By: Karlton G. Kemerait

Weight Chart For Weighted Blankets

Making It Easy To Get The Correct Weight Blanket

This is one of the most commonly asked questions about weighted blankets and unfortunately there is a fair amount of misleading information available on the Internet these days. Hopefully, we can clear some of that up and make this a pretty easy question to answer. So let’s begin with clearing up one of the most common misconceptions about weighted blankets.

Is There A Best or Perfect Weight?

No, there isn’t. There is no research nor have there been any scientific studies to suggest that there is a perfect or ideal weight for your weighted blanket. Now you may have heard or read that a weighted blanket should be 10% of your body weight but I can assure you, that isn’t the case and I deal with that in more in my blog post entitled “Why Using The 10% Formula Doesn’t Work”.

Weight Is A Matter Of Personal Preference

With a few exceptions and common sense guidelines aside, the weight of a weighted blanket is strictly a matter of the individual’s personal preference and nothing more. For some people, they enjoy having a weighted blanket that is as heavy as possible, the weight feels like a great big bear hug and more is better! But for someone else, who might even be the same height and weight, that heavy of a weighted blanket may make them feel claustrophobic and as a result, produce even more anxiety than they had before using it.

Special Cases For Weight

  • The Elderly – Special care should be taken to ensure that they can safely remove the weighted blanket and that it doesn’t adversely affect their ability to move or to breathe
  • The Young – Take special care that the child can easily get out from under the blanket. The blanket should be the size of the child and not the mattress. No king-sized blankets for 4-year-olds!  A good rule of thumb for children 4 to 8 or so is that the blanket shouldn’t weigh more than the child’s age. So a 5-year-old should have a blanket that is 5 pounds or less, and a six-year-old’s blanket should be 6 pounds or less, etc. If you’re uncertain always check with a medical professional first.
  • When Using Medication – Anytime someone is using medication that can make them drowsy or that can impair their ability to move or breath they should avoid using a weighted blanket.
  • Certain Illnesses – If someone has an illness or disease that can impair their ability to move, breathe or that can render them unconscious or causes them to be groggy or uncertain of their surroundings such as epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, etc. should only use a weighted blanket with a medical professional’s approval.
  • Never Use A Weighted Blanket  
    • On Children, ages 3 years old and under.
    • In Beds equipped with guard rails. This includes cribs.

The Chart (coming soon)

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