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Whether you want to snuggle up to read a book or add a pop of color to your couch, nothing beats a stylish, cozy throw blanket.
We researched and tested dozens of throw blankets, evaluating fabric type, softness, durability, and value. Our favorite is the Sunday Citizen Casablanca Throw, a wonderfully warm option that looks as good as it feels and is machine washable.
Here are the best throw blankets.
Sunday Citizen Casablanca Throw
When shopping for a blanket, you certainly don't have to sacrifice coziness for looks—just take Sunday Citizen's Casablanca Throw.
Available in eight different colors, this blanket has an elegant, jacquard-inspired pattern that's meant to be shown off. It's made with the brand's signature double-knit microfiber fabric, sure to keep you warm and comfy as you lounge with family or curl up with a book. Oh, and did we mention it's machine washable?
Standard Textile Cashmere Reversible Tassel Throw
For a high-quality everyday throw, you can't go wrong with this reversible cashmere option from Standard Textile. Measuring 51 x 67 inches, it's the perfect size for draping on the couch or across your lap while working. Its simple, two-toned design has an elegant look that will complement a variety of different aesthetics.
Made*Here Optical Stripe Blanket
If you're looking for an eclectic accessory to add to your space, check out Made*Here's Optical Stripe Blanket. This 50 x 60-inch piece is designed and knit in New York out of a high-quality, 100% cotton yarn. Its monochromatic warped design will add tons of visual interest to your space, while still being versatile enough to pair with other patterned or textured pieces. We also love the hand-finished scallop detailing.
CB2 Icelandic Sheepskin Throw
If you're really looking to make a statement—particularly in the colder months—we're partial to this Icelandic sheepskin throw from CB2. Both larger and more lightweight than many fur throws in this price range, it drapes easily across couches and armchairs, adding a comfortably plush texture. Plus, each shearling is completely one-of-a-kind and ethically sourced, so you can be confident in your purchase.
Ezcaray Matisse Throw
From the plush mohair and wool material to the vibrant stripes, this blanket is out to make a statement. Made by a decades-old, family-owned company, this throw blanket has been hand-dyed and hand-woven—basically, it's made with a ton of individual care.
This particular blanket is available in two versions, both equally eye-catching. The blanket measures 78 x 51 inches and features a twisted fringe on two sides that adds to its cozy appearance. Note that because of the materials, this pick is not washer- or dryer-friendly, so be careful to avoid stains and spills.
Anthropologie Diamond Weave Throw Blanket
Anthropologie is well known for its selection of bohemian homewares, and this diamond weave throw blanket certainly doesn't disappoint in that department. Available in both green and navy, it has a classic diamond weave that will seamlessly blend in with your existing decor. And at 70 x 60 inches, it's large enough to share.
Three Posts Nader Blanket
When it comes to throws, sometimes the simpler, the better. This fringed option from Wayfair's Three Posts line has a classic knitted design with a minimal diamond motif that will look equally as great draped on the sofa as it will on your bed. It's lightweight enough to use in the warmer months and comes in more than 30 (!) colors, ranging from bold to neutral. Plus, you can choose from two different sizes—50 x 60 inches and 60 x 80 inches—to further customize this blanket to your needs.
HAY Crinkle Stripe Throw
HAY is known for its design-forward, Danish-inspired homeware pieces, and their Crinkle Stripe Throw is no exception. Available in four different color combinations—including Burgundy, Cappucino (a light cream), Grey, and Yellow—this striped cotton throw has a delightfully textured appearance that will add flair and visual interest to your living space. At 59.25 x 82.75 inches, it's about the size of a Queen bed—making it great for larger couches or sharing.
Note that this is a fairly lightweight throw, so it's best reserved for warmer months (or layering over thicker blankets or bedspreads).
Target Ruched Faux Fur Throw
When it comes to blankets, you want something that's inviting and so soft you can't stop touching it. This ruched faux fur throw blanket is a texture lover's dream! It’s modern and fun, not to mention being incredibly silky. One side is ruched faux fur, while the other is a micro-plush that's smooth to the touch.
Other bonuses? It's super budget-friendly and is machine washable, so you won't mind if it gets spilled on or if your pet gets some mud on it. It measures 50 x 60 inches, making it the perfect size for one.
Pendleton Glacier National Park Wool Blanket
Pendleton is known for its wool blankets. This one is from a series that celebrates America’s National Parks—Montana’s Glacier National Park specifically. Each of these wool blankets is made in the United States; Pendleton is a family-owned business that’s been in business for well over a century.
