This Velvety Weighted Blanket Is The Coziest, Most Stylish Way to Calm Down This Winter

published Nov 5, 2020
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Bearaby Velvet Napper
Credit: Bearaby

If there’s an MVP in the bedding world for 2020, it has to be the believed to help the user destress—kind of like taking a big exhale while someone is hugging you. Given all of the stressors this past year has thrown at almost everyone, it’s understandable if a weighted blanket is high on your list of potential holiday presents (even to yourself!).

But I can speak from experience that a weighted blanket is often not the prettiest to look at. While my blanket upgraded my sleep tremendously, it was absolutely a function-over-form kind of buy. What’s more, lugging it over to the couch while I’m decompressing with a Netflix marathon means I’ll have to haul it back to its place under my covers for my next snooze session.

Enter the Bearaby napper, which is AT-contributor approved and looks like the ever-popular chunky knit blankets. The company recently announced the return of its popular velvet napper, which has sold out time and time again. Now, they’re bringing it back in five brand-new holiday-ready colors—all of which are named after festive gemstones, and all of which would match most any living room or bedroom decor situation.

The fabric is also eco-friendly, as the brand boasts that it transforms marine plastic into the soft, velvety yarn that distributes its weight evenly. The napper, which is sized to serve as a couch throw or personal blanket, comes in 15, 20, and 25-pound options, and is set to start shipping on November 17.

If you’re a weighted blanket novice and are wondering about picking the right heft, you can always try a little basic math: Experts recommend you start with a blanket that is five to 10 percent of your body weight, though I’m personally a fan of a heavier blanket’s pressure. I’ve found that I don’t toss and turn as much under a blanket that’s 20 pounds or more, which is saying something given that I’m a pretty restless sleeper without a weighted blanket. In fact, the only thing I might lose sleep over now is wondering which color to get.