Oftentimes, when shopping for a new blanket, quilt, or comforter, you may come across the term “GSM.” GSM stands for grams per square meter, which is the metric measurement of fabric weight. As a general rule, thicker fabrics will result in higher GSM readings, and thinner fabrics will have lower readings.
In this post, we’ll explain what GSM is and how it affects the qualities of a blanket, quilt, or comforter. We’ll also discuss which GSM is best for different purposes.
How Does GSM Affect Blankets, Quilts, and Comforters?
The higher the GSM, the thicker and heavier, and warmer the blanket/quilt will be. This means a higher GSM will provide more warmth, while a lower GSM will be lighter and cooler.
A higher GSM fabric can make the blanket or comforter look plush and luxurious. It also allows for better insulation and retains heat better than the ones with lower GSM.
On the other hand, because of their lighter weights, lower GSM blankets, quilts, and comforters are more breathable. This makes them ideal for use in hot climates or during warm months of the year.
Selecting a Comforter by GSM Reading
As we mentioned earlier, the filling inside of a comforter can also impact how warm or cool it will be. Here are some general guidelines to help you choose the right GSM and filling for your comforter:
These are generally very lightweight comforters and are best for very hot summers when ACs are being used. Best for use in areas with temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius.
150 - 250 GSM:
It is perfect for moderate summers and monsoons when using fans. Best for use in temperatures between 20-30 degrees Celsius.
300 - 400 GSM:
It is great for moderate winters when the temperature is between 10-20 degrees. Ideally, good for the northern part of India during October, November February, and March months.
It is perfect for very cold winters when the temperature is below 10 degrees
Please be aware that in case you are a hot sleeper, these GSM guidelines won’t be suitable for you. Using the wrong GSM can also lead to poor sleep quality and discomfort.
If you sleep hot, we recommend a lower GSM comforter. Lower GSM means better breathability and a cooler night’s sleep.
If you’re yet not sure what GSM is right for you, it’s best to ask an expert in stores before making your purchase.
Understanding the concept of GSM is essential when shopping for a new blanket, quilt, or comforter. The higher the GSM, the thicker and heavier, and warmer the blanket/quilt will be. On the other hand, lower GSM fabrics are more breathable, making them ideal for hot climates or during warm months of the year. Make sure to consider both your climate and sleeping habits when choosing a comforter by its GSM reading.