Made with extra-thick yarn in gorgeous colors, these weighted blankets are as pretty as they are practical.

By Jessica Bennett
Updated October 07, 2020
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A cold-weather staple, weighted blankets keep you warm on chilly nights while soothing away the day's stress. There are tons of styles and sizes available from a variety of retailers, but you've never seen a weighted blanket like this before. The anxiety-reducing covering is now available as an on-trend chunky knit throw, thanks to a collaboration between Bearaby and West Elm.

While many versions feature basic quilted material filled with plastic pellets, the Bearaby weighted blankets are hand-knitted from heavy, extra-thick yarn. Available in weights of 15, 20, and 25 pounds, these cozy companions are weighted only through the woven layers—no fillers needed.

Credit: Courtesy of Bearaby

Buy It: Bearaby Cotton Napper ($249-$279, West Elm)

The throws come in two fabric options that are both machine-washable. The Cotton Napper is composed of super-soft, 100% organic cotton yarn and is available in nine different colors, including rich eggplant (shown above), blush pink, and mustard yellow. The other version, dubbed the Tree Napper ($249, West Elm), is woven with Tencel, a plant-based fabric made of fibers from sustainably sourced, raw-material wood. That means each blanket is plastic-free and fully biodegradable, so you can feel good about its environmental impact as well as its effect on your sleep cycle. Plus, according to the product description, the textile is "more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk, and cooler than linen."

The benefits of weighted blankets are numerous and backed by science. The added weight releases feel-good chemicals in the brain that can help you relax, sleep more soundly, and feel less anxious. According to the Bearaby website, their comforting covers apply the concept of deep pressure therapy to ease insomnia, reduce stress, and boost happiness.

As pretty as it is practical, this comfort item looks equally beautiful draped over a living room couch or spread out across the bed. With a variety of colors ranging from bright white to deep jewel tones, it's easy to find one that fits your overall color scheme. Prices range from $249 to $279 depending on the weight.

The collection is available in select West Elm stores and online, so grab one now before you settle in for a long, cozy winter.


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