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What's the difference between a throw and a blanket?

There are so many different options when looking for bedding, it can often be quite a challenge to find exactly the right addition. Two different bedding accessories are often confused or thought interchangeable, but they're not. These are throws and blankets. While both add style and colour to a bedroom, each one serves a different purpose, even though these purposes may overlap.

The purpose of a throw

A throws primary purpose, particularly if it's a tapestry-like throw, is for decoration. By choosing simple bedding, you can get a variety of different looks by topping it with different decorative throws. Each one can bring a new look, particularly when matched to other bedroom accessories. Throws are an inexpensive way to change your bedroom's appeal and flavour.

Loose Weave White Throw Draped Over A Modern Low Bed, With Green And Grey Cushions At The Head Of The Bed

Throw size and fabric type

Throws are smaller than blankets and made from a wide variety of materials. You'll find the size and fabric used either on the package or at the internet site where you purchase it.The two most popular fabric used in throws are fleece and more decorative tapestry style throws.

While the tapestry style throw is lighter weight, so it's primarily for looks, the fleece one can be used as a small cover to keep your feet or legs warm whether in another room watching television or at your computer. In fact, fleece throws have even been turned into something you wear by the manufacturer integrating arms into the throw. You can see why they're used in many rooms of the house.

Throw design and colour

Teenager Lying On Sofa Stretching, Covered In A Green Tartan Throw

There's a wide variety of different colours and designs when it comes to throws, but far fewer in blankets. Blankets, however, are much larger and created to match the size of the bed. Blankets are normally used only for beds or other sleeping areas, since their size corresponds to the sizing of sheets.

Beige And Grey Tartan Throw Draped Over A Grey Sofa

Their primary function is for warmth and they're seldom used for decoration, but often under bedspreads or a duvet. You can add extra layering to insulate your bed with a blanket, where a throw simply wouldn't do the trick, primarily because of its size, although a throw folded in half and put at the end of the bed is a great idea for warming cold feet and of course, adding a subtle touch of style to a bed.

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