The self-care staple just got a gorgeous upgrade.

By Jessica Bennett
October 30, 2019
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You’ve never seen a weighted blanket like this before. The anxiety-soothing essential is now available as an on-trend chunky knit throw, thanks to a collaboration between Bearaby and West Elm. And these aren’t your typical weighted blankets.

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.

Courtesy of West Elm

Buy It: Bearaby Velvet Weighted Blanket, $249-$279, West Elm

The throws come in two style options, each featuring a different type of fabric. The velvet version is composed of silky soft, multilayered yarn composed of organic cotton and polyester. The other, dubbed the Tree Napper, 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—and 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 ideas of pressure therapy to ease insomnia, reduce stress, and boost happiness.

Related: How to Make a Weighted Blanket

As pretty as it is practical, this comfort item looks equally beautiful draped over a living room couch or spread out across the bed. The blankets come in muted shades of white, gray, powder blue, and blush pink, as well as a sunny yellow and deep navy blue. Prices range from $249 to $279.

The collection is available in select West Elm stores and online today, just in time for you to settle in for a long, cozy winter.

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