Studies have shown that one in four people struggle with insomnia and one in three suffers from some form of anxiety. Weighted blankets are renowned for supporting those of us living with conditions like high levels of stress & anxiety, along with sleep disorders. Both children and adults have also found weighted blankets to provide relief against depression, ADHD, Autism and PTSD.
For those of you looking to benefit from a weighted blanket, they are simple to make with the right materials. Read our guide here for simple steps and helpful tips when making your weighted blanket at home.
However, your first step towards making your very own weighted blanket is choosing your materials and when it comes to the blanket filler, you have a selection of options to choose from.
To help you make the right choice for your weighted blanket, we have put together a guide to the different fillers available, along with their pros and cons.
The filler material for your weighted blanket is what you are going to stuff evenly throughout. The amount needed is dependent on your weight and should be calculated accurately before getting started.
1. Plastic Poly Pellets
One of the most common fillers used for weighted blankets and for the production of commercially made blankets. Plastic poly pellets are small, round plastic beads that are normally made from ABS virgin plastic.
- When made from ABS virgin plastic, poly pellets are hypoallergenic and do not give off any toxins or chemicals
- They are also durable and easy to clean
- As well as contributing to the amount of plastic we use, poly pellets can also give a bumpy and uneven feel to your weighted blanket. To reduce this effect, it is recommended that you use a thick material and consider additional soft stuffing if you are planning to use poly pellets
- If you are making a weighted blanket for someone who is sensitive to sound and touch, poly pellets may not be the best choice due to their uneven texture and the sound they make
- In some cases, poly pellets have also been known to give off an odour over time
Heat resistant poly pellets are both washable and dryer friendly, making them a hygienic choice for your weighted blanket.
From $35 per 10kg
2. Glass Beads
With a similar consistency to sand, the weight of micro glass beads makes them particularly effective for weighted blankets and you will need much less to achieve your desired weight, in comparison to lighter-weight fillers.
- The smooth texture that is achieved by using glass beads in weighted blankets makes them an ideal sensory filler for those looking to avoid inconsistent lumps and bumps throughout their weighted blanket.
- Considered to be a luxury filler for weighted blankets, glass beads are a more expensive option
- There are also some limitations when it comes to washing them
It is recommended that you use a cold wash where possible to clean a glass bead weighted blanket. They are also not normally dryer friendly due to how hot the beads get and should not be dry cleaned.
From $45 per 10kg
3. Steel Beads
A similar size to plastic poly pellets, steel beads are a popular filler for weighted blankets due to their weight, meaning you will have to use a smaller consistency than both poly pellets and glass to achieve your blankets weight.
- Steel beads are heat treated making them durable and easy to clean. Their size means they are less likely to fit through the stitching in your blanket
- Their slightly larger size means they can give your blanket a lumpy texture, making them unsuitable for a sensory weighted blanket
Due to the weight of steel beads, handwashing is the preferred method for washing a steel bead weighted blanket. They are also not dry friendly due to the amount of heat generated from the metal.
From $20 per 10kg
An organic weighted blanket filler option, that despite being a cost-effective option comes with several draw-backs.
- One of the cheapest filler options and comparable in texture to glass beads, sand creates a smooth texture for your weighted blanket
- Sand can be difficult to distribute throughout your blanket, giving it an uneven feel
- Sand is also known to seep through your blankets stitching
Hand washing is recommended for sand filled weighted blankets and allow for considerable drying time.
From $15 per 10kg
5. Small Pebbles
Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, small pebbles are organic and another cost-effective filler for your weighted blanket.
- This filler is widely available and an inexpensive option
- Depending on the size and texture of the pebbles, you blanket may have a lumpy feel to it and the pebbles can be noisy. Therefore, making them unsuitable for those sensitive to sound and touch
Small pebbles are porous and depending on their size may only be suitable for hand washing and will require additional drying time.
From $8.42 per 10kg
6. Organic Materials
Other organic filler options for weighted blankets include: rice, beans, grains and corn.
- All inexpensive options, these organic fillers are also widely available to purchase in bulk
- Likely to develop mildew and give off an odor over time. Organic materials such as these can also potentially attract insects
All these organic filler materials are unsuitable for washing.
From $14 per 10kg
You’re All Set With Weighted Blanket Fillings
With this helpful info, we hope you feel ready and informed to grab your materials and get stuck in, making your weighted blanket.
Making a weighted blanket at home is a fun activity and can help you benefit from reduced stress levels and get a good night’s sleep. However, it is important to remember that no matter what materials you decide to make yours with, the correct cleaning and care is vital to make sure they stay in great condition for as long as possible for you and your family to enjoy.