It is no longer news that weighted blankets are used for pressure therapy to aid restless sleepers, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) patients, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) patients, etc. However, a major reason some people don’t use these blankets is because of how expensive they are, they’ll be like, why should I spend $100-$400 on just a blanket? Now before you sign off using these extremely therapeutic blankets because of their cost, let me give you reasons why these blankets cost as much as they do. Who knows, I might convince you to buy one and get 10% off your first Mela blanket.
Why Weighted Blankets are Expensive
• The outer fabric: unlike the regular blankets whose outer fabrics aren’t restricted to anybody for medical reasons or otherwise, the outer fabrics used in making weighted blankets are specifically used to meet the medical needs of its users. Take, for instance, mink and satin fabrics are used to make weighted blankets for children because of their cuddly feeling. Cotton is used because of its light texture and breathable nature in making cooling weighted blankets. Fleece, cotton or satin are used for autistic patience because of their (patients’) heightened sensitivity. Moreover, these fabrics are expensive to buy, for instance, cotton costs an average of $9 per yard while mink cost $10. When multiplied by the number of yards that will be enough to make a full blanket, the cost becomes enormous.
• Size and weight of the blanket: it is medically advised to use a weighted blanket that is at least 5-10% of your body weight, and the higher the weight, the higher the cost. Please do not buy a weighted blanket that is less than 5% of your body weight because of its cost. Furthermore, it is advised that a weighted blanket should be smaller than your bed size, to avoid falling off. Therefore, a weighted blanket for a six spring bed will surely be cheaper than a weighted blanket for a king-sized bed.
• Workmanship and time: some of these weighted blankets like the Tree Napper blankets are handmade. This procedure requires skill and patience to achieve the best quality. This skill and time is therefore monetized and will in turn increase the blanket prize. However, if the weighted blankets are made using channel compartment machines, it will cost less.
• Interior pellets: these are what make weighted blankets physically and medically different from the regular blankets. They may include poly pellets, pebbles, glass beads, and even food grains like rice and millet. They are evenly distributed and sewn in the blanket to even out the weight. Poly pellets are commonly used because they are not toxic and can be recycled. Glass beads were once frowned upon because of its probability to break and injure a user but recently, its edges have been finely shaped and they are now commonly used in cooling weighted blankets. Food grains are used in do-it-yourself weighted blankets. The cost of these interior pellets also attribute to the overall cost of the black. Therefore, before deciding never to use a weighted blanket because its cost, be sure to look through its advantages again