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How Heavy Should a Weighted Blanket Be? Use Our Size Chart to Choose the Right One For You

So you’ve decided you want to enjoy the calming deep pressure that weighted blankets provide and feel its warm hug. Finding the right one might be challenging though. One of the most common questions we get asked during people’s search is: how heavy should a weighted blanket be?

woman wondering how heavy should a weighted blanket be

The answer is… it depends! While there are guidelines that you can follow when it comes to blanket weight, you’ll also want to factor in your personal preference and your doctor’s recommendations (if any).

First things first: always remember to seek medical advice when it comes to weighted blankets. If you’re purchasing a heavy blanket upon the recommendation of a doctor or occupational therapist, make sure you ask them what weight you should go with.

Better yet, when you go for your therapy sessions, ask if your occupational therapist can provide an anxiety blanket that you can borrow and try out.

Many therapists in Canada keep these popular weighted blankets on hand as they are a great complement to therapy itself. They know that weighted blankets help to release serotonin in the brain which helps people feel calmer. If you can borrow a blanket to do a “test-drive”, that’s a helpful way of determining what weight suits you the best.

What if you’re simply purchasing a weighted blanket on your own accord? How do you figure out how heavy it should be?

In that case, then it’s all up to your personal preference.

man reading under weighted blanket

In general, we recommend that our customers search for a blanket that’s between 7% to 12% of their body weight.

If you’re not sure what works best for your specific body weight, round up and opt for the heavier blanket. We’ve found that people tend to achieve better results this way.

Pro-tip: don’t compare weighted blankets to lifting weights

When purchasing a one for the first time, many people tend to benchmark the weight of the blanket against the weights they lift in the gym.

That said, this isn’t the correct approach.

Why? Well, holding a 10 lb dumbbell in either hand is drastically different from having a 20 lb of blanket weight lying on top of your body as you’re falling asleep.

The blanket covers your entire body and will pull down on you while you’re falling asleep and you won’t be comfortable. So don’t go overboard and order a blanket that’s too heavy and suffocating. That will definitely affect how the user sleeps.

As much as you like the deep pressure provided by weighted blankets, always proceed with caution and follow instructions. You need a blanket that helps you feel comfortable at the same time.

Blanket weight: is there a maximum weight limit?

If you’re wondering what’s the heaviest blanket weight that you can get (without having it becoming a danger to you!), the answer is 30 lbs.

how heavy should a weighted blanket be for couples

According to one study, experts determined that the average adult can lie under a 30lb blanket without having their blood circulation, heart rate or pulse rate affected - but anything beyond that, and the weighted blanket may not be safe to use.

Some consumers go into this with the mindset that they should purchase the heaviest blanket with the best deep pressure possible, so that they can reap maximum benefits. But that’s not how it works.

Using a blanket that’s too heavy for you might be counter-productive and will not give you the rest you desire. It might cause your system more stress instead, which isn’t ideal. So be sure to abide by the recommended 30 lb rule!

Weighted Blanket Body Weight Chart for Adults

Buying a Hush Blanket to help you relieve stress and sleep better?

Consider this handy chart that you can use to determine how heavy your blanket should be, according to your body weight.

Your Body Weight (lbs)

Recommended Personal Hush Blanket Weight (lbs)

80-120 lbs 12 lbs
120-170 lbs  15 lbs
170-240 lbs 20 lbs
240+ 25 lbs

Twin-sized Hush Blankets measure 60x80 inches, and they fit over a single adult perfectly and drape over the side of the bed.

Sharing the Hush Weighted Blanket

If you’re sharing your bed with a partner, make sure you purchase a Queen Size (80x87 inches) or a King (90x90). Or, you can order two Twins for a more personalized feel.

happy couple in bed under a weighted blanket

At the end of the day, the goal is to have your blanket distribute its weight evenly on you, and now that's easier than ever with our larger sizes. Since the weight is distributed across a larger surface area, it will feel lighter. So choose a weight that roughly equals two personal blankets. 

Ex. If you are both 150 pounds, 10% is 15 lbs, so get the 30 lbs Queen or 30 lbs King and your side will feel like a 15 lbs blanket!

That's about all you need to know when selecting a weight for an adult’s blanket. Don't overthink it! You can also ask our support at anytime using the chat bubble on the bottom right.

Blanket Sizes and Weights for Children

Kids blankets are quite different, and at Hush we have two options for your child.

You definitely don't want it to be too heavy for your child’s body weight, so the 10% rule still applies, but try not to go over. It's better to select a lighter one in that case so it applies just the correct amount of pressure.

Child's Body Weight (lbs) Hush Kid's Blanket Weight (lbs)
30-60lbs 5lbs
60-100lbs 10lbs


There is also a height and maturity aspect to keep in mind when selecting a weight for a child’s blanket. The dimensions of the 5lbs is 36x48 inches and has a child friendly pattern with animals on it, while the 10lbs kids/teens blanket is 42x72 inches and has the same fabric as the Hush Classic.

little boy playing in bed under a weighted blanket

Choosing your blanket size: a final word

We hope this resource helped to answer your question or other FAQs about how heavy a weighted blanket should be! Use this guide to learn more about these types of blankets and what they are.

Weighted blankets have a lot of benefits in terms of aiding sleep disorders, sensory processing disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD and calming the nervous system. They are also great at helping to reduce anxiety and giving you a sense of overall wellness, comfort and health. If you often have stressful days, have high levels of cortisol or desire to feel calm instead of restless, getting a weighted blanket is a good idea.

At the end of the day, don’t worry if the product you’re purchasing is a pound or two pounds heavier (or lighter!) than what you’re ideally going for.

A bit of extra weight (or less weight) doesn’t make a difference; you’ll likely experience the positive benefits of your Hush Blanket’s deep pressure anyway.

It's washable, easy to dry, and fits nicely on a King size, Queen size or Twin size mattress! You’ll find that you’ll experience falling asleep in the most soothing manner with our high quality, specially designed blankets.

Also, keep in mind that all Hush Blankets purchased come with an awesome 100 Night Guarantee. At Hush Blankets, we’re so proud of our positive customer user reviews, happily sharing all the effective ways their weighted blanket has helped and how they can now fall asleep better. Many have also seen their sleeping and anxiety improve. Shopping on our website is also very easy and convenient.

Here at Hush Canada, we believe in love at first sleep… but if you don’t fall in love with your blanket right off the bat, you get 99 more tries to make it work. We always aim to provide the best service and want you to enjoy its warm, secure hugging more than anything.

hush blanket guarantee

Our returns policy: If you still aren’t feeling it, then just return the blanket, and we’ll process a full refund.

What are you waiting for? Purchase your Hush Blanket now, and look forward to countless nights of uninterrupted sleep!