A blanket is a large, usually rectangular, piece of cloth used for the following purposes:
- to cover one's body while sleeping in bed
- spread on the floor like a carpet, as a soft and comfortable surface to sit or lie on (e.g. for a picnic)
- to wrap oneself in to get (or keep) warm, e.g. after a cold day out
- for small children a conformable blanket, can be carried as a emotional security prop.
Blankets come in many types, such as quilts, duvets, and comforters, depending on their thickness, construction and/or fill material.