blankets usually have a control unit which adjusts the amount of heat the blanket produces. Blankets for larger sized beds often have separate controls for each side of the bed.
Don’t use an electric blanket if you sleep with a pet. Clawing and chewing can damage the wires and cause an accident.
A hoover blanket is basically newspaper used as a blanket. The reason term Hoover was used was because during his time, President Hoover was blamed for the Depression and also for not doing anything about it. People living on the streets covered themselves with newspapers for warmth as they had no job and no money.