Difference Between Bed Covers & Bedspreads


Bedspreads and bed covers sit on top of a bed, but they differ in the amount of bed they conceal. Bed covers partially cover a bed, and bedspreads extend to the floor at the sides and foot of the bed.


  • Bed covers include duvet covers, comforters and coverlets. A duvet cover is a decorative covering that you can insert a duvet into. A bedspread, comforter and coverlet have padding or an insert sewn or quilted between their top and bottom layers.


  • A bedspread does not require the use of a bed skirt as it covers the box spring and metal frame of the bed completely.


  • You cannot use a bedspread on a bed frame with a footboard or a foot rail, as it will not fall to the floor correctly. You must use a type of bed cover.


  • Decorates use a combination of bed covers and bedspreads when designing bedding. Duvet covers and comforters are often folded on top of a bedspread or coverlet at the foot of the bed to provide visual interest.


  • Bed covers and bedspreads are sold in standard sizes. If you have an extra-tall mattress, a platform bed or another unusual set up, measure to make sure that the bedding will properly fit your bed.

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