DIY vs Ready Made Weighted Blanket

DIY Vs. Ready Made Weighted Blankets

Like other wears, weighted blankets come with options. One group of people love their blankets factory made or rather readymade while others will want them done at home in what is popularly known as “do it yourself-DIY.”

With DIY, your source for the materials and sew the weighted blanket yourself whereas, for the readymade, the manufacturer has already stitched it for commercial purposes.

Several factors can inform one to go either way. It should be cool for any choice you make. However, there are merits and demerits for both, and we have taken considerable research on both.

Why Ready-Made weighted blankets?

Readymade is the off the rack bespoke weighted blankets designed and made by a commercial manufacturer. This kind of blanket is widely available in the market for order. The features such as weight and sizes are standardized as per the available researched the information.

They are like the fast foods on the go! When you get into a fasts food joint, you just order based on what is on the menu. Similarly, these kinds of blankets do not give room for customers input and if any very limited.

Readymade weighted blankets usually are widely available and standardized. They are usually designed in numerous options of colors, sizes, fabrics, and even weights from which to choose from. For this case, they are produced in masses. So why exactly should you choose readymade over DIY? Let us look at the merits and the demerits below.

Merits of Readymade weighted blankets

  • Mass production: The bulk production of weighted blankest mean they are more in retail, and you can get one easily with less hassle.
  • A variety of weights: With the mass production, you have blankets in the market with different weights for different people
  • Color Variants. Several people, especially the feminine gender love colors. Their eyes see color, and they select with the color being one of the criteria.
  • Multiple sizes to pick from
  • Multiple styles to choose from
  • A variety of fabrics means you have the autonomy to go for what interests you
  • They are readymade hence involves a short time
  • Plus it is covered by most manufacturers under a warranty!

Demerits of Readymade weighted blankets

  • Lack of uniqueness; Ever visited a friend’s house, and you realize that her sofa sets resemble yours in everything? Well, it does happen and makes one of you a copycat of the other. Human beings are unique and want to remain so. Mass production that is common with ready-mades deprives you of this uniqueness.
  • Weighted blankets retail at exorbitant prices. Despite the lower cost involved in mass production, the end product is normally high, especially for the popular brand names.
  • Difficult in choosing the right weight, and size for your body or kid; the blessing of variety can just be the curse in some way when it comes to making the right choices.
  • There is also a complaint about the readymade blankets, which their Polly pellets are not adequately sewn into place and some even leak.

Why DIY weighted blankets?

If you are hands-on, or if you love it outstandingly unique, then DIY weighted blankets are your things. The skill that goes into the sewing together of the different parts of the blanket is directly from you.

The designer, sources for the different materials he or she will need to deliver a weighted blanket including the covers, the inner lining, and the Polly pellets. You may need a sewing machine to put together the joints of the Polly pellet porches. This option comes with the design democracy that is much needed by some.

There are myriad of factors that may make one go for a DIY blanket over a readymade one. These include the costs involved, the autonomy involved as well as the type of the fillings among others. There are several merits and some disadvantages of this choice as highlighted below.

Merits of Readymade weighted blankets

  • The resulting weighted blanket product will be unique and according to your design. BYOB! Yes, you are your own boss or put it more appropriately, be your own blankets maker!
  • The weight and the size are, as you like. With this type, you will have the autonomy to sew what you think your body can handle as well as the size that will perfectly cover you.
  • The fabric of your own choice. You will also have the freedom to choose the type of material to use. You can use nylon, cotton or any other fabric depending on your environment and preference.
  • Freedom when choosing the pellets to use. You may choose to stick with the popular plastic pellets or go for something else that can act as an alternative to the sand.
  • The cost is low. When you decide to sew it yourself, the overall cost comes down. Who does not want to save some coins anyway?
  • The ingenuity and keenness that you invest in your weighted blanket can just make it last longer than the average bespoke blanket could last!

Demerits of Readymade weighted blankets

  • Time-consuming. Since the agrarian revolution, machines have always been about the mechanization for more in less time. Apparently, the legacy of doing it manually is slower.
  • Low output. Because of slow throughput, you can expect fewer blankets when you do it yourself.
  • Stitching defects: Human is to err. Right? Areas of the weighted blanket sewn when one is active will be near perfect compared to those parts when fatigue takes a toll on you. This will even affect the number of pellets per porch hence there is a chance of skewed weight.


The comparative analysis above for the two approaches to having a weighted blanket in your household can help you make informed decisions. The choice is all yours. The have it quick it guys can consider a readymade weighted blanket, and those who love unique things should do it themselves. The former group has their worries well taken off by the manufacturer. DIY blankets demand more but at a lower cost. So the choice is yours as the ‘clothtivists’ say “my cloth my choice”. Therefore, the weighted blanket, your way!

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