Blankets, throws, afghans, coverlets—they all keep your body warm and snuggly. So what makes one layer a throw rather than a blanket?
The main difference between throw and blanket layers is purpose. Blankets are designed for bed warmth and are laid atop other bedding layers. In contrast, throws are a type of blanket and are more decorative—a human-sized layer for cozy afternoons or furniture accents.
Whether you need added warmth for your bed or a cozy cover to snuggle up to on the couch, Casper has a variety of blankets for you to choose from.
In this guide, we’ll uncover the facts in the throw vs. blanket debate so that you can find your next cuddly companion.
That chic knit fabric laid over your mom’s sofa arm? That’s likely a throw blanket.
Consider a throw your “casual friend” blanket. From naps to decor, these small covers are best used outside sleep time. If you want to add a little style to your home, then pull over a throw blanket.
Since throws don’t have to fit between bedding layers, the material options are endless. Typically, people prefer a snuggly and soft fabric for their throws or coverlets (that’s why they’re such great napping partners). Look out for these common and cuddly throw blanket materials:1
In short (and long), throws are for covering your body—not your bed.
While there are a variety of throw blanket sizes, the standard throw blanket is sized around 50 inches x 60 inches. To keep everyone’s toes warm, we give an extra 10 inches to the length of our Casper throws. It’s the perfect versatile size for an afternoon siesta or armchair accent piece.
Sure, you don’t need a throw blanket. But these versatile and stylish layers are a cozy addition to anyone’s home. Even if you can’t sleep under a throw, these covers have plenty of benefits:
When we say “blanket”, we don’t mean your kiddie blankie. Thin and light, a standard blanket adds a layer of warmth to your bed. And for most sleepers, it’s a year round necessity.
Curious as to whether a blanket is the missing piece to your bed puzzle? Let’s dive into what makes a bedding blanket so useful.
Unlike throws, regular blankets often have a smooth and uniform texture—i.e., no chunky knits or plush fuzz. That narrows your material options down to thinner fabrics, such as:3
Bedding blankets are meant to cover an entire bed. So each bed size has its standardized match.4 Depending on your bed model, these blanket sizes are considered the best fit:
Standard blankets usually stay in just one place—the bed.
Bedding blankets add a boost of warmth to your sleep, stacked between sheets and any duvets, quilts, or comforters.
Another reason to use a blanket? A little pop of style—blankets can provide fun patterns or colors. And during warmer months, the blanket can even be the top-layer star of the bed.
No matter the season or room, every home needs plenty of snuggly covers. From sofa throws to bed covers, Casper’s blankets will keep you cozy in every situation. Our 100% natural designs are equally soft and chic, keeping you warm in style. And for peak cuddliness, pair our blankets with all the must-have layers in our bedding collection.