What Is the Difference between a Throw and Blanket?

What Is the Difference between a Throw and Blanket?

Most people have a hard time when it comes to differentiating blankets. It might seem that all blankets are the same. However, it is important to know the distinction, because depending on the use, you might be better served by a throw. 

The key factor when discerning one from the other is the purpose it will serve. Blankets are mostly used to provide warmth and are usually placed on sheets or other bedding layers. Throws are technically blankets, but are a special type traditionally made for decorative intentions. Throws can be used on furniture, as well as beds. 

Fortunately, Mellanni can provide both options and more. So whether you need a warm blanket or a lovely throw, we got you covered. This guide aims to help you to understand the differences between a throw and a blanket.

The purpose of a throw blanket

When thinking about throws, you might consider them a friendly blanket that’s best suited for decorative elements. In reality, they have many uses, including acting as a great nap companion! 

What are throw blankets made of?

One advantage that throws have over blankets is that they can be made from a lot of different materials since they don’t have to fit between sheets. You can find them in chenille, faux fur, satin, or even crushed velvet. That said, it is usually preferable if they are made with soft texture or snuggly fabric coverings (to facilitate comfy naps).

Wool is a great option because it is warm, cozy, and breathable. As long as you take good care of it, wool is also very durable.

Cashmere is an interesting alternative if you want a more luxurious approach. Few fabrics can compare when it comes to warmth and softness. Keep in mind that this expensive material needs a lot of care.

Another option is synthetic materials. Fleece throws are made using polyester, which creates a blankets that are fuzzy and smooth. They are usually less breathable than other materials since they are tightly woven fabric. Consider them for colder conditions.

Another great synthetic option is sherpa. This fabric is durable, comfortable and easy to care for. You should take a look at Mellanni’s Faux Fur & Sherpa 2-Sided Throw Blanket. This throw is great because you get two for the price of one. Depending on the side of your choosing, you get faux fur for a luxurious look or classic sherpa for added comfiness.

What is the usual size?

When it comes to size, there is a significant difference between blankets and throws. Throws are made for covering you or your furniture, not the bed.

While  it can vary, the average throw blanket is 50 x 60 inches. That length usually covers all you need. 

What are the benefits of a throw blanket?

Blanket throws might not be essential, but you would be missing out on a lot of benefits they present. Their style and versatility make them an interesting addition to any house.


The advantage of a throw blanket resides in its double function. It can be a stylish decor that you can invite to your bed for a friendly nap. They are smaller than regular blankets, which makes them easier to move.


Decorative throws are easy on the eyes. You can find them in an assortment of colors, patterns or textured materials. Ideal to place on whatever furniture comes to mind.


Throws may not be your  ideal companion for a good night’s sleep since they don’t fit between regular blankets and are not as warm. But, what makes them poor companions for nighttime is what makes them great companions for comfortable napping.

The deal with blankets

Blankets are a very important piece of bedding for most people. They provide an extra layer of warmth and cover for your sleeping time and are made specifically with that purpose in mind.

Blanket materials

As we’ve explained before, blankets are made to be a smooth companion for your bed. Because of that, they are usually made with thinner fabrics that allow for more comfortable results. Not all blankets are made the same.

Cotton is an ideal fabric for blankets. Warm, soft and breathable, cotton blankets are as snuggly as it gets. 

A down blanket is a great alternative for cold weather. They are made with the fluffy feathers from ducks and geese and are excellent for keeping you warm.

Fibers like acrylic or polyester are good options if you are searching for economical and durable options. Check out fleece blankets for a good synthetic option.

Blanket sizes

Blankets are made to serve as bed coverings. This means that blankets are designed to fit all the different bed sizes available on the market. You can find them in twin, full, queen, king and California king. No need for a small blanket.

Blanket purpose

A blanket is designed to stay on your bed, as a comfortable sleeping partner for nighttime. The main purpose is to add an extra layer of comfort and warmth, in addition to duvets or comforters. We especially recommend you take a look at Mellanni’s collection of duvet covers and coverlets, they’ll surely make an excellent companion to your blanket of choice.

Even though they lack the aesthetic purpose of throws, blankets also come in a series of patterns and colors, to add an extra layer of style to your bed.

To conclude

Throws and blankets are great additions to your home, all you need to consider is how you intend to use them. We hope this blog helped in understanding the difference between throws and blankets.Don't forget to check Mellanni’s Faux Fur & Sherpa 2-Sided Throw Blanket.

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