These Genius Quilts Double as the Coziest Board Games (That You Can Actually Play On!)
Puzzles and board games had a major moment in 2020, and these kinds of simple, nostalgic activities are showing no signs of slowing down. What’s more is that gaming has moved into the spotlight when it comes to decor, too.
The retro interiors on “The Queen’s Gambit” took the design world by storm, traditional checkerboard motifs are back in style again, and furniture with built-in gaming components aren’t just dream items any longer — you can find marble ping pong dining tables and coffee tables with special tops for preserving your progress on a puzzle. The latest unexpected iteration of this trend though? Haptic Lab’s game quilts, which let you cuddle up with your favorite “board” after a little friendly competition.
Designed in Brooklyn and handcrafted in India from cotton, these game board quilts, which retail for $170 each, certainly aren’t cheap. But if you love board games, they make for nice heirloom items worth investing in, particularly right now while it’s colder, and many are trying to hunker down for winter and are looking for ways to stay cozy and busy. You can choose from checkers, backgammon, cross and circles, and snakes and ladders, and each quilt comes with oversized felt playing pieces and game instructions. As far as colors go, the boards all predominantly feature blues, teals, and yellows plus classic ticking stripe accents and trim. Game pieces are rendered in poppy, high-contrast accent shades like pink and red.
At 36″ x 36″, these blanket boards are a nice size for playing and curling up. I love the idea of laying one of these out on the living room floor and getting in a few games. If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere warm year-round, they’d also make for fun and functional picnic blankets and can be thrown in the wash without worry after being outdoors.
The holiday season may have passed, but I just might be dropping a hint about one of Haptic Lab’s blankets for my birthday. They’d make great Valentine’s Day gifts, too, or just a group, roommate, or family quarantine splurge.