Blankets have always served as a comforting accompaniment to a movie or lunch in the park, but they’ve evolved to have a plentitude of purposes that stretch both their utility and virtue. Gone are the days when their use cases didn’t stretch beyond couch throws, they’re now being used for sex. Or, rather, to protect furniture from the fluids and stains sex creates. The best sex blankets blend right in with existing decor and leave their true purpose only discernible by the keenest of eyes.
Having a dedicated blanket for sex is not creepy or perverse, it’s practical. This isn’t just about not having to wash sheets, it’s about curating a space for maximum pleasure and the ridding of inhibitions. A raucous session in bed is hot. A swift clean up and not having to wash sheets after? Even hotter.
Make no mistake, a sex blanket is not a regular throw tossed over the bed hastily before foreplay. These veils are designed for sexual activity, as they’re typically easier to wash than the standard cozy throw blanket. Sometimes they even have a water-resistant side that makes them better for fluid and a softer side for added comfort. And just like the best sex furniture, they’re perfectly discreet just in case a guest happens to walk in.
The Best Sex Blankets At a Glance
What The Experts Say
For those who worry that a blanket for sex might kill the mood, it can actually do the opposite, reducing anxiety and increasing comfort in all senses of the word. MysteryVibe’s in-house sexpert, Natasha Marie Narkiewicz, expands,
“These blankets can actually save the mood, not kill it. For example, if you and your partner share an intimate moment that lands you both on the couch covered with dog hair and dirt, throw the sex blanket down and continue without worrying about your backside matting with dirt and fur (which can also be itchy and take you out of the moment),” said Marie-Narkiewicz.
“Generally speaking, having good sexual experiences requires adaptability. Things happen during sex that are out of our control – queefing, animals interrupting, banging your head against something. Letting these situations ‘kill the mood’ means resigning good sex to chance and luck.”
“We make sexual experiences good by being adaptable, understanding, and receptive to what each situation necessitates. So, if the situation calls for a sex blanket – bust it out!”
What To Consider Before Buying a Sex Blanket
There are a few things to remember when buying a sex blanket. They make an excellent addition to the bedroom and any sexual routine – just be sure to get the right one.
- Size: Dr. Lee Phillips, Psychotherapist and Certified Sex & Couples Therapist, shares, “I would recommend measuring your mattress and cross-checking measurements of the blanket because many sex blankets are in the form of a throw and they do not cover the entire bed.” Of course, a throw may be better for travel or romps that don’t take place on the bed.
- Purpose: How an intimacy blanket is used often begs the question: does it actually need to be waterproof, or will a simple barrier suffice? This question gets a little personal, but it’s a good thing to remember. If sex tends to be very fluid-involved, something waterproof is important. If not, and coziness is instead a priority, opt for a blanket made of softer material.
- Material: Considering allergies is a crucial part of picking the right material, as users will become intimate with this blanket quickly. Many of the blankets in this round-up are made of standard fabric like nylon, fleece, etc. — so consider any allergies to those and choose an alternative for sensitive skin.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sex Blankets
What Is a Sex Blanket?
Narkiewicz shares: “A sex blanket is a sex-cessory intended to make the post-sex clean-up as easy and streamlined as possible. Sex can get messy between the combination of bodily fluids and whatever props you might be using, such as lubricant, hot wax, chocolate syrup (I see you sploshers!), etc. During the throws of passion, you want to be present in the moment, not concerned about where fluids are going.”
Why Is a Sex Blanket Useful?
Sex blankets protect expensive furniture, bedding and decor from ruin from menstrual blood, ejaculation, or other fluids, and also create an additional hygienic layer between the body and the surface that partners are getting intimate on. Sex blankets can be specifically beneficial for people who squirt, perspire heavily, or enjoy period sex.
Who Needs the Bells and Whistles? Won’t a Tarp Suffice?
While sex blankets aren’t at all a mood-killer, a tarp definitely would be! When used correctly, these accessories can help work in conjunction with foreplay and sex toys. But with a tarp, that crinkle and uncomfortable texture are sure to take anyone out of the moment.
Callarome Waterproof Blanket
Everybody wants one of these high-end sex blankets by Liberator, but for those starting with a small budget, check out this full-sized imitation blanket by Callorame. This one features reinforced stitching around the edges and a soft microfleece texture that’s smooth on bare skin, allowing users to enjoy those moisture-wicking properties comfortably. Based on reviews, this throw appears to absorb large amounts of liquid, while food and other substances can easily be wiped off.
Liberator Fascinator Throw Blanket
Liberator is a popular sex furniture company, and they’ve made a blanket specifically designed for sex, which is why it nearly tops the list. It’s a plush throw blanket lined to soak up liquids and fluids. It has a silky and satin side and a microfiber side, so users can pick whether they want sleek or cozy vibes. It has an inner moisture barrier so fluids won’t seep through to the mattress, and it’s discreet, so it won’t stick out on beds or in hotel rooms. This is the full-sized version, but Liberator also sells a smaller, more affordable travel version here.
PupProtector Waterproof Dog Blanket
In SPY’s How to Build a Sex Room interview with Melanie Rose, readers learned from the pros that stimulating the senses is key when it comes to intimate time, and her top pick is a luscious faux fur blanket. While sensory stimulation can certainly be done with floggers and more intense forms of play, this blanket is an approachable and easy way to infuse a little luxury into playtime. Most importantly, this protective plush throw is waterproof, so get frisky with spills and don’t worry about stains.
Liberator Black Label Escape Wet
Even without expensive sex furniture and no space to build a sex room, placing this on the floor or carpet can help partners explore a variety of positions, creating an instant adult playground from the comfort of home. The Black Escape Wet is a liquid-proof sex pad, providing a more substantial surface that’s easy to wipe down after all slip n’ slide fantasies have been fulfilled. The cover is machine washable and takes up less room than a blanket in the washing machine.
