We’ve spent the last couple of posts exploring who would benefit from a weighted blanket, in what situations a weighted blanket would be really useful, and you’ve spent some time evaluating whether or not you want to make your own weighted blanket.
So now it’s time to answer the question:
What should you expect to pay for a weighted blanket?
Have you ever shopped for a bra? And I mean, really shopped.
Ever compared comfort and quality and pinchy-ness and does-what-it-is-supposed-to-do-ish-ness? Ever cursed the social norms that require us to even bother with such contraptions?
Now tell me, how much should I pay for a bra?
If you’re laughing at me, that’s okay. If you hedged your answer with “it depends”, well, now we’re heading down the same track.
Just like you could pay vastly different prices for a good bra, so too, you can pay vastly different prices for a weighted blanket.
It depends on who and where
First off, it depends on who you are shopping for. Are you shopping for an adult who needs a 20+lb blanket? or for a child who needs a light-weight 5lb blanket?
It also depends on where you shop. At each intersection of Who and Where, you’ll find a range of prices.
Let’s take a minute to examine your options
We talked about this some in a previous post. You could dust off home economics skills, spend time researching, locating, selecting, purchasing retail materials & supplies.
Is this the best use of my time?
Will this add more stress than I’m able to handle right now?
Is this blanket so big that most makers don’t want to make it?
Is the project going to wind up in NeverLand (the land where projects never get completed: c’mon — we all have ’em)?
If you decide to go this route, you can expect to pay anywhere from $50-150 just on materials (and not counting your time invested), depending on the size of the blanket and where you purchase your materials.
You can definitely save some pennies in the process, and if this is the route that makes the most sense to you, more power to you.
One of the downsides (besides the actual making of the blanket) is often you will have excess (expensive) materials. Retail poly pellets can run up to $5/lb; you can buy larger quantities in bulk for better prices, but that could leave you with several pounds laying around that never get used, thereby negating your savings.
Depending on the size of the blanket (and the $ amount you place on your time), doing it yourself could cost as much as purchasing the blanket already made or more, plus you’ll need to spend a good deal of time on it (not to mention the possibility of blood, sweat, and tears).
If you are shopping for a child’s blanket, there are hundreds, if not thousands of makers, so your choices are incredibly varied.
A lot of sellers are parents and/or grandparents who have a child who needed a weighted blanket, and decided to start making them for others as well.
A handful of these shops have grown into the major names at the top of your Google search, and some of them even offer same-day shipping.
Check their reviews while asking the following questions:
Is it made well?
Will it hold up?
Can I get it large enough for what I/we need?
What will be the quality of the work?
Will I wish I’d invested in someone with more skill?
Did I get a blanket with the options *I* needed?
Depending on the size and weight of the blanket, you will pay somewhere around $75-$200 for a weighted blanket at this point in the continuum.
At this point you start getting some additional options (fabric types, blanket sizes, heavier weights).
The blanket construction will be done well. The customer service may or many not be personal. They may or may not offer custom orders.
Always check reviews, and ask yourself the following questions:
Can I get my blanket as large as I want/need?
Can I get it as heavy as I need?
Do they offer glass beads instead of poly pellets?
Am I happy with the fabric options?
Am I settling for “good enough” or getting exactly what I need & want?
If my blanket is over 20lbs, do they offer a duvet cover?
Depending on the size, weight, and fabric of your blanket, you will pay between $150-$400 for a weighted blanket.
Locally owned, high-end boutique
Here you will find weighted blankets hand-crafted by skilled maker with a small operation, fully customizable options, excellent customer service.
They will be skilled in making large sizes commissioned by customers with excellent and particular tastes. They will use high-quality fabrics.
Shipping may take some time, but it will be worth it because when they deliver, they really deliver: It’s top-notch, top-shelf quality product, high-quality service. Be sure to glean information from their reviews and testimonials.
Most likely, your blanket will be American made from start to finish (not just assembled in the US). They will be handmade. With mad skillz, and secret ninja moves.
Depending on the size, weight, and fabric of your blanket (and whether or not you placed a custom order), you can expect to pay from $300-$600 and above for a weighted blanket.
It’s kinda like a good bra.
Once you find one that works well and does what you need it to without pinching in all the wrong places, AND is comfortable to wear all day, you’re going to have to invest. Most of us have learned the hard way, you get what you pay for. A $15 bra is going to do a $15 job (generally speaking)
But the good news? With a good bra, you don’t have to make that purchase annually. It won’t wear out and be misshapen, bleed colors, or fall to pieces.
As with a good bra, unless something disastrous happens (like the neighbors dog chewing it up or a visiting toddler takes the scissors to it) you may not need another weighted blanket for many years.
(At least, not for you. Your brother and sister and best friend, though? Well, that’s a different story ;-).)
Here’s the question to ask yourself:
What do I get out of it?
I cannot emphasize this enough:
This is an investment in your health.
Even a modest investment in a good night’s sleep can pay huge return in health and productivity. According to Sleep, a scientific journal, lack of sleep costs the average U.S. worker 11.3 days each year, or $2,280 in lost productivity.
That’s a LOT of hidden cost to poor sleep.
How important is it to you to get that pile of blankets OFF your bed?
How many other options have you tried that have failed, or performed unsatisfactorily?
How much did they cost you over the past 6-7 months (not just financially, just physically & emotionally)?
“You can’t put a price on getting better sleep. For real. I’ve probably spent that amount alone in OTC sleep aids. Getting to sleep wasn’t as big of an issue as staying asleep and the blanket provides that.” ~ Lara S, customer
What is your good night’s sleep worth to you? What would you pay?
How much is a good night’s sleep worth to you? $1/night? $5? $10? How many good night’s sleep would you have to have to justify investing in the perfect weighted blanket for you?
For example, if your child’s a good night’s sleep is worth $1/night, in 1 year you would have saved at least twice the value of a child-size weighted blanket, and next year you don’t need to buy another one.
If your own sleep is worth $2/night, you could start saving after 6-7 months. Don’t forget, you may not ever have to replace your blanket.
If you’re interested in working with me to put together a weighted blanket that is perfect for you, contact me; I’m happy to answer your questions as you identify the options that would be the best fit for you.
Have a particular aversion to specific textures? No problem.
Need something heavy all year, and breathable for the summer time? I gotcha covered.
Can’t find someone to make a blanket as big or as heavy as you’d like? Let’s do this.
Get a blanket made with precision and love, and experience the magic.