How Heavy Should A Weighted Blanket Be?

Jun 21, 2019 • Jimmy Page

How Heavy Should a Weighted Blanket Be?

As a general rule, your weighted blanket should weigh around 10% of your body weight. For most adults, this means your weighted blanket should weigh between 10 and 25 pounds.

Here at Luna, one of the most common questions we receive is 'how heavy should my weighted blanket be?' The answer depends on your size, needs, and the recommendations of your occupational therapist or other health professional.

In our weighted blanket weight guide, we’ll explain how to determine which blanket weight is right for you, how heavy children’s weighted blankets should be, and discuss some of the benefits of weighted blanket therapy. Keep reading for a full explanation, or use the links below to skip throughout each section.

How Heavy Should Your Weighted Blanket Be?

When choosing a weighted blanket, it’s important to remember that everyone has unique needs and preferences. Whereas one person may prefer a heavier weight, another individual may do better with a lighter blanket. There are no hard and fast rules for determining how heavy your weighted blanket should be. The short answer is that you should choose the right weight for you.

However, there are some general guidelines you may use as a starting point—first, your weighted blanket should be sized to the body — not a bed. With that said, your weighted blanket should be around 10% of your body weight, and for most adults, this totals to somewhere between 10 and 25 pounds.

Let’s go over an example of the math:

If you’re 170 pounds, how heavy should your weighted blanket be? Simply multiply your weight by 10% (0.10) to get an outcome of 17. This means you should shop for a blanket that’s around 17 pounds. However, you should keep in mind that while 17 pounds is a good target number, you may want a heavier or lighter blanket, depending on your personal preferences.

How heavy for adults?

Adults can use the formula above—about 10% of their body weight—to find the appropriate weighted blanket weight. This typically comes out to be between 10 and 25 pounds, and may also depend on the individual’s personal preferences.

How heavy for kids?

As we’ve discussed, weighted blankets should be measured according to body weight, so the typical range differs for children. To calculate the correct weight, use 10% of the child’s body weight, plus one pound. 

As with adults, some kids like a little more weight, while others prefer a bit less. We offer a generous and reasonable 365-DAY RETURN POLICY, so you can exchange your weighted blanket for a different size or weight depending on your child’s preferences and comfort. 

To help you find the perfect Luna blanket for your little one, we’ve created a kid’s weighted blanket weight guide based on our small and medium sizes:

Small Weighted Blanket

Child Weight; Blanket Weight

  • 40-pound child; 5lbs
  • 50-pound child; 6lbs
  • 60-pound child; 7lbs
  • 70-pound child; 8lbs

Medium Weighted Blanket

Child Weight; Blanket Weight

  • 40-pound child; 5lbs
  • 50-pound child; 6lbs
  • 60-pound child; 7lbs
  • 70-pound child; 8lbs
  • 80-pound child; 9lbs
  • 90-pound child; 10lbs
  • 100-pound child; 11lbs
  • 110-pound child; 12lbs
  • 120-pound child; 13lbs
  • 130-pound child; 14lbs
  • 140-pound child; 15lbs

If you would like to purchase a weighted blanket for a toddler, first, keep in mind that you should not use a weighted blanket for any child under four years of age. It’s also important to speak to your doctor, occupational therapist, or another health professional before using a weighted blanket. For children between the ages 1 and 6, we recommend a size small weighted blanket. 

Note: According to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, weighted blankets are not safe for infants, which include children between the ages of birth and one year. Any amount of weight during sleep is inappropriate for a baby.

How heavy for teens?

For individuals age 13 and up, we recommend the Large size weighted blanket. You calculate the weight for the blanket by using 10% of the person’s body weight, plus three pounds. For example, if your teen is 110 pounds, multiply by 10% to get 11, and add three pounds. This means your teen’s blanket should weigh about 14 pounds.

What is the Right Size Weighted Blanket for You?

As you can see in the answers above, there is no magic number for everyone. The reality is that weighted blankets are incredibly customizable things. For some people, a heavier blanket is better. On the other hand, some of our other customers just want a little bit of weight — they’re just looking for a gentle sensation.

If you don’t know—or can’t settle on a size or weight for your blanket—just grab one and try it! There’s a good chance you’ll end up falling in love no matter what size it is. If it doesn’t work for you, that’s okay—we offer a generous 365-DAY RETURN POLICY, so you can exchange your blanket for something that works better for you or your child.