The Layer Waterproof Blanket
Like the best sex blankets on the market, The Layer is popular because it can hold more than four cups of liquid. But unlike those other blankets, this one is circular and completely noiseless. That makes it ideal for people with limited storage space or who don’t need coverage on their entire bed or floor. Along with being machine washable, The Layer is also portable enough to pack up in luggage without taking up too much room. It’s also black, making a sleek addition to sexy time while hiding stains.
Softan Waterproof 100% Leak Proof Blanket
This sex blanket offers plenty of coverage and is soft as can be. Ideal for comprehensive coverage against sex stains, this fully reversible blanket with leak-proof protection is a great choice. It’s a completely leak-proof blanket that uses a moisture barrier fused between two soft fleece layers and is also waterproof on both sides. This generous size is big enough to cover a queen bed and a king bed with less hanging off the sides.
Throws of Passion Waterproof Blanket
This waterproof blanket from Throws of Passion is 100% waterproof and leakproof and consists of a noiseless waterproof barrier nestled between two layers of fleece. It’s comfortable, hygienic, and designed to keep liquids off mattresses without sounding like or feeling like a standard waterproof barrier. It’s fully reversible as well as stain-resistant and machine-washable and buyers can also safely put it in the dryer, so it stays soft and comfortable after cleaning.
Liberator Liquid Velvet Sheet & Pillow Covers
After picking out a sex blanket, it’s time to choose a set of sheets and pillow covers to go with it. These are from the Liberator, the company that makes the Runner Up blanket above, and they’re as elegant as they are useful. The set comes with a fitted sheet and pillow covers all made with 100% polyester liquid velvet that’s safe to use with water and silicone-based lubricants and massage lotions. The pillowcases have concealed zippers for comfort, and the set is available for queen and king-size beds.
Venus Matters Universe Mat
The circular Universe Venus mat is both a useful sex blanket and a chic bedroom accessory that’ll blend right in. The waterproofing middle layer is made of cooling organic cotton terry and bamboo, which makes it more breathable during sweaty activities. This microfiber blanket is backed with champagne velvet and according to customers, the texture is incredibly soft on naked skin.
Splash Waterproof Squirt Blanket
The impressive and cozy Splash Blanket can hold up to a liter of liquid and is generously sized. It’s also reversible and available in different colors, but some sizes tend to sell out quickly. Quiet and soft to the touch, these blankets were invented by a squirter to solve the problem of mood-killing cleanups post-coitus. Protect car seats, mattresses or couches with one of these waterproof sex blankets that will provide peace of mind and let users fully relax during intimacy without fear of messing up their belongings.
Playdrop Waterproof Sex Mat
Shaped like a teardrop, this compact sex pad protects a decent portion of furniture without taking up as much space as a full blanket. Despite its portable, travel-friendly size, it can hold up to six cups or a liter of liquid, making it perfect for period sex and all kinds of kinks. It’s ideal for those who don’t like the feeling of vinyl or latex, and the breathable triple-layer design is cozy on bare skin and can be washed with towels on a regular cycle.
DeutscheLeather Waterproof Fitted BDSM Play Sheet
Perfect for BDSM play, this set has a leather look and is described as smooth, cool to the touch and stretchy. It’s made from coated nylon vinyl and is stretchy enough to fit personal bedsheets underneath. With its seam-free design, elegant look and superb craftsmanship, this is the one accessory that kinky play is missing, for both kink newbies or experienced players.
Passion Lubes Nuru Inflatable Vinyl Massage Sheet
WAM, or wet and messy play is a popular kink. Within WAM is sploshing, aka food play. Whether someone likes swimming in whipped cream or rubbing spaghetti and sauce all over their partner’s body, this inflatable vinyl massage sheet was basically made for it. It provides the perfect surface for all those slippery activities and even has bolsters to contain the mess. This playsheet isn’t technically a sex blanket but it is great for sploshing, golden showers, squirting and more.
Bed Guardian 3M Scotchgard Comforter Protector
To keep the duvet on the bed without ruining it, check out this comforter protector from Sleep Guardian, one of the best sex blanket covers for keeping existing bedding clean and stain-free. It’s sold in full/queen and king sizes and has a waterproof barrier that protects against liquids, turning any at-home duvet into a DIY sex blanket without spending a ton of cash.
Inspire Waterproof Mattress Pad
Although it’s not technically a blanket for sex, this is a budget-friendly version of Liberator’s sex pad. It has a dark color to help hide stains and a soft, quilted surface that doesn’t retain heat. It can be used as an underpad to protect the mattress or can lay on top of your sheets. It’s not a luxurious option but for $20 it’ll get the job done.
Doc Johnson Kink Play Sheet Waterproof Fitted Sheet
For king-sized bed owners looking to splurge for something a little higher quality, this Doc Johnson waterproof kink sheet has heat-sealed seams for dependable protection during wet and wild activities. It also has deep 13-inch pockets that keep it secured even over extra-thick mattresses.
Fascinator Throw – King Size
A large bed calls for a large sex blanket. This giant, soft-as-can-be sex blanket by Liberator is an XL version of their popular Fascinator blanket and features a reinforced seam design for added durability. The colors are low-key enough that if guests see them on a bed, they’d never know the secret function.
The Future of Sex Blankets
While they’re not replacing regular duvets or bedsheets anytime soon, an increasing number of sex toy brands are creating sex blankets alongside the rise in kink curiosity and sexual liberation. While they might not catch on as a must-have in the sexual wellness industry, the simple act of adding a waterproof blanket (designed for any protective purposes) really can make a difference in the bedroom when it comes to reducing stigma and performance anxiety and letting orgasms take the center stage as they should.