What to look for when buying a blanket online
Shopping for tactile products, like blankets, bedding, cushions, and clothing online is never easy. However, if you're looking for unique patterns, interesting designs and the perfect look for your home, often the best of the best is only available in online stores. Here are a few tips and tricks to take the guesswork out of ordering blankets online:
See how your favourite blanket looks in real life
The most difficult part about buying anything online is that you can't see what it actually looks like. Just as you would want to see a fashion item on a real person, it's not enough just to view a stock shot of your favourite blanket. Look for pictures of the blanket used in real situations. Sometimes you won't find these on the company's website but may have to scour social media to see some lifestyle pictures of people using the product in their actual homes. This will help you get a better idea of what the product looks like in person.
Look at where the blanket is made
Another difficulty when shopping for luxurious bedding online is that it is difficult to judge quality. One easy way to get around this is to have a look at where the product is made. No matter where it comes from, whether a fine Lesotho cultural blanket or a mohair throw from the highlands of South Africa, it is handcrafted by local people then chances are it is of good quality. If it is made in China, or another mass producer of material goods then proceed with extreme caution!
Look what material the blanket is
Another good way to judge the quality of the product is by looking at what material it is made from. If the website doesn't say then chances are it is cheap and nasty. The right material will also help determine if the blanket will be warm enough for its desired use. If you are looking for a great baby blanket then 100% cellular cotton is a good choice as it can be washed multiple times, is allergy free and light enough not to smother a small child.
Make sure you check the size
We've all heard the horror stories of someone ordering furniture or clothing online only to receive a teeny tiny item fit for a dollhouse. Be sure to check out the size of the blanket online to make sure you are not getting something too small, or too big, for your home. If you're unsure, rather go a size bigger. A queen blanket will look lavish and plush on a double bed but a blanket that is too small is not only displeasing to the eye but also uncomfortable and frustrating to use!
Review the online store
Before you 'add to cart', ensure you have done your homework. Read reviews, have a look at social media sites and see if the company has an about us section on the website. Make sure you are ordering from real people who operate a legitimate establishment. And if you can support a smaller company, rather than a mass producer, you are sure to make a world of difference in their lives and end up with a better product in the process.