Blankets based on bed size

While your weighted blanket should fit your body and not your bed, you may want to consider your bed size as well. If you size it to drape over the sides of your mattress like a regular, non-weighted blanket or comforter, gravity will do its thing—which means waking up to a weighted blanket puddled on the floor.

If you are a large person, or you’re a couple who would like to share the blanket, you can purchase a Full or Queen size. Additionally, if you tend to toss and turn at night, a Full or Queen size may be ideal for you. Some restless sleepers find that a larger size weighted blanket gives them a little more “wiggle room” as they shift around. Our Full size weighted blankets measure 48 inches by 72 inches. Our Queen size blankets measure 60 inches by 80 inches.

Keep in mind that larger blankets are heavier because they require more weight to apply the same amount of pressure over a larger surface area. Adults tend to have an upper limit to the amount of weight that they want in a blanket. To help adults choose the right Luna blanket for them, we’ve created the weighted blanket chart below:

Weighted Blanket Size: Blanket Weight

  • Medium: 12lbs
  • Large: 15lbs
  • Full: 20lbs
  • Queen: 30lbs

For elderly or frail adults, we recommend choosing from our small or medium sizes:

Weighted Blanket Size: Blanket Weight

  • Small: 5lbs
  • Medium: 8lbs

For more details on our sizing, head over to our sizing page for guidance, visuals, and helpful tips.

<h2" style="text-align: left;">What is Weighted Blanket Therapy?

Wondering why you need a weighted blanket? The answer lies in weighted blanket therapy. Weighted blanket therapy may be an effective tool for sensory processing disorder, but it has also been shown to potentially help a variety of other conditions in children, adults, and the elderly. From insomnia and anxiety to fibromyalgia and restless leg syndrome, there are a host of health conditions that may respond well to weighted blanket therapy.

The science behind weighted blanket therapy is that “deep pressure touch” reduces cortisol levels and boosts the production of serotonin in the brain. Cortisol, which is also known as the “stress hormone,” has been linked to numerous diseases and conditions, including headaches, heart disease, weight gain, and digestive difficulties. When the brain perceives a stressful situation, it naturally signals a “fight or flight” response. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it spurs the individual to deal with the stress in the safest, most productive way possible.

The problem arises when the brain produces too much cortisol. This can happen when a person encounters too many stressful situations. For many people, even everyday stressors at work and home can create a constant state of anxiety. When the brain is always in a “fight or flight” state, cortisol levels can skyrocket. In individuals with a sensory processing disorder and related conditions, triggering noises, sounds and environments can create ongoing stress. This has a negative impact on a person’s overall health and quality of sleep.

There are many ways to deal with stress and hopefully lower cortisol levels. Healthy, natural ways to manage stress include getting plenty of exercise, eating a balanced diet, and making sure you get the right amount of sleep for your age. Research has also shown that massage, such as deep pressure touch therapy, can also help reduce the stress hormone and promote the production of hormones that give a sense of well-being.

Most people aren’t surprised to learn that a weighted blanket may offer a therapeutic effect. If you have ever felt comforted by wrapping up in a down comforter, or you’ve enjoyed the gentle pressure of a protective lead vest at the dentist’s office, you’ve experienced the benefits of a weighted blanket. With a Luna blanket, you or a loved one can enjoy these benefits at home, during sleep, or even on the go. Many of our customers tell us their child uses their weighted blanket in the car, at daycare, or during rest periods at school.

To learn more about Luna blankets and how to choose the right weighted blanket weight for your body and bed, contact us today!

Find peace and comfort with Luna weighted blankets 

If you struggle with restlessness and discomfort at bedtime, our weighted blankets may be the solution to sleepless nights. Luna blankets are made with 100% polyester & microfiber made from recycled plastic bottles and micro glass beads, providing comfort and confidence in the materials you snuggle up with at bedtime. As for the exterior, Luna blankets are available in soft sherpa fleece, cozy cotton, and cooling bamboo.

For more information on how Luna workshow much weighted blankets should weigh, and more, check out our blog. Ready to order your Luna blanket today? Shop our collection of weighted blankets and accessories. 

Cotton Weighted Blanket

Cotton Weighted Blanket

Care Instructions: Wash on a Low Gentle Setting | Dry on Low Heat or Hang Dry

  • Outer Shell: 100% cotton
  • Filling: 100% polyester & microfiber + glass beads
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Free of harmful chemicals
  • OEKO-TEX 100 certified (HKX 17867)
  • 8 loops on every corner and side to accommodate cover ties
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