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The right blankets and throws can help transform even the chilliest room into a cosy sanctuary.
Draped over the foot of your bed or the back of the sofa, they also serve to add a touch of luxury to your surroundings when not in use (plus, they can also be handy for keeping pet fur off your furniture).
With so many designs available, the hardest part is choosing which one to plump for, so to make your shopping a little easier we've rounded up some of the best options currently in the shops,
These blankets are made from a super soft fabric, be it fleece, velvet, cotton or faux fur, and some are designed to offer even more warmth than a regular blanket — either by being wearable, electric or weighted.
Homeware that is both practical and stylish, what's not to love?
12 best blankets to make your home extra cosy
Teddy Fleece Adults' Hooded Blanket | £25 at Marks and Spencer
Blankets don't come much cosier than this popular wearable design with an integrated hood you can pull up to trap in body heat and a kangaroo pocket for keeping your hands warm. It has poppers along the side which can be undone if you'd like to use it as a more traditional blanket. IA bestseller on the M&S website, it is also available in a smaller size for kids for £19.50 or as a traditional throw for £12.
John Lewis & Partners Faux Fur Throw, Ice Grey | £95 at John Lewis & Partners
This luxurious ice grey faux fur blanket measures 200cm by 150cm and as well as the light grey pictured above, it also comes in mocha, white and fawn shades. With almost 100 reviews rating it on average 4.6 out of 5 stars, the verdict is that this blanket is well worth investing in. "Really pleased with this. It's so soft, weighty and luxurious. A real treat, you won't regret it," writes one customer, while another adds: "It's gorgeous! Heavy, super soft and cosy, a luxurious throw… the whole family argue about who uses it. Might have to order another."
Lorna Velvet Bedspread | £159 at Made
With a plush velvet front and soft linen back, this thick pinch-stitched bedspread measures 225cm by 220cm, making it perfect for wrapping up in. As well as the 'papaya' colour pictured above, it is also available in cinnamon or charcoal shades and there is the option to also buy matching cushions. "Beautiful product, well made and worthy of its price tag," writes one customer in the reviews.
Hanson Throw | £100 at The White Company
This pure-cotton blanket was knitted in Portugal using a delicate moss stitch to give it a springy feel and soft finish. The generously sized throw measures 140cm by 200cm and features a wider knitted detail along the borders.
Elouise Fluffy Stripe Throw | (Was £20.10) Now £15 at Habitat
If your wardrobe is filled with Breton stripes this horizontally striped 170cm by 130cm blanket will fit right in with your aesthetic. Made on a handloom with blended synthetic yarns, it has a cosy brushed look and is soft to the touch.
St Ives Throw | £73.80 (Was £123) at Dusk
Made with a chunky, oversized weave, this 120cm by 180cm knitted acrylic blanket is available in a neutral 'natural' shade (pictured) as well as light grey or deep charcoal. Many customers have commented in the reviews that they're so pleased with their purchase they've returned for a second colour. "Beautiful product. Amazed at the quality," writes one shopper. "Colour is true to photos which is a relief when buying online."
Dreamland Herringbone Pattern Mustard Heated Throw | £69.99 at Lakeland
If you thought electric blankets were best kept hidden from view, this vibrant mustard herringbone design is here to change that. The super-soft 160cm by 120cm blanket warms up in five minutes and has six different heat settings. It also has an auto shut-off feature which can be set for one, three or nine hours. Both washing machine and tumble dryer safe (with the cord removed) so it will be easy to keep fresh.
"I've had heated throws before and while they've been fine, they haven't been perfect until now," writes one customer in a review. "Everything about this is brilliant; the variety of heat settings, the functionality of the controller, the thickness of the fabric and its gorgeous softness. I feel so cosy under this, it really takes the edge off the dismalness of winter. And on top of all that, the colour is so glowing and beautiful, it brightens up the whole room. Very cheap to run too. So pleased!"
Kikrton House Heated Throw | £34.99 at Aldi
Aldi's heated blankets have nine different temperature settings and a timer than can be set at nine different 20 minute intervals (up to 180 minutes). The 130cm by 180cm machine-washable woven polyester fleece blankets come in either white or grey ,and also feature a cosy pocket to tuck your feet into so you'll be super snug.
Anyday Fleece Throw, Dusty Green | £12 at John Lewis & Partners
If you don't want to spend a lot on your blanket, this option from John Lewis' affordable Anyday range is a good option according to customer reviews, with many people commenting that they've been so impressed that they've returned to the site to buy a second or even a third. "What a wonderful soft throw, feels so luxurious snuggled up to on the sofa," writes one customer.
The 180cm by 140cm polyester fleece blanket comes in a quite a large variety of colours, making it easy to find one to fit with your decor. Choose from the Dusty Green shade pictured above or Latte, Steel, Pink, Mustard, Navy, Pale Grey, Duck Egg or French Blue.
Supersoft Faux Fur Throw | From £25 at Marks and Spencer
With 220 reviews rating it on average five out of five stars, this polyester M&S blanket has earned praise for its super soft feel. "Gorgeous quality, heavy throw worth so much more than the price," writes one customer.
Available in two different sizes, (small: 170cm by W130 cm and large: 200cm by 150cm), as well as the vibrant Cranberry shade pictured it also comes in Blush, Ivory, Silver Grey, Charcoal or Navy.
Synthetic Collection Weighted Blanket with Removable Cover | From £120 at John Lewis & Partners
Weighted blankets are filled with glass beads to make them heavier and more substantial than regular blankets. Fans say this creates a reassuring pressure across the body which helps them to feel cosy and relaxed. This 150cm by 200cm weighted blanket features a silky soft polyester cover, which is removable for machine washing.
Available in a variety of weights (From 7kg to 11.5kg), John Lewis' recommends you select a blanket weight that is around 10% of your body weight. This blanket is not suitable for children under three years, people who are pregnant or those who suffer from respiratory disorders, such as asthma, sleep apnoea or any circulatory disorders including type 2 diabetes.
Light Grey 4.5kg Weighted Blanket | £29.99 at Aldi
For a slightly lighter – and cheaper – option, this is a popular choice from Aldi. Measuring 150cm x 200cm, it weighs 4.5kg and is filled with glass beads. Bear in mind that it is not possible to remove the 100% cotton cover, so this blanket can only be spot cleaned, not put in the washing machine.