Throw blankets are meant to provide comfort and warmth in short-term situations like while taking a nap or watching a movie. Throw blankets are made to cover a person without being tucked in. They are smaller than a traditional blanket but still have the same qualities as a larger blanket.
The throw blanket can be made of 100% cotton, cotton-poly blend, or rayon. The rayon chenille throw blanket is quite popular, however it is not as durable after numerous washings as the cotton throw blanket. Yet rayon throw blanket is often more attractive and tends to be less expensive than 100% cotton versions.
With a cotton throw blanket, observing the washing instructions is important. Some are pre-shrunk and only get softer and better with numerous trips through the washing machine and dryer. Others may shrink, and a brightly colored cotton throw blanket may fade over time.
Blankets are distinguished from sheets by their thickness and purpose; the thickest sheet is still thinner than the lightest blanket, because blankets are for warmth, while sheets are for hygiene, comfort and aesthetics.
Blankets are subdivided into many types, including quilts, duvets, and comforters, depending on their thickness, construction and/or fill material. Throw blankets are smaller blankets, often in decorative colors and patterns that can be used for extra warmth outside of bed.
The throw blanket comes in a variety of colors and designs. You can get creative with throw blankets and use them to protect couch or chair cushions that resist cleaning or to protect them.
A thick cotton throw blanket is great for outdoor use as well. It is easily portable, and provides the perfect warmth for night sporting events. A throw blanket also makes an excellent spread for picnics in damp grasses, as it tends to resist dampness, particularly thicker versions. Or one can use a thinner throw blanket, with a waterproof sheet beneath, to add style to a picnic.