The blanket has bold, beautiful stripes and is made from virgin wool. It’s incredibly warm. Despite being made from wool, it doesn’t have that scratchy feeling that sometimes accompanies that material. Instead, it’s soft to the touch. This blanket is both stylish and functional, and while it makes for a great gift (especially to a National Park Lover!) the luxe throw is also ideal for your own home.
AllModern Dillon Luxury Throw
If you're looking for an affordable throw that doesn't sacrifice style or comfort, check out the Dillon Luxury Throw from AllModern. Super soft and fluffy, it's made of low-maintenance, machine-washable microfiber fabric with a short shag design. A geometric textured pattern adds a touch of visual interest, and it's available in six different neutral hues.
L.L.Bean Wicked Plush Sherpa Throw in Plaid
This is a classic blanket, from a classic retailer. LL Bean’s sherpa throw is available in two sizes and offers a few different neutral patterns. This is one cozy—and super soft—throw blanket. One side of the blanket is made of fleece and the other Sherpa. Your biggest conflict when you snuggle will be which side to have closest to your skin.
The blanket comes in both 50 x 60-inch and 60 x 80-inch sizes. The extra-large size is helpful for taller people or cuddled up couples who don’t want a single toe exposed.
Burke Decor Bramble Knitted Throw
If your home is decorated in a farmhouse, bohemian, or industrial chic style, check out this bramble knitted throw from Burke Decor. It has a far more muted color palette than many of the options on this list, and the low-key striped pattern is neutral enough to be paired with other patterns and textures. Besides design, quality is also top of mind here, too: this throw is hand knit in India of 100% cotton.
Mark & Graham Personalized Plaid Throw Blanket
Monogrammed linens are a great way to personalize your living space, and also make great gifts. This particular option from Mark & Graham plaid throw comes in four different colors, and gives you the option to add an embroidered monogram for an additional fee. Its super-soft, cozy texture will delight both guests and family members alike, and, at 54 x 72 inches, it's large enough to share.
What to Look for in a Throw Blanket
Throw blankets are made from a variety of materials; each has its own benefits. For instance, wool blankets are some of the warmest, but they can be a bit scratchy and must be washed carefully. Cotton blankets, on the other hand, are lightweight and easy to care for. There are also throw blankets made from synthetic fibers, which tend to be simple to maintain, too.
When choosing a blanket size, consider where you’re planning to use it. If it’s just going to warm up your feet on the couch, a smaller blanket will do just fine. However, if you want to cuddle up with a partner or use it on your bed, you’ll need a larger option.
When shopping for a throw blanket, think about how warm you want it to be. Heavier blankets provide more warmth and are great for winter and colder climates. Lightweight blankets aren’t as warm and are ideal for fall or spring use.
How big is a throw blanket?
Standard throw blankets tend to be 50x60 inches. But there is no single official standard size for a throw blanket, and the size you choose will depend on the size of your bed, armchair, or sofa, as well as your personal preferences and the look that you are trying to achieve. A standard throw blanket is something warm that you can pull onto your lap or wrap around your shoulders to get cozy while reading in your favorite armchair or binge-watching your favorite TV series on the couch. If you are looking for a throw blanket for the foot of the bed, be sure that your throw blanket is a couple of feet wider than your mattress so that it can drape over the sides.
How should you put a throw blanket on a bed?
This is a matter of personal taste and style. Some people prefer a formal aesthetic, with a throw blanket folded neatly in two and carefully placed at the end of the bed with equal sides hanging on either side of the mattress. Others prefer a slightly undone look with the throw blanket left open and draped over the bottom end of the bed with the throw blanket just scraping the floor. This is a good solution if you want to hide bed legs or prefer a more casual look. Finally, some people like the nonchalant look of an artfully undone bed with a throw blanket or two casually draped at an angle on one corner or the other, while that asymmetrical look will drive other people nuts. Do what works for you.
How do you wash a throw blanket?
That depends on whether it’s made from cotton, wool, fleece, cashmere, acrylic, faux fur, or another fabric. If in doubt, check the care instructions label. In general, you should take care to wash your throw blanket separately from other linens on a cold gentle cycle in the washing machine with mild detergent, and to air or tumble dry on a gentle cycle if the fabric is dryer safe. Or take your dry clean only throw blanket to the dry cleaner.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was researched and written by Lily Sperry, a lifestyle writer and commerce editor at The Spruce. A self-identified homebody, she knows the importance of blankets and other home linens in creating the perfect cozy atmosphere. She's a huge fan of HAY's product line and is eyeing their crinkled throw for her next homeware purchase.