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Faux fur blankets are versatile pieces of décor. They can add a touch of sophistication or a note of something more primal; soft neutrals can up the coziness factor of a room, while louder, contrasting accent pieces can instantly activate a space. But as interior designer Olga Naiman sees it, the common denominator of all faux fur blankets is that they “add depth, luxury, and softness to any space they’re in. You can have a sleek and minimal design and the addition of one fur blanket will bring in that tactile, sensual base note. Because of their heft, these blankets and throws have presence.”
But faux fur blankets aren’t just for the bed. “Anywhere you would consider lounging can be furred up!” Naiman says. “Fur invites you in. You are called into the embrace of it.” As for styling tips, she suggests draping smaller blankets on the arms of your favorite chair or along the bottom of a chaise lounge. The effect can be especially dramatic in minimalist or traditional environments.
Whether you’re looking for an accent piece or a bedroom staple, long pile fur or shorter, silky versions, we’ve rounded up the best varieties so you can choose the one that’s right for you.
Best Overall: Pottery Barn Pottery Barn Faux Fur Alpaca Throw
Sizes: 50 x 60 inches, 60 x 80 inches | Material: Acrylic/polyester blend, polyester | Weight: 800 grams | Care: Machine wash, line dry; can be dry cleaned
Layers can separate
Super soft and plush, this popular Pottery Barn throw blanket is big on texture and unrivaled in sophistication. The shorter, dense pile emulates the appearance of real fur, but it's actually made with an acrylic and polyester blend that delivers long-lasting durability (as does the velvety soft liner). It’s available in two sizes: a 50 x 60-inch standard throw size and an oversized 60 x 80-inch blanket size. For top dollar, you also get some standout features—we’re talking certified OEKO-TEX certification and machine wash convenience.
"You can’t help but run your fingers through the faux fur. The softness rivals any blanket or throw we’ve ever used. The fleece’s texture feels good, but finding a good fleece isn’t as hard as finding an amazing, durable faux fur. There was absolutely no little hairs or flyaways left behind."—Stacey L. Nash, Product Tester
Best Budget: Chanasya Super Soft Fuzzy Fur Faux Throw Blanket
Sizes: Twin, Queen/Full, King, 50 x 65 inches, 60 x 70 inches | Material: Microfiber polyester | Weight: 2.6 lbs | Care: Machine wash on gentle cycle with cold water, tumble dry no heat
Extensive range of colors and sizes to choose from
Non-fur side may be prone to pilling
Faux fur blankets exude decadence, so it’s natural to assume they’d all cost a pretty penny. The Chanasya Throw is a notable exception to such expectations. At an extremely affordable price point, the Chanasya Throw still delivers softness, durability, and an extensive range of sizes and colors to choose from.
The throw features two different panels and textures: faux fur and a buttery-soft underside similar to shearling. Despite its softness, though, it’s tough and stands up to frequent use. As our reviewer notes, it can “handle a lot of action.” Because it’s neither expensive nor delicate, she adds, “you won’t feel bad using it in the car, taking it camping, or bundling up in it on the porch.”
The blanket comes in natural, neutral tones like gray and brown, as well as vibrant colors like pink and teal. It comes in twin, full/queen, and king sizes, along with a 50 x 65-inch model and a 60 x 70-inch model.
"A lot of faux fur blankets put all the effort into one side of the throw, leaving the other covered in cheaper material that’s not nearly as soft. This isn’t the case with the Chanasya Wolf, however. It’s super soft all around, which we found surprising given the whole thing is made out of polyester."—Linnea Covington, Product Tester
Best Splurge: Z Gallerie Chinchilla Throw
Size: 60 x 50 inches | Material: Polyester faux suede, acrylic | Weight: Not listed | Care: Dry clean
Comforting, substantial weight
Dry clean only
Buttery soft to the touch, this throw is still pretty weighty, lending substantial comfort whether you cocoon yourself in it for a movie night or simply drape it across your bed. And with backing made of velvety poly suede, you’ll be cozy whichever way the blanket is turned. That backing material and soft, shed-free upper layer is evidence of how good the quality is. It's offered in either gray or white—two neutrals that can add sumptuous texture to almost any space.
Best Oversized: Best Home Fashion Faux Fur Throw
Sizes: 54 x 36 inches, 58 x 36 inches, 58 x 60 inches, 58 x 84 inches | Material: Acrylic, polyester | Weight: 5 pounds (58 x 84) | Care: Machine washable; dry clean recommended
Feels like authentic fur
Comes in a variety of colors
Soft on both sides
Dry cleaning recommended
This blanket is oversized and overly soft. The top layer features thick, brushed fabric that echoes the multi-tonal hues of real fur, while the liner underneath is made of soft sheared faux rabbit fur. Unlike some faux fur blankets on the market, this pick resembles authentic fur.
This blanket comes in three sizes: a luxe, oversized option measuring 58 x 84 inches and a more compact model that measures 58 x 36 inches, plus one in the middle. There are several available styles depending on where you shop, including amber fox, chinchilla, coyote, and gray snakeskin.
"The furry side of the blanket feels soft yet sturdy at the same time; while the underside—since it’s not trying to mimic fur—has a pillowy softness that’s also pleasing to the touch. We like that this blanket has two textures. If the long hairs start tickling your nose in the middle of the night, for example, you can simply flip the blanket over or fold it down."—Linnea Covington, Product Tester
Best Plush: West Elm Faux Fur Brushed Tips Throw
Size: 60 x 47 inches | Material: Modacrylic/acrylic/polyester blend, polyester | Weight: Not listed | Care: Dry clean only
Not as expensive as other luxury picks
A bit shorter than your average throw
Dry clean only
To add sumptuous texture to a space, consider a plush faux fur blanket with a long pile and brushed tips as an accent piece. A throw such as this one from West Elm creates exceptional visual interest when juxtaposed with a smooth, leather couch or a minimalist space. Just be sure to note that this throw from West Elm measures 60 x 47 inches, so it's a bit on the shorter side.
