All About the Weight

Advice for the weight of your blanket.

We at Salt Of The Earth Weighted Gear are not Professional Occupational Therapists. The advice we offer is only advice and is only based on recommendations offered by most OT's. It is important that you get the recommendation of your own personal OT.

The general consensus for blanket weight is about 10% of the users weight plus a pound or two for blanket footage. Your OT would take into consideration the strength, mental capacity, the amount of supervision as well as the individual's level of need for pressure. Some people of similar size and age can be un-similar in strength or the mental capacity to be able to remove a blanket that is too heavy. They may also be very different in the amount pressure necessary to achieve results.

The following chart is the suggested weight for persons of average strength and mental capacity.

 Blanket users weight:                 The suggested blanket weight:

       30 to 39 pounds....................................................... 3 to 5 pounds

       40 to 49 pounds....................................................... 4 to 6 pounds

       50 to 59 pounds....................................................... 5 to 7 pounds

       60 to 69 pounds....................................................... 6 to 8 pounds

       70 to 79 pounds........................................................ 7 to 9 pounds

       80 to 89 pounds....................................................... 8 to 10 pounds

       100 to 119 pounds .................................................. 10 to 12 pounds

       110 to 119 pounds ................................................... 11 to 13 pounds

       120 to 129 pounds .................................................. 12 to 14 pounds

       130 to 139 pounds .................................................. 13 to 15 pounds

       140 to 149 pounds .................................................. 14 to 16 pounds

       150 to 159 pounds .................................................. 15 to 18 pounds

       160 to 169 pounds .................................................. 16 to 18 pounds

       170 to 179 pounds ................................................... 17 to 19 pounds

       180 pounds and up ................................................ 18 to 20 pounds

This is why we don't offer weighted blankets over 20 pounds.

 Once a person reaches adulthood, or around 150 pounds, their bone structure will not change much, no matter how much they come to weigh. So a 15 pound blanket is often sufficient for any size adult. For those needing more pressure, a 20 pound blanket offers that but it can be surprisingly awkward to handle. Folded, a 20 pound blanket is much like holding a 20 pound sack of potatoes.  Spread over the body, it is very comforting, but not very easy to manipulate. Unfolded, it is a dead weight, like a small child who doesn't feel too heavy until he/she goes limp in your arms. So if you want to readjust it in the night, you'll be glad your blanket is not more than 20 pounds.

 Though our blankets are machine washable, 20 pounds is the maximum we feel would be safe in the average washing machine and though our blankets are well constructed, over 20 pounds could put too much strain on the stitching when the blanket is being pulled around and manipulated.

If you still want more weight, we suggest that you purchase two blankets to use together. 

What's inside the Blanket?

We use fine grade stone.  It taken from deep in the Earth and is triple screened and triple cleaned. Few companies use it because it is labor intensive. It is non-porous, is is not sharp and will wear not wear through the blanket fabrics. It is washable and air dries easily. It is natural and cool by nature. Our customers prefer the fine grade stone by far over Poly bead.