Blanket vs. Comforter: What’s the Difference?

While most people understand these two things are different, it’s helpful to know exactly what makes them different and when you should use one or the other. With over fifty years of crafting luxury bedding, we’re here to put to rest any questions you may have about both.

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Different Layers

A blanket is usually made from one layer of fabric, while a comforter is typically made of three—a front and back layer and the layer of insulation in between. This is one of the reasons comforters are normally used in colder environments/seasons. It’s also why choosing the right weight for your comforter is important to achieve your ideal sleeping temps. However, while blankets consist of only one layer, there are also different weights to consider.

Fabrics vs. Fill

For blankets it’s really all about the fabric. Cotton tends to be lighter and airier while wool is often reserved for cooler environments. Soft and luxurious fabrics like cashmere and alpaca wool are super warm while also much lighter, making them extremely handy when you need to cut down on the chill factor, but don’t want your bedding to feel too heavy. Sometimes all you need is one light layer of quality cashmere to reach those perfect sleeping conditions.

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For comforters, fabric matters of course, but the fill is vital to choosing the right weight. The classic comforter is filled with goose down for an incredibly satisfying warmth and cozy escape from chilly nights, but there are many other options like cotton, wool, and even anti-allergenic like our Comforel-filled comforters. Along with the type of fill, the fill power is also a key factor. How much warmth is enough? How much is too much? All of these are good things to identify before picking your ideal comforter. The higher the fill, the warmer you’re going to be, so choose according to your optimal comfort conditions.

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Versatility and Functionality

The great thing about blankets is you can layer up or down to create a custom-like environment for your comfort. This kind of versatility may be the best way to find your ideal level of warmth. Of course, the more blankets you add, the more crowded your bed becomes. This can lead to an unkempt look and more work for you when making the bed.

Adding a comforter allows you to add one great layer of sheer luxurious warmth. It’s a clean look, easy upkeep, and you know you’re going to be toasty. But the danger of overheating is a real one—and will be more prevalent if you have the wrong weight. That’s why it’s vital to choose the right weight and fill. Once you do though, there is something downright delicious about slipping under a warm comforter on a frosty evening.

Combine and Find Out

Of course, you can always mix and match comforters and blankets to find the right level of warmth. Some believe the correct way to layer these two is in the order of bed sheets, blanket, and then comforter. Though others argue that sleeping directly under a comforter will maximize your warmth so the blanket should go on top. The best answer is whatever works best for you. Either way, knowing you can add one or the other to customize your comfort levels, should help you sleep much easier.

Browse our incredible selection of luxury comforters and blankets to find the best layers for your best sleep. And don’t forget to check out our full selection of sheets, bedding, and other accessories to create the ideal sleeping sanctuary. And if you need help finding anything or have questions, please reach out to us and someone from our family will help you with whatever you need.