Why is My Weighted Blanket Losing Beads?

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Why is My Weighted Blanket Losing Beads?

Weighted blankets are popular because of the deep touch pressure they provide during sleep. This is created by using tiny sand beads. However, these beads can often leak out of the seams of the weighted blanket and create an uneven distribution of weight. The micro sand glass “beads” will distribute through the stitched seams and into the other large squares, or even into your bed.

A weighted blanket is a type of blanket that has been filled with glass beads, or another type of weight, in order to provide extra weight and pressure. This can be helpful for people who struggle with anxiety, stress, or insomnia.

Why are the glass beads coming out of my weighted blanket?

Sometimes the filler beads can come out of a weighted blanket when the fabric is loosely woven so the filler beads can escape out of the blanket. A loosely woven blanket can fail at holding the beads that provide the blanket’s weight.

If ingested, these beads could be harmful to our children or a dog’s health for example. To prevent this from happening, it is important to make sure that the weighted blanket is properly woven, fitted and tightened every time you use it.

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How to prevent leaking of weighted blankets?

Weighted blankets are made up of small squares, each filled with tiny flakes of glass. This type of construction can cause the weight to be unevenly distributed, which can lead to discomfort. You want a blanket with very small squares and larger round beads in order to control the amount of concentrated weight. Having large sized squares holding tiny sand glass beads is not the same thing as having an even distribution of weight.

A better solution is to use a quality weighted blanket like the ones from IKEA.

How do you fix a leaking weighted blanket?

When a weighted blanket starts to leak beads you can fix it by attaching a patch on the tear or behind the tear using fabric repair powder which is some kind of fabric glue.

Do all weighted blankets leak?

The reinforced stitching of the weighted blanket will prevent the blanket from leaking or shifting beads. However, if the blanket is not properly taken care of, it may tear and leak. Weighted blankets are designed to use for a limited amount of time before being thrown away. If it is not used as directed, the beads will slowly escape the fabric and cause the blanket to lose its weight.

What are Weighted Blanket Fillers?

Weighted blanket fillers are materials that are used to add weight and texture to a weighted blanket. They come in a variety of different options, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. The most popular weighted blanket filler is micro glass beads, which are small, smooth, and add the right amount of weight to a blanket. If bumps or lumps are an issue, using glass bead fillers is the best solution as they will help to even out the surface of the blanket.

Are all weighted blankets filled with glass beads?

Most weighted blankets are filled with glass or plastic beads in order to make them heavier than standard blankets and quilts. The weights of these blankets typically range from five to 25 pounds, and the blankets are available in multiple weight options. Weighted blankets are becoming more popular as people learn about their benefits, which include promoting relaxation and stress relief.

What is the best filling for a weighted blanket?

There are a few different options, but micro glass beads and ceramic glass beads are two of the best choices if you’re looking for a smooth texture. They’re similar in texture to sand, so they won’t feel rough against your skin.

A weighted blanket can also be filled with almost any type of filling, but the most common filling is polyester fiber fill. Polyester fiber fill is a safe, non-allergenic that is woven into a blanket. Polyester fiber fill is also extra-thick and can be used to fill a weighted blanket to any degree of firmness.

Can the glass beads in a weighted blanket break?

The glass beads in a weighted blanket are denser, than the poly pellets which offers less bulk. The glass beads are like sand enclosed in a fabric pouch, so they do not break at all, it is not an issue.

What Types of Fillers are There for Weighted Blankets?

There are a variety of different fillers that can be used in weighted blankets. The most common are plastic poly pellets, micro glass beads, and steel shot beads. These help to evenly distribute the weight of the blanket and make it more comfortable to use. There are also a number of other fillers available, such as bamboo, polyester, and cotton.

Plastic Poly Pellets

Polypropylene pellets, also known as plastic poly pellets or stuffing beads, are a popular choice for weighted blankets and sensory toys. They’re made from 100% polypropylene and considered a safe level 5 plastic. Poly pellets are flexible and easy to shape, and they come in a range of colors. They’re also quite affordable, with five pounds usually costing around $20. You can find poly pellets at most craft stores or online retailers like Amazon and Etsy.

The soft texture of the fabric may conceal any lumps or roughness on the surface of the poly pellets. This can be a problem because it makes it difficult to determine if you are getting a good quality weighted blanket. Cotton stuffing packed in with the poly pellets reduces noise and makes the blanket feel more smooth.

Micro Glass Beads

Micro Glass Beads are a great option for weighted blanket fillers because they are smooth, environmentally friendly, and hypoallergenic. They resemble white sand or salt crystals in appearance and are perfect for individuals bothered by the texture of plastic poly pellets.

Steel Shot Beads

Steel shot beads are a common filler for weighted blankets. They have many benefits, including being larger and less likely to leak, being durable, and noise-free. One potential drawback is that they can be a little noisier than glass beads or plastic pellets. The beads may be one of the best weighted blanket fillers, as long as the user does not have acute auditory sensitivity.


While sand is an inexpensive filler for weighted blankets, it has a few disadvantages. It is difficult to evenly distribute weight in a blanket when sand is used as the filler and it can be a monumental task to dry a weighted blanket with sand.

Rice, Beans, and Grains

Food items such as rice, beans, corn, and barley are often used as fillers in weighted blankets because they are cheap and readily available. However, these items have several disadvantages. For example, when the blanket is washed for the first time, the food can expand and cause the shape of the blanket to change. This can lead to a wet and moldy mess after just one wash.

Pebbles and Riverstones

Riverstones and Pebbles are an alluring, budget-friendly choice for weighted blankets. They may not be the most comfortable item to use in a blanket, especially for individuals with sensory sensitivities. Micro glass beads or poly pellets may be easier to fill and comfort.

Why is my weighted blanket shedding or ripping?

A weighted blanket can shed or rip if it’s not properly constructed or set up. Poorly constructed blankets can cause the filling to shift, which in turn causes the blanket to tear. Make sure the blanket is tight enough so that there’s no slack and that there are no gaps between the weight and fabric of the blanket. Check for tears or loose threads before using your weighted blanket, and repair any problems as soon as possible.

A good quality Weighted Blanket is a low-maintenance that feels sturdy and soft. People like the smooth feel of the blanket’s covering, and appreciate that the stitching is sturdy and close compared with cheaper options.

How long do weighted blankets last?

Weighted blankets last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, depending on how often they’re used and cared for. Weighted blankets should be washed regularly in order to keep the blanket and its cover clean and free from bacteria.

These blankets are used to provide pressure and sensory input to the user to enhance sleep. They are often used for individuals with autism, ADHD, and anxiety.

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By lezt

Lez Taylor, Founder and CEO of Corala Blanket. She tried every sleep system and trick to conquer her insomnia for good.