Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Answers To Commonly Asked Weighted Blanket Questions

A weighted blanket is very similar to a regular blanket except that it is made to be heavier and does not retain as much heat. Most weighted blankets are sewn into pockets, usually square or rectangular in shape, from a single piece of fabric made of either cotton or minky (a silky-smooth polyester). Blanket makers can use a variety of materials to provide the weight. The type and quality of materials varies and may include items such as plastic pellets (both virgin and recycled), glass beads, river stones, sand, steel ball bearings and even various organic materials such as rice or wheat. In addition to the material used for weight, some manufacturers also add a filler to each pocket to provide softness and to help keep the material from moving around inside the pocket.

We use only high quality fabrics from reputable manufacturer's such as Robert Kaufman, Michael Miller, Timeless Treasures, Shannon Fabrics, etc. We never use low quality materials that can cause itching or fall apart with minimal use. All of our fabrics can be machine washed at home using cold/warm water, gentle cycle with no bleach or softener and then dried on cool delicate cycle in the drier.

Our blankets are weighted using virgin co-poly plastic pellets. We never use recycled pellets which might contain unknown chemicals or residue. Our pellets are specially made for us and are Non-Toxic, BPA free, Food Grade virgin pellets. We do not use glass beads (as they may crack/break and work their way through the fabric), nor do we use rice, river stones, sand, etc. as these are porous and may harbor bacteria or provide a growing place for mold or mildew.

For softness and also to keep the pellets from moving and thus providing an even distribution of weight we use a soft polyester fiber which is hypo-allergenic and non-toxic, the same type you might find in a soft stuffed animal.

For more info see our post on how weighted blankets are made

Despite all the hype that's out there, weight is really just a matter of personal preference. While some people like a blanket to be as heavy as possible, for others a lighter version is more relaxing. You may have come across some websites that recommend that your blanket be 10% of your body weight, unfortunately, this is just marketing propaganda without any scientific or medical support. See our article on finding the proper weight in your weighted blanket.

Absolutely! You can wash and machine or air dry at home.  For both washing and drying use gentle cycle with cool or warm air/water and mild detergent. Do not use any fabric SOFTENER or non color-safe BLEACH. Larger blankets should be washed in a front-loading machine or a machine without a center agitator, as the agitator may damage the blanket.

These are chalk lines used by seamstresses when they are sewing your blanket. It is the same type of chalk a tailor would use when hemming a pair of pants or a jacket. Since we do not pre-wash the blankets before shipping this chalk may still be visible. Not to worry, the chalk will come off in the first wash and is non-toxic. It may help to pre-soak the area over the lines on the initial washing.

Absolutely! If you have a small area that is damaged or worn out let us know. We will typically have you take a few photos for us so we can get a good look at the area in question. Most times it can be repaired either via a patch or sometimes by using a decorative little bow or other covering. We'll pay for the return shipping to us and ask that you cover the cost of shipping it back to you. Depending on the damage, many times we can do the repair for free!

Technically it could be done but the labor involved in dismantling the blanket, removing and reweighing the pellets and resewing the entire blanket would end up being more costly than simply buying a new one of the desired weight. In addition, removing all the thread and then resewing the blanket also leaves the fabric more fragile than it was when new and can result in other problems down the road.

Unfortunately, we don't take orders for "regular" blankets. They use different methods and sometimes materials in their construction. We focus on making weighted blankets and the benefits they provide.

The time varies depending on time of year and number of orders in the queue. In general it takes us about 3 weeks to complete a blanket and have it ready to ship. The time can vary if it involves custom printing or if a particular fabric is on backorder. In those cases we will let you know as soon as possible.

Absolutely! If you are looking for something special you can let us know and we'll do our best to find something for you. If you happen to come across a great fabric on Fabric.com just send us the link.

According to the TSA, taking a weighted blanket on a flight, either as carry-on or in stored luggage, is permissible. That being said, it is ultimately up to the TSA agent at the airport to make the final determination. Your safest course of action is to call and let them know you are bringing one in advance of your flight.

Most likely it will be fine if you let them know WELL IN ADVANCE so they have an opportunity to verify that it's safe. Our blankets do not contain any metallic or ferrous materials, only cotton, plastic and polyester. We've had one teaching hospital in California use our blankets while doing some research.  Ultimately, you need to check with the particular hospital in question where the MRI will occur. Remember though, that if you just show up at your appointment with the weighted blanket they will most likely not allow you to have it during the MRI.

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