WHAT SIZE OF THROW BLANKET SHOULD I BUY?

Does size matter? Of course!

Function & Size

Function is the biggest factor when you’re considering the dimensions of different throw blankets. Ask yourself:

How am I going to use it? Where am I going to put it? And, what am I going to put it on?

In a more casual family room or entertainment room, you might want a larger blanket to cuddle under. In a more styled or formal room, the throw is for the occasional chill, not a full-blown cozy up.

When Big Blankets Are Best

If the throw blanket is for a couch, lean towards a bigger rather than smaller throw. You want a complement to the couch & to the decor, so the blanket needs to have some presence. It can’t be so small that it is sinking into the cracks or disappearing under a pillow.

When Smaller Blankets Are Ideal

If the throw is primarily for a pop of color or texture — more for the style than functional need — smaller may do the trick, or even be preferable. Small throws work well for an armchair, or folded over a couch arm or on a bench; they don’t impose over the size of the furniture (creating an imbalance).

Small is also perfect if the pattern, color, or presence is very bold or wild! In this case, a little dose to the eye can be better than visual overload. But, this can also be accomplished with larger throws, in the way that you fold them.

HOW MANY THROW BLANKETS SHOULD I HAVE?

How many is too many? That depends entirely on how you display/store them, how you use them, and how chilly you are in your house!

The “Rule of Three”

This design principle offers a great start. There is something eye-catching about this asymmetrical number; it is visually more interesting than symmetry or matching items. If you’re focused on one area, try styling:

  • 2 pillows & 1 blanket
  • 3 pillows & 2 blankets
  • 2 layered blankets & 1 pillow


What if I looooove blankets?

If you have LOTS of blankets, here are a few ideas for managing them in an aesthetic way:

  • Use a basket to hold them; it acts like another piece of furniture, but is also functional — it’s not just a basket for the sake of styling.
  • Similarly, a ladder against a wall is another way to display blankets and incorporate another piece into your space. Like a basket, this functions as a piece of furniture, but even more like a piece of art. If you have some blankets that are particularly beautiful & display-worthy, this is a perfect option.
  • Incorporate a pile of similar weight throws into your decor. There is something very appealing about a stack of folded blankets!
  • CHOOSING A THROW BLANKET FOR DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE HOUSE

    There are many principles in design that will be true regardless of where in your house you are focusing! But, there are some location-specific considerations, too:

    THROW BLANKETS IN THE BEDROOM


    Why would I want a throw blanket in a bedroom?

    Like in most interior styling choices, a throw blanket offers a way to bring color, texture, and interest into the look of the room. It is a way to add visual interest to your bedscape or sitting chair; something to draw the eye and make a big impact at a low cost relative to furniture, paint, and bedding choices.

    How would I style a throw blanket in my bedroom?

    If you do not have an endboard on your bed, a well-placed blanket on the end of your bed will add a nice, rounded-out look. There is something luxurious about an additional layer of textiles on the bed — like a hotel look in your own home.

    Lay a throw across the corner of your bed in a diagonal, for an eye-catching, asymmetrical look. Or, if you do have an endboard, you can drape the blanket over the endboard, or lay it parallel to the end for a tidy look. If your style is more contemporary, with squared, clean lines, a neatly folded blanket, parallel or perpendicular to other elements is best.

How to Choose the Best Bed Sheets

Four things you need to know before investing in your next dreamy set—they may just be the best bed sheets you have ever slept on

 

Is Thread Count That Important?

Yes and no. Thread count is often used as the barometer of the best bed sheets’ smoothness and durability. However, this measurement—which should refer to the number of threads woven into a square inch of fabric—isn’t always reliable. High thread count is a factor, but the type of cotton can be more significant.

What’s The Best-Quality Cotton?

Top-of-the-line is 100 percent Egyptian cotton. Second best is 100 percent pima cotton, also known by the trademarked name Supima. If a label says simply, “100 percent cotton,” assume that it’s American upland cotton, a rougher, less expensive variety. Egyptian cotton’s long fibers produce sheets that are thin and sumptuous yet extremely strong and long-lasting. (The shorter fibers of upland cotton, by contrast, can poke out of the weave, leading to a coarser, weaker fabric.) Pima cotton is also soft and less likely to pill than upland cotton. You can find a good queen set made of pima for less than $200. If you want the best, you’ll invest about $500 in an Egyptian-cotton set in percale or sateen—both clean, classic weaves.

What’s Better, Percale or Sateen?

Neither. It’s a matter of taste. Percale is a plain, matte weave that has a crisp, cool feel, so it may be sensible for people who tend to get overheated when they sleep. Sateen is slightly heavier and very soft, with a lustrous, smooth finish that’s almost satiny—hence the name. If you’re not sure which you prefer, look for fabric swatches on display for a touch test.

Is There a Cheaper Option For Kids or for a Spare Set?

A cotton-polyester blend, often marketed as “easy care,” is a smart choice, since it withstands frequent washings well. A little poly is all you need—a 90/10 blend is durable, looks crisp right out of the dryer, and is still soft and cozy. But don’t go above 30 percent synthetic: The sheets won’t feel great and could make the sleeper sweat.

How to clean, reuse or hack a coronavirus mask

The CDC recommends wearing a face mask that covers your nose and mouth when leaving your home for essentials like groceries and prescriptions. Some types of masks are not intended for reuse, but there are a few things you can do to sanitize them, upgrade filtration and extend their lives. Here are some strategies that will help you get the most out of your mask, and keep you and your family safe.

Let’s say you just got back from the grocery store wearing your mask. Now what?

1. Treat your mask like a biohazard.

Isolate it from the rest of your family. “You don’t want to be leaving it on the kitchen counter or the coffee table where other people may inadvertently be handling it,” says Kirsten Koehler, an associate professor of environmental health and engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

2. Wash your hands with soap every time you remove or even touch the mask.

Act as if the virus is on both sides of the fabric. Make sure to wash your hands properly for at least 20 seconds.

Those are coronavirus mask basics.

There’s much more to know, though, if you want to extend the life of your gear or even make your own mask.

How to clean homemade cloth face masks and the best material to make one

To clean your mask, run it through the washing machine and dryer after use. The water doesn’t necessarily needs to be hot but make sure to use a laundry detergent.

If you don’t have access to a washing machine, you can hand-wash using soap. Another option: Put the mask into a paper bag and leave it in a warm place for at least two days.  After that, the virus will become inactive and won’t be infectious.

When you are wearing a homemade mask, you should keep in mind that you are not wearing the mask to protect yourself, but to minimize the spread of virus particles to others. Even if you feel no effects, you may be asymptomatic.

Homemade masks are less effective at protecting the wearer because most have voids, or spaces near your nose and cheeks where the tiny droplets can be inhaled, and the pores in the fabric alone are generally not small enough to trap tiny aerosolized droplets.

Some materials make better masks than than others. According to a study published in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparednesshomemade masks made from a kitchen towel proved to be the most effective at removing particles.

On the other hand, T-shirts or pillowcases may be the best choice as they can provide a better fit by stretching. Avoid using old fabrics because washing and drying may stretch the pores, allowing more particles to get in.