Having been around for centuries, blankets are essential to achieving a good quality sleep for many. The term is derived from Thomas Blanquette, a Flemish weaver who pioneered the heavy, woollen weave responsible for the toasty nights spent under the covers. Typically much heavier than sheets, they are made not only from thick fabric like wool or cotton, but also woven acrylic, knitted polyester, mink, and fleece. They also come in varying sizes like double, king, queen, and single.Cotton
Though lighter than wool, 100 per cent cotton blankets can still trap a lot of heat. They are tightly woven, soft, and come in innumerable designs and styles. A chevron blanket works well under a doona and over smooth, silky sheets for those cold wet-season nights. They usually have subdued designs because they are meant to be layered underneath other blankets. If you prefer your bedding a bit thinner, try a large waffle blanket that you can use as the main layer of your bedspread. Choose a dark grey tone against white and grey pillows for extra style or pure white if you prefer the angelic connotations of the colour.Wool
Heavier than cotton, 100 per cent wool blankets ensure optimum warmth retention without being too thick. Great over a thin sheet, they are often layered over other less itchy feeling fabric, which is especially ideal for people with sensitive skin. Wool comes in a variety of attractive dyes, patterns, and styles, often pastel chequered, pure white, or solid with a glossy trim at the edges. The latter makes the edges smooth and adds durability by reducing risks of tattering in the material over time.Doona
Doonas are perfect for cold climates or when you prefer sleeping in an air conditioned room. Typically found in hotel rooms but also in some homes, doonas are thick sheets with a smooth outer surface and a padded inner surface that traps heat well. For optimum comfort, lay thinner sheets underneath to allow for smooth movement when toasting underneath the spread.