How to Select a Weight for your Weighted Blanket?

One of the most common questions we get asked is: how heavy should a weighted blanket be?

how heavy should blanket be

The answer is… it depends! While there are good guidelines that you can follow, you’ll also want to factor in your personal preference and your doctor’s recommendations (if any).

First things first: if you’re purchasing a weighted blanket upon the advice of a doctor or occupational therapist or other medical professional as part of your therapy, make sure you ask them what the appropriate weight you should go with is.

Better yet: ask if your occupational therapist has a weighted blanket that you can borrow and try out. Many therapists typically keep a set of these blankets on hand for providing them as resources. And if they do provide one, you can borrow a blanket to do a “test-drive”, to get a feel of the blanket. That’s a great way of determining what weight will suit you the best, and to see what type feels the best, gives you the most rest, and reduce your stress or conditions.

What if you’re simply buying a weighted blanket on your own accord? How do you figure out how much weight should be ideal in a weighted blanket?

In that case, then it’s all up to your personal preference. 

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Generally speaking, we recommend that our customers pick a blanket that’s between the range of roughly 7% to 12% of their body weight.

If you’re not sure what works best for you, it’s recommended to round up and opt for the heavier, larger blanket. We’ve found that people tend to achieve better results this way.

Pro-tip: don’t compare weighted blankets to lifting weights

When purchasing a weighted blanket for the first time, many people tend to benchmark the weight of the blanket against the pounds of weights they lift in the gym.

That said, this isn’t the correct approach.

Why? Well, holding a 10 pound dumbbell in either hand is drastically different from having a 20 lb blanket lying on top of your body.

Your blanket is pulling your entire body down, so don’t go overboard and pick a blanket that’s too heavy and suffocating. You don’t want to feel trapped, it should feel like the comfort of a helpful hug after a stressful day of working.

Blanket weight: is there a maximum limit?

If you’re wondering what’s the heaviest weighted blanket, with the most deep pressure that you can get (without having it becoming a danger to you!), the answer is 30 lbs.

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According to studies, experts say the average adult can lie under blankets weighted to 30lb without having their blood circulation, heart rate or pulse rate affected, or other issues - but anything beyond that, and the blanket may not be safe to use.

Some consumers go into this with the mindset that they should purchase the heaviest blanket possible, so that they can reap maximum benefits - but that’s not how it works.

A soft weighted blanket will do more than help you fall asleep and banish insomnia, it can help with restless legs syndrome, help with pain disorders, adhd, reduce cortisol levels, as well as ease stress and reduce tension.  

Using a weighted blanket that’s too heavy for you might be less than effective, counter-productive, and cause your system more stress instead, rather than calm and improve sleep. You can also end up getting too hot (instead of the comfortable warmth when you have the right gravity and length), resulting in poor sleep. So be sure to abide by the 30 lb rule!

Selecting a weight for an adult’s blanket

Purchasing a Hush Blanket to help you relieve stress, anxiety, and  falling asleep faster?

Here’s a handy weighted blanket chart that you can use in finding how heavy your weighted blanket should be.

Your Weight (lbs)

Hush Blanket Weight (lbs)
100-170 lbs  15 lbs
170-240 lbs 20 lbs
240+ 25 lbs

Twin-sized Hush Blankets measure a standard 60x80 inches, and in general, it covers a single user perfectly.

If you’re sharing your bed with a partner, you need an appropriate blanket size for both of you and for your bed.

Make sure you purchase a Queen size (80x87) or opt for the King size (90x90). You can also order two Twins for the ultimate experience.

Weighted blankets are a natural aid that can be used by anyone of any age, from toddlers to teens, to parents, to older folks, to a middle age couple. As long as the customer learns to find ways to check the right level or amount of weight that’s designed to include their own body weight. There are a variety of weights, and the right one will improve your day to day, regular life and health.   

At the end of the day, the goal is to have your weighted blanket distribute its weight evenly on you (in the center), and that’s hard to achieve if two people (or your family) are going to enjoy making use of the same blanket!

If you have to share, get a weight that works for both parties. Remember that our Queen and King blankets now drape over the side of the bed, so the weight is spread over a larger surface area and over two people. So if you are both around 150 pounds, then the 30 lbs blankets will be perfect for you, as that is 15 lbs roughly on each side. 

Final Words

We hope this resource helped to answer your question (or any other FAQ) about how heavy your blanket selection should be and exactly what dimensions you need for this calming deep sleeping product.

At the end of the day, don’t worry if the one you’re purchasing is a lb or two heavier (or lighter!) than what you’re ideally going for. It’s better to have purchased a blanket higher than low on the weight scale, but regardless it will still help you sleep longer, and pack in more precious hours of sleep.

A bit of extra pressure (or less) doesn’t make a difference. You’ll likely experience the positive benefits you need, for sleep disorders, focus, a restless nervous system, or even for a child (children definitely benefit) or adults on the autism spectrum.

Also, keep in mind that all Hush Blankets buyers are provided with an amazing 100 Night Guarantee.

We believe in love at first sleep… remember, if you don’t fall in love with your blanket right off the bat for any reason, you get 99 more tries to make it work.

hush blanket guarantee

If you still aren’t feeling it, then just return the blanket, and we’ll process a full refund.

What are you waiting for? Purchase your high quality Hush Blanket now, and look forward to countless nights of uninterrupted sleep!