6 blankets for cosy nights

If like me you’ve invested heavily in outdoor living this summer, I feel your disappointment. It’s not been the great weather on record, but despite the breeze, I’ve been pretty determined to utilise our outdoor living space, even if that does mean extra layers. Living in a flat, we’ve hit the jackpot on outdoor space, with a large, social terrace that is perfect for entertaining. I’ve loved decorating the outside, as much, if not more than the inside space and to that end I’m determined that the winter setting in will not stop us using this area for cosy hot toddy nights and other festivities. But now that Covid restrictions have been lifted and we can have friends inside again, they’re all feeling a little reluctant about garden dinner dates come November.

But I will not be deterred and of course, rarely defeated. To that end I am working on future proofing our outdoor dining space as much as possible and of course, that starts with ensuring we provide plenty of blankets for visiting pals.

If you’re in a similar predicament or want to make sure that you can get outside on colder nights, here’s a round up of all the blankets currently on my radar, from absolute pile them high bargains to chicer, pricer buys. There’s no excuse to banish your outside space to spring with these winter warmers.

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Bargain blankets

This Wilko blanket has amazing reviews. Coming in several hues, this waffle fleece blanket is said to be super warm and comes in several hues. Currently on at a very happy £8, these are an absolute bargain and we’ve snapped up several to keep our pals warm come the winter.

Blush Waffle Throw 200 x 240cm, was £16 now £8, Wilko

Wool Wonders

Obviously wool is a smart fabric choice for keeping snug when you’re outdoors and La Redoute’s selection would be high up on my list if I were in the position to splash the cash. The delicate stitch detailing at the edge of this blanket give it a lovely delicate finish and of course with a nice thick wool blanket, you’ll be snug as a bug.

Romu Naturally Dyed Wool Blanket, £110, La Redoute

Cashmere Cosy

Sticking with blowing the budget, cashmere is always a good idea. This gorgeous tasseled edge blanket in this chic mink/grey hue will go with pretty much any decor. Whether this is intended for sofa snuggling or nights under the stars, cashmere will keep you warm and comforted.

Croft Collection 100% Cashmere Throw, Grey, £250.00, John Lewis and Partners

Winter Warmer

Listed as a bed spread, this large blanket is great for plummeting temperatures. Whether you choose to keep it in the bedroom or drag it round the house with you – it’s kinda perfect for hazy Saturday morning recoveries – you choose.

VÅRELD, Bedspread, dark blue, 230×250 cm, Ikea

Icy Hues

A full wool blank can really push the price of an item up. Luckily the high street has lots of lovely wool-blend styles that mean you get some of the added benefit of this naturally insulating natural fibre, without breaking the bank.

Soft wool-blend blanket, £24.99, H&M

Waffle Wrap Up

Waffle-knit structures not only look gorgeous, this type of construction also helps to trap heat, so you end up with this really attractive finish that will also feel super snuggly. This gorgeous neutral colour will work in most rooms and of course also look great as a bed spread to give you that real boutique hotel feel at home.

Waffle knit-effect blanket, £49.99, Mango