Best Colorful: Hashtag Home Alessandra Blanket
Sizes: 50 x 65 inches, 60 x 70 inches, 66 x 90 inches, 85 x 92 inches, 90 x 108 inches | Material: Microfiber, polyester | Weight: 3 pounds | Care: Machine washable; hand washing recommended
Many color and size options
Less expensive than other luxury options
Thickness may be hot for some
While you’ll never find a true fur blanket in shades like aubergine and bright pink, that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on a faux fur blanket in a vibrant, eccentric shade. A great example is the Alessandra Blanket from Wayfair, which comes in a slate of over 20 colors that conform to a sophisticated palate.
In addition to the dark rose or aubergine purple, you'll find colors like rose dust, soft lilac, and tan blue. Not to mention, there are six different sizes from which you can choose. Whether you’re simply going for a decorative touch or an all-encompassing wrap, you’ve got options.
Best Weighted: Beautyrest York Faux Fur Weighted Blanket
Sizes: 60 x 70 inches | Material: Microfiber shell with beads and polyester fill | Weight: 12 or 18 pounds | Care: Cover is machine washable, insert is spot clean only
Comes in 12 or 18 pound weights
Cover is machine washable
Available in four different colors
Inside layer can shift within outer layer, becoming unequally distributed
It may sound counterintuitive, but if stress and anxiety are weighing you down, it’s possible a weighted blanket can offer some comfort. This weighted blanket from Beautyrest comes in two different weights, so you can choose the one that’s right for you. (It's recommended to go with whatever is closest to 10 percent of your body weight.) Offered in a few different colors, this blanket masks its utilitarian function with an upscale aesthetic.
Best Heated: Beautyrest Zuri Heated Throw Blanket
Sizes: 50 x 70 inches | Material: Polyester | Weight: 3.56 lbs | Care: Machine washable
3 heat settings
2-hour automatic shut off for added safety
Not as plush as other options
Not only is the Zuri Throw from Beautyrest heated, it’s also longer and wider than most standard throws, so you’ll have few problems getting cozy on chilly winter days. This throw also features three different heat settings, plus a two-hour automatic shutoff feature as an added safety bonus.
The blanket’s relative thinness is either a pro or a con depending on your preferences—those who run hot will appreciate it, while others might prefer a heavier feel. You get to choose from several natural shades, plus every purchase comes with a five-year warranty.
The softness, look, and durability of the Pottery Barn Faux Fur Alpaca Throw (view at Pottery Barn) make it our top choice for faux fur blankets. Never scratchy and without shedding, it doesn’t disappoint. However, if you're looking for something more budget-friendly, we recommend the Chanasya Faux Fur Throw Blanket (view at Amazon) for its realistic texture, low price, and wide range of colors.
What to Look for in a Faux Fur Blanket
Faux fur blankets come in various sizes, from small accent pieces that closely resemble real animal pelts to throws that can drape your lap, and oversized versions that can fully envelop you. Before purchasing, be sure to take intended use and product dimensions into consideration, lest you end up with permanent cold toes.
Though there are faux fur blankets made to mimic just about every kind of animal—chinchilla, mink, fox, wolf—most manufacturers aren’t focused on naming the fur they’re emulating, our expert, Olga Naiman, observes. Her advice? “Don’t choose your fur based on the animal it is mimicking. Choose it for the feel and look of each piece, and the height of the pile and the heft of the throw."
Faux fur blankets are versatile pieces. Naiman says to first decide on the effect you want to achieve: “Ask yourself, do I want a soothing piece that beckons me in or a contrasting piece that activates the space? Do I want the fur to stand out or simply blend into the palette of the room and add richness?”
If you want something subtle and luxurious, “staying within the color palette of the room will not highlight the fur itself, but it will add richness to the space.” On the other hand, you might want your blanket to take center stage. In that case, Naiman offers one word of advice: contrast. Ultimately, no matter whether you’re trying to suggest understated sophistication or achieve a more primal note, a faux fur blanket can improve your interior design.
How do you wash a faux fur blanket?
First, consult the manufacturer’s instructions supplied on the tag. Many faux fur throws are designated dry-clean only, but if your throw is machine washable, you’ll want to select the delicate cycle and fill your machine with cold water and mild detergent. (Top-loading washers are recommended for this large task.) Stick with spot cleaning when you can.
P.S. Fabric softener is a no-go, as it’ll make the hair stick together. Similarly, be sure to avoid detergents that are combined with conditioners.
How do you dry a faux fur blanket?
Drying your blanket properly also means consulting the manufacturer’s instructions. Often, you can use a dryer; however, faux fur blankets absorb a lot of water and you’ll probably need to tumble on low heat or “air fluff,” so be prepared to run more than one cycle. A hairdryer is another potential tool in your arsenal, but you’ll still need to avoid applying heat, so stick with the cool setting. Good old-fashioned sun, washing line, and fan are another solid possibility—although this can be time-consuming, especially if you have an extra large blanket.
How do you soften a faux fur blanket?
So, fabric softener is out of the question. Now what? First, brush your blanket gently. Next, in a spray bottle container, mix a teaspoon of conditioner diluted with two cups of water, then spritz your blanket while continuing to brush (gently).
Why Trust The Spruce?
Jessica Joblin is a writer and scholar with six years of experience in the home space. For this roundup, Jessica considered dozens of faux fur blankets, evaluating their comfort, texture, durability, weight, style, and affordability. She solicited the input of interior designers, consulted our team reviews, and considered customer reviews.