West Elm Launched a Weighted Blanket Collab, and My Netflix Binge Just Got Better
My favorite pick-me-up after a downright bad day? Seamless, a glass of red wine, and Netflix from the comfort of my couch. It's usually pretty effective, but West Elm's latest launch is bound to make it a no-fail solution to reducing stress. The interiors brand has teamed up with Bearaby to create a superchic weighted blanket collection worthy of the living room.
For this collab, the signature hand-woven weighted blanket will be offered in two different fabrics — Tencel and Velvet — and eight different design-friendly shades — Stone White, Frost Grey, Glass Blue, Dusty Blush, Platinum, Nightshade, Marble White, and Sunbeam Yellow. That means you won't want to hide your beloved blanket (along with that pile of unopened mail and dirty clothes on the floor) when you have people over on Friday night.
The partnership was born out of an effort to turn your entire home into a wellness retreat and to educate customers on deep touch pressure therapy, or the soothing, tension-relieving reaction to the feeling of being held or hugged, which weighted blankets are meant to mimic.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, this pressure has been shown to increase serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep, and encourages the production of oxytocin, which can help relieve pain and stress and promotes better sleep.
What makes Bearaby's blankets unique is that they aren't filled with any plastics or plastic pellets. The weight comes solely from the hand-woven fabric. You can choose what weight is right for you, too, available in 15, 20, and 25 lbs.
As a rule, the brand suggests picking a blanket that's roughly 10 percent of your body weight, opting for the higher weighted blanket if you're in between weight categories. And get this — the Tencel version is fully biodegradable.
Priced between $249 and $279 each, the West Elm x Bearaby collab is definitely pricey, but if you're invested in your power naps (or living room aesthetic), it might be worth adding to your shopping cart — or holiday wish list.