So you read our blog post on how to warm up your home this winter, followed our advice and purchased a heater, but are still a little way off your winter happy spot. If the idea of a hot water bottle doesn’t sit quite well with you, then you just might find happiness snuggling up under an electric blanket.
Did you know the first electric blanket was invented in 1912 by an American physician? Nowadays, electric blankets come in a variety of styles and sizes to suit everything from single beds (how about a lovely Sunbeam tie down?), to king size mattresses (consider a homey, fitted version by Kambrook), to sofas. That’s right, electric blankets have been liberated from the bedroom and these days you’ll find that a heated throw like this plush chocolate brown micro-fleece by Sunbeam makes a lovely addition to a living room, adding not only physical, but also aesthetic warmth (neutral colour palettes are very in right now). In terms of functionality, most electric blankets have a simple controller attached with at least a few heat settings so you can adjust its warmth as your body temperature changes. Blankets made for double, queen and king beds typically come with dual controllers so there’s no fighting over the (electric) blanket! Fitted electric blankets have elastic cords to keep them in place, covering the entire top surface of your mattress. Non-fitted blankets, also known as tie-downs, come with cotton ties to keep them in place and therefore tend to be more affordable.
Some safety precautions to keep in mind when using an electric blanket (via CHOICE):
- Carefully read the manufacturer’s manual prior to use
- Don’t leave your electric blanket on all night
- Make sure you don’t pile any books, magazines or devices on top of the blanket when it’s switched on
- Check if an electric blanket is suitable for the type of bed you own i.e. its advised electric blankets are not used with futons, waterbeds and foam mattresses
- Keep the electric cord and switch outside of your bed and always turn the power off and unplug the electric blanket when you’re not using it!
- Don’t use an electric blanket together with a hot water bottle and do not wash the blanket unless the instructions for use specifically recommend this
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