Coverlet Vs. Bedspread


Some purchasers of bed linens might not know how to discriminate among the various options for decorating a bed with linens. Of course, individual tastes will ultimately dictate the final purchase, but having a working knowledge of the imagery and utility of one bed covering type over another might prove helpful in decision making.

Coverlets for Design

  • Coverlets are a bed covering that a lot of people use, but many do not know that the decorative covering on their bed or the one they’re about to purchase is indeed a coverlet.

    Quilting in some decorative design is a feature of coverlets. A coverlet may also be smaller in dimension than a full-size quilt used as a bedspread. Coverlets often have matching pillow shams that come packaged as a set or can be purchased as a coordinate. The addition of shams really makes a coverlet very decorative, modern, and easily gives the bed a finished look.

Ease of Spreadability

  • One reason why they are easy to spread is their use of man-made fabrics like satins and cotton blends. These lighter weight fabrics make coverlets easier to handle. This makes making the bed look presentable easier, especially for people for whom bed-making is low on the priority list.

    Coverlets have the advantage of being lightweight using man-made or cotton padding that is light to medium weight in thickness. This makes coverlets easy to handle from a spreadability standpoint but may also make them less warm.

Classic Bedspreads

  • Bedspreads are an older type of bed covering that resurfaces for updates every few seasons. Classic bedspreads were made with natural cottons or even wools and were characterized for their ability to provide additional layered warmth to the bed during times when bedrooms may have been generally colder from a lack of home insulation or low energy resources. Bedspreads, too, gave a decorative, finished look to the bed.

    The term bedspread is generally used to describe a range of bed coverings from quilts to blankets. Bedspreads are much larger than coverlets and are generally much warmer.

Bedspreading Challenge

  • Bedspreads are characterized by their ability to touch the floor on two sides of the bed. They also have enough length on the opposite sides to touch the floor at one end, and tuck under and around the bed’s pillows at the other. As such, bedspreads are much more of a challenge to make up. Their bulk gives them warmth, but it also adds weight, and weight means harder to spread.

Bed of Both Worlds

  • Bedspreads popular in the 1950s were made of cotton chenille and their old-fashioned, homey glamour can still be seen on the timeless bed coverings of seniors or those others whose modern bedroom décor is vintage kitsch.

    Coverlets and other new forms of bedding will offer to keep up with consumers' changing lifestyles and technically as new fabrics provide both the warmth of a bedspread and the ease of bedmaking afforded by the coverlet.

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