Ask the Right Questions
You are the only one that knows exactly what you need. However, knowing what you need from a weighted blanket can be a mystery if you haven't ever used one. Let us help you find your perfect blanket by asking you the four questions every beginner should think about.
There are a lot of options for weighted blankets on the market. How do you decide which one is best for you? Especially for first-time users, you might not even know what you need to look for. To make things easier, we did extensive research to understand what people want and what factors really affect user experience.
We narrowed down these factors to weight, material, quality, and maintenance. Before we get into the details of things, we want to emphasize the most important factor and that is you.
As much as we would love for you to try our product, weighted blankets provide a pressure sensation that may be foreign to some people. You have to understand whether or not your body finds the added pressure therapeutic. Our priority is your mental health, but you are the only person who can determine what you need. Now with that said, let’s get into the factors that can optimize your experience with weighted blankets.
1. What is too heavy for me?
When it comes to weighted blankets, you should choose the weight that you are comfortable with. Although most companies recommend that weighted blankets should be 10% of your body weight, our research shows that 10% is often too much weight for your body to adjust to.
There are a lot of reasons why people have difficulty adjusting to a weighted blanket that is 10% of their body weight. The first reason is that most people have never experienced the sensation of sleeping while a deep pressure is applied to their bodies. This is the reason why the weighted blanket may feel too restricting or heavy. The second is that most people use a cover or an additional duvet with their weighted blanket and this adds weight. In warmer climates, using a heavy weighted blanket also means extra heat insulation. To combat these common problems, our Cloud Collection is designed to be 7% to 10% of your body weight.
The benefits of our blankets being lighter than most is that your body can adjust to the weight faster and the weight is fully customizable. For first-time users, we recommend that you purchase one that is 7% of your body weight. Over time as your body adjusts to the weight, you can add more layers to make the blanket heavier. For people living in warmer climates, our blankets are lighter so you can stay cooler. We always recommend going lighter than 10% of your body weight because it is always easier for you to add more weight using extra layers.
2. Why should I choose bamboo?
When it comes to bamboo or cotton, you really have to experience both to appreciate the quality. To start understanding the difference between the two, let’s take a deeper look into the pros and cons of each fabric.
Most weighted blankets are made from cotton because the material is widely accessible and generally cheaper than bamboo. However, the benefits of cotton really varies depending on the quality of the fabric. For example, cotton can be very heat insulating or it can be cool depending on the quality. Since there are so many variations of cotton, it is difficult to determine the quality of a cotton weighted blanket.
The varying quality is not the only reason why we decided against cotton. We wanted to create a blanket with premium quality that would be easy to take care of. Weighted blankets are heavy and they are a lot of work to wash, dry, and care for. Cotton is prone to wrinkling and that means that you will need to iron it after you it goes in the dryer. Cotton also shrinks in the dryer so your blanket won’t maintain its size overtime. When you first use a cotton weighted blanket, it can be quite stiff and rough. Gradually, the fabric breaks down and softens. However, this also means that a cotton weighted blankets is prone to thinning and tearing. When investing in a weighted blanket, you want something that is low-maintenance and high quality. That is why our blankets are made from bamboo.
Bamboo bedding is popular because it is the most durable, low maintenance, and high quality fabric. Our Nimbus blankets are made from premium, all-natural bamboo and we take pride in providing you with a blanket that you can enjoy without the hassle.
The difference between cotton and bamboo is incomparable. Cotton shrinks and wears overtime, takes awhile to break in, and the quality is varying. On the other hand, you can immediately feel how incredibly soft our Nimbus blankets are because they are made from bamboo. It is so soft and cool to the touch, even more so than cotton, that you can’t help but to keep touching it. Besides from being incredibly soft, bamboo is a powerful temperature regulator and remarkably breathable. This keeps your body from overheating and to keeps you comfortable in every season. The most important benefit of bamboo is that it limits your exposure to dust and mildew because it is naturally hypoallergenic and moisture reducing. Lastly, the characteristics of bamboo also makes it the most durable fabric compared to any other material.
Nimbus aims to provide you with the highest quality weighted blankets. On top of that, we want you to not stress about taking care of your blanket. Those are the reasons why our Nimbus blankets are made from all-natural premium bamboo. If you are looking for the ultimate relaxing experience, you can be assured that our bamboo blankets will maintain its high quality overtime.
3. Does the filling matter?
There are many factors that may affect your experience with weighted blankets, but one that is often overlooked is the filling of your blanket. The two most popular materials used to fill weighted blankets are plastic pellets and glass beads.
PLASTIC OR POLY PELLETS
Plastic or poly pellets are small, round, pebble-like pieces of plastic. Because it has the texture of tiny pebbles, it can be extremely uncomfortable for people who are sensitive to touch and sound. When your weighted blanket is filled with plastic pellets, it will be bumpier and you can definitely feel the pellets under your blanket. When you move, you can also hear the pellets moving in your blanket. For people who have sleeping or sensory disorders, plastic pellets are not ideal.
On the contrary, glass beads are finer than the sand you would find on the beach. Glass beads are tiny and fine pieces of glass that we use to fill our Nimbus blankets. The beads are so fine that the texture is barely noticeable and your weighted blanket will feel a lot smoother with the glass-bead filling. Compared to plastic pellets that create bumps on your blanket even with a cover, you will not be able to feel the glass beads at all with a cover. When you move around at night, you will also not be woken up by the noise of the filling because of how tiny glass beads are.
Our team is made up of people who have personal experiences with mental health. That is why we paid attention to every delicate detail including the filling of your weighted blanket.
4. Does the design affect the quality of my blanket?
When we designed our first collection, we really wanted to combat the common issues that we saw in other blankets. With weighted blankets, even weight distribution and leak prevention is extremely important. Our Nimbus blankets have several design features that ensures the weight is evenly distributed and prevents leaks.
The honeycomb pattern for our blankets were inspired by nature. Hexagons appear naturally around us and there are good reasons why nature favours this shape. Hexagons are powerful structures. We tested out both patterns, the common square pattern of other weighted blankets and the honeycomb pattern, and found that the latter greatly improved the quality of our weighted blanket.
We did not just incorporate the honeycomb pattern for its impressive design, but for its practical purposes as well. The hexagon diminishes the edging effect of the blanket and allows the blanket to softly drape over your body. In addition, it distributes the weight more evenly so that the pockets won’t rip causing leakage over time. With the honeycomb pattern, our blankets are made to last longer than other weighted blankets.
The edge of all of our Nimbus blankets will be in a light grey colour. Again, we try to incorporate design features that serve practical purposes to enhance your experience with our blankets. That is why the edging is another layer of fabric on top of the blanket itself to prevent leakage and tearing. There are a number of loops that are attached to the edge. These loops serve the purpose of attaching to your duvet cover.