- Blankets Buying Guide
Blankets buying guide
At Dunelm Mill we are proud of our extensive range of blankets. Available in a multitude of colours and sizes, you’ll be spoilt for choice. As interior design experts we understand the importance of having accentuating products that add a touch of class and personality to your home without it costing the earth. That is why we believe that we have a blanket to suit and complement all tastes and budgets.
Due to the size and variety of our blanket and throw range we know that there are lots of aspects to consider when purchasing the perfect blanket. For this reason we have highlighted some of the key aspects for consideration.
- An easy way to narrow your product search is to decide on a budget for your blanket. Details that need to be considered are based around the purpose of the blanket. If all you require is a warm throw to keep you warm on a winter’s evening then perhaps you don’t need to make quite as large an investment in your blanket. However, if you aim to use your blanket as a true decorative piece that really combines and accentuates your room’s features and colours then there is a lot more to decide. A higher quality and standard of material could be worthwhile if you want to invest in a blanket that will last you for years to come, or perhaps you crave a really large and thick knitted blanket to complement your country style home. If this is the case then it might be worth investing a little more money to ensure the perfect finishing touch to your room. Blankets can be used all over the home and in many different ways so if you can work from an ideal budget your search for the perfect blanket or throw will become a great deal easier.
- A key factor that is highly relevant to the issue of cost is the material from which the blanket is made. A contemporary polyester blanket is both practical and stylish, combining warmth, fashion and easy clean properties; it’s the perfect option for a busy family home. Traditionally, blankets were made of wool due to the warmth of the fabric however, in recent years it has become more popular to purchase blankets that are composed of synthetic fibres. The ideal material for your blanket really depends on the purpose that you have in mind. If for example you need a blanket to take to the park for picnicking or just relaxing in the garden, then a wool blanket would perhaps not be the best choice. The composition of the blanket would mean that bits of grass could get caught in between the weaves leading to a very tedious cleaning process. However, at Dunelm Mill we have the perfect blanket for outdoor use, picnic mats. Our range of picnic mats has proved to be an extremely popular choice during the summer months and is especially handy for those lovely family outings to the park. Our range of outdoor blanket mats are available in a variety of colours, sizes and patterns and the practicality of the mat is highlighted by the waterproof backing and foldaway carrier bag.
- Traditionally the purpose of a blanket was to keep you warm and cosy on a cold winter’s evening. However, whilst this may still be true today, it is only a small part of a blanket’s purpose. It is very common to see blankets and throws used as a decorative piece in the home. By adding a vibrant and strong coloured blanket to your room you can really help to add a touch of personality and warmth. Blankets can be laid over the back of the sofa creating an extra layer of comfort whilst simultaneously adding to the overall decor of your room. Blankets are also an ideal addition to your child’s bedroom, practical and cosy they can help to both brighten up the room whilst also being a useful extra layer on cold nights. Here at Dunelm Mill we have a wide selection of beautiful blankets especially designed for children, from bright colours to car patterns you’re sure to find the perfect blanket for your child.
- Sateen bed linen is usuall-bedlineny made of 100% cotton with an additional sheen creating a lustrous surface with a soft feel, the perfect material for a quality night’s sleep. The material’s sheen is created by using a product specific weaving method. Sateen fabric has a lot to offer with its wide range of colours and patterns, however it is often considered to be a less hardwearing fabric than other materials such as Percale. The reason for this is the softness and silkiness of the product often means that the cleaning process needs to be slightly gentler than that of other more durable fabrics.
- This type of textile manufacturing was created in order to create a range of complex patterns such as damask. Jacquard bed linen is characterised by a raised design or pattern which is woven into the fabric. It is important to note that here at Dunelm Mill we don’t measure our jacquard fabric with a thread count as this could be under or overstated dependant on different parts of the design. This style of bed linen is often found in traditional and classic bedrooms. The intricate patterns are neatly woven into the fabric emitting a remarkable regal high sheen. Luxurious detail can then be added around the edges of the material to perfect the overall-bedlinen classic look of the product.
- The Damask fabric process is commonly used to create single coloured silk weave which feature specific patterns or designs. The damask fabric is unique. A key element to this fabric is that it creates a light reflected weave that changes colour and brightness depending on how the light hits the product. This type of textile weave is also common in household items such as tablecloths due to the unique and high quality characteristics of the material. This type of textile is very popular today and is another example of a woven fabric that has stood the test of time. Damask cloth was first introduced to France in the mid 14th century and has been used to make bed linen sets throughout Europe ever since.
- Flannel is often made from cotton, synthetic fibre or wool and is characterised by its soft woven fabric. There are 3 main types of flannel available on the market, the main one being flannelette which is traditionall-bedlineny composed of cotton weaves. Other types of flannel fabric include cotton flannel and diaper flannel. all-bedlinen 3 types of flannel fabric are weaved in either a twill or plain format and are available in an array of colours and patterns. Our beautiful range of flannelette bed linen is made from 100% cotton with a slightly plumper and fluffier appearance than other fabrics. This cosy fabric is very practical as it acts as a form of insulation keeping you warmer on cooler nights.
- The name of this material is based on the fabric’s place of origin, Jersey in the Channel Islands. Jersey material is a woven fabric that was traditionall-bedlineny made from wool. Currently, it is more common to get fabrics that are made from a mixture of textiles such as cotton, synthetic fibres and wool. This fabric is an ideal choice for nursery bedding as it is extremely supple, soft and absorbent cotton. Also, the loose knit fabric style of the material will ensure that your child stays at the perfect temperature whilst also looking very stylish in the nursery.
- Bedspreads are similar to duvets in many ways. The basic connection being the principal function of a bedspread is to add an extra layer of warmth to your bed. The bedspread also shares key characteristics with blankets or throws as they not only provide warmth but they also act as a fashion accessory bring a splash of colour and texture to your room.
Fitted cot sheets have elastic corners to fit snugly over your cot mattress. They are quick and easy to fit and won’t become ruffled easily. Here at Dunelm Mill our beautiful nursery bedding range is available in comfortable jersey or cosy flannelette.
Here at Dunelm Mill we pride ourselves on the quality and ease of use of our Children’s bedding collection. We understand that when it comes to children’s bed linen durability is a key aspect and that is why our products are machine washable. Our range of children's bedding is available in a range of vibrant colours and fun designs. We have tailor-made our children’s bedding designs to complement our extensive range of curtains, rugs and accessories, making their room a special place of their own.
As we have previously mentioned, blankets have many uses nowadays and are one of the most versatile products on the market. They can be used in many rooms of the house such as the living room, bedroom, play room and even the dining room. The function of the blanket in the home is usually one of practicality or decoration, combining warmth and style. However, they are also used outdoors for picnics where their function is purely practical, protecting clothing from getting muddy. Our range of stunning blankets is also very popular with young children who often choose to carry a blanket with them as a form of comfort and warmth. This is where our range of Teddy Bear blankets are really popular, soft and cosy, you won’t find a better blanket to snuggle under and feel safe when the cold sets in.
Here at Dunelm Mill we provide individual care instructions specific to each blanket. These instructions should always be carefully followed to ensure that you make the most out of your product. However, as a guideline please see a few hints on how to keep your blanket looking great for years to come.
If your blanket is machine washable avoid washing it with dark colours or on a high temperature as this could
affect the colourand size of the blanket
Avoid placing your blanket near to open heat sources such as a fire for long periods of time
It is important that you regularly air your blanket outdoors for a few hours to get rid of any dust that may have built